Regioneering Volunteer - Daren Thanh
BlogRegioneering Volunteer - Daren Thanh

Daren Thanh: Regioneering Volunteer
via the Komatsu’s ‘Live Your Dream’ program

What is your academic/professional background? I graduated with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from UTS in 2017 and am now working as a graduate engineer as part of the Komatsu Graduate Development Program.

What are your hobbies? I really enjoy spending my free time teaching martial arts, playing sport, and anything to do with maths or spreadsheets!

Who inspires you? I think I draw my inspiration from those closest to me; my parents, relatives and friends. I am really driven by the want to help the community and creating a world where younger generations can live free of violence and crimes.

How did you get interested in engineering? I became interested in engineering when I was in year 12. It was my first time properly learning and understanding what engineers do. It was in awe of what engineers have been able to achieve and how they have helped the human civilization. Every part of humanity has engineering in one form or another and as an electrical engineer I believe I can help take the advancements that the knowledge of electricity has given us, to more disadvantaged communities.

When and how did the feeling of getting involved with humanitarian engineering come in your mind? I started thinking about getting involved in humanitarian engineering in my years at university. The opportunity to be able to spread the helpful knowledge, that we have been lucky enough to learn, to children, communities and projects all over the world.

When and why did you decide taking actions for humanitarian engineering? I have started taking actions after joining the company that I work for, Komatsu. Komatsu has given their support to myself and my colleagues to work with and be a part of Engineers Without Borders Australia. With the help of great companies like Komatsu there are chances for our employees to be part of the community and develop themselves, where it might not have been possible before.

Why did you want to volunteer? I have helped with charity works my whole life. Most recently I have participated with Steptember, City2Surf, and performing to raise money for Christchurch after the 2011 earthquakes. I am now part of a larger community of volunteers which now not just follows but contributes in more ways.

What do you think is attractive about volunteering with EWB? EWB is a well-organised group of engineers and individuals that have a great reputation for delivering results for communities. I would like to be a part of something that provides meaning for people that need this sort of help.

Why do you think volunteers are important for the projects like you’re executing? In a project like this, a volunteer has the opportunity to help in any aspect of the project. Volunteers would not only give to the younger generation of the regioneering program, but also develop themselves as a person.

Why did you decide to volunteer for EWB? Finally deciding to volunteer for EWB was a decision of many factors. EWB has a great reputation of delivering projects across the globe and Komatsu agrees with this sponsorship.

What is the one tip you would give to someone who might be volunteering? Life is short, make a difference.

How can engineers bring a change in society through volunteering? I believe in leading by example. If younger generations, see smart and giving people volunteering for a cause they may also do the same.