| 01 January 2023

Meet the South Australia Committee for 2023

Engineers Australia would like to welcome Anthony Elder, Maziar Arjomandi, Oladimeji Benedict Olalusi and Nahid Alemi Kermani to the South Australia Committee for 2023. 

Elected committee members, headed by President Gordan Lesicar, will work together across the year volunteering their expertise and time to provide leadership in key areas including the overall governance and strategic direction of Engineers Australia South Australia.

Gordan believes that education is a life-long journey, taking the understanding of the natural world and using it to invent, design, build or change things to solve problems and achieve practical goals. He is very passionate about raising the profile of engineering as a profession ‘making life happen’.

This year the South Australia Committee are committed to the following priorities:

  • Raising the public profile of engineers so the profession is recognised, trusted and respected. Aiming to foster a raised awareness of engineers being future focussed, creative problem solvers with a responsibility to society.  
  • Support of skilled migrant engineers, indigenous engineers and returning engineers to realise gainful employment.
  • Encourage more students to study engineering through active involvement in STEM programs and activities. 
  • Increase gender balance across membership, committees, forums and presentations.
  • The Premier of South Australia has committed to introduce a registration scheme for engineers in response to the building confidence report. The first roundtable was held on 2 December. We will continue to work with the government in the development of this scheme. 

Each new member will serve the South Australia Committee for two years. You can find out more about each of the committee members below.

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Nahid Alemi Kermani GradIEAust
Committee member

Nahid is an aerospace engineer, working as aircraft structure engineer for Airbus Australia in Edinburgh. She has been a member of Engineers Australia since her first year of university (UNSW – 2014) and always wanted to do more. Nahid believes Engineers Australia had a huge impact on her as she found her way through her education and career. She was looking for an opportunity to give back and now as a committee member, Nahid wants to put in her best effort to be the voice of all engineers in SA, especially women and LGBTQIA+ engineers.

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Maziar Arjomandi FIEAust CPEng NER
Committee member

Maziar is a professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide. With over 300 scientific articles published in lead journals or presented at international conferences he is an acknowledged expert in fluid mechanics and aerodynamics. He has experience across aerospace engineering, renewable energy systems and bio- and micro-fluids. He is a chartered aerospace and mechanical engineer, Associate Head of Research of the School of Mechanical Engineering, and Education and Training Director of the Heavy Industry Low carbon Transition Commonwealth Research Centre.

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Anthony Elder FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
Committee member

Anthony has been a Professional Engineer for 20 years, mostly in the local water and wastewater industry and is the National Engineering Manager for a local D&C contractor. Anthony has been a representative to industry committees previously. He is looking forward to supporting the Engineers Australia Board objectives as a South Australia Committee member, to uphold professional standards and support positive changes to our industry body and members.  

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Oladimeji Benedict Olalusi MIEAust CPEng NER
Committee member

Benedict is a senior civil and structural engineer, also working in academia as a senior lecturer. As an African engineer who migrated to Australia, he has first-hand experience with some of the challenges migrant engineers face integrating into the professional engineering workspace in Australia. As such, he is hoping to highlight and bring forward some of these challenges. He will support and contribute to Engineers Australia’s objectives towards diversity and inclusion, especially towards gainfully employing skilled migrants as engineers in Australia and advocacy for gender balance and inclusion of diverse engineers across forums and presentations. 

Members returning to the South Australia Committee include: 

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Gordan Lesicar FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER

Gordan has more than 30 years’ engineering and project management experience working in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and North America. He has been involved in many multi-disciplinary projects within construction, defence and aerospace, manufacturing, mining, oil and gas, and water industries.

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Katharine Ward FIEAust CPEng NER
Committee member

With a strong engineering foundation, post graduate qualifications in public administration and 20 years’ experience, Katharine is well regarded as a leader and specialist in the South Australian water and environment sector. Katharine works at the Department for Environment and Water, and holds a position on Engineers Australia’s National Congress. In her advocacy for the engineering profession, Katharine sees a future where everyone knows what engineers do and children aspire to be future engineers.  

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Adam Gifford FIEAust CPEng
Committee member

Adam is a Chartered Fellow of Engineers Australia and has been involved in the applied end of the engineering profession for more than 20 years. He is currently focused on leading projects at the forefront of the energy transition. Being a part of the South Australia Committee allows Adam to contribute to the advancement of the profession and create opportunities to demonstrate the tangible impact engineering can make. Adam loves working with talented people to build assets that improve communities.

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Chris Baker FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER
Committee member

A Chartered Professional Engineer and MBA, Chris embraces systems and risk-based thinking to understand concepts for operational, technical and financial scenarios to enable decision making. He helps people and organisations to create strategies and engineer better ways to achieve their mobility goals and high value outcomes. As a committee member his goal is to help engineers play an important role in creating an Australia which is sustainable, resilient, attractive and effective.

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Graham Davies FIEAust CPEng
Committee member

Graham has in-depth experience across the energy, resources and manufacturing sectors and has been a key author of a number of Engineers Australia policies. In the face of existential threats, such as bio-diversity loss, climate change and technology over-reach, he would like to see engineers understand their past role in exacerbating these issues. Graham wants to help engineers reach their purpose to act in the interest of community and to step up to the immense challenge of mitigating these risks to create sustainable future. 

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Tyler Hill MIEAust
Committee member

Working in Tonkin’s Local Government and Asset Management Team, Tyler is a civil engineer with a passion for sustainability. Over the last eight years, Tyler has worked with Engineers Australia in SA and the NT in various office bearer roles achieving local finalist for Young Engineer of the Year in 2020 and being inducted to the Force Forty 2022 cohort. As the YEA Vice Chair and YEA South Australia Committee representative for 2023, Tyler aims to promote opportunities for young engineers, STEM and sustainability.

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Andrew O’Connor FIEAust CPEng
Committee member

With more than 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, Andrew brings a disciplined and process driven approach to business. He has extensive project management experience, having successfully led major projects in Australia and Central America. As a Managing Director, Andrew is focused on delivering successful risk management outcomes through sound commercial practice and disciplined methodology. Open and direct, Andrew is renowned for his consistent approach, dedication to engineering excellence and ability to deliver. 

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Emily Anderson MIEAust CPEng NER
Committee member

Emily is a biomedical engineer with extensive experience in both academia and the defence sector. Emily has lectured at the University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne in biomedical engineering. She also teaches STEM classes to local pre-schoolers at Inventor Kids.

We would like to thank the committee members whose terms ended in 2022 for their work on the South Australia committee. 

The 2023 committee welcomes members ideas on how to best serve the profession in the South Australian community. Please contact them via [email protected] with suggestions or discussion points.