Kelsie Clarke wants the world to know that engineering is for everyone. “Engineering isn’t just maths, science and problem solving,” she says. “It’s problem solving for people. Everything that engineers work on, whether it’s roads, cars or dams, are ultimately for the whole of society. I think if that message was out there, more people would want to be engineers!”
Kelsie chose civil engineering because it’s the perfect combination of maths, architecture and the built environment. She’s since taken on a variety of roles, from geotechnical to marine engineering.
Last year, Kelsie was invited to take part in Homeward Bound, a leadership program for Women in STEM which led to a three week expedition to Antarctica. Kelsie describes the opportunity as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “We were a group of 80 women working together and completely isolated in the pristine Antarctic environment. We’re all overwhelmingly seeking to make a positive change for the planet.”
Kelsie has been involved with non-profit organisation Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia since her first year of uni. She’s taken part in a study tour to Cambodia to explore water infrastructure projects, worked with a WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Team based in Vietnam and now works on the EWB Australia Board to foster partnerships and collaboration. “The mission is to build a better life for people, using engineering skills to build a better world.”
In more engineering news, Kelsie helps debunk 6 popular engineering myths – check out the article here.
Kelsie’s career path:
>> Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), University of Newcastle
>> Work Experience, CSIRO
>> Non Executive Director, Engineers Without Borders Australia
>> Systems Engineer, Woodside Energy
>> Women in Engineering Mentor, University of Western Australia
This article originally appears in Careers with STEM: Engineering 2019.
Author: Larissa Fedunik-Hofman
Larissa is the editorial assistant for Careers with STEM and a Chemistry PhD student. Larissa’s goal is to promote public engagement with STEM through inspiring stories.