Stories of Indigenous Engineering
Inspiring the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
"If a Gunditjmara youth is considering a career in engineering, he or she needs to remember that we’ve already had scientists and engineers in the past, it’s not a new field they are going into, it’s actually a very old field. We need to take pride in that and open our minds to the fact there’s great opportunities to do something with your life."
- Denis Rose, Project Manager - Cultural and Heritage, Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
Dennis Jose is a civil engineer
Dennis is a Wanyurr man from the Yidinyji Nation in Far North Queensland. He founded Jabin Project Management to create pathways for Indigenous engineers.
Grant Maher is a facade engineer
Grant is from the Gumbaynggirr mob on the North Coast of NSW. He is the inaugural chair of the Indigenous Engineers Group supported by Engineers Australia.
School outreach in the torres Strait
Watch a three minute mini documentary about EWB's School Outreach program's impact in Northern Australia.
Maddison Miller is an archaeologist
Maddison is a Darug woman who grew up in Victoria. She says "our ancestors were scientists, architects, engineers and mathematicians."
Denis Rose is a project officer
Denis Rose is a Gunditjmara person from Western Victoria. He is leading efforts to have Budj Bim recognised as a World Heritage site.
resources for students
The resources section summarises STEM initiatives and scholarship and mentoring programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represent 2.5% of the Australian population, but just 0.5% of total engineering students*. We need to work together to improve these statistics to address reconciliation, increase the diversity of inputs in the engineering profession and open our eyes to different knowledge systems and perspectives.
Stories of Indigenous Engineering is a small step on a long road to reach population parity. We are keen to build a collaborative coalition of people and organisations interested in seeing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represented in science, technology and engineering professions.
EWB gratefully acknowledges Bindy and David Koadlow who funded the collection and publication of these stories and the outstanding volunteer contributions of EWB interns Jeff McAllister (for interviewing and filmmaking) and Hareem Khan (for filmmaking) to this project.
To find out more or get involved
Contact Peter Baynard-Smith
via email or on +61 3 8582 1866.