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The University of Queensland is delighted to host Professor Sarah Springman as the 2014 Seymour Whyte Visiting Scholar.

The Seymour Whyte Lecture for Women in Civil Engineering showcases what careers for women in engineering and construction can offer. The lecture aims to help industry to better understand challenges and opportunities associated with women in engineering by challenging the status quo.

Professor Springman has managed to combine a passion for international sporting competition with a distinguished engineering career. A civil engineer by training, she started out working on the design and construction of dams in the Pacific, spent time at Cambridge as a young academic before joining the respected civil and environmental engineering departments at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. In July of this year, Professor Springman became the new Rector of ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

In addition to her scientific accomplishments, Professor Springman has also achieved major sporting success having represented Britain at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Triathlon and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her contributions to sport.