ChESS Presents - What’s appropriate and what’s not: navigating the realities of a diverse engineering workplace
12 October, 2015
UQ Advanced Engineering Building (Building 49), Level 5
Chemical and Environmental Engineering Student Society
Lecturers and researchers from the School of Chemical Engineering have organised a panel/networking evening which aims to address the realities of a diverse engineering workplace. The benefits of diversity are well known: different life experiences and perspectives can improve group problem-solving and creativity. However diversity has many dimensions (e.g. culture, gender, education, values, personality), each of which can pose challenges for communication, cooperation and common vision. This panel discussion will provide insights into how to navigate the complexities of the engineering workplace, and harness the power of diversity. With collectively more than 75 years industrial experience, our panellists will answer some of the challenging questions faced by graduates engineers: Where is the line between a joke and harassment? Working in remote locations means than workplace and social life can strongly overlap: what risks does this bring, and what to do when things go wrong? How to work effectively with people from different cultures and background? How to deal with conflict in the workplace? What does a healthy workplace look like? Who can change workplace culture, and how do they do it? If you are accused of inappropriate behaviour, what’s the appropriate response? Come along to ask your questions and benefit from the hard-earned experience of our industry panel members.
The panel discussion will be followed by informal networking with complimentary refreshments.
2nd/3rd/4th year students are encouraged to attend with vacation work and graduate jobs coming up very fast. Registration is required for the evening, so please follow the link above if you wish to attend.
Date: Monday 12th October, 4pm to 6pm
Location: Advanced Engineering Building (AEB), Room 502
• Kathy Hirschfeld – Non-executive director, Transfield Services
• Professor Chris Greig – Director, UQ Energy Initiative
• Mark McNee – Senior Mechanical Engineer, Energy Developments Ltd
• Emma Charlton – Workgroup Manager: Impact Assessment and Permitting, AECOM Australia Pty Ltd
• Bianca Goebbel – Process Engineer, Origin Energy Ltd
• Jay Tsou – Graduate Petroleum Engineer, Origin Energy Ltd
If you are interested please RSVP to the attached link.