Webinar - Every Engineer is a Humanitarian Engineer Every Day
This webinar will allow attendees to understand the potential of engineering as a socio-technical profession and provide opportunities to develop the skills and mindset to practice in this way.
About the event
Engineering is a socio-technical profession. Engineers deliver equitable, sustainable technology and have a reputation for having a positive impact on people and the planet. Understand the potential of engineering as a socio-technical profession and provide webinar participants with opportunities to develop the skills and mindset to practice in this way.
People often think of humanitarian engineering as the response following natural disasters such as floods or cyclones, or working in developing countries. And yes, that is humanitarian engineering, but it is also true that as engineers we apply humanitarian engineering principles and practices every day in our work in Australia, or in any country. So, what does that look like in the Australian context? Three skilled practitioners who have worked in remote contexts helping communities in Australia and overseas will share their experiences to share how every engineer can be a humanitarian engineer every day.
About the speakers Daniel Lambert - Australasia Water Leader, Arup
Daniel leads Arup’s water business in Australasia, is a founder and director of a key water NGO and an Officer in the Royal Australian Engineers. He is passionate about developing water and sanitation solutions for communities which deliver positive social, environmental and economic outcomes. Recognised through numerous awards and as an industry thought leader, Daniel’s contribution to engineering and the water sector has been profound. He has delivered industry leading projects, provided leadership through key industry roles (locally and internationally), mentored and supported the development of water professionals and actively promoted the industry (in the media, through schools and universities). He is a passionate humanitarian and has worked extensively in developing communities partnering with organisations including WaterAid, Engineers Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, World Toilet Organisation and World Vision. Daniel has successfully delivered projects in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South America and Africa. His leadership has been demonstrated not only on a project level but on a programme level through his role as Arup lead for the mobilisation and delivery of the Sydney Water Planning Partnership. This is the largest consultant framework in the history of the Australian water industry.
Ruby Heard - Director, Alinga Energy Consulting
Ruby Heard is an electrical engineer and energy consultant from Melbourne, now based on the Sunshine Coast. After graduating from VU, she started a consulting role with Arup. In 2015 she transferred to San Francisco where she began to specialise in complex solar arrays and microgrids, working predominantly with Google. In 2018 Ruby spent 6 months volunteering in Ethiopia through Engineers Without Borders USA, supporting the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) energy team. When she returned to Australia, she formed Alinga Energy Consulting to continue her work in the renewable energy and microgrid space with a focus on off-grid applications, remote indigenous communities and islands.
Jimi Metcalfe - Senior Consultant, Aurecon
Jimi Metcalfe is a practising Asset Management Consultant with Aurecon and has experience in the energy industry. He is currently the President of the SA Region chapter for Engineers Without Borders Australia and in 2017 Jimi went to Cambodia with EWB Australia working on developing a latrine for flooded environments and worked with RainWater Cambodia on rural clean water supply solutions. These experiences have shaped his employment since and more specifically the way he works within these environments.