Engineering in the Pub
Tuesday 2 March
International Women’s Day Pub Seminar
The winner of the 2020 Female Engineer of the Year Award, Emma Buis, was joined by the other nominees for this award to discuss some challenges in their careers and changes in the industry for the future.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day was #ChooseToChallenge We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.
Emma Buis, Associate Engineer, Taylor Thomson Whitting
Emma is an associate engineer with Taylor Thomson Whitting. She has worked in the construction industry for 10 years and is currently the structural lead engineer for the $450 Million Pitt Street Metro Station South Project. Emma grew up in regional Victoria where job prospects, especially for women, were limited. The main local work was in local construction, with most young men pursuing Carpentry, Plumbing or Electrical trades. With her father as a builder, Emma spent a lot of her youth on building sites. She attributes this to the reason she pursued a career in construction. Emma discussed some of the challenges she has overcome in her career, and reflected on the growth of the industry during that time; and what she feels the future will look like for the industry.
Aubrey Bullen, Senior Structural Engineer, Robert Bird Group
Aubrey has eight years of consulting experience working on a range of projects in New Zealand, The United Kingdom and Australia. Over her career, Aubrey has gained experience working across a wide range of complex, cutting-edge projects and is a member of Engineers Australia holding Chartered Status. She is the lead structural engineer for 2 of the towers on the $800 million Residential Development, One Sydney Harbour, located in Barangaroo. Aubrey discussed her career, some of the inspiring female leaders she has come across along the way and how she aspires to be a leader and role model for younger engineers and endeavours to promote a more diverse and collaborative workplace for all engineers.
Siobhan Tapia-Smith, Technical Director and Leader, Aurecon Group
Siobhan has shaped her career to arrive in a position that she can influence the implementation of Aurecon’s strategic drive for Diversity and Inclusion. Siobhan’s career as a structural engineer has been rewarding and challenging in equal measure. She’s worked on a variety of projects such as Sydney Airport, data centres, the exhibition halls in Darling Harbour and the iconic one central park.
As we celebrated this years’ International Women’s Day, Siobhan reflected on how she “chooses to challenge”.