Associate Director – Urban Development
Rod has over 27 years of experience in a variety of Civil Engineering fields within Northern Territory, Northern New South Wales and South-East Queensland including civil, structural, geotechnical, hydraulic, environmental, municipal and planning.He has complemented his experience with further studies in the field of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In recent years Rodney’s career has focused on technical leadership across numerous infrastructure projects in South East Queensland.
In his previous role as Senior Principal Engineer/ Technical Lead Civil and Community Infrastructure, Rod guided a team of Civil Engineers, Scientists, Designers and Drafters through technical leadership. Rod’s key function is to mentor staff, provide specialist advice on key projects and technical engineering reviews. This has been Complimented by various volunteer roles within the Industry.
How long have you been volunteering with Engineers Australia?
I have been volunteering for 5 years.
Why did you become a volunteer?
I became a volunteer to give back to the engineering community what I have got out of it over my career and to provide the same opportunities to younger engineers that I enjoyed.
What do you enjoy most about being a volunteer?
I most enjoy helping others in our industry.
What has been your greatest achievement in your time volunteering with Engineers Australia?
No one thing really, I just feel rewarded knowing that I’m helping lots of people a little bit at a time.
How has your career informed your work as a volunteer?
By giving back what others have sacrificed for myself in the past.
How do you balance work and volunteering?
A very understanding employer helps, but I still try to strike a balance among work, my family and volunteering.
What would you tell other members who are considering becoming a volunteer?
It is a very rewarding exercise.
Image: courtesy of Rod Barry