Female engineering graduates on the rise at UQ

Originally published by Australian Mining – December 2016. A record number of women have graduated from engineering at the University of Queensland, well above the national average. Women accounted for 26 per cent of all graduates, higher than the national average of 17 per cent. The number of female graduates has grown from 21 per […]

Meet the Woman who Fought Society and the Legal System to Become India’s First Female Mining Engineer

Originally published by The Better India – October 2016. Dr. Chandrani Prasad Verma fought tough odds to become India’s first female mining engineer. This is the story of her struggle, passion, dedication, and success. There was a time when virtually every profession in the country was dominated by men. But the winds of change have […]

Swinburne offers engineering research fellowships just for women

Originally published by Engineers Australia – October 2016. Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne is offering research fellowships for women in Engineering and IT, which it says is a first for the Australian tertiary sector. The Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellowships – Women in STEM are designed to address the underrepresentation of women in STEM and […]

School of Mines lands $1.1M in grants to aid women engineers

Originally published by Rapid City Journal – September 2016   Courtesy photo School of Mines faculty members are celebrating major grants to help more women become engineers. Pictured here, from left, are Shaobo Huang, Jennifer Benning, Cassandra Degen, Paula Jensen,Kelli McCormick, Michael West, Jon Kellar and Andrea Brickey.  Two grants totaling $1.1 million have been […]

How to keep more women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

There have been myriad promises made by the major political parties over the years focused on funding programs aimed at increasing the number of women pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Although some of the policies do target disciplines where women are underrepresented, there seems to be very little acknowledgement of the […]

National Women in Engineering Day – Inspiring Story

The UK currently has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than ten per cent. When we consider Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus are leading the way with nearly 30 per cent, it’s time for the nation to up its game. National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) is celebrated every year on […]

MCA, BHP Billiton & Downer Award Scholarships to Boost Female Participation in Mining

Posted June 2nd, 2015 for Minerals Council of Australia by Chris James – Assistant Director, Workforce Skills The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) on Tuesday night presented five scholarships to boost the participation of young female engineers in the mining industry and train the female board members of the future. The MCA is delighted to announce that Fia […]

Lecture focuses on women working in trade industries

Upper Michigans Source.com by Aleah Hordges Posted: 04.14.2015 HOUGHTON — Students and teachers at Michigan Tech got a better perspective on women working in certain trade industries. Monday’s topic focused on women in the mining and engineering industry. The presentation highlighted what it takes to be a miner and what qualities make a successful engineer. Ways to […]

Naadiya Moosajee – inspiring the next generation of female engineers in Africa

Ms. Naadiya Moosajee Cofounder and CEO, WomEng Cape Town, South Africa Naadiya is a serial social entrepreneur by passion, a civil engineer by training, and is Cofounder and CEO at WomEng (Women in Engineering), an international nonprofit company developing the next generation of female engineers in Africa. WomEng currently works with over 3,000 girls and […]

Are you wanting industry experience and mentoring from a trusted professional in the area? Do you want to interact with an executive of an ASX top 20 listed company?

Transurban is an ASX top 20 listed company, which manages and develops urban toll road networks in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and the USA. Recognising that the engineering and technology professions in Australia are typically dominated by males, Transurban has developed a mentoring program to help females excel in in these areas. The Transurban Females Excelling […]

Goldcorp supports University of British Columbia’s ‘Professorship in Women in Engineering’

One of the ways Goldcorp promotes innovative thinking and career diversity is by supporting the University of British Columbia’s ‘Professorship in Women in Engineering’ which empowers females to excel in the field. “Goldcorp’s commitment to developing our people is one way to create a competitive advantage,” says Maryse Belanger, Senior Vice President Technical Services. “Programs […]

Update on Student Scholarships – Australia

Applications open for BHP Billiton/MCA Women in Engineering Scholarship BHP Billiton, in partnership with the Minerals Council of Australia, the national body representing Australia’s mining and minerals processing industry, invites students from across the country to apply for the BHP Billiton/Minerals Council of Australia Women in Engineering Scholarship. The scholarship is open to all female […]

Deni Shiloane shares her passion for mining

November 21, 2014 by Anglo American To break new ground in the mining industry, you require steel and determination. And these are qualities that De Beers Consolidated Mines (DBCM) employee Deni Shiloane has in abundance. She was recently awarded the Government Certificate of Competence (GCC) in Mechanical Engineering from South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources […]

Women in engineering: Fixing the talent pipeline

Women account for only 7% of the professional engineering workforce in the UK, and less than 4% of engineering technicians – far less than in other European countries. Engineering is a well-paid career, and it is expected that there will be a serious shortage of engineers in the UK in the coming years. Increasing the […]

IV International Women in Mining Forum, Argentina

The fourth edition of the International Women in Mining Forum or (Foro Internacional de Mujeers Trabajando en la Minería) was held over two days at the beginning of the month of October in Argentina. The event is held every 2 years. To read an account of the closing statements click here (in Spanish) There have […]

Women in STEM survey (UK)

Help the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) gain a true reflection of UK women working in engineering. From the results of the survey, WES will propose ideas and actions that will consider changes that need to be made to retain women in STEM careers. Further information: Women in STEM: Are you IN or OUT? survey for qualified […]

Just 8.5% of engineers in the UK are women – the lowest representation of any European country

Yesterday was the UK’s first National Women in Engineering Day and several events were held around the country. National Women in Engineering Day was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. The aim is to celebrate the work that women do in engineering, and to showcase the great engineering careers that are available […]

Julie Shuttleworth: Spotlight on Women at M&EWA

Thursday, 8 May 2014 Tess Ingram, Miningnews.net Frequently the face of women in mining, Fortescue Metals Group Cloudbreak general manager Julie Shuttleworth stepped up to the microphone at Mining & Engineering Western Australia’s Women in Mining event to share some stories from her 20 years in the industry. Followed by a panel discussion and a […]

UCL supports ‘Your Life’ Campaign for greater numbers of women in engineering by offering free Masters degrees

Please share with all your networks as many won’t be aware of this tremendous opportunity Free Masters degrees to attract more women into engineering plus childcare and mentoring provided. Jane Butler, new Vice Dean for Engineering at UCL believes engineering opens the door to a fantastic career for women. University College London (UCL), one of the […]

Virginie Bahon: A helicopter view of engineering, marketing and communications

Virginie Bahon leads the communications for Rio Tinto Guinea and its iron ore project Simandou. It will be the largest mining/infrastructure project in Africa. She has more than 15 years-experience in the extractive industries where she has held a variety of marketing and communications roles working in France, the UK, Italy and the Republic of Guinea.

Women of Osisko Mining Corporation

To mark the occasion of Women’s Day, Osisko Mining Corporation presented a booklet entitled “Women of Osisko” to showcase the success stories of some of the women who work at Osisko. March 2014 We commend Osisko for this initiative! Read the book.

Vanessa Ndebele: a passionate mining engineer from South Africa

Vanessa Ndebele is a Senior Mining Engineer – Mining Planning at Anglo American, Kumba Iron Ore. She appeared in the January 2014 edition of Oprah Magazine in South Africa. You can read her interview here.  

Rebecca Pickering: “I’m a mining girl”

As Rebecca Pickering says, “I’m a mining girl” Link to video For Rebecca, and many women like her, the opportunities in the mining industry are plentiful. In fact, at only 28 she’s already enjoyed a range of different roles in various fields. Rebecca’s story started in Collie, where her dad was an operator at the […]

Women miners in Asia

We hear very little about the women working at minesites in Asia so hearing from Rio Tinto in India recently and now Oceana Gold in the Philippines is very positive. Link to story Link to video Do you have any other stories from Asia you could share? Please send to barbara@womeninmining.net  

Marina Bartolome, Christine Niña Monilla, Jenalyn Panti: Women miners in the Philippines

By Vaughn Alviar, Inquirer Northern Luzon Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 KASIBU, Nueva Vizcaya — On any day about a year and a half ago, Marina Bartolome, 30, would be tending her three children, ages 6 to 10, while her husband operated a bulldozer at the gold project of OceanaGold Corp. in the mining community of Didipio […]

What it’s like for Alice Sila at Helensburgh mine

Winner of the NSW Women in Mining Rising Star Award, Alice Sila, tells the Illawarra Mercury how she got started in her career as a mining engineer. Mining engineer Alice Sila at Helensburgh’s Metropolitan mine. Picture: GREG TOTMAN This month, Alice received the Rising Star Award from the NSW Women in Mining group, recognising exceptional […]

Anne Oxley: From being lead to metallurgy to leading in metallurgy

Anne Oxley was encouraged to head towards metallurgy by an inspirational chemistry teacher, Mr David Miller, who changed her views on what might be possible as a career. She was always very good at sciences but until then had been directed as are many girls in that situation towards medicine.

WRS interviews Wilhemina Manaso 

WRS, Thursday, March 27th 2014 Wilhelmina Manaso, Mine Manager, BHP Billiton in South Africa shares her experiences and advice for women embarking on a career in the Mining industry… “There are a lot of barriers caused by my gender; as a woman, if you’re doing well in a male-dominated industry they think you’re having an […]

Portraits & Interviews of Women in Mining in South Africa

Solver Consulting is a South African consultancy specialising in skills development, project management, market analysis, impact assessments and best practice benchmarking studies. What attracted my attention to them is a page about women in mining they have on their website which portrays several women working in the sector in South Africa as well as an […]

Rosa García Piñeiro: promoted to President of Alcoa in Spain

Congratulations to Rosa García Piñeiro has been promoted to President of Alcoa Spain last week! She will assume her new functions on the 1st of March. Rosa Garcia was until most recently Director of Regional Affairs and Sustainability for Europe. Before that, she served as Director Environment, Health, Safety (EHS) and Sustainability for the European […]

Zoë becomes MAC’s first female chair

Rio Tinto’s Zoë Yujnovich, who is president and chief executive officer of the Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC), has been elected chair of The Mining Association of Canada (MAC). She is the first woman to hold this role in the 78-year history of MAC, the national association that represents one of the largest mining […]

Heather Bell: Balancing family, study and career wins Rio Tinto Coal woman top Queensland female mining award

08 March 2013 A female mining engineer who has quickly moved up the ranks to regional manager while balancing a young family and completing her Executive MBA has been awarded this year’s overall female mining award in Queensland. Rio Tinto Coal Australia’s NSW regional manager for resource development Heather Bell, 33, took home the top […]

Kate Sommerville, Miriam Lyons-Stanborough: Taking charge of your career – A women in mining perspective

12th June 2010 The article ‘Taking charge of your career – a women in mining perspective’, by Kate Sommerville and including a profile of Miriam Lyons-Stanborough, appeared in Australian Resources and Investment Magazine, Vol 4 no.3.  

More woman and better technical skills are vital for mining future

I reproduce below an article published end of last month which mentions and quotes Claire McMaster, Chair of WIMSA (Women in Mining South Africa), a WIM group that has grown and developed very rapidly since inception in 2010. WIMSA organised a panel discussion during the conference mentioned in the article. Johannesburg 24 October 2013 According […]

Achieving big in the Australian Minerals Industry: Yunus Lucya’s Story

20 May 2013, Minerals Council of Australia Yunus Lucya is the polar opposite of the archetypal Australian Miner. While she prefers to wear her long dark hair in a ponytail, it is obvious that locks of enviable length flow behind the expediently tied back hair. One could not be censured for mistaking this Indonesian born […]

Zoe Yujnovich: The Mining Association of Canada has voted in its first female chair

07/02/2013, By The Globe and Mail Zoë Yujnovich, the current president and chief executive officer of Iron Ore Co. of Canada, took over the board last week, replacing Ian Pearce, former CEO of Xstrata Nickel who retired last month. It’s the first time that the mining association has had a female chief of its board in […]

Emily Hahn, Female Mining Engineering Student – 1924

Hahn was born in St. Louis and lived there until her family moved to Chicago during her high school years. Emily Hahn never intended to pursue a degree in mining engineering. As a 17-year-old freshman in the College of Letters and Science in 1922, she simply wanted to take a chemistry course offered only to […]

Vicky Binns: Clear drivers for resilient Binns

06/18/2008 By Emily Roberts, HighGrade WHEN analyst Vicky Binns studied mining engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in the 1980s she was one of eight women who started the course. By the end of her first year, she was the only female still enrolled. Her resolve, for which she is renowned, has […]

A day in the life of Melanie Gordon

07/25/2008 By BMA Magazine Melanie Gordon When I left my home city of Brisbane for a mining job in the bush, my friends placed bets on how long I’d last, but the punters came up empty, and six years on I’m still up and running in Queensland’s outback. I am now a Senior Engineer (Major Projects) with BMA (BHP […]

Kate Sommerville: Blast that got things started

09/04/2008 By Emily Roberts, HighGrade SINCE she first flicked the initiation switch to set off a shaft blast, Kate Sommerville has been hooked on mining engineering. Now a principal mining engineer with BHP Billiton, Kate Sommerville wants to “make a difference” in the industry, starting with helping to modernise its image. To this end Sommerville […]

Karen Sonnekus: Charting a different course

13 January 2009 HAVING abandoned a family tradition of pursuing a naval career, South African-born Karen Sonnekus says she does not regret choosing her vocation. An associate geotechnical engineer with Coffey Mining in Melbourne, Sonnekus is settled into a career path in mining, and life in Australia. Sonnekus says her key challenges are “working with […]

Sandra Collins: a model for women in mining

04/15/2009 By Emily Roberts, HighGrade BELIEVED to be the first female mining engineer to work in Australia and one of only two women to manage a Queensland mine, Sandra Collins was again in the spotlight in March when she won the Resources Award for Women from the Queensland Resources Council. Collins is currently the East […]

Neveen Moussa: An educated guest

14 October 2009 By Emily Roberts, HighGrade.Net AS A young girl growing up in Egypt, Neveen Moussa never dreamed of working overseas, let alone as a financially independent successful businesswoman. She grew up in a society where middle-class women who decided to work were pitied for their bad choice of husband, who was deemed incapable […]