How We Started

Power of Engineering's origins lie in a one-off collaboration in 2012 between our  founding members (Felicity Briody and Jillian Kenny), Engineers Australia, Queensland University of Technology and AECOM to deliver a highly successful event for school students that aimed to create awareness about the array of opportunities available through engineering careers. 

The first event included 133 female students from 13 schools across Brisbane, four workshops at the Queensland University of Technology, three industry guest speakers (including Australian Young Engineer of the Year) and five site tours.

Co-founders Jillian Kenny and Felicity Furey (Briody)

Co-founders Jillian Kenny and Felicity Furey (Briody)

How We Grew

This one-off event then expanded to become another nine events throughout Queensland in August, October and November of 2012. When combined, the ten events in 2012 reached around 850 high school students across Queensland. Power of Engineering has now run over 40 events across four states and reached over 3,000 students.

After the events, over 90% of students were satisfied or very satisfied with the event. On average, 85% said they would consider a career in engineering and around 55% were inspired to change their mind to consider a career in engineering.

After developing a strong high school outreach program, we are now expanding our work to develop a structured volunteer program for university students and young professionals. This will expand and strengthen the Power of Engineering community and ensure the organisation has a sustainable future.