Auckland hosts female students for INWED

To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), several of our offices invited female students with an interest in STEM subjects to our offices, to help them understand the opportunities and career paths that the engineering sector can provide.

INWED is an annual international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. NDY’s Auckland office welcomed four students from Michael Park School in Ellerslie, Auckland, and three students from Orewa College to a one-day STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Workshop.

The students were given an insight into the engineering processes of the building services sector with a fun, fast-paced building design challenge.

NDY is committed to raising the level of involvement of women in the engineering industry. Our CEO is a signatory to the Male Champions of Change initiative, and we have established a comprehensive Diversity & Inclusion policy and working group. As a firm, we’ve been doing a significant amount of work to address these imbalances and create an organisation we’re all proud to recognise as a leader in our industry.

The student challenge was to design and present a mixed-use community centre concept. The design concepts needed to  consider:

  • Environmental impacts
  • Building user comfort
  • Resource efficiency
  • Community benefits
  • Integration with surrounding community, infrastructure and transport.

The feedback was extremely positive, with students all having an enjoyable and educational experience in our office.

Orewa College (Year 7)

Jasmine Kettle: “I have learnt lots of interesting things today and enjoyed the team work aspect of the day.”

Amber Kettle: “I have learnt a lot about the inside knowledge of acoustics and I really enjoyed it.”

Jenna Zaher: “I really recommend this to other young girls who are thinking about becoming an engineer.”

Michael Park School in Ellerslie, Auckland

Ede Bird: “Today has been a fun experience that I have really enjoyed and I have learnt a lot.”

Adrienne Lepelley: “Today has been such a great day I’ve had an awesome experience and I have learnt a lot.”

Isabel Smart: “Today has been way more exciting than I was expecting.”

Lena Suzuki: “Today has been fun and I have learnt a lot about engineering & sustainability.”

Kimberley Whynn

CAD Operator / Undergraduate Mechanical Engineer

I have really enjoyed mentoring and growing the knowledge of these young girls they were an enjoyable group of girls and they were willing to listen and learn new ideas.

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