Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

What WIE can do for you

The Women in Engineering (WIE) office provides support, advice and encouragement for women students in the field of Engineering.  WIE organises events to promote academic and social support networks amongst students as well as facilitates networking with professional women engineers.

Women in Engineering provides a range of services for prospective and current women students in engineering.  These include:

  • School and community visits to encourage and advise secondary school girls on the wide range of courses and career opportunities that exist in Engineering (including course planning, and the production and distribution of promotional materials).
  • The annual Enginuity Day for girls only to encourage secondary school girls to consider courses and careers in Engineering.Read about Enginuity Day.
  • Information, support and assistance in academic, personal and career issues for undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Support for undergraduate and postgraduate women's networks in Engineering. This includes the 'Shadow an Engineer Day' to assist Part I students with choosing engineering specialisations with talks from engineers and site and workplace visits.
  • Advice for the faculty on the status of women students and the encouragement to develop pro-active initiatives to improve participation and retention rates of women in areas where they are currently under-represented.

Contact the Women In Engineering Equity Adviser.

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Why Engineering?

When people think of engineers, they think of people who spend all their spare time fiddling with their computers, cars, and anything else they can break and then put back together again. The usual image is of a Dilbert-type geek, who is invariably male because "women don't do engineering." Right?

Wrong. The Faculty of Engineering definitely has its share of some Dilbert-type geeks, but mostly engineers are people who happen to be good at maths and science and want to use those skills for something practical.

A lot of women think that they shouldn't do engineering, or that they wouldn't be good at it because they haven't grown up tinkering in the garage or shed, but this just isn't true. The University of Auckland understands the importance of having both men and women engineers and provides a great place to learn how to put those maths and science skills to good use. So, if you want to make a difference in the world, then Engineering is for you!