Cathy is a Reimagine Fellow, and her project dicusses Future Leaders in Engineering and Computer Science.
Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students commencing at CECS right now will be the leaders of the engineering and computing disciplines in 2050. CECS produces PhD and MPhil graduates with extremely high-quality research and technical skills.
However, meeting the challenges of the future will require extraordinary leadership – as well as technical and research skills. Providing our HDRs with a strong foundation in leadership will ensure that ANU is recognised as an institution that produces intellectual and cultural leaders.
The proposed 12-month pilot involves a series of 12 workshops, seminars, and forums themed around leadership. Half of these will involve guest speakers from within the ANU community, known for their leadership. The other half will be developed, run, and built upon by FLECS participants themselves. The pilot will target current and new female HDRs, as building leadership capabilities in this group is of critical importance to meeting some of the diversity challenges in engineering and computing.