Jessica Qiu

FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Lead Consultant – Advisory

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Jessica is an internationally Chartered engineer with extensive experiences in conceptualising, planning, design, managing, and construction of infrastructure projects. She brings a wealth of knowledge to projects with her specialist skills in project/program management, financial control, quality management, business focused strategy development, and specialist engineering knowledge and experiences in the field of geotechnical and environmental engineering.

Jessica’s exceptional skills in engineering design, legal and business, and knowledge with construction enables her to deliver achievable integrated solutions and manage project delivery in a timely and collaborative manner.

Jessica is also currently serving as the Deputy President of Engineers Australia’s Sydney location.

How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been volunteering for more than 10 years in different part of Engineers Australia.

Why did you become a volunteer?
I think it is important to give back to the community and do what is within my power to advance the industry.

What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
I meet a wide array of professionals, learn from different individuals, and connect with people from different backgrounds and interests.

What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I was part of the organising committee and the technical reviewer for the Australasia Tunnelling Conference in 2014 and organised two dinners for Women in Engineering (WIE) Sydney, with extremely interesting speakers such as the Deputy Secretary for Transport. I have also kicked off the Master-Class series as a regular ongoing event in WIE, and recently launched the Innovation Network for the wider Engineers Australia Sydney Region.

How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
I learnt valuable lessons from more experienced individuals, gain access to valuable knowledge that really helped me with my personal growth, and benefited my professional growth.

How do you balance work and volunteering?
I see being an engineer as part of my life. But to achieve a “balance”, I currently implement a “two-nights-per-week” rule on my volunteering work to allowing better planning of time.

What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
Please do! I have gained so much support from the wider EA community that one cannot gain from their day job. The exposure is wonderful, and the other EA members and volunteers are extremely supportive. It could change your perspectives and positively influence your career by connecting with and learning from people you would otherwise have no opportunities to connect with.

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