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Dr Green is Chairperson of the ITEE College and has been a Professional Interviewer for more than 30 years. Graduating with degrees in Electronics, Acoustics and Computer Engineering, his Acoustics degree led to an appointment on an ISO Technical Committee. The patent from his PhD is now used in equipment that has been installed in many countries.
As a Telecom Chief Engineer, his work included Government Legislation and the development of the commercial data processing systems. He assisted with the drafting of the 1997 Telecom Act as Director of ATUG and member of the Board Policy Committee. Dr Green has held senior executive positions for Telecom Equipment Manufacturers and two of his projects have won national awards. He currently provides Engineering Consulting services on Telecom networks and Artificial Intelligence.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I began volunteering at Engineers Australia shortly after migrating to Australia, 30 years ago. I joined the local Electrical Committee and became a Professional Interviewer.
Why did you become a volunteer?
At university, I was asked to join the Student Engineering Committee and discovered the benefits of being actively involved in volunteering. Membership with other professional societies helped my career before migrating to Perth.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
Networking and working with likeminded people. Encouraging, supporting and mentoring young engineers to achieve their goals and chartered status.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
Being awarded WA Professional Engineer of the year 2016, which included establishing a STEM competition. The competition enabled students and teachers to understand the contribution of engineering to society, including applying engineering principles as part of their projects.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
My career has provided me with the management skills to motivate and lead teams of volunteers as well as provide industry experience when assessing candidates for chartered status.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
Management courses on Time Management, Leadership, Motivating Staff, Governance, etc. have helped me balance my workload by selecting positions where I can make a meaningful contribution and still have time to relax.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
I encourage members to contribute to local professional societies and mentor young engineers. Being a volunteer creates opportunities and a sense of personal achievement outside of a career.
Image: courtesy of Dr Walter Green