STEM

Episode 49 – Mechanical Engineering and Illustration with Aileen Ng

What is mechanical engineering and why do we need it in our lives? According to our guest, 28 year old Aileen Ng, mechanical engineering enters most facets of our lives, from our train system and bridges, to our toasters, our renewable energy and more.

Aileen has spent the last 8 years or so studying and working as a mechanical engineer and industrial designer. But, like many people out there, she soon realised that while she was passionate about design, she did not enjoy working as an engineer.

Aileen now works as a graphic designer and illustrator for the magazine Why Not?. In this episode, we discuss her journey training in engineering, her experience working in overhead wire engineering for train lines, how she found the male-dominated STEM workforce and why she decided to bow out of the field in pursuit of creativity through art. 

This episode of Binge Thinking was hosted and produced by Nina Roxburgh, was recorded at Youthworx studio in Melbourne, was co-edited by Nina and Charlotte Morton, and features music by Big Gigantic

Aileen and Nina at Youthworx, Brunswick.

Aileen and Nina at Youthworx, Brunswick.

Episode 4: Speech Pathology with Katherine Gehrke

After a brief interlude (#1) Caspar went into the wide wonderful world of Speech Pathology with Katherine Gehrke (@klgehrke). Aside from helping children (and their parents) overcome speech problems, Katherine is also an avid science communicator who suffers from imposter syndrome. Caspar and Katherine binged on work, passion, internal conflicts and the mice that live in Caspar’s kitchen. You can check out Katherine’s own video content on her great YouTube channel or follow her on Twitter. As per usual, all music is by Big Gigantic and this episode was co-produced by Nina Roxburgh. Rate us, like us, review us, and FOR SCIENCE’S SAKE GET ON BOARD!

Speech Pathologist and Science Communicator Katherine Gehrke got Binge Thinking with us on Episode 4

Speech Pathologist and Science Communicator Katherine Gehrke got Binge Thinking with us on Episode 4

Episode 2: Evolutionary Biology with Kate Garland

After a restful Xmas and New Year, Caspar sat down with evolutionary scientist Kate Garland. Despite only having finished her Bachelor of Science (with Honours) at the University of Queensland, Kate is already a published author from her work with the Weisbecker lab. She is also the Queensland coordinator of Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots program. Kate has won several awards for her work, including one from the Australian Mammalian Society.

Caspar and Kate binged on their work as scientists, what it's like to be an evolutionary scientist, whether scientists can (and should) be activists, mental health in science, issues in funding, and Kate shared her experience being a woman in science. They also talked about the new Star Wars film ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

You can follow Kate's travels through Africa this year on her blog and on Instagram (@oh__possum) and Twitter (@Kate_Garland). And check out Roots and Shoots on Facebook. All the awesome music you hear is by Big Gigantic. Get on board...

Evolutionary Scientist Kate Garland shares her passion for science, animals and the world around us

Evolutionary Scientist Kate Garland shares her passion for science, animals and the world around us