Associate Professor Sally Male

Started at UWA: 1990

Engineering pioneer for gender inclusivity and engineering education

We still have a long way to go to get more women into engineering roles. I want to make sure it happens.

Associate Professor Sally Male

Associate Professor Sally Male is the Chair in Engineering Education at UWA and leads a first-class program of engineering education and research. Studying electrical engineering at the University in the late 1980s, she began her UWA career as a full-time tutor in 1990. Since then she has raised a family, held academic positions at Curtin University, and completed her UWA PhD on ‘Generic engineering competencies required by engineers graduating in Australia’. Associate Professor Male joined engineering education research at UWA in 2010. She then worked on five significant federally funded projects, including three as Chief Investigator, before being appointed Chair in Engineering Education in 2017.

Associate Professor Male’s research informs the continuous national improvement of engineering education. She has developed and facilitated numerous workshops on curriculum development for educators in universities around Australia. Overseeing the Professional Practicum in the Master of Professional Engineering, Associate Professor Male is Program Chair for the first two years of the Engineering Science major.

Engineers Australia Medal, for significant contribution to education and diversity in engineering, 2017

award Created with Sketch.

Australasian Association Engineering Education Research Design Award, for the Intensive Mode Teaching Project, 2017

City of Perth Aspire Conference Scholarship Winner, 2018




National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education

  • 'Access to Work Integrated Learning: Influence of Communities of Practice'


Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching

  • 'Virtual Work Integrated Learning for Engineering Students'


Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching

  • 'Strategic Priority Grant 'Student Experiences of Threshold Capability Development with Intensive Mode Teaching'


Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching

  • Seed Grant 'Gender inclusivity of engineering students' experiences of workplace learning'

UWA Education Research Seed Funding Grant

  • 'Investigation of Gender Inclusivity of Student Exposure to Engineering Practice at UWA'

More grants and publications.

Contact Associate Professor Sally Male