Regional Engineering Showcase: Bendigo

Following on from the 2019 World Engineers Convention, the Regional Engineering Showcase will explore engineering in the region, showcasing the breadth and impact of the multi-disciplinary field in the heart of Bendigo and its regions.
Regional Engineering Showcase

Following on from the 2019 World Engineers Convention, the Regional Engineering Showcase will explore engineering in the region, showcasing the breadth and impact of the multi-disciplinary field in the heart of Bendigo and its regions.

Please note: Registrations for the full Regional Engineering Showcase program have now closed. However, you may like to register for one of the associated events:

The weekend, themed Anything is possible: Past, present and future of regional engineering, will appeal to engineers of all disciplines with site tour streams focusing on infrastructure, mining, manufacturing and defence. Professional based presentations, lectures and networking opportunities will abound, and the highly anticipated Engineering Leadership Dinner, where we award the region's newest Fellows and EngExecs, is sure to be a highlight with a Keynote address by our october edition of Create Magazine feature, Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the cutting edge Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre at UNSW Sydney.

The sustainability challenge, will inspire students, educators, industry and community members to create practical solutions to the sustainability challenge titled STEM power: Bendigo, a Smart city. Hosted by leaders in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Maths) Dr Collette Burke (Chief Engineer of Victoria), Felicity Furey (Co-founder of the Power of Engineering and award winning international speaker) and Jemily Sweet (STEM Learning Designer, Bendigo Tech School), the challenge will use Power of Engineering’s “Engineering in a box program” to demonstrate how current STEM education is being used to solve real world problems, with tailored modules to engage all age groups. 

This is an opportunity to support and engage with the region’s vibrant engineering community, network with peers, and celebrate the past, present and future of engineering in the regions.

We are pleased to offer a student rate for our student members and also offer our full members the opportunity to bring a guest at the member rate.

Two speakers announced: Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the cutting edge Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre at UNSW Sydney, and Peter Seamer , former CEO of the Victorian Planning Authority and author of Breaking Point: The Future of Australian Cities, the forum is sure to be a highlight.


CPD HOURS: 12 Hours (full program), 1 hour (Leadership dinner only)

Registration options available and associated prices are specified below:


Registration Options






Student Member

Two day showcase and Leadership dinner







Two day showcase only (Leadership dinner not included)







Leadership dinner only








Pre-showcase networking evening

For those coming to Bendigo on the Friday evening, the Bendigo Regional Group will be hosting an informal networking evening that you are invited to attend. For details and to register, click here.



Please note that accommodation is not included in any of the registration options. A special deal has been arranged with the All Seasons Hotel, the Leadership Dinner venue. Use the promo code "Regional Engineering Showcase" to receive a discounted rate. Click here to visit their website or call them on (03) 5443 8166 to make your accommodation booking.


Transfers from Melbourne

An option to purchase return transfers Melbourne CBD to Bendigo is available during registration for $50 per person.


Download the program


Meet the Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Engineering Leadership Dinner

Prof Veena Sahajwalla

Veena Sahajwalla: Scienta Professor, University of New South Wales

Professor Veena Sahajwalla is the Director of the cutting-edge Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre at the University of New South Wales, and is internationally recognised for revolutionising recycling science. Many people will also recognise her as the resident engineer on the panel of ABC TV's New Inventors. Professor Sahajwalla’s approach to tackling some of the world’s biggest problems focuses not only on sustainability and the environment, but solutions that can also provide social and economic benefits.

Professor Sahajwalla will also participate in Sunday's Public Forum - 'Anything is possible: Engineering a Smart Bendigo for future liveability'.


Presenters: Sustainability Challenge: STEM Power – a Smart Bendigo 

STEM challenge presenters

Felicity Furey: Co-Founder, Power of Engineering

Superstar of STEM Felicity Furey is an award-winning inspirational speaker, entrepreneur and engineer passionate about diversity. As a founder of two social enterprises, Felicity has shifted the perception of engineering with thousands of young people and companies. Felicity was named one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ at just 26 years old.

Dr Jillian Kenny: Co-Founder, Power of Engineering

Dr Jillian Kenny’s commitment to creating value in the world and providing opportunities for non-traditional entrants into STEM professions has led her to establish both Power of Engineering and Maths In Real Life. Dr Kenny has challenged audience perspectives through speaking in the UK, USA, South Korea and Australia.

Jemily Sweet: STEAM Learning Designer, Bendigo Tech School

Jemily Sweet is a STEAM Learning Designer at the Bendigo Tech School and alumnus Civil Engineer from LaTrobe University Bendigo. She has worked in the engineering industry for the last five years delivering water and wastewater solutions around Australia whilst tutoring VCE students in maths and physics.

Dr Collette Burke will also assist during the Sustainability Challenge - see bio below.


Panelists: Public Forum - Anything is possible: Engineering a Smart Bendigo for future liveability

The Hon. John Brumby AO: Chancellor, La Trobe University

The Hon. John Brumby is the former Premier of Victoria (2007-10), and has immense experience in public life. The Hon. John Brumby AO is current Chancellor of La Trobe University in Bendigo and an Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne.

Dr Collette Burke: Chief Engineer of Victoria

As the inaugural Chief Engineer of Victoria, Dr Collette Burke provides advice to the Government on major project design and delivery and leads key engineering initiatives. Dr Burke has more than 25 years’ experience in the Engineering and Construction industry, working across telecommunications, road, tunnel, rail, building, marine and other major infrastructure.

Tim Dunlop: CEO, RMG

Tim Dunlop is the CEO of RMG, proving project and engineering services throughout regional Australia to the Transports, Property and Buildings and Water Sectors. Tim is a Project Manager and Civil Engineer with over 15 years’ experience in design consultation, construction management and project management, and has been integral to the delivery of high-level infrastructure projects all over Australia.

Dr Bronwyn Evans: CEO, Engineers Australia

Dr Bronwyn Evans is the CEO Engineers Australia, and has a wealth of leadership, commercial and policy expertise, gained across a career spanning both corporate and not-for-profit roles in Australia and globally. Dr Evans was recently the CEO of Standards Australia, and was recognized as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers in 2014 and 2015. 

Peter Seamer AM: Director, Planning Strategies Pty Ltd

Author of Breaking Point, the Future of Australian Cities, Peter Seamer AM has a wealth of experience in urban planning, infrastructure, finance and management. Mr Seamer was the CEO of the Victorian Planning Authority for ten years, the CEO of Federation Square during its building phase, and has been the CEO of several cities.


Professor Veena Sahajwalla will also participate in the public forum as a panelist - see bio above.

23 / 11 / 2019 09:00 am to 24 / 11 / 2019 03:00 pm
Registration Closes
20 / 11 / 2019 05:00 pm
Engineers Australia Victoria & Bendigo Regional Group
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