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. 

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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. 

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Arabella douglas is a lawyer and government advisor

Abrabella is a Minyunbal woman from South East QLD and Far North NSW. She believes we should celebrate  our traditional heritage. 

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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."

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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. 

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Karlie noon is a masters student

Karlie is a Kamilaroi woman from Tamworth NSW. She is passionate about encouraging young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study maths and science. 

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Alex devlin is a civil engineer 

Alex is a Kamilaroi man from Northern NSW. His pioneering research combined Aboriginal knowledge with scientific data. 

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Sam Shepherd is an environmental engineer

Sam is a Jaru-Gija woman from East Kimberly. She says engineering is about creativity and problem solving.

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Bruce Pascoe is a writer  

Bruce has Tasmanian, Boonwurrung (Victoria) and Yuin (South Coast of NSW) heritage. His book, Dark Emu, opens our eyes to an Aboriginal view of Australian Agriculture. 

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Dr Tom Goldfinch is a senior lecturer 

Tom believes the engineering profession in Australia would benefit from greater diversity. 

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Resources for students

The resources section summarises science and maths scholarship and mentoring programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 

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School outreach in the torres strait 

Watch a three minute mini documentary about EWB's School Outreach Program in  Northern Australia.  

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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.

The stories were curated by Matilda Bowra with outstanding volunteer contributions from EWB interns Jeff McAllister ( interviewing and filmmaking) and Hareem Khan (filmmaking).

* Reference available here 

 

To find out more or get involved
Contact Peter Baynard-Smith
via email or on +61 3 8582 1866.

 

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