Welcome to Season 5 Episode 13
Progressive Diversity with Lauren Mua
The conversation on diversity has been going for decades. Lauren Mua speaks to Mel & Dom about Progressive Diversity. She has seen and experienced changes in the industry during her 10+ years as an engineer.
I put progressive in front of that diversity, because I see it as something that … is about moving forward, promoting change and improving our current diverse industry
Lauren says she stumbled into engineering. When she was in high school she was a bit lost, so went to visit her school councillor. The councellor asked her to fill out a quiz, which advised her to do a bachelor of engineering and commerce from University of Queensland… which is exactly what she ended up doing!
there was no talk about engineering and construction for women at an all girls school
Extra discussions during the episode
Future: Continued diversity in the workforce.
I think there’s so much more work to do to get there
Advice: Engineering is such a diverse industry, there’s lot of tasks to chose from
engineering is just such a great industry to be in for any kind of personality, in any kind of walk of life
The torso building designed by Santiago Calatrava
the building… it looks like a male torso, that’s been twisted
… she’s a social advocate. So she stands up for diversity and women’s rights and that kind of thing. But she’s also an incredibly successful engineer. She works on oil rigs, out off the coast of Australia.
About Lauren Mua
Lauren is a Civil Engineer with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in finance) from the University of Queensland.
She has nine years’ experience working at national construction company, BMD where she is currently a Senior Project Engineer based in Brisbane. Lauren’s career has spanned across airport, defence, renewable energy, bulk earthworks, bridge, drainage and sewer projects.
Lauren is passionate about improving gender diversity in engineering, encouraging young engineers to take on challenges to better their careers and achieving innovative sustainable outcomes for her clients.
Dominic De Gioia is the Director of a multi-discipline engineering firm, Epicentre Consulting Engineers. He is a mechanical engineer with specialist experience in hydraulic engineering.
Melanie De Gioia is the Podcast Producer for Engineers Australia and the Director of Ramaley Media.
Together, Mel & Dom launched Engineering Heroes on 20 June 2018
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