STEMM PROFILE: Associate Professor Guang Hong, PhD | Engineer | University of Technology Sydney | Sydney | NSW

“Be confident and don’t think that being female is something that will hold you back in your career”

Dr Guang Hong is Associate Professor in the School of Electrical, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).

Associate Professor Hong received her Master’s degree in 1982 from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, and her Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom in the area of diesel engines. Now in her twenty-fifth year at UTS, Dr Hong has played a leading role in mechanical and mechatronic engineering. She led the development of the Mechanical and Mechatronic course, which has been one of the most successful engineering courses to date at UTS.

During 2003 to 2007, she led a team in research collaboration with Victa Lawncare Pty Ltd, meeting industry needs by reducing the engine pollutant emissions and increasing energy efficiency. In 2004 Dr Hong was elected to be Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia. Her research is currently focused on developing new engine techniques for using renewable fuels more effectively.

What do you think are the most important character traits in a successful researcher from the STEM disciplines?

To be strong in mathematics as well as problem identification and solving. Be a good team player and also be persistent and honest.

What do you believe are the greatest attributes of a successful leader?

Being able to attract people to follow; being respected and respecting others; being fair and generous; willing to listen to different voices; determined.

What is the one piece of advice you would give to women just starting their careers in science?

Be confident and don’t think that being female is something that will hold you back in your career.

What are you most proud of in your science career?

Solving real world problems in successful research collaboration with local industry Victa Lawncare in 2003-2007 and being the only female Fellow in the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia (SAE-A) ever since. I’m also very proud of my PhD awarded by Cambridge University in United Kingdom in 1989.

How can we best support the next generation of women scientists

Treating women scientists and engineers equally to men.

LinkedIn: Guang Hong