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Top 100 : 2006
10 Young Engineers TOP YOUNG ENGINEERS Sonny Connors, 31 Mark Cassidy, 32 Director, Centre for Offshore Foundations Systems, University of Western Australia, Perth Prof Mark Cassidy is the director for the Centre for Offshore Foundations Systems at the University of Western Australia. His duties involve general direction of the centre and policy-making. Cassidy’s work at the centre focuses on the construction of oil and gas developments and the conditions found offshore Australia. His research interests include the development of force resultant models encapsulating shallow foundation behaviour under combined loading, geo-technical centrifuge modelling and stability analysis of offshore pipelines. Cassidy is currently on a six month study leave. He is visiting the International Centre for Geohazards at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute in Oslo, to inquire about geohazards and seabed slope stability issues. In 1994, Cassidy graduated from the Univer- sity of Queensland with first class honours in civil engineering and also won the University Medal. In 1999, he completed a doctor of philosophy at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In his spare time, Cassidy plays water polo for the Claremont Dolphins, a local team in Perth. He is also teaching himself to stand on a surf board. Ben Fluck, 26 Executive Engineer, Kellogg Brown & Root, Melbourne Ben Fluck is an executive engineer for Kellogg Brown & Root and works with the company’s regional leadership team. The role provides opportunities for young professionals to gain ex- 52 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 52-53 g- young eng 52 6/1/06, 8:45 PM posure to the corporate management side of a global engineering firm. Fluck was the engineering manager, contracts manager and site manager for the 2006 Australian Formula One Grand Prix. His duties on the project included scheduling and budgeting, client liaison and managing installation and dismantle activities. He was also in charge of the procurement process which included 50 major contracts and a capital works program. He has an honours degree in civil engineering and a bachelor of commerce from the University of Melbourne. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, and competing in triathlons. James Kennedy, 32 Design Development Engineer, Barclay Mowlem, Sydney James Kennedy is a design development engineer with Barclay Mowlem. His duties include design and consultant management and leading the design development team. He is currently managing the preliminary design stage of the $220 million Strategic Alliance Contract Northern Improvement Program for the Australian Rail Track Corporation. The program involves upgrading the North Coast Railway Line between Maitland and Brisbane. Kennedy graduated with first class honours in civil engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney in 1998. Previously, he worked as a senior project engineer with the Lawrence Hargrave Drive Link Alliance. During the project, Kennedy managed resources, costs and schedules; coordinated site activities and administered subcontracts. In his spare time, Kennedy enjoys garden- ing, woodworking, home renovating and touring the Australian countryside in his 4WD with his family. He also enjoys designing and building purpose-made 4WD offroad competition vehicles and competes regularly in the Australian rock crawling series. Section Operations Manager, Project Manager, Senior Civil Engineer, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Brisbane Sonny Connors is the section operations manager in the mechanical and industrial section in the Brisbane office of Parsons Brinckerhoff. He manages 55 staff and is responsible for strategic resourcing and forecasting future needs. He reviews projects up to the value of $300,000 and has managed the financial performance of projects to the value of $1 million. He is currently working on powerstation development. Connors graduated with honours in civil engineering from the University of Queensland in 1997 before completing a masters of business administration at La Trobe University. In 2005, he won the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia’s Future Leaders award. Outside of engineering, he enjoys playing hockey. Michael Robinson, 35 General Manager, Victoria Hydrocarbons, WorleyParsons, Melbourne This year, Michael Robinson was appointed general manager of Hydrocarbons in Victoria, WorleyParsons’ second largest oil and gas business in Australia. In this role he will be responsible for executing active projects, seeking new business, leading a growing team of around 450 professionals, and ensuring business performance. Robinson received his bachelor of civil engineering from Monash University in 1994. Robinson was project manager for the transition team which arranged the US$240 million acquisition of US-based Parsons E&C by Australian firm Worley. He guided both companies through the challenges of a corporate merger through planning, activity coordination, project young engineers