Dr Darius Danesh is a Chartered Fellow Engineer and a Fellow Certified Practising Portfolio Executive (FAIPM CPPE) with extensive experience in a variety of engineering and leadership roles in the government and private sectors. He has worked across a diverse range of industries including Defence, infrastructure, transport, energy, oil and gas, and mining.
Darius has led many complex programs and advises on a range of subjects including project, program and portfolio management; asset management; multi-criteria decision-making; infrastructure development, Defence capability programs and risk management. Darius holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Engineering Science and a PhD in Project Management from UNSW.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been involved with EA since 2011-12. I was involved in the development of the Defence Engineering Body of Knowledge and was the Vice Chairman of the Transport Committee – Canberra. I’m a member of the Canberra Division committee and have been a panelist for numerous CPEng Review interviews.
Why did you become a volunteer?
I became a volunteer to build stronger relationships with other engineers and affiliates. I am also keen to contribute to the engineering profession by supporting the next generation of engineers, advance our industry and improve services to EA members.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
I enjoy using my experience to help others achieve their personal and professional goals and learning different things about them that leads to my own professional growth.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
It has been a great pleasure to help other members to become Chartered Professional Engineers (CPEng) and gain employment.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
My work experiences in a variety of engineering and leadership roles in the government and private sectors have helped me to deal with different challenges and personalities during my work as a volunteer.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
I have been fortunate enough to work with organisations that recognise the value of volunteering. Also, managing my own company enabled me to manage my own time.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Becoming a volunteer helps you develop your social and technical skills and you will get the opportunity to build a diverse network in a different perspective. I encourage others to volunteer in the industry that is relevant to their careers to help them stay motivated.
Image: courtesy of Dr Darius Danesh