Auckland hosts female students for INWED
To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), several of our offices invited female students with an interest in STEM subjects to our offices, to help them understand the opportunities and career paths that the engineering sector can provide.
INWED is an annual international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focus attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. NDY’s Auckland office welcomed four students from Michael Park School in Ellerslie, Auckland, and three students from Orewa College to a one-day STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Workshop.
The students were given an insight into the engineering processes of the building services sector with a fun, fast-paced building design challenge.
NDY is committed to raising the level of involvement of women in the engineering industry. Our CEO is a signatory to the Male Champions of Change initiative, and we have established a comprehensive Diversity & Inclusion policy and working group. As a firm, we’ve been doing a significant amount of work to address these imbalances and create an organisation we’re all proud to recognise as a leader in our industry.
The student challenge was to design and present a mixed-use community centre concept. The design concepts needed to consider:
- Environmental impacts
- Building user comfort
- Resource efficiency
- Community benefits
- Integration with surrounding community, infrastructure and transport.
The feedback was extremely positive, with students all having an enjoyable and educational experience in our office.