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Mr Roneel Singh
Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems)
Bachelor of Science (Information Systems)
“Simply brilliant” is how Roneel Singh described his landing a position as an audio-visual design engineer based in Sydney for Lincoln Scott, an Australian-owned international building consultancy.
“It never entered my mind that some day I would be able to combine my background in music and audio with an engineering career,” said the part-time DJ who developed a keen interest in audio work through theatrical productions at secondary school and as a regular at Deakin’s student radio.
He has just joined a team of specialist engineers with building consultancy Lincoln Scott that covers the non-architectural aspects of the company’s diverse projects. Roneel’s responsibility is audio-visual and he is about to start work on the entire internal upgrade of the Parramatta Court building.
“It is an extremely exciting opportunity,” enthused Roneel, who knows he has the necessary technical expertise, as well as his aesthetic and practical appreciation of how the audio and visual systems should ‘look and feel’.
The 24-year-old gained a double degree in Engineering (Computer Systems) and Science (Information Systems) at Deakin’s Geelong campus at Waurn Ponds and spent his graduate year with a Japanese-owned industrial automation company in Melbourne before moving north.
“If you have the option to undertake a double degree you should definitely take it,” he noted. “The extra year is absolutely nothing compared with the experience and expertise you gain. It really puts you a step ahead of most of your peers with single degrees.”
Originally from Hoppers Crossing near Melbourne, Roneel said he thoroughly enjoyed his Deakin experience. He greatly benefited from the friendly atmosphere and rural setting of the campus, online resources and course material and the accessibility and excellent support of teaching staff.
The emphasis on hands-on experience was of particular relevance for Roneel, who is a tinkerer at heart. He commended Deakin’s Headstart program through which he worked at Cheetham Salt in Geelong to optimise the secondary drying process at the Corio plant.
One of the greatest highlights for Roneel at Deakin was his involvement in the Formula SAE race program in which university teams throughout the world build and enter cars in the hotly contested Society of Automotive Engineers’ annual race.
Not only was Roneel able to contribute some of his course knowledge to build two cars, but he also honed other skills through roles such as team business manager.
A major coup was being part of a 25-member SAE team that was honoured with the Vice Chancellor’s Award for contributions to the university. The award acknowledged the team’s ability to involve other faculties, drawing on expertise in areas such as artistic design, and public relations and marketing to gain sponsorship for the $70,000 project.
Looking to the future, Roneel is keen to gain his chartered engineering status before considering postgraduate courses in the area of engineering and systems management.