Daniela Adams, Club President, Curtin Engineers Club – on her role, the club and engagement with industry.
As President, I am responsible for maintaining the strategic direction of the Club, the organisation of events and delegation of tasks. I have been involved with the CEC committee since 2013 and in 2014 I had quite a large role in organising the Ignite Ball, our largest event of the year which caters for 500 people. By taking an active role in the committee and proving my capabilities, I was elected President for this year.
It’s difficult to name an exact number of hours that I commit to the club in a working capacity but I would say about 20 hours a week. That said, I am always ‘on-call’ if the committee has questions or needs help.
CEC’s Connection to other Engineering Clubs
We engage with Engineering students from all disciplines, and our events are not major-specific. Generally, the level of involvement from each major does relate to the number of students in each major. This year, our Committee primarily consists of Chemical and Mechanical Engineering students.
We aim to support the specialised Engineering clubs such as WiECD (pronounced Wicked) and encourage our members to get involved with them too. We also aim to run events in conjunction with other clubs such as our Interclub Quiz Night to maintain a relationship between the clubs and give each other exposure. We are very keen to team up with WiECD again this year for another interclub event!
Do you believe that this role will assist you to get to the interview stage of the job application process?
Most definitely! From my involvement with the CEC I have gained a huge amount of transferrable skills. I have been granted a lot of responsibility which has required me to demonstrate leadership qualities and also maintain high standards of communication and organisational skills. Extracurricular activities are great for resume building, and my involvement in the club has been a very enjoyable way to do this.
Engaging with industry and industry champions
Our main objective is to provide Engineering students with the opportunity to develop skills outside the scope of their coursework. We achieve this by running events such as our Professional Development Night that give students exposure to industry leading companies in order to promote work-readiness. We also facilitate a healthy social environment within the student body with events such as the Ignite Ball, attracting students from all faculties.
Our engagement with industry primarily comes from our sponsors who regularly send representatives to our events to provide students with an insight into their companies. Our industry sponsors for this year are Leighton Contractors and Structerre Consulting Group. We are very grateful for their contributions as we would not be able to run the Club without them!