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To help you get to know our Region Presidents, we asked them to describe themselves in five words and answer some questions such as: How do you see technology and people interacting in 2065? What are you passionate about? Which musical instrument would you be? How do you see the engineering sector evolving?  Below are edited extracts of their answers.  

 

Kelsie Clarke (WA)

Structural engineer

Kelsie embarked on her journey to study engineering so that she could combine her love of math and designing for people. Kelsie first became in involved with EWB in 2011 when her team became NSW State Finalists in the university EWB Challenge, which led to her being awarded the EWB Challenge scholarship. Following this, Kelsie joined the Newcastle EWB Chapter and was a member of the WASH team. She also had the opportunity to participate in many of EWB’s programs, such as Dialogues on Development Cambodia and Leadership Rewired.

Since relocating to Perth, Kelsie took on the role as Corporate Coordinator for the EWB WA Chapter for two years, prior to stepping up to the WA President Role.

By day, Kelsie is a Structural Engineer with an Australian energy company. She is passionate about increasing the diversity in the engineering sector and is actively involved with many initiatives in this space. She is active in many formal women in engineering mentoring programs and holds a Strategy and Planning role with her company’s gender diversity group. Kelsie also won the Emerging Talent category of the Australia Subsea Business Awards in 2016, where they recognised her “remarkable level of involvement and willingness to contribute to not-for- profit causes”.

What musical instrument would she be?
A cello as they are humble yet still have the wonderful ability to influence and move people. They are also extremely relaxing to listen to.

Kelsie Clarke

 

 

ALI RAHIMI (Victoria)

Ali arrived in Australia in the summer of 2014 and quickly became involved with EWB Victoria Region, starting first as a Corporate Galvaniser team member. "I have always looked to find meaning in what I do whether in my professional career or in my volunteering work."
He is a self-professed Humanitarian Engineer currently engaged on a contract with Melbourne Water delivering Capital Projects. "I see this as an opportunity to serve my community to have access to essential services, building the next generation of water and sewer assets in Melbourne. My journey has been one of learning from many wonderful people whom I've had the pleasure of knowing along the way."  Ali is actively involved with professional organisations such as Australian Water Association where he seeks to promote diversity and development of young professionals.

"Being born in Iran and graduated from Monash University in Malaysia, I am a huge advocate for diversity. I believe sustainable outcomes can really be achieved when people of many different backgrounds and way of thinking come together."

"EWB Victoria is a family to me and I am honored to work with this great team to support EWB's vision and mission."

Which musical instrument would he be?
Kamancheh. An instrument full of emotions and many stories to tell.

Ali Rahimi

 

 

SAMUEL PALMER  (ACT)

Samuel is passionate about how engineering can raise its profile as a profession and believes that this is a powerful way to improve diversity amongst those choose to pursue it and those who remain in it. By its nature, engineering is separated from people it serves - it's generally only noticed when it goes wrong. He believes EWB's pro-bono initiatives and Schools Outreach program are great opportunities to bridge this gap.

Which musical instrument would you be?

I'd be a harmonica. While small and seemingly simple, it can play a wide range of music. Most importantly, it sounds best when played with other instruments.

Sam Palmer

 

 

Anna Cain (NSW)

Anna chose a career in engineering because of the potential to contribute positively to solving global issues. She works as a Project Development Engineer at First Solar supporting Australia's transition from fossil fuels to clean energy which is a fundamental part of Australia's contribution to addressing climate change and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 

 Anna is committed to creating a more just world. At University, she founded WIRE-Women In Renewable Energy, an industry-linked student society supporting women participating in sustainability-focused engineering fields. She has served on WaterAid's Sydney fundraising committee, is a Youth Off the Streets Food Van volunteer and a tutor with Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning (SAIL). Inspired by EWB's philosophy of strength-based partnerships focused on two-way knowledge sharing and capacity building, Anna has contributed to a range of EWB initiatives. Anna loves being part of EWB because "the organisation, driven and shaped by its members, provides me with resources, training, networks and opportunities that inspire and empower me to implement my engineering projects using innovative and human-centred approaches that are ultimately more effective. Being a member of EWB makes me a better engineer."

 Anna is the Clean Energy Council Utility Solar Directorate Chair. She grew up on Danghutti country on the mid north coast of NSW.

Musical Instrument?

A cymbal - it spends most of its time listening.

Anna Cain
 

Nicholas Grear (SA)

Project Administrator, Leedwell Property

Nicholas always thought he would be an Architect or a Developer. "The built environment has a tremendous effect on the way in which we experience life, and can be just as beautiful as the natural environment. I noticed this from a young age and was very excited by it."

He got involved with EWB when he felt disillusioned with engineering at university and started looking for meaning in the profession, and has continued to question attitudes to technology.

"I think in many cases we are progressing and improving upon technologies that are not necessarily adding anything of value to the human experience. It is important to keep front of mind the concept that technology is a means to an end, a tool rather than a necessary extension of our experience. I think it is important to question the need for many aspects of technology."

Which musical instrument would you be?

A drum; simple and unassuming but impactful.

Nicholas Grear
 

Charlene Wong (QLD)

Graduate water engineer (Network Planning) - Engeny Water Management

Charlene never dreamt to become an engineer when she was young and instead wanted to be a bus driver - because nothing is cooler than being able to manoeuvre a technology that eases everyone’s daily life. But then she started travelling around Southeast Asia and discovered that the big buses that are so integrated in some countries simply wouldn’t work in others due to the lack associated infrastructure and people who would afford public transportation. It is then when she realised the importance of appropriate technology to give everyone a chance to shine.

Charlene’s involvement with EWB started with the EWB Challenge in which she was asked to design an appropriate technology for a remote community with real life constraints. She stayed on with the Appropriate Technology team at the University of Queensland and later developed interest in engaging other individuals and organisations along the EWB journey. 

Now in the QLD Regional Chapter, Charlene is leading a group of enthusiastic team members to connect with communities and organisations in QLD through various EWB initiatives. She believes that by getting other organisations on board, whether it being the engineering industry, the university institutions or the government bodies, EWB will be able to connect with all kinds of skill sets and communities to create a holistic long lasting global movement.

Which musical instrument would you be?

 “I would be a violin. It’s super versatile and creates all kinds of emotions and connections  (not because I am biased and it is the only instrument that I have been playing all my life…)”

 

Charlene Wong