Career, Yvette

Alstom Women of Excellence Launch

Hello!  It’s been a little while... but I have been busy! I’m very excited to announce that I’ve been appointed as the inaugural champion of the Alstom Women of Excellence Australia and New Zealand. We had our virtual launch on 30th September.  As the champion, I had the opportunity to give a little introductory speech: Launching… Continue reading Alstom Women of Excellence Launch

Engineering, HedyCulture, Yvette

If Disney Princesses Were Engineers…

We have, through the power of the internet, found out what it would be like if Disney Princesses were mothers, minions and even velociraptors. But, the most important question has yet to be answered, until now... What if Disney Princesses were engineers?

Career, Engineering, Lifestyle, Yvette

The Wagon Whisperer

Last week, I got to know my favourite Aurizon grad, Antonia Niaga, a little better by officially interviewing her.  It was lovely to listen to her describe her talents as "The Wagon Whisperer", diagnosing problems with the "underbelly" of the train with guru-like ease, and to realise that we share a love of art.  Thanks,… Continue reading The Wagon Whisperer

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Today we travel to the German Mining Museum in Bochum, Germany. This is hands down the best mining museum I’ve been too and it really highlights the importance of mining in the local community. How important do you think technical museums are in the promotion of engineering and it’s importance to society?


So it looked like we had saved the best for last.  After dance class in Bonn, which they did in English for me and for which I will be eternally grateful, we headed to Dortmund and to Joana’s parents place.  Dortmund’s mining history is rich, with coal mining starting in the area over 100 years ago.  Everyone’s family’s history is intertwined with the mining industry, and both of Joana’s grandpa’s had been involved in the industry.

After the decline of the industry in the area a number of museums have been set up to ensure this information is passed on to future generations, and the contribution of the industry is not forgotten.  Which sounds like a great day for a mining engineer 🙂

We headed to Bochum Bergbau Museum.  Even before we went inside we were off to a promising start…



There is an absolutely amazing museum inside, that chronicles…

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Career, Engineering, Lifestyle, Relationships, Yvette

Yvette’s Self Interview

It is my intention to interview some of our favourite female engineers and share their stories.  But first, like many a STEM before me, I thought I'd make myself the guinea pig and I'd try out my questions to interview myself.  So here goes: Where do you work and what do you do there? I… Continue reading Yvette’s Self Interview

Career, Engineering, Lifestyle, Relationships, Sarah

A Sarah Journey

I often get accused of not being a real engineer, even more so given my current role. Which I feel is a bit rough given I graduated 8 years ago with a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Mining from UNSW. After four years of maths, rock mechanics, fluids and thermo, ventilation, mine design, excavation engineering… Continue reading A Sarah Journey