Women in engineering

Engineering is one of the most lucrative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, yet it remains heavily male dominated.

The world is confronting major global challenges including a changing climate, resource depletion, changing disease patterns, population growth and globalisation.

Engineers play an important role in global solutions, and the stakes are too high for women not to be fully represented.

Women's contribution to engineering helps to narrow the gender pay gap, improve productivity and economic growth, enhance organisational performance, and contribute to a diverse and talented STEM workforce.

Gender equality at La Trobe

La Trobe University is committed to achieving gender equality in all operations.

This includes removing barriers to the career progression of women, transgender and gender non-binary staff, and increasing gender diversity in senior roles.

We signed up to the Athena SWAN Charter in 2015 and received a SAGE Bronze Institutional Award in 2019. 

Find out more about our programs.

Our students, staff and alumna

Undergraduate engineering student, Caitlin Buchan, has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship as part of a program to encourage more women to pursue careers in STEM.

PhD candidate, Emily Goode, is investigating how water management can be done in a way that is technologically simple, and also socially and economically beneficial.

Biomedical engineering alumna, Dr Rebecca Bailey, provided vital support during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure hospitals had adequate life-saving equipment.

One in six undergraduate engineering students at La Trobe are women. Join us and study engineering at La Trobe.


We have a range of scholarships available for women in engineering.

Find out more about La Trobe’s scholarship opportunities.

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My Work Integrated Learning placement was with Stantec, an engineering consultancy company. I have learned how essential it is to be able to communicate with clients and colleagues. WIL has opened my eyes to my future career, and the steps I need to take to succeed in it.

Lauren Ranisavljev
Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours),
Department of Engineering
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Engineering supports female students through scholarships, outreach programs and high-calibre female lecturers and researchers. We also offer mentoring and networking programs that connect students with female leaders from industry, academia and the public sector.