Leaders of the Profession: Sydney

An introduction to the Sydney Division Committee

The role of the Sydney Division Committee is to provide leadership and direction consistent with Engineers Australia’s Strategic Priorities and to communicate, advocate, connect and promote the engineering profession across academia, government, industry and the wider community, and contribute to the best engineering outcomes that the profession can deliver for the benefit of the whole community. 

Bruce Howard, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Co-Deputy President
Jessica Qiu, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Co-Deputy President
Julia Ratnayake, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)



Immediate Past President
Julie Mikhail, FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Managing Director, Engineering Business Pty Ltd

Julie is a government tendering expert with 17 years’ experience working in the public sector (Defence) prior to establishing a company aimed at assisting SMEs with their government tendering requirements. Julie has a passion for small business, and seeks to improve engineering practices within the SME community to improve competiveness and create opportunities while ensuring engineering rigor.




Tom Crow

Tom Crow, FIEAust CPEng(Ret) EngExec

Tom is a chartered Fellow and EngExec with 60 years EA membership and project management experience. He has a doctorate in infrastructure strategic planning and a belief that team culture is the prime driver of outstanding project outcomes.




Varuni Fernando, MIEAust
Product Owner, Connected Health Innovation at ResMed.

Varuni is a systems engineer with a passion for using medical devices and digital health interventions to improve the lives of those with chronic illnesses. She is also a strong advocate for increasing the representation of females in the engineering profession and promoting careers in STEM to students.


Katharina Gerstmann, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)



Olivia Mirza

Olivia Mirza BE(Hons) UNSW, PhD(UWS) MIEAust
Associate Professor in Civil Engineering,Western Sydney University and Forensic Bridge Engineer

Associate Professor Olivia Mirza is a structural engineer specialised on forensic bridge engineering. She has more than 15 years of structural designing experience. She is also a strong advocate for promoting females in STEM profession and early childhood


Don Moloney

Don Moloney, MIEAust

Don is a Mechanical Systems Engineer and has spent his career building Naval capability through the provision of technical solutions, advice and engineering management to Defence and Defence Industry. He is an Innovation and Continuous Improvement practitioner and is leading Navy’s Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) program.



Haris Moraitis, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Associate Director, HKA Global.

Haris is a Fellow with a passion in sustainable development for over twenty years. He is considered a sustainability challenger and creative thinker with a focus on social sustainability, diversity and inclusion in the real estate and development industry. His innovative and change-driven disruptive thinking instigates positive environmental and social change in the built environment.


Max Underhill

Max Underhill, MEng (Thesis), Grad Dip Mgt Stud; MIE Aust CPEng(Ret),  CP of AHRI
Managing Director - Maxumise Group.

Max is a dual professional with organisational/HR credentials in addition to his engineering accreditation.  This expertise enables Max to apply a broad-spectrum approach to engineering - “resource management”.  Creator of a unique methodology, driven by research and development based on engineering principles, that provides a quantifiable approach to the management of an organisations total resources, especially the organisational and people resources. 

Max is a member of EA Civil College and EHS group.  He is an elected member of the Australian ICOMOS/TICCIH National Scientific Committee on Industrial Heritage.


Ian White, FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Ian is the holder of a Fellowship Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical), I have been a member of Engineers Australia for the last 41 years. For the last 30 years I have been a self-employed Consulting Engineer at WAI Engineering, specialising in CAD covering everything from preparation of engineering drawings through to training of operators and setting QA standards for the drawing office. I was the secretary of the original Western Sydney Regional Group in the mid 1980s, have also chaired the Sydney Mechanical Chapter for the past 6 years and am also active member of the current Western Sydney Regional Committee in addition to being elected to the Sydney Division Committee for two terms. (no photo supplied).


Brendyn Williams, FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)