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Australia's most inspiring young engineers announced


1 November 2005

Three Sydney University graduates have been recognised by the Australian Institution of Engineers in a list of thirty of Australia's most inspiring young engineers published in their journal Engineers Australia, as part of the celebrations surrounding the international Year of the Young Engineer. The three engineers, all female graduates from the University's Department of Civil Engineering, were selected on a number of criteria, which included involvement in exciting projects; involvement in community based activities or organisations; and leadership either in the community, within the profession or within their job. A panel of three judges selected from a shortlist of 51 candidates for the awards. The Sydney University graduates who were commended are:

Natasa Gadzuric
Natasa Gadzuric

Natasa Gadzuric, Organisational Development Officer, Downer Engineering: After graduating with honours in civil engineering from the University of Sydney, Natasa worked for three years as a consultant for Evans & Peck, and then joined Baulderstone Hornibrook as a site engineer for the Cross City Tunnel Project in Sydney. Her responsibilities were initially in planning, assisting the five construction zones with their planning needs, and then as a site engineer for the Tunnel Control Centre.
In September 2004 Natasa took over her current role as Organisational Development Officer for Downer Engineering.

Faryaneh Hayati
Faryaneh Hayati

Faryaneh Hayati, Project Manager, Bovis Lend Lease: Faryaneh started with Bovis Lend Lease as the Project Officer responsible for safety, quality and the environmental components of a $2 million pedestrian bridge.

Within six months Faryaneh was promoted to site manager and was responsible for the completion of the project. She was able to maintain strong relations with key stakeholders and, through innovative techniques, was able to save the project which had major design problems from the outset. Her involvement in this project was recognised at the 2003 Engineers Australian Sydney Excellence Awards.

As a Project Engineer, Faryaneh then took on another troubled project which was running nine months behind schedule. Within one month she was made Project Manager and sole engineer, and managed to solve the client's issues and complete the project within an agreed timeframe.

Davina Rooney
Davina Rooney

Davina Rooney, Structural Engineer, Arup: Davina was the 2005 Winner of the Sinclair Knight Merz Development Award at the National Association of Women in Construction Awards as well as the winner of an Arup Fellowship Australia (2002-4), a program which sends and supports a graduate overseas for two years. As part of her experience overseas, Davina spent six months in the Indian Himalayas and a year in London completing work for the Ladakh Project. During this time she wrote a funding submission with the Drukpa Trust which won 95,000 Euros from the European Commission delegation to India for Enterprise Ladakh.

Now back in Australia, Davina leads an Arup team working on an orphanage in Uganda, a social project in collaboration with the Faculty of the Built Environment at UNSW.