Women's participation in the engineering industry has been an issue in Australia for many years, and is an aspect that will have to improve if current skill shortage problems are to be solved.
With this in mind, it is pleasing to report that the number of women featured in Engineers Australia's Top 100 Most Influential Engineers list has significantly risen compared to recent years. There are a total of 19 women on the list - each making positive contributions to the engineering industry.
There are a total of 19 women on the list - each making positive contributions to the engineering industry.
This is in stark contrast to both 2013 and 2014, when just 5 and 11 women respectively were profiled in the annual magazine list.
While this still means that the other 81 people on the 2015 list were men, the improvements highlight the value of women in the engineering industry and the next generation of female engineers have a range of role models to guide their own careers and goals.
Best university for engineering success?
Australia has some of the best universities globally, but in the engineering world, there are clearly better courses than others. According to Engineers Australia, 16 of the 100 people on the Top 100 Most Influential list attended the University of NSW.
However, the University of Queensland is swiftly closing the gap with 10 engineers on the list - compared to just six last year. In fact, the Brisbane-based university overtook the University of Sydney for second place bragging rights.
It is also interesting to note that 40 out of the 100 engineers originate from NSW, making the state the premier location for engineers. This figure is down three from last year, highlighting that other states are hot on their heels.
Australia's female engineering crisis
Nonetheless Australia is facing a severe skill shortage in engineering with encouraging more women into these roles one of the ways to improve this situation.
The gap between Australia and the rest of the world is illustrated in OECD figures from 2010 which show the number of degrees and advanced research programs awarded to women in the fields of engineering, manufacturing and construction.
Australia's figure was only 24.3 per cent - well behind the top three nations - Denmark (32 per cent), New Zealand (30.2 per cent) and France (30.1 per cent).
This suggests that Australia needs to work harder to create engineering opportunities to women in general.
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