FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Fiona is a water engineer specialising in flood hydrology, hydrology for dams and hydropower, climate change impacts on hydrology, and hydrologic modelling. She has held technical, managerial and leadership positions and is currently a director of water engineering consultancy, WMAwater.
Fiona studied Agricultural Engineering at University of Melbourne and holds a PhD in civil engineering from Monash University. Fiona is a member and past chair of Engineers Australia National Committee on Water Engineering, past member of Civil College Board. She has been a member of conference organising committees and is currently a member of Tasmanian Division Committee. She is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a chartered Civil Engineer.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been volunteering with Engineers Australia since 2005 when I joined the National Committee on Water Engineering.
Why did you become a volunteer?
I became a volunteer to contribute to the great work that the National Committee on Water Engineering does in supporting water engineering in Australia, including running conferences and development of guidelines. I also wanted to raise the profile of hydrology and water engineering in Tasmania.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
I really enjoy the opportunity to work with other volunteers who are passionate about engineering. I have found that the networks that I have connected to through volunteering have been very helpful in my career.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
My greatest achievements were chairing the National Committee on Water Engineering and the organising committee for the 2015 Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium in Hobart. It was very exciting to be able to successfully run the national conference in Tasmania.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
My career has included technical, management, and leadership roles. This has allowed me to bring these perspectives to my volunteering positions.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
I am lucky that my employers have been very supportive of my volunteering work as they have seen the value that it brings in creating networks across Australia.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
You can really contribute to the engineering profession by getting involved and it gives you the opportunity to make great connections with other engineers around Australia.
Image: courtesy of Fiona Ling