University of Southern Queensland student Madison Stahlhut has been
appointed Young Ambassador for the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (Queensland).
IPWEAQ represents those involved in public works infrastructure and services to the community.
Ms Stahlhut will graduate in April next year as she wraps up a dual degree in Business and Commerce, but she has already completed an engineering internship with the Toowoomba Regional Council and will begin work at a private consultancy next month.
She took on the IPWEAQ role to encourage young people to join the engineering profession.
“I was particularly interested as I knew this would be a great platform to encourage young women to become engineers or join an engineering-related field,” Ms Stahlhut said.
Young Ambassador duties include promoting engineering specifically for the public works sector and the benefits of being a member of IPWEAQ to the next generation.
“I’ll present at branch and state conferences, as well as join the Young IPWEAQ committee, which generates ideas for attracting younger members and fostering growth of existing young members,” Ms Stahlhut said.
The appointment followed her success at the IPWEAQ Futures Challenge, where she won with her thesis on using Toowoomba’s two largest dams as an untapped source of energy for the region.
Ms Stahlhut, 21, will be one of the youngest University of Southern Queensland students to complete an engineering degree.