Since 2022, Young Engineers Australia (YEA) has implemented a new operating structure to enable and to create more opportunities for young engineers across Australia.
This structure includes a National Committee, elected by an open invitation to all young engineers members (members of Engineers Australia under the age of 35) who have a national focus, aligned with the EA strategy; and branch committees who support the local engineers through a range of different activities. YEA is supported by EA staff at both local and national levels to provide the best experience and opportunity for our community.
Elections for all committees occur between July and September for commencement the following year. Calls for nominations for both local and national committees will be emailed to members as well as published on social media and on the website.
The National Committee is elected from young engineers across Australia and includes a diverse range of engineers from a range of backgrounds, experiences and industries.
Our purpose is to be the voice, advocate and active leader of the value, opportunity and for empowerment, of young engineers; to advance society through great engineering.
All work completed by the YEA committees assists EA in achieving on set strategic objectives.
In 2023, the YEANC will be working specifically on the strategic priorities of; Creating supportive pathways for engineering cohorts, developing an effective volunteer network and increasing the recognition of the value of engineering to the community.
Meet the team
Your representatives on the National Committee for this year are:
- Nicole Brown, Chair of Young Engineers Australia National Committee
I am a Structural Engineer with a passion for increasing diversity in engineering and supporting others to develop their leadership skills and opportunities. During university, I was the Global CEO of Robogals and member of the Queens Young Leaders community. Since graduating, I have volunteered with Engineers Australia at a local, national and international level; currently as the Chair of Young Engineers Australia National Committee and as the Australia Delegate on the Young Engineers Future Leaders Global Committee.
To fuel my leadership interest, I am the Head of Education for WeAspire - an incredible network and company which helps develop the leaders of the future. In my full-time work, I work with an incredible team to design buildings and structures such as works at Melbourne Airport, Melbourne Quarter Tower and City Rail Link in Auckland.
- Adele Faraone
I am an Environmental Engineer at EcOz Environmental Consultants in Darwin. Originally from Victoria, I used to work the corporate life in Melbourne CBD, however I decided to swap the heels for some steel caps and high vis and make the move north!
Since moving to the Northern Territory, I’ve really developed a love for the outdoors; exploring remote areas, camping, hiking, swimming and 4wd. The crocs, not so much…
I am also a baker in my spare time, battling the Top End’s relentless heat and humidity for some delicious cakes!
- Ahsan Abdullah Saad
I am an Electrical Engineer. I graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Master in Engineering degree in 2016.
Currently, I am working as a Power Systems Engineer. I believe converting the Australian power generation portfolio green is the need of the hour. So, I am following my passion for Renewable Energy Systems playing my little part in the scheme of things.
I love volunteering for the causes that support children and education. I was a regular volunteer for Cerebral Palsy Alliance and have loved every minute of it. I hope to bring that same passion to this role and hope to achieve success at YEANC.
- Dom Everall
I am a Civil Project Manager who is passionate about working on complex projects, in dynamic delivery environments and with diverse teams.
Having started the first few years in my career in consulting I got hooked on working on major projects in big delivery teams. To challenge and grow, I moved across to a client-side Project Engineering role on site in WA, where I had to wear multiple hats, being primarily responsible for delivery and development of projects across many different stages.
I am passionate about shaping an engineering body that is reflective of its currents members needs and anticipates what its future members require.
- Moin Rahman
I am currently a Graduate Civil Engineer in Witthoft's Civil & Pipe team working within water & wastewater space in Brisbane. I completed my Bachelors in Engineering (Civil) from University of Queensland and Master in Project Management from Torrens University Australia. I have worked in both consulting and construction side of engineering on a wide range of design, construction and build capital projects for both private and public sectors.
I am originally from Bangladesh and proudly carry the dual badge of being international and an engineer serving the community. Besides work, I have been and am an avid volunteer which has given me the honour and opportunity to become once the Lord Mayor Appointed Brisbane International Student Ambassador in 2018 and continue to become part of Young Engineers Australia since 2017.
- Rob Hudson
I am an Australian Army Officer in the Royal Australian Engineers Corps, currently in my 13th year of service. I completed my Bachelor of Engineer (Civil) through the Australian Defence Force Academy, and subsequently graduated the Royal Military College - Duntroon. I have since completed my Master of Project Management through UNSW Canberra, and am currently studying a Master of Science in Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction through the Missouri State University.
My roles in Army have included project engineer and troop command as a part of the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Program in Laura, QLD, command appointments in Combat Engineering roles, and Staff appointments in Career Management, Operations and Training. I have been fortunate to deploy to the Middle East Region as well as participate in training and engagement activities with our Coalition Partners.
I am looking forward to contributing to the YEA community, and bring a different background and perspective to the committee, as well as form some new friendships along the way. This will be my first experience in a volunteer capacity within Engineers Australia.
Outside of work I am a passionate cyclist and very amateur guitarist. I support the Sydney Swans and avidly follow all forms of cricket. I have a young family in Sydney along with two cattle dogs.
- Samantha Chapman
After studying Civil Engineering, I now work as a transport engineer at GHD. Over the past five years at the company I have enjoyed a range of roles working across a range of projects including transport modelling, transport planning, road safety assessments, civil design projects, contract administrations, grant funding proposals, master-planning, project management and much more. I am passionate about identifying innovation solutions to allow smart investment design making and greater holistic benefits.
Whilst studying for my degree at University of Tasmania I undertook a sustainability internship program to design a bicycle storage facility, around the same time was also when I first volunteered with EA. I have been involved in EA ever since enjoying a number of roles including Chair of the Tasmanian YEA and joining the national committee. I am passionate about creating opportunities and voice for young engineers.
- Steve Adamthwaite
Steve is from Newcastle and is a Senior Water Strategy Planner at Arup. a passionate volunteer holding leadership positions with WaterAid NSW, Australian Water Assoc. and Engineers Australia and is a vocal advocate for Mental Health and Indigenous Engagement, Participation and Inclusion.
Steve’s specialty is strategic projects with complex stakeholder relations, lots of moving parts, competing priorities and uncertainties.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical)(Hons) from University of Newcastle and is currently studying his MBA at CQUniversity.
- Tino Baya
I am an early career Mechanical Engineer with several years of experience working as a Project Engineer within the Water industry. This has seen me mainly working in the project management space for client organizations with particular focus on project planning, contract administration, risk management, and technical problem-solving.
Outside of work I also enjoy getting involved in volunteering opportunities as I am passionate about actively participating and giving back in the community. Additionally, I see it as an opportunity to challenge myself and grow from the experiences that come from taking on such roles. This has seen me across several organisations and committees, both technical and non-technical including the YEA SA committee for several years and recently starting on the YEA national committee in 2021.
- Tony Wilson
I'm currently a Senior Consultant in the Engineering, Assets and Project Delivery team in the KPMG Brisbane office. I came over to the consulting after working in a couple airlines, Glencore, and AECOM doing design.
I love a bit of extra-curricular excitement too, and have gotten involved in what seems like a bit of everything around Queensland, including some work as Chair of Young Engineers Australia Queensland.
My aim in life is to (try) and be excited about the day-to-day work I do, meet new people and share stories.
- Allissa (Xixi) Li
I am an Aircraft Structural Engineer working at Airbus. Throughout my time at Airbus so far, I have mainly been involved in technical engineering, focussing on structural repairs and aircraft integrity. I became interested in aerospace during my time as the Simulations and Analysis Lead in the ANU Rocketry Team. Currently, I work with a great team that focusses on aircraft structural integrity and data management.
In my spare time, I enjoy running and completed my first half marathon in 2021. I graduated from the ANU in 2019 and have always enjoyed volunteering as I see it to contribute to the wider community. I'm super excited to be a part of YEANC as a research member. This year, I am also a general committee member on the Queensland Young Engineer's committee.
- Zoe Little
I am an RF/Wireless Engineer with an Engineering and Business Management dual degree. I am always eager to expand my knowledge and skills beyond my technical field in order to positively impact my community. As a result, I am an avid volunteer who is passionate about creating equal opportunities and broadening people's experiences and prospects.
I have had success in arranging organisations, staff and students to attend and collaborate across a variety of events through my workplace and other organisations. More recently, I have helped kick-off the Engineers with Disabilities Australia forum and obtained co-opted and Shadow Board memberships within the Young Engineers Australia National Committee. I am beyond honoured for these opportunities and cannot wait to give it my all, for such incredible people and causes.
Divisional Committees can be found in all major cities:
Activities of the divisional committees differ based on location but will provide a range of the following:
- Professional and personal development presentations, workshops and seminars.
- Generational exchange activities (senior professionals networking with young engineers).
- Joint technical presentations with groups within Engineers Australia and other professional associations.
- Networking and social events.
- Regional events/ programs.