Regional female engineers network to launch

5 MARCH 2019

* Engineering industry lacks gender equality * CSU Women in Engineering Network to support regional female engineers * Network is open to all female engineersCharles Sturt University (CSU) will launch the CSU Women In Engineering Network in Bathurst on Thursday 7 March.The initiative by the CSU Engineering program aims to support and benefit CSU’s female student engineers and female engineers in regional NSW.Currently there are no female engineering groups in regional NSW, and in 2017 an Engineers Australia report indicated that just 12 per cent of engineers working in Australia are female.CSU Engineering program Engineer-in-Residence Mrs Shara Cameron (pictured) said, “Female engineering professionals often face work environments where they are the only female engineer.”“It’s important for CSU Engineering to lead change in the industry in which our female cadets and graduates will work.”“We aim to overcome the disparity within the engineering sector and are focussed on building a positive and engaging culture within the school to support its current students and attract more female applicants.”Mrs Cameron said the network launch is free and exclusively for student, cadet and professional female engineers, and the network is open to all female engineers.”The guest speaker at the CSU Women in Engineering Network launch is Ms Julie Mikhail, the outgoing President of the Sydney Division of Engineers Australia.Ms Mikhail will share her views on the valuable contribution that women bring to engineering, an industry historically lacking in gender equality.The CSU Women in Engineering Network event is from 5pm to 7pm on Thursday 7 March at CSU Engineering (building 1305, Village Drive - pictured) at CSU in Bathurst.Please contact Ms Lisa Ditchfield via lditchfield@csu.edu.au for more information about the network or to attend the event.To attend the CSU Women In Engineering Network launch please RSVP to engineering@csu.edu.au

Media contact:

Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362


Media Note:

Contact CSU Media via news@csu.edu.au or Bruce Andrews on 0418 669 362 to arrange interviews with Mrs Shara Cameron who is based at CSU Engineering in Bathurst.

In 2018, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA named CSU Engineering as one of the top four emerging engineering schools in the world.

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