Dorine Kuo

MIEAust CPEng

Rail Geometry Leader

Arup

Dorine Kuo is a Chartered Professional Engineer in the areas of Civil and Project Management, and has worked on large infrastructure projects covering highways, rail, and now aviation in Singapore, Australia, and the United States. Dorine currently works for Arup as the Rail Geometry Leader in Singapore.

How long have you been a member of Engineers Australia?
I have been a member since 2008. As a younger engineer I helped with the Engineers Australia Professional Development Program internally at Arup, and when I moved to Singapore I was the Secretary of Engineers Australia’s Singapore Chapter (2014 – 2015).

Why did you pursue a career in engineering?
I wanted to have a career with practical outcomes which would benefit society.

How can Australian communities/people/society benefit from your work now and in the future?
I truly believe that in order to “Shape a Better World”, we have to take on a collaborative approach. Engineers can contribute their technical expertise, or in my case, my understanding of the technical context along with my coordination skills to tackle issues that the world is currently facing. Infrastructure projects are key to how we design future cities, and along with that we can drive the mindset that we want society to adopt, such as public versus private transport, waste management strategies, etc.

What is the most challenging or interesting project you’ve ever worked on?
I feel very fortunate to have been a part of large prestigious projects such as the Changi Terminal 5. I also had the opportunity to work on the Dr. Chau Chak Wing Building – a school building of the University of Technology Sydney which was the first building in Australia to be designed by Frank Gehry.

What do you see as one of the biggest issues facing the engineering profession?
I think the diversity of what engineering is and what it means to people. The world is changing so quickly that the diversity of skills needed in each industry is also evolving quickly. Adapting the profession whilst staying true to our ethics and values will be an interesting challenge!

What excites you about the future of the profession or what opportunities do you see for the future?
The endless possibilities excite me! From people coming up with new ways of cleaning up the ocean, to creating interfaces between professions who would usually never connect in order to tackle global issues, I find these unknown creative spaces exciting!

Who is your engineering hero?
I don’t think I can name just one, but I would like to give credit to the people behind the making of an engineer – whether that be family, friends or mentors. Without these people, the world would not be able to enjoy the work of engineers!

Image: provided by Dorine Kuo