Engineering futures: Dr Ragbir Bhathal believes UWS can help Australian engineers compete with the best in Asia and America in a global marketplace. Picture: Gary Warrick
The University of Western Sydney 2014 hosted Engineering Frontiers on December 11 and 12.
Students from 22 schools across western Sydney came to learn about the different engineering fields from UWS teachers and get hands-on experience solving problems.
Zac Fester, in year 10 at Jamison High School, is interested in various engineering fields and wants to get into robotic engineering.
“I think that is the future,” he said.
“I want to do something that can influence the world.”
Event chairman Dr Ragbir Bhathal said the Engineers Australia-sponsored event had grown this year and he hoped to expand it to include more NSW schools and eventually international students.
“UWS needs to make that impact and attract more people into these courses,” he said. “The aim is to encourage young boys and girls to take up careers in science and engineering.”
Wandi Wei, a year 10 Macarthur Girls High School student, said she was interested in how things worked and how to make them more efficient.
“I’m interested in infrastructure, and might like to become a civil engineer,” she said. “Workshops are great because you see how things work up close; they also give you experience with what it’s like at university.”
Dr Ragbir believes there is a lot of potential in western Sydney for the sciences and engineering, with Badgery’s Creek to be built not far from the UWS campus.
He is also pushing for a hands-on science park like Questacon in Canberra.
“Engineering has a great future in Australia and we still need lots of engineers,” Dr Bhathal said.
Kristy Vanderweide, in year 12 at Mitchell High School, said she would consider studying engineering.
“I want to work where I can see what I’m building,” she said.
Kaitlin Hockey, a year 10 student from Quakers Hill high, said she would like to work in aeronautics or electrical engineering.
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