Future leaders in engineering and computer science - Dr Cathy Ayres

This activity has been cancelled, following the University’s announcement to cancel all public and social events until 20 June 2020. This is a precautionary measure to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading among our community. For more information, see the VC’s update or contact marketing.cecs@anu.edu.au


Dr Cathy Ayres is a Reimagine Fellow, and her project dicusses future leaders in engineering and computer science (FLECS). 

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students commencing at the College of Engineering and Computer Science (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.

Cathy will discuss a proposed 12-month pilot that involves a series of 12 workshops, seminars, and forums themed around leadership. Half of these will feature 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.

Date & time

12–1pm 29 Apr 2020


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