In 2021 the Victorian Division Committee will welcome several new members to support Engineers Australia’s Victorian activities by working across new and existing initiatives to promote the profession and providing advice to Engineers Australia staff and the board. The 2021 committee members bring a broad range of experience and interest to the role, and are well-positioned to provide leadership and direction to support the Division and the local engineering profession.
Learn more about the 2021 Committee below:
President: Astrid Kauffman FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Astrid Kauffman is a public sector professional engineer, mentor and risk manager who is excited by the potential to solve complex public policy challenges using systems thinking. Her qualifications are in mechatronics engineering, business and strategic decision and risk management. Astrid is Manager, Delivery Safety at the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (MTIA) and a member of RMIT’s Manufacturing, Materials, Mechatronics, Mechanical and Automotive Industry Advisory Committee.
Deputy President: Merrill Gray FIEAust FAusIMM GAICD MAIE
An experienced non-executive and executive director and corporate advisor, Merrill Gray founded, and was CEO/MD of ASX listed, utility scale gasification (hydrogen) company, Syngas and a spin-off embedded, co-generation bioenergy company. Prior to this Merrill spent 15 years in operations, production, strategy and transformation roles within large net asset based mining companies. More recently Merrill has worked in integrated energy-waste-water circular economy, sustainability solutions and emerging energy technologies across green storage and hydrogen.
Deputy President: Ross Kristinof FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Ross Kristinof is a Chartered Geotechnical Engineer with 14 years’ experience across a variety of infrastructure projects across Australia and New Zealand, including working as a designer, site engineer, project manager and reviewer. Ross has served for two years as a committee member of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society and one year as Secretary. In the Engineers Australia Victorian Division Committee, Ross is passionate about advancing and promoting Engineers Australia’s role in the public policy space and in advancing and promoting STEM.
Grant Scott FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) (Immediate Past President)
Grant Scott is a Chartered engineer and lawyer with extensive experience in the petroleum engineering, earth sciences, natural resources and environmental management sectors. Also an experienced director, Grant served as Engineers Australia’s Victorian President in 2019 and 2020, and is a Board member of the Chemical College. Grant is an Engineers Australia panel member to certify University Chemical Engineering accreditation and Standards Australia committee member for new Innovation Management ISO TC-279.
Amy Lezala FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Amy Lezala, recently named Victoria’s Young Professional Engineer of the Year 2020, is an active member in the rail industry as well as the engineering community. Amy collaborates across the business, focuses on life cycle management of assets, and incorporates maintenance and operational requirements early in the design phase. Always quick to mention the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, Amy believes that engineers can provide innovative solutions to the challenges faced by society today.
Paul Jackson FIEAust CPEng NER
Paul Jackson is a Civil Engineer with over 22 years’ experience in the delivery and operation of major water infrastructure. Paul’s career started in Perth with the Water Corporation in operational leadership and project leadership roles, before working on significant water infrastructure works in Melbourne with John Holland and Melbourne Water. In 2017 Paul commenced with Beca to manage their Australian water business. Paul is passionate about developing people and developing sustainable solutions to our water challenges.
Dr Scott Taylor FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Dr Scott Taylor is currently the Engineering Director at Major Road Projects Victoria and has held leadership roles within both the public and private sector. Scott is recognised for his sound leadership and management skills, combined with strong technical skills specialising in delivery of design solutions for transport infrastructure. Scott also has a strong research background, having obtained a PhD in 2004 in the area of structural dynamics and computational methodologies.
Emma Miller-Olsen FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Emma Miller-Olsen, Victoria’s Professional Engineer of the Year 2020, has 20 years’ experience across the energy, transport, mining, manufacturing and oil and gas industries. In her current role as Regional Roads Victoria’s Department of Transport Operations Manager South West, Emma delivers essential outcomes for the state while protecting and preserving cultural assets and values. Emma is a passionate leader of people, engaging speaker and is a current mentor for the University of Melbourne STEM Program.
Felicity Furey MIEAust
An award-winning business leader, engineer and entrepreneur, Felicity Furey has made a career out of making the ‘impossible’, possible. Named Boss Magazine’s Young Executive of The Year and one of AFR’s 100 Women of Influence by age 26, Felicity has led multi-million dollar engineering projects across Australia, founded successful businesses Power of Engineering and Machinam, and mentored and equipped current and emerging leaders with the skills they need to make an impact and drive meaningful change.
In 2021 several Committee Members will step down from their roles. Thank you to the following members for generously sharing your time and expertise to advance the science and practice of engineering:
- James “Hoody” Hood AM FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
- Bing Li FIEAust CPEng NER
- Peter Sokolowski FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
- Craig Watkins FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)