Past and Upcoming Events

Greetings everyone,

Welcome to the October 2021 Edition of IEEE WIE Unimelb newsletter.

We have had an eventful month at WIE with two very successful events. Earlier in the month we had a Data Visualisation Python Workshop which brought many people of all differing levels of python knowledge to listen in and ask questions.  It was an informative session that provided practical insights that can be used in our programming tasks.

At the end of the month, we had a fun Game Night with the IEEE Monash Student Branch who collaborated with us to bring our members this event. Students came to unwind, meet new friends and de-stress before the final push for the examination period. Thank you to our friends at Monash for helping make this event a hit and we hope to continue working together to bring more events to our members in the future.

Looking ahead, we have one more event to bring you before the semester ends. Please await our fantastic final event which will surely increase your networking opportunities and extend your employment possibilities! Like us on Facebook ( and social media for frequent updates!

Ada Lovelace

By Simona Karevska

We all know about Marie Curie and her contribution to the scientific world. She had significant and influential involvements in science, discovering two elements which would lead to instrumental developments in the future. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize (1903) and the first person to ever have two Nobel prizes (1911.)

But what we often do not hear are the many women before her who also made extraordinary advances in science and thus, the world as we know it today. One such woman is Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) who is essentially the first computer programmer and a tech visionary. She met Charles Babbage, a mathematician who would become her friend and mentor. He told her of his invention called a “Difference Machine” that could make accurate calculations by turning the handle on numbered wheels.

Lovelace expanded on this idea and published mathematically detailed and explained plans on the first computer program. She invented the science of computing, understanding the algebraic expression of how it can be used and how it can perform calculations, articulating the significance of the machine and operations, propelling Babbage’s idea. This was to become the “Analytical Engine”, the world’s first computer that had all the essential features of a modern digital computer.

Tips to Find a New Job

By Alisha Shewale

There was a time when graduates got their dream jobs right out of university. Today, graduates have to hunt down the dream jobs or satisfy themselves with the unwanted job.

For job hunting and to set your career flying here are some tips.

  1. Networking

Networking, both online and in person, is one of the most effective methods to keep up with what’s going on in your profession, including what positions are available and where they’re located. There are plenty of jobs that are never advertised. They have filled candidates who have a strong network. Create your network by following university alumni, HR person, managers, and bosses on career portal websites such as LinkedIn, Whirlpool forum and Reddit.

  1. Skillset

Create your set of skills that are matching the current industry demands. Enroll into certification courses available such as Coursera, Udemy, Edx, etc. Make hand on practice of the newly learned skill to fine-tuning. Brush up your skills by watching online youtube videos and by participating in technical competitions.

  1. Job Boards and Career portals

Many state governments have employment boards and job banks that are open to the public. You may also utilize job search engines or any of the numerous career-related websites that publish job opportunities, like, Google for Jobs, CareerBuilder, and Indeed. Many additional databases, such as People Per Hour, Upwork, Simply Hired, and Crowded, specialize in freelance and contract employment.

  1. Job Fairs

Investigate any companies that spark your interest, bring a stack of resumes and business cards, and prepare to sell yourself. Consider any conversations with recruiters to be mini-interviews that can help you stand out from the crowd. Some organisations may even conduct on-site interviews for qualified candidates.

  1. Internships

Temporary work and short-term contracts frequently lead to permanent roles. It’s a terrific method to get your foot in the door or, at the very least, make beneficial business contacts for the future. If you’re just starting out and can afford it, volunteering might be a fantastic way to meet people in your business.

Special Drinks For Weekends!

By Abby

Spring is coming. It is time to take a break and enjoy your day during the weekend. Here, we offer you a few recipes for beverages that are easy to make and tasty!

Kale Banana Smoothie


  • 16 fluid ounces coconut water, chilled
  • 1 banana
  • ½ avocado, peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup packed kale
  • ⅛ lemon, juiced
  • 1 pink cayenne pepper

Put coconut water, banana, avocado, kale lemon juice and cayenne pepper in blender; Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Protein Shake


  • 6 cubes ice cubes
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate-flavored protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder, or more to taste

Blend ice curves, milk, banana, protein powder, peanut butter, honey, and cocoa powder together in a blender until smooth.

Homemade Blackberry Lemonade


  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 4 ½ cups water, divided
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Ice cubes

Heat ¾ cup sugar and ½ cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Let cool.
Place blackberries and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Combine simple syrup, blended blackberries, remaining 4 cups of water, and lemon juice. Place a fine-mesh sieve over a pitcher and pour lemonade into the pitcher. Discard solids. Serve over ice.

Engineering joke of the month


The Balloonist

 A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost.
He reduces his height and spots a woman down below.
Lowering the balloon further he shouts, “Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?”
“Yes, you’re in a hot air balloon, hovering 50 feet above this field” says the woman.
“You must be an engineer,” says the balloonist.
“I am,” replies the woman. “How did you know?”
“Well,” says the balloonist, “everything you have told me is technically correct, but it’s of no use to anyone.”
“You must be in management,” says the woman.
“I am,” replies the balloonist, “but how did you know?”
“Well,” she says, “you don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but somehow now it’s my fault.”