A virtual 2020 EngFest at Charles Sturt in Bathurst

2 JUNE 2020

A virtual 2020 EngFest at Charles Sturt in Bathurst

The COVID-19 pandemic can't stop the Charles Sturt University Engineering program’s annual EngFest which will be a virtual event in 2020.

  • EngFest 2020 highlights the unique Charles Sturt Engineering program and celebrates regional engineering

The Charles Sturt University Engineering program’s annual EngFest on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 June will be a virtual event in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Foundation Professor of Engineering Euan Lindsay said, “EngFest brings together industry, educators and the community to showcase the works of the engineers of the future, and to discuss and celebrate regional engineering.

“The EngFest 2020 program is undaunted by COVID-19 and will stage five virtual events that people can register to attend.

“I look forward to welcoming current students, prospective students, and anyone interested in a career in engineering.

“As always, we will present events that inform and inspire the engineers of the future, so I encourage everyone to register.”

Professor Lindsay said the Exhibition for High School Students at 10am on Wednesday 10 June is for students interested in shaping the future.

“This event lets them discover what they can achieve when they study our unique engineering degree,” he said.

“They will hear from current students about studying a course that is designed around solving real-world engineering problems.” Register

The Student Engineer Exhibition – Community / Industry EngFest at 2pm Wednesday 10 June features an exhibition of the innovative projects our student engineers are working on.

“Come and see the virtual prototypes developed by our student teams in their engineering challenge sessions,” Professor Lindsay said.

“The exhibition is open to all, and our student engineers will be there to discuss their engineering projects.”

The Explorations Series Public Lecture by Professor Richard Hopkins at 6.30pm Tuesday 9 June will highlight ‘Formula One teamwork: the highs and lows’

“Professor Hopkins will draw upon his experience leading the Red Bull Formula One team to talk about creating a high-performing team that is focused on technical and operational success,” Professor Lindsay said.

“He’ll also discuss managing a business through success, failure, adversity and tragedy, and will offer his advice on how to build resilience as a team and an individual, even when things are not going your way.” Register

Professor Lindsay said the Women in Engineering Pre-dinner drinks at 5.30pm Wednesday 10 June will see the CSU Women in Engineering group gather in advance of the dinner for a chance to reflect on the first half of the year.

“Our dinner guest speaker Dr Gunilla Burrowes has agreed to share some of her perspectives from the early stages of the formal Women in Engineering movement in Australia, and her role in establishing formal groups in the profession,” Professor Lindsay said.

The Engfest Virtual Dinner at 6.30pm Wednesday 10 June will celebrate the transition of our student engineers to becoming the program’s newest cadet engineers.

“The guest speaker Dr Gunilla Burrowes will share her experiences in a talk titled ‘Thinking like a start up’,” Professor Lindsay said.

“She a will pose and suggest answers to the questions, ‘How will the contemporary pace of change impact engineering?’, and ‘Will the innovative mindset of a start-up thinker make a difference to how you might approach your career?’.

“Dr Burrowes will reflect on her journey in the start-up and innovation space, and highlight ideas to help engineers navigate a career in the 21st century.”

To attend the Engfest Virtual Dinner, register via Charles Sturt's 'Zoom' webpage. See the full EngFest 2020 schedule online at Charles Sturt's 'EngFest' webpage.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Professor Euan Lindsay contact Bruce Andrews at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0418 669 362 or news@csu.edu.au

Photo: Participants at the 2018 EngFest

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