National President's Column

Dr Marlene Kanga FIEAust CPEng FIPENZ
2013 National President, Engineers Australia

National President Marlene Kanga is a chemical engineer with extensive experience in the oil, gas and chemical industries with respect to risk and safety engineering. She is Chartered, a Fellow and is on the National Professional Engineers Register and the Register of the Board of Professional Engineers, Queensland.

December 2013 - Becoming relevant to members

My term as 2013 national president has been a microcosm of my engineering career – fun, fast paced and focused on results.

November 2013 - The social licence for engineering

The recent release of the National STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Strategy by the federal government’s chief scientist and the initial report on coal seam gas by the NSW chief scientist and engineer have both highlighted the need for engineers to engage more with the community in open discussion to gain a social licence for engineering.

October 2013 - Our global profession

Engineering has become a global profession. Our engineers are increasingly working on projects located outside Australia or are based overseas. Our engineering companies are operating wherever their expertise is in demand – in Asia, the Middle East and the UK. My own company has several overseas offices and most of our sales are made overseas.

September 2013 - The imperative to innovate

The decline in engineering jobs in the mining and manufacturing sectors, as well as in engineering services, reinforces my conviction that Australia must develop its own competitive advantage in the technologies of the future. The imperative to innovate in engineering must be recognised and fostered.

August 2013 - Celebrating our contributing members

Engineers Australia is fortunate to have one of the largest groups of contributing members of any not-for-profit organisation in Australia. Australians are exceedingly generous and love to contribute to their communities.

July 2013 - Influencing the policy debate

Engineers Australia is one of the largest professional organisations in Australia and around the world.

June 2013 - The diversity advantage

Australia’s rich multicultural society has a significant competitive advantage, providing opportunities to foster diverse perspectives and ideas. Diversity is an advantage and an opportunity especially for innovation in engineering. Diverse teams produce solutions that are robust, innovative and sustainable.

May 2013 - Engineering professionalism

Engineers Australia was established in 1919 by Royal Charter to “advance the science and practice of engineering”.

April 2013 - 100 change-making days

I will be marking my first 100 days as national president with the performance of my son Zubin as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra on 11 April – his first concert with a major orchestra in Australia and a proud moment for any parent.

March 2013 - Engineering in the Asian century

In this Year of the Snake, Asian economies are expected to continue to grow and develop rapidly. As the first Asian born national president of Engineers Australia, I have experienced this transformation personally.

February 2013 - Our regulations under review

In recent years, the summer holidays in Australia have been disrupted by natural disasters with sobering regularity.


January 2013 - A Hectic Year Ahead

Every New Year celebration has a sense of anticipation but more so for 2013. I feel privileged and honoured to be national president of Engineers Australia during this year and hope I can leave a lasting legacy that benefits all our stakeholders.