Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

12 October 2020

Trang Pham and Rebecca Pickering
Rebecca Pickering and Trang Pham

When you think of engineering it’s often the technical side that comes to mind – building and designing, maths and science. But a career in engineering can take many paths.

In this week’s episode, we meet Trang Pham and Rebecca Pickering, two engineers who have paved their own way in engineering, and whose careers look nothing like they expected.

Hear how through their exciting careers they are working with the community and empowering their sector to excel in every way, not just technically.

To learn more about studying engineering at UQ visit the Future Students website.

Duration: 27:22 mins

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Meet our guests

Trang Pham

When Trang Pham graduated from The University of Queensland 2014, she walked straight into a full-time job – but not as an engineer. With a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and a Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing), her skillset has taken her to different industries such as retail, IT, and road infrastructure prior to her current role as civil engineer at Aurecon within the Built Environment Unit.

A diversity and inclusion advocate, she believes a broader representation of society within engineering can only strengthen the industry and improve design outcomes.

She is currently the Chair of Women in Engineering – Queensland and is a CSIRO STEM Professional in School partner. A proud UQ Alumni, Trang is involved with UQ’s Women in Engineering Alumni Ambassador Council and is a past member of UQ’s Young Alumni Advisory Board.

Connect with Trang on LinkedIn.

Rebecca Pickering

With a chemical engineering background, Rebecca’s extensive experience was honed within the energy industry in both the UK and Australia with leadership roles ranging across policy and regulation, strategy and portfolio management, stakeholder relations, gas field operations, safety leadership, and reputation management.

Rebecca is currently responsible for leading Inland Rail’s community and stakeholder engagement and property access and acquisition functions, and directing the program’s environmental and social management area. Her remit covers Inland Rail’s entire 1,700km alignment comprising 13 individual projects across 36 local government areas in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Before joining the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) Inland Rail Program in July 2018, Rebecca was with Origin Energy where she led the environment, community and land access work during the Queensland coal seam gas fields approvals and development phases.

Connect with Rebecca on LinkedIn.