EVENT: An Evening with Marita Cheng: Mechatronics Engineer and Young Australian of the Year
|An Evening with Marita Cheng: Mechatronics Engineer and Young Australian of the Year : What do engineers really do, especially mechatronic engineers? Especially young and wildly enthusiastic ones?
This is an opportunity to learn how young engineers are helping people by making the world a better place to be.
Marita Cheng was awarded Young Australian of the Year for her work with RoboGals: see https://www.robogals.org/latest-news/latest/182 and this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nRXlT0b_v0
This event is her first stop in Western Australian tour.
This is an opportunity to meet one of Australia’s most wildly enthusiastic young engineers. It will also be a great opportunity to meet young people who would like to become engineers.
Apart from Marita you will also meet mechatronic engineers doing exciting things here in WA, such as Professor Thomas Braunl, robot builder and now running one of Australia's largest trials of electric cars, here in Perth. See https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/8382462/perth-hosts-electric-car-trials/
There will be a modest charge ($10) for light food and refreshments: students and young people will be admitted free of charge.
ABOUT THE KEY SPEAKER
While still a university student, Marita Cheng has demonstrated vision and leadership well beyond her years and is dedicated to encouraging young women to become interested in a career in engineering. The daughter of Chinese parents, Marita was born and raised in far north Queensland and now studies at the University of Melbourne. She founded Robogals Global in 2008, as a response to the traditionally low levels of participation by women in engineering and technology. Robogals uses fun and educational activities to teach schoolgirls about engineering and the difference that engineers make to our lives. Already Robogals
has run robotics workshops for 3,000 girls across 80 schools in Australia and now has 17 chapters across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Marita's career path includes studying for a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Computer Science on a Paterson Scholarship. She has a Nancy Fairfax Churchill Fellowship, an International Youth Foundation YouthActionNet Fellowship and an Anita Borg Change Agent Award. A former panellist on ABC TV's New Inventors program, Marita plans to start a robotics company, creating robots that will take care of many everyday and mundane tasks. Already she has changed the way that girls view their capacity to contribute to engineering and technology.
School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, 2nd Floor
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Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:00
Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:00
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Tue, 10 Jul 2012 13:20
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