Electrical College Board - From the Chair Tuesday, 14 March 2017

New Electrical College Board Chair, Mark Lendich FIEAust CPEng NER shares his plans for 2017 and beyond.

Welcome to the first communique from the Electrical College Board for 2017.

I am honoured to have been selected as Chair of the College Board for over 18,000 Electrical College members of Engineers Australia.  

Your representatives on the Board for this year are:

  • Mark Lendich FIEAust CPEng NER - Chair
  • Ron Scollay FIEAust CPEng NER – Deputy Chair
  • Tiina Ratamo FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer – Immediate Past Chair
  • Ted Reynolds FIEAust CPEng NER
  • Tapan Saha FIEAust CPEng NER
  • Lyn Brodie FIEAust
  • Peter Sokolowski FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer
  • Kamal Laha FIEAust CPEng NER
  • Nee Nee Ong FIEAust
  • Sean McGuiness MIEAust CPEng

The College Board completed a cycle of business planning in late 2016, and now has an approved plan that it will be working to in 2017 and beyond.  Topics within this plan include:

  • Review of existing professional standards and competencies
  • Improve CPD delivery with the College’s capacity as a learned society together with Divisional based Electrical Branches
  • Improve member value in collaboration with the College’s National Committees: Automation, Control & Instrumentation(NCACI), Space Engineering(NCSpE), other Colleges and related organisations
  • Member recognition through awards and events (pleased refer to the separate article in this newsletter where we are pleased to announce the 2017 M A Sargent Medal and National Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year winners)
  • Enhanced communications with College members
  • Proactive involvement in the development of Engineers Australia policies relevant to electrical engineering

In the area of policy development, Engineers Australia has identified energy policy as one of its priority areas.  Energy policy across Australia is sometimes debated at the extremes.  The integration of more renewables into the traditional grid is a perfect example of this – often painted as either good or bad, whereas the true situation lies balanced somewhere in the middle.  The engineering profession has to be pre-prepared to provide technical direction and broader input to these discussions. 

Policy development and associated work will be a focus of the Electrical College Board throughout 2017. As examples, The College Board recently provided input into Engineers Australia’s submission to the National Electricity Market review being chaired by Dr Alan Finkel the 2016 winner of the M A Sargent Medal, and is currently assisting the national Public Affairs group in the development and launch of a new policy related to the future Australian electricity generation.

The College Board is always keen to seek the views and feedback of our members on this, or any other relevant topics.  If there are any opinions, comments or suggestions, please email us at [email protected].