FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Associate Director, Strategic Rail Transport
Customer, Strategy & Technology, Transport for NSW
Melissa is a chartered professional civil engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in strategic planning, design, and program/project management of railway and infrastructure projects across Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
She is a Fellow and Engineer Executive with Engineers Australia, as well as Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In 2017, Melisa won the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) award as the Champion of Diversity and Inclusion, and gained a System Engineering Professional Certificate from MIT Boston.
She has been active in Women in Engineering Sydney Division since 2002, with a particular focus on mentoring. She is currently the WIE National Committee Immediate Past Chair.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been active in Women in Engineering (WIE) Sydney Division since 2002, especially in mentoring roles. I am currently the WIE National Committee Immediate Past Chair.
Why did you become a volunteer?
I want to promote the role of engineering within society and Engineers Australia is my ‘professional home’. My aim is to help in raising the number of female engineers to more than 40%, and promote and retain women in engineering.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
Being a migrant in this amazing multicultural country, I become connected to EA and other organisations, professional associations, and the community at large. Together with other volunteers, I’d like to drive the change and make industry and society a better place for all of us.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
My greatest achievements are related to Women in Engineering – to be one of the founding members of the WIE Committee in the Sydney Division in 2005, as well as establishing the Women in Engineering National Committee as an equal governance entity to EA colleges in 2017.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
My career has been covering work for more than 30 years within Australia, New Zealand, and Europe enabling me to build ‘bridges’ and reach out to many different cultures. In 2017, I was recognised within TfNSW and won the company award as the Champion of Diversity and Inclusion.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
All my employers would realise sooner or later that my great pleasure is to volunteer and give back to this society. It has never been a real balance, rather when and where I’m needed. When I interview candidates for my team, I always include a last question about their volunteering experience.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
There is a huge sense of pride to be a professional in a vocational occupation. As a volunteer, you will inspire younger generations and become a role model assuring them that everything is possible.
Image: courtesy of Melissa Jovic