Grand Challenge Lecture: Engineering a Revolution

Speaker Hon. Trish White, National President and Chair of Engineers Australia

Engineering a Revolution: from impossible complexity to transformed lives

The transformation referred to as Industry 4.0, or the fourth Industrial Revolution, has begun and engineers are at its forefront. Many Australian companies are alert to the scale of disruptions on the doorstep of their businesses and are looking to technology to help them adapt. The pace of innovation is escalating, as is the pace of disruption, but how well prepared are we for this changed future? And how well prepared is the engineering profession to guide our path?

Engineers are the professionals trained to identify good ideas that will work, and they use their problem-solving skills to turn those ideas into practical products and services. Stepping out of the shadows, the future engineer must develop new skills to help shape our nation and communicate the benefits that technology and good leadership can bring. They need expertise in their field, but they also need to be across a wider range of technologies and practices and to care about the impact of their work.

In this Grand Challenge Lecture, Ms White will outline some of the major shifts in engineering, technology and business leadership that will transform our country and our lives. She will cover topics of innovation, technological advances, leadership, engineering education and the impact of engineering on a preferred future for the nation.

Event details:
Friday 21 September, 4.00–5.15pm, followed by light refreshments
QUT Gardens Point campus, Kindler Theatre (P-421), Level 4, P Block
Free event. RSVP via Eventbrite.

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