Hydronumerics' Engineers talk about International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Posted on February 12, 2016

February 11th marks the inaugural ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science’, a UN resolution to recognise and celebrate the work of woman in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). To commemorate the day, the UN hosted a High-Level Forum in their headquarters, rub by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust. On the back of this Hydronumerics' engineers Dr Patricia Okely (B. Eng, PhD), Priyanka Bhattacharya (B. IT) and Rachael Welling (B. Eng, B.Chem, Monash, in progress) got together to talk about studying and working in the field of Engineering.

Dr Okely writes 'Women are still very much a minority in STEM classrooms at school and universities, so I think an international recognition and celebration of the work of women in STEM is a great initiative, showing female students there is a large community of women out there working in STEM sectors that are making a valuable contribution to the world''. This sentiment is echoed by Rachael Welling, adding she has faced no barriers to studying Engineering; “I have been privileged to live in a very accepting country, and I know my experience is not universal”. Bengali native and our most recent starter at Hydronumerics, Priyanka feels that there is still much that parents and educators can do to raise awareness for STEM subjects for girls. Like Rachael ''I have faced no barriers in my chosen career''.

Welcome to Priyanka Bhattacharya

Posted on February 09, 2016

We welcome Priyanka Bhattacharya to Hydronumerics' Administration team. Priyanka is a Software Engineer and has completed her Bachelors of Engineering - Information Technology from UP Technical University, Ghaziabad. Priyanka is fluent in four languages (Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali and English)! Prior to joining Hydronumerics, Priyanka has led end to end project implementation including Planning, Finance Management, Quality Assurance and Support for clients in India (Including the Commercial Tax departments in Rajasthan, Bihar and J&K) and internationally.

Update from Rachael Welling

Posted on February 08, 2016

I have completed two months of my internship with Hydronumerics. I have been privileged by the amount of opportunities I have been given to learn about my field, and by the breadth of work I have been able to do. In this time I’ve have flown to Canberra for a site visit to Lake Tuggeranong with Chris O’Neill, and have been able to shadow Peter Yeates for a day at Melbourne Water. I have also been working on a literature review into the effectiveness of Gross Pollutant Traps (GPTs) in a Water Sensitive Urban Design context, with a focus on the GPTs installed at Lake Tuggeranong. During the past two weeks, I have commenced the modelling stage of this project and am currently working on a year-long model of Lake Tuggeranong. A highlight of my work so far has been my chance to conduct interviews with Prof. Tony Wong and Dr Tim Fletcher, two leading researchers in the field of Water Sensitive Urban Design.

Among other things, I have attended client meetings, learnt about project record keeping and been sent on the occasional coffee run. I am looking forward to the remaining month of my internship, seeing the results of my work, and the year going forward with Hydronumerics.


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