Engineers Australia National President visits VSSEC

Engineers Australia National President visits VSSEC

Each year the new Engineers Australia President tours the country, promoting engineering as a profession and touring organisations that promote innovation in engineering. On the 18th May VSSEC was pleased to welcome a delegation from Engineers Australia including the 2011 President, Merv Lindsay; Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Rupert Grayston; Victorian State President, Paul Collier; and Victorian Deputy State President, John McIntosh.

The group toured VSSEC and discussed how the Specialist Maths and Science Centres engaged students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and how important it is to start developing the skills needed by the industry in Primary and Secondary school.

Mr Lindsay was impressed by the learning opportunities available to students and the access to specialist equipment. In the VSSEC Space Laboratory he demonstrated his engineering skills when took control of the robotic arm.

During his year as National President Mr Lindsay is keen to promote engineering as a profession that makes a difference.

Engineers Australia is undertaking a campaign to motivate more engineers to put themselves forward for humanitarian work and to get more employers to support their engineers in those activities. We are also looking to inspiring young Australians to make engineering their career of choice with the additional motivation of the powerful lasting humanitarian outcomes that can be achieved through the contributions of engineering across the world he said.

For more information about the 2011 Engineers Australia Year of Humanitarian Engineering visit http://makeitso.org.au/year-of-humanitarian-engineering/

For more information about Engineers Australia, Victoria Division’s Schools Programs visit http://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/divisions/victoria-division/schools/schools_home.cfm