Celebrating diversity in the resources industry

Women’s lack of representation in the resource sector has been the subject of considerable public debate in recent years.

Chris Nielsen, President of Engineers Australia Queensland, recently wrote “the engineering profession in Australia has left half the team on the bench, a situation which hasn’t significantly improved in a generation.”

To help promote and celebrate diversity within the sector, the University of Wollongong Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences sponsored the Diversity Champions Award at the recent Women In Resources National Awards.

Alcoa of Australia (Alcoa) Chairman and Managing Director Michael Parker took home the honour of diversity champion, recognised for his commitment to promoting and empowering women in the workplace.

“We have privileged opportunities as leaders to change organisations, to lead by example and influence people,” Mr Parker said.

UOW Bachelor of Mining Engineering students Sandali Yaddehige, Kustiani Tuckerman and Casey Stringer, attended the awards, along with the Dean of the Sydney Business School, Professor Grace McCarthy.

“It was a great night celebrating the achievements of women and diversity champions in the resources industry,” said student Sandali Yaddehige.

“The night was also a great opportunity for young professionals to interact and network with over 260 industry leaders.”

Professor Grace McCarthy with students Casey Stringer, Kustiani Tuckerman, and Sandali Yaddehige at Women in Resources National Awards.

Professor Grace McCarthy was proud of the UOW representatives.

“Our three ambassadors did the School of Civil, Mining & Environmental Engineering proud – I can imagine them as finalists for the awards themselves in the future,” she said.

“It was wonderful to hear and meet so many inspiring women from across Australia and great to see UOW as the only university sponsoring an award.”

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