Engineers Australia - Future Shapers Gala Dinner

Join industry leaders and like-minded professionals for an evening of topical conversation and celebrate the winners of the 2019 Gender Diversity Awards.
Engineers Australia - Future Shapers Gala Dinner

Join Women in Engineering Queensland (WIEQ) for an evening of open discussion on the changing landscape of engineering and inspiring look into the future of work and innovation.

Engineering services are embodied in almost every good or service consumed, used or traded by Australians, now and in the future. Engineers are the enablers of productivity growth because they convert "brilliant ideas" into new commercial products, processes and services. Engineers also ensure that society gets the most out of existing facilities by optimising their operations and maintenance.

Evolution of technology has meant that the distinction between some specialisations has become blurred, for example, the distinction between mechanical and electrical engineers and the emerging field of mechatronics. Engineers challenge current thinking and conceptualise alternative approaches, often engaging in research and development of new engineering principles, technologies and materials.

This year's theme ‘Transform the Future’ continues from International Women in Engineering Day an international awareness campaign aimed to raise the profile of engineering as an amazing and rewarding career for all.

Driving the conversation will be an esteemed panel of professionals from varying technical backgrounds and experience.

This event looks at:

  1. Emerging industries, specialisations and future skills
  2. Future engineering and corporate cultural issues to be solved?  

This night will also feature the presentation of Engineers Australia Gender Diversity Awards which are aimed to promote national engineering excellence and recognise the contribution of women to the engineering community. These awards seek to identify, recognise and reward companies that strive towards national engineering excellence in encouraging gender diversity.


Introducing your speaker for the evening

Amanda Yeates FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Deputy Director-General Infrastructure Management and Delivery, Department of Transport and Main Roads 

As Deputy Director-General, Infrastructure Management and Delivery, Amanda oversees the delivery of the integrated program of infrastructure projects and the maintenance and operation of the state controlled road network. This includes delivery of Transport and Main Roads’ (TMR) record $23 billion program of works over four years.

Amanda was appointed to the Deputy Director-General role and the Executive Leadership Team in July 2018. Prior to this appointment, Amanda held the positions of General Manager (Program Delivery and Operations), General Manager (Integrated Transport Planning), Deputy Regional Director (Metropolitan Region), and Regional Director (North Coast and Wide Bay Burnett).

Amanda is a passionate advocate and supporter of workforce diversity and is committed to fostering an environment and culture that supports a vibrant, diverse, collaborative, safe, rewarding and high-performing workplace. As Chair of the TMR Safety, Health and Wellbeing Governance Committee, Amanda is dedicated to the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of all staff across the department.


Your panellists for the evening discussion.

Saskya Hunter MIEAust CPEng APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) | Digital Innovation Lead (Water), AquaLAB Director, GHD Digital

Saskya has over 22 years’ professional experience in the water industry having taken on roles in Australia and abroad in consulting roles as well as across public and private sector utilities. 

For the past decade or more, Saskya has been satisfying her curiosity and natural tendency to want to do things better by augmenting her water work with a variety of activities focused on innovation. 

Saskya currently leads the digital water service offerings for GHD Digital, including the creation and development of the AquaLAB concept which fosters collaboration and co-creation of leading-edge digital solutions in the water sector.      


Dr Dilum Fernando | Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland

Dilum obtained a Bachelor's of Civil Engineering from Monash University in 2005 and PhD from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2010 while working as a structural design engineer at Connell Wagner (2004-06). Dilum went on to work as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ), Switzerland.

Dilum joined the University of Queensland (UQ) in August 2013 as a lecturer in the School of Civil Engineering. Currently, he is an Associate professor at UQ and also the Deputy Director of the Australian Research Council-funded Future Timber Hub.

Dilum’s research interests are on efficient structural systems through an innovative combination of materials and geometry. As the lead inventor of the Double Skin Tubular Arch Bridge, which won the inaugural BERD-FEUP Prize for World Innovation in Bridge Engineering, Dilum is also the winner of UQ’s Excellence in Innovation award and was selected as one of Australia’s 30 Most Innovative Engineers in 2019 by Engineer Australia.


Dr Ben McGarry MIEAust CPEng | Associate, Future Energy, Aurecon

Ben leads Aurecon’s Future Energy team in Queensland, and has been recognised as one of Engineers Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers in 2019.

His team helps clients develop strategies, policies and projects to harness the opportunities of grid transformation, clean energy, hydrogen, energy storage, electric vehicles and carbon reduction. At Aurecon, Ben’s energy transformation clients include the QLD and SA Governments, BHP, ARENA, Santos, Origin, Ausgrid, TransGrid and CEFC.

Ben was previously a Director in KPMG’s US Infrastructure team, providing commercial, financial and strategic advice to public and private infrastructure clients including the City of New York, the California High-Speed Rail project, and Virginia Space.

Ben’s PhD research explored using virtual and augmented reality to support design thinking and innovation in engineering, and included parallel work at a Danish design institute as a user centered design researcher and consultant.


13 / 09 / 2019 - 06:30 pm to 11:00 pm
Registration Closes
10 / 09 / 2019 05:00 pm
Sofitel Brisbane Central
Grand Ballroom
249 Turbot Street
  • Member Rate: $130.00 ($118.18 excl. GST)
  • Society Member Rate: $159.99 ($145.45 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $120.00 ($109.09 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $159.99 ($145.45 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Amanda Yeates, Deputy Director - General Infrastructure Management and Delivery, Department of Transport and Main Roads
Women in Engineering QLD
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