Coronavirus message of support.
As the impact of COVID-19 spreads , all of us at Engineering Aid Australia are grateful for our community’s support. We encourage all former IAES participants to persevere with their High School and University studies and to see kindness , hope and support are abundant in our communities during these difficult times.
John McKillop, Director & CEO
Our Patron’s message of support .
“ As Patron, I want to send you this message of encouragement as you go about the task of continuing your studies amidst the challenges generated by COVID-19.
Some of you will have been looking forward to turning up to university on the first day of Semester 1 and taking in the excitement of your first day on campus. Meeting your fellow students, making new friends, exploring the university and pondering what extra-curricular activities to undertake — all part of a higher education experience.
While a great many Australians are now studying and working remotely, it is timely to remember how fortunate we are to be able to do so. Advances in technology, the product of engineering, have enriched our lives. Technology, today, enables us to stay connected and to continue to be productive.
In these challenging times, I am reassured by the Engineering Aid Australia mission: building futures. Implicit in that mission is a resolve to push on regardless. I encourage all Indigenous Australian Engineering School students to dig deep, maintain focus and use whatever tools you have at your disposal to be part of a nationwide commitment to overcome adversity and build a stronger Australia.”
His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC ( Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
Torey Rickerby’s story is one of the IAES Program’s many success stories. He attended the first IAES in Perth at Curtin University in 2010 and was interviewed by Channel 10 during a site visit to Pearce Airforce Base.He returned to complete his High School studies at Derby and in 2018 Torey graduated with a Masters Degree in Engineering. Channel 10 re-visited the Perth IAES in 2019 to interview Torey Rickerby following his graduation.
Some Student Stories
“Before coming here I didn’t know what engineers do and by experiencing this course I have gained an understanding of what engineering I want to do. I want to become an engineer to have impact on communities.” – Raph
“I enjoyed making friends with everyone and just becoming one family this whole week” – Jeconan
“IAES has opened my eyes to engineering and how bright of a future I can have now because of the connections I’ve established”– Cameron
“IAES has made me want to study engineering and law. Seeing all the wonderful buildings and tunnels has sparked my interest. Talking to all the engineering firms at the networking has made me set my heart on engineering”– Rikisha
“Enjoy every moment and speak to as many people as possible” – Perrun
“I enjoyed meeting a group of like minded and intelligent people. I enjoyed visiting insightful and successful engineering firms. It was great to see what they do from day to day. To live on campus was also very eye opening.” -Ellie
“I would advise people to see what IAES is like because they shape a better world” – Katrina
“I really enjoyed networking with other companies, building friendships with everyone here, seeing the Opera House and learning more about engineering was amazing!” – Ebony
“I was able to network and make connections as well as have the courage to ask all the questions I wanted to ask” – Emily
“The program has given me an interest in engineering as the activities have provided insight about engineering and how fun but challenging it can be. The program showed me that by taking up engineering I will help shape the future and feel rewarded.” – Ethan
“I learnt more about Aboriginal culture and the complex engineering that was used to build the Sydney Opera House” – Hayden
“Coming into this program, I was unsure about engineering, but it has made me want to study software engineering. I have also seen a few other engineering degrees I might want to study” – Zach
“I would recommend doing it because you get to experience things others only dream of and I have made friends and connections for life” – Qana
“I attended the Engineering Summer School at the University of NSW back in 1999, and remember it as being a highly informative and enjoyable eye-opening experience. More importantly, I later attended and graduated from the same University as an Electrical Engineer in 2004, becoming the first Indigenous Engineering Student to graduate from this Institution. I regard this program as an awesome opportunity for Indigenous youth to witness and find out more about what is available to them in University and Engineering. This program only gets better every year.”
– Ben Lange, BE Electrical Engineering, UNSW and 1999 IAES Alumni
Not only is Ben UNSW’s first Indigenous Engineering Graduate he is also the first former IAES student to become a Director of Engineering Aid Australia.