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Young Engineers Carmine Ciccocioppo, 33 Operations Manager, South Australia, for United Utilities Australia, Adelaide Civil engineer Carmine Ciccocioppo is the United Utilities Australia’s (UUA) operations manager for South Australia. This position entails taking overall managerial responsibility for the operations and maintenance of all of UUA’s projects within the state. 20 people report directly to him, including trade qualified and professional staff. Ciccocioppo is a director of the Australian Water Association, which has over 4000 individual and corporate members. A graduate from the University of Adelaide with a BEng (Honours), Ciccocioppo subsequently gained a masters of environmental engineering science from the University of NSW and a MBA from the University of Adelaide. He was awarded the 2005 Playford Capital Prize for Entrepreneurship, part of the Adelaide MBA degree program, for the most outstanding student in the subject of entrepreneurship. Activities outside of engineering and work that are important to him include spending as much time as possible with his family, which includes two young daughters, as well as tennis, golf and fishing. Rebecca Barker, 26 Chair of Young Engineers Australia’s National Committee, Melbourne Rebecca Barker took over the chair of Young Engineers Australia’s National Committee last month. “I see the position as a huge responsibility and privilege, and I 58 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 58-59 g - young eng 58 6/3/05, 3:32 PM recognise the amazing opportunity it embodies to influence issues facing young engineers and our profession,” she said. YEA comprises Engineers Australia’s young engineers and students. At present this group represents about half the total membership of the Institution, with the majority being free Student members. A graduate from Melbourne University in civil engineering and applied mathematics, Barker works for Maunsell Australia in Melbourne in infrastructure management. Earlier this year she spent several weeks in the Maldives as a volunteer inspecting the structural safety of school buildings affected by the Boxing Day tsunami last December. Barker is also on the board of the Univer- sity of Melbourne’s Faculty of Engineering. In her spare time she likes bushwalking and cross-country running. Daniel Almagor, 28 Founder and President of the Australian branch of Engineers Without Borders, Melbourne Witnessing the devastation from a massive earthquake while travelling in India in 2001 motivated Daniel Almagor to set up the Australian branch of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). The organisation started operating in November 2003 and now has nearly 1500 members. It has been running projects in several countries including India, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, East Timor and South Africa. The projects span from electricity and wa- ter supply to educational facilities. Almagor graduated in 2001 from RMIT in Melbourne with a double degree in aerospace engineering and business administration. In 2003 he and a medical doctor set up Medivax, a service provider that organises staff vaccination programs for large organisations. For relaxation he likes being outdoors – gardening or playing sport such as soccer or golf. Melissa Griffith, 26 President of Engineers Australia’s Queensland Division; civil engineer in KBR’s Maritime & Coastal Section, Brisbane Melissa Griffith is president of Engineers Australia’s Queensland Division, representing over 15,000 engineers in the state. “My focus has been on keeping the Division involved in the infrastructure debate that has been happening particularly in southeast Queensland,” she explained. “I also wanted to reform the Women in En- gineering Group in Queensland, which we have done this year.” Griffith is a civil engineer with KBR’s maritime and coastal engineering group in Brisbane. Outside of engineering, she enjoys spend- ing time with her husband, family and friends, as well as travelling overseas, and eating out. She is involved with the Brisbane City Church and runs its professional women’s work. Simon Clarke, 30 Operations Executive, South Australia, for Parsons Brinckerhoff, Adelaide Simon Clarke is Parsons Brinckerhoff ’s operations executive in South Australia, reporting directly to the company’s state manager. His responsibilities include ensuring client needs are met with respect to personnel and project delivery, commercial support for project managers, profit and loss for the office and oversight of human resources and professional development. “We have our project managers delivering numerous projects. I work with them to look at project risks, ensuring the jobs meet the clients’ expectations as well as being commercially successful,” he explained. In all, he is responsible for over 85 staff. In his leisure time Clarke is a “keen pho- tographer” and enjoys cycling through the Adelaide Hills. young engineers