Technical Lead (Digital Health) Therapeutic Goods Administration
Director and Principal Platypus Technical
Dr Lee Walsh trained at Monash University as an Electrical and Computer Systems Engineer and Physiologist. He began his career in medical research, and has more than a decade of experience in designing hardware and software for use in human experiments. His expertise in measuring human movement and sensation is internationally recognised.
Lee is currently a Technical Lead (Digital Health) for medical devices at the Therapeutic Goods Administration. He is leading reform on the regulation of medical device software and the cyber security of medical devices. Lee also runs a research and engineering consultancy, Platypus Technical, which provides research and development services for health, medicine, and sport.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I began volunteering with EA in 2017.
Why did you become a volunteer?
I had moved cities and left volunteer work behind, so was looking for a volunteering opportunity in Canberra. I was also looking for a way to connect with the engineering profession in my new city.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
There are a lot of opportunities to learn, including all the different places engineers contribute to society.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I was a member of the Biomedical College’s first Canberra Branch Committee, and I organised and hosted their first event.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
For the first decade of my career I was usually the only engineer in the team. I combined engineering with physiology and psychology to apply it to health and medicine.
My volunteering is informed by the value a single engineer can bring to any project, and the unexpected places that engineers work.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
This hasn’t been much of a problem. We schedule events and meetings before or after work, and the Canberra Division staff provide a lot of support. It can make for some long days, but they are not too frequent and are generally flexible enough to fit around other commitments.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Try it. Serve a year on your College Committee and see how you go. You will learn a lot, and might be surprised at how much you can contribute.
Image: Courtesy of Dr Lee Walsh