Meet our EAB members
Meet some of our experienced engineering advisory board members and hear what is in store for the future of engineering and how Deakin prepares our engineering graduates for the jobs of the future.
Tony Arnel - Chair of the Advisory Board
Global Director Sustainability, Norman Disney & Young (NDY)
Tony joined NDY in early 2012, following 12 years as Victorian Building Commissioner and Plumbing Industry Commissioner. During this time he was a founding Director of the Green Building Council of Australia (2002 – 2013) and was the Chair for five years between 2007 – 2012. He was an elected Director of the World Green Building Council (2006 – 2012) and was the Chair for three years between 2008 – 2011. At NDY, Tony is the company’s Chief Sustainability Strategist working across a global network of offices and all market sectors, including buildings, transport, industrial and utilities.
Over the past decade Tony has been a leader of the national and international sustainability movement, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, advocating economic growth and sustainability as being mutually entwined.
Tony continues to play a key role in the transformation of the Australian property market to sustainable practices. He is a board member of the Sustainable Melbourne Fund and more recently he was appointed by the Australian Government to the Board of the National Occupational Licensing Authority.
Tony is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and a Victorian Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. He is the immediate past Chair of the Advisory Board to the School of Architecture and Building at Deakin University. He is past Chairman and Director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Australia's largest arts festival. In 2009 he received the Australian Financial Review's 'True Leadership' Award and in March 2010 received the inaugural 'Leadership in Sustainability' Award from the Australian Institute of Architects. In August 2011 Tony received the 'Individual Award for Contribution to Sustainability' at the Melbourne Awards.
Non-Executive Director and Energy Industry Advisor (2020)
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Deakin University
Graduate Diploma in Management, Deakin University
Advanced Management Programme, Harvard Business School, USA
Mr. Ficca has almost 40 years’ experience in the energy industry having recently retired from his role as Managing Director of AusNet Services (ASX:AST), a role he held for over 14 years.
He currently serves as Non-Executive Director of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Transurban Queensland (TQ) and GESCA (Green Energy Supply Chain Australia). He is also a member of Deakin University Engineering Advisory Board.
He is also serving as Professor of Industry Engagement for Deakin University.
Mr Ficca is a previous director and the Chair of Energy Networks Australia. He was also formerly the Deputy Chairman and a director of the Energy Supply Association of Australia and Chair of CIGRE Australia.
Mr. Ficca holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a graduate diploma in management from Deakin University. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He is a fellow of Engineers Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Managing Director, Iscar Australia
Jason Allen pursued his passion for engineering in his early years as a toolmaker, designing and manufacturing for the mould and die industry in Australia. Jason left Australia to work as Manufacturing Manager for an engineering firm in Bangkok, where he led a team of engineers to develop large, multi‐stage injection moulds servicing the packaging industry.
Jason returned to Australia to work for the engineering giant Sumitomo Electric Industries and was later invited to study hard materials and super hard materials in Itami, Japan, which further developed his engineering and Japanese language skills.
After returning from Japan, Jason joined Ringwood Super Abrasives, a company developed in affiliation with the Australian National University from the studies of the late Professor Ted Ringwood. During his time at Ringwood, Jason helped develop PCBN and PCD materials and worked closely with Professor L.C. Zhang from the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at the University of Sydney.
Jason is highly active in the precision manufacturing industry in Australia and has held the position as Managing Director of Iscar Australia for the past 12 years.
General Manager, Air Radiators, Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board
Jamie is a successful General Manager and professional engineer, having led industrial and automotive product design and manufacturing companies in Australia and China.
After graduating, Jamie started his career working for Marand Precision Engineering developing special purpose machines tools. He then moved to Ford Motor Company as a Driveline Design Engineer followed by time at Tickford Engineering developing Ford performance and LPG vehicles.
Jamie then joined Air International. Air International is a Tier 1 automotive parts manufacturer specialising in the design and manufacturer of automotive heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC). Jamie’s career developed as Air International grew, starting as a Design Engineer then progressing through roles such as Design Manager, Project Manager and Business Development Manager.
In 2001 Jamie was given the opportunity to take a role as part of the businesses expansion into China, firstly supporting a Greenfields joint venture start-up plant in Chongqing and then as General Manager of Air International Shanghai. The Shanghai business is a joint venture company of 400 employees, designing and manufacturing automotive HVAC systems for Chinese vehicle manufacturers. Jamie’s efforts in this role were to transform the business by the application of Lean Manufacturing systems. Significant improvements in productivity and quality were achieved and new products and production equipment were introduced to increase the capability of the company.
Jamie returned to Australia in 2004 to take the role of General Manager for Air International in Australia. The Australian business designed, manufactured and supplied just in time HVAC systems to the Ford Falcon, Holden Commodore and Mitsubishi Magna. In this role Jamie’s task was to maintain profitability against the globalisation of the Australia automotive industry.
Jamie left Air International after 13 years in 2006 and established a consulting business focused on creating growth for small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) by helping them leverage their existing capabilities to create new products. This led Jamie to a role with the Geelong Manufacturing Council as a Business Adviser for the Federal Government initiative, Enterprise Connect. Enterprise Connect aims to improve the productivity of international SMEs.
Jamie then returned to Marand Precision Engineering as Executive Director and was responsible for the implementation of Lean business practices to improve productivity and quality. He also led a number of projects developing undersea tidal turbines for electricity generation.
In 2010 Jamie joined Air Radiators as General Manager with the focus of building a world-class manufacturing business. Air Radiators employs 200 people and designs and manufactures industrial heat exchanges for trucks, trains, mining equipment and various industrial applications.
Jamie is also active in the industrial community as is a Chairman of the Geelong Manufacturing Council.
During his career Jamie has developed core competencies in business management, product development, project management and manufacturing operations. Jamie is married with three children and lives in Geelong.
Deputy Director - Technical & Engineering, Thales Australia
Mark is a Senior Engineering Manager with over 22 years’ experience in the Australian Defence industry. He has worked across engineering domains primarily in Test & Evaluation and Systems Engineering, with 16 years in Thales across multiple business areas.
Mark's key responsibilities include:
- Providing technical leadership for the engineering function spanning design practices, system engineering, system integration, test & evaluation, R&D, and configuration management for the Protected Vehicles (PRV) Business Line.
- Holding delegated Design Authority and being responsible for the technical integrity of solutions and services.
- Being the Job Family Champion for Thales Australia’s Systems Engineering group.
- Project initiation – including defining team structures and skill requirements, and estimating, budgeting and scheduling for complex system developments.
- Closing out development projects by achieving customer acceptance through strategically planned T&E programs.
Some of Mark’s recent projects have included:
- Engineering Manager for the product development of the Hawkei Protected Light Vehicle offered for Land 121 Phase 4 MSA2 and Risk Reduction Activities (RRA).
- Engineering Manager for the product development of the Bushmaster
Single Cab Utility Vehicle offered for Land 121 Phase 3.
- Design Authority for multiple programs, including the FFG Combat System Upgrade and Land 125 Phase 3C Lethality Contract (Stage 1).
- Test & Trials Manager for programs such as the ADATS Air Traffic Management Project, AIR 87 ARH and the ANZAC Ship Shore Installation Project (for CSC).
Mechanical Engineer, Thales
Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)
Bachelor of Finance
Sarah completed her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and Finance in 2014 at the University of Adelaide, having undertaken her honours year in 2013. She researched Autonomous Underwater Vehicles to design a fully agile vessel with six degrees of freedom.
Throughout her studies, Sarah undertook many extracurricular programs, including starting the Adelaide chapter for Robogals; inspiring and teaching young females about engineering, and a career in Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
In 2015 she started her graduate engineering position with Thales, in Protected Vehicles.
General Manager - Infrastructure & Technology, Barwon Water
With a 20+ year career in the water industry, Shaun has worked across both public and private sectors. He has extensive experience in strategy, operations, construction, business development, IT and large-scale multiple party project development.
Shaun and his team build and operate Barwon Water’s world-standard water, sewerage and recycled water infrastructure and IT systems. The group is responsible for maximising the quality, security, productivity and affordability of all assets in a changing regional environment and climate.
Shaun is an active member of the Torquay community and has a keen interest in renewable energy and the environment.
Engineer Networks Planning (Transmission Revenue Reset Project Manager) AusNet Services & Deakin Engineering Graduate Representative
Chief Regional Roads Officer, Regional Roads Victoria, VicRoads
Karen is a dynamic, passionate, influential senior leader with over 20 years experience in the water, energy and environment sectors in private and public organisations within Australia and the UK. Karen has a proven record in identifying and driving strategic and operational change and process
improvement in operations, asset management and contract management and is adept at establishing credibility and building rapport quickly with a range of internal and external stakeholders from Board level to front line operations. Being results orientated, Karen delivers outcomes through empowering people, competitive commercial arrangements and setting clear direction. She has extensive commercial, contractual and negotiation experience and is accustomed to working within challenging commercial, political and heavily regulated environments.
Karen’s diverse background spans across engineering, operational, commercial, corporate strategy and change management and performance roles across a number of different industries and organisations providing her with a balanced insight to driving successful competitive business outcomes. She brings to her roles her positive outlook, drive and expertise in delivering key business outcomes through aligning people, improving processes and delivering significant performance improvement by developing strong, high performing teams.
Karen has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management from Warwick Business School.
Richard Taube is a Mechanical Engineer and has worked in the Automotive industry in
Australia since 1994. His Postgraduate Research was in the field of Sheetmetal Stampings
Optimisation and he has been active in BIW structures design, development and testing of
the Ford Territory, Falcon and T6 Ranger since 1999.
He currently manages the collaborative University Research Projects for Ford of Australia
Pty Ltd and acts in a technical capacity for the BIW Product Development teams. He has an
ongoing interest in applied research and collaboration between industry and research
schools as well as advanced BIW structures planning, development and cost optimisation.
Water and Catchments Group
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP)
Helen Vaughan is the Deputy Secretary for the Water and Catchments Group, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). She is an experienced executive having previously been in Regional Director roles, most recently for DELWP in south-western Victoria, and also for the former Department of Environment and Primary Industries and Department of Sustainability and Environment.
Helen has extensive experience in both the New South Wales and Victorian public service in policy, research and policy implementation roles focused mainly on natural resource and emergency management.
Better integration of land use and water planning that ensures efficient investment and protection of natural assets, is an area of interest for Helen.
Environmental Manager, GeelongPort
PhD – Deakin University
Masters of Occupational Hygiene and Toxicology – Edith Cowan University
Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) – Deakin University
Bachelor of Science (Chemical) – Deakin University
Lisa has a career spanning over 20 years across the mining, power generation, smelting, consulting and maritime sectors and her current role is the Environment Manager for GeelongPort. She is working to ensure the port meets its environmental vision to become Australia’s most environmentally sustainable bulk port. She is responsible for all aspects of the Environmental Management System including compliance, risk management, continual improvement and delivery of environmental capital projects.
Lisa was previously employed with Alcoa of Australia, working across all Victorian operations including the Point Henry Smelter, Anglesea Coalmine and Power Station and Portland Aluminium. Key accountabilities included air emissions monitoring, groundwater management, waste minimisation, stakeholder engagement and cultural heritage management.
As someone wanting to make a difference, Lisa spends much of her time in the field to enable her to fully understand daily operational challenges and to allow her to develop robust, multi-disciplinary, fit-for-purpose solutions. Lisa is a Certified Environmental Practitioner, a full member of both the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists and is a member of Barwon Water’s Environment Advisory Committee. She is a passionate advocate for gender equity in STEMM disciplines and is a alumnae of Homeward Bound – a global leadership initiative for women in STEMM.
Head of Engineering
School of Engineering
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
Head of Discipline (Mechanical)
School of Engineering
Associate Head of School, International
Associate Head of School, Research
School of Engineering
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
Associate Head of School (Industry Engagement)
School of Engineering
Associate Head of School (Teaching & Learning)
Director (Postgraduate Studies)
Head of Discipline (Civil & Environmental)
Head of Discipline (Electrical & Electronics & Mechatronics)
Engineering Student Representative