2 June 2021
Chartered civil and structural engineer Scott Snedden, based in Adelaide, was awarded Engineers Australia’s Young Professional Engineer of the Year in 2019.
Snedden has a breadth of engineering experience across projects in buildings, infrastructure, power, heavy industry, irrigation, water retaining structures and wastewater.
In keeping with the tradition of winning Young Professional Engineer of the Year, Snedden travelled to far north Queensland for a series of school visits where he was able to inspire the next generation.
Visiting four high schools in the area, Snedden was able to speak with the students, answer their questions and run practical activities like designing a bridge using spaghetti, paper and masking tape.
At Mossman State High School, a representative said that Snedden’s two sessions were attended by a total of 50 students who were able to hear the nuts and bolts of the engineering profession and get insight into his life experience as an engineer.
A representative from Malanda State High School said there are often a number of students from each year level that go on to study engineering at high school, so the session with Snedden was very helpful for those interested in pursuing the profession.
These school visits are set up each year by the Queensland Division of Engineers Australia as part of its STEM work with future generations.
Snedden was able to explain to the students some of the projects he had worked on. This included time spent in Timor as an Australian youth ambassador working on construction redevelopment, work on the Christchurch earthquake recovery as a structural advisor, and experience building bridges for flood prone areas in the Northern Territory.
His visit to Mareeba State High School was summed up as interactive and thought provoking. A representative from the school said participation for the bridge building activity was frantic with students folding, sticking, bending their materials to try and complete the task.
At Cairns State High School, a teacher noted that Snedden’s description of both personal and technical engineering strengths was insightful for the students.
One of the key categories for the 2021 Engineer of the Year Awards includes contribution to and promotion of the engineering profession through work similar to Snedden’s. Nominated engineers will soon be announced for 2021.
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