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Menno Henneveld, 66 Managing Director, Main Roads, Western Australian Government, Perth Civil engineer, University of Western Australia MAIN ROADS delivers a road services program costed at around $1.5 billion per year. Menno Henneveld said there are significant major projects under way, including the Perth Gateway Project, one of the largest ever undertaken in the state. "Engineers help create order in an otherwise unstructured world. In providing infrastructure programs and service delivery in the water and road transport industries, management decisions are made based on public policy, and the capability and processes that can deliver on that policy. Engineers are particularly influential in helping shape policy, developing and managing capability, and delivering on the processes," Henneveld said. "In the early stages of my career engineering provided the oppor- tunity to develop an interest and understanding in a particularly wide range of engineering-related activities. This combined with the leader- ship and independence demanded of young engineers helped set the foundations for my career." Henneveld is particularly proud of the successful implementation of Integrated Service Arrangements, a suite of contractual arrangements that are jointly managed to provide network and asset management services for WA roads. Michael Uzzell, 48 Head of Navy Engineering, Royal Australian Navy, Canberra Electrical engineer, University of NSW REAR ADMIRAL Michael Uzzell was appointed to this new position in July 2011 after the Rizzo Review recommended the Navy rebuild its skills in engineering and asset manage- ment. "Each day or progress towards that regeneration is a highlight," he said. According to Uzzell, engineers in the Navy need some unique qualities. "Foremost, an inquiring mind that seeks to understand the application of engineering in the maritime warfighting domain. There must also be an eagerness to not only achieve that understanding, but to pass on what you have come to understand to those who will replace you. The system of postings and job rotations necessitates that you learn from those who went before you, increase your own understanding by observing and recognising changes in the environment and/ or context, and then pass on what you have understood. Your success can only be measured by the success of your succes- sors -- that is, organisational success has primacy (and is the metric of personal success). "I was in the very fortunate situation of being posted to organisations that were deeply involved in engineering and engineering management activities and to positions that were subordinate to knowledgeable, professional, and nurturing senior engineers. Almost four years in the ANZAC ship project followed by three years as the deputy project manager of a multinational self-defence missile development program provided the most significant development opportunities in my career." Warren King, 62 Chief Executive, Defence Materiel Organisation, Canberra Electrical engineer, University of NSW WARREN KING was appointed Chief Executive of DMO in February 2012. The organisation is responsible for acquiring and supporting equipment for the Australian Defence Force. In 2012/13 DMO is expected to have funding of $9.5 bil- lion and employ 7385 military personnel, public servants and contractors. "Engineering has been absolutely central to shaping my career and remains so today. In my early years I served on a number of Navy ships and shore establishments as a practising engineer. Later in my career I exercised engineering management roles in Australia, the UK, and the USA; both within the Navy and later in industry. As the CEO of DMO responsible for the acquisition and maintenance of Australian Defence equipment I draw on my engineering knowledge and experience every day," Warren King said. "I was always fascinated with technology and electrical things, even when I was young, so when I left school early I started as an engineering apprentice in the Navy. During that apprenticeship I undertook both practical and academic subjects and I discovered that whilst I was quite good with my hands, I was also quite strong at the academic subjects. The Navy then selected me to attend an intensive one-year course where I completed my year 11 and 12 subjects. On successful completion of these I was selected for the Royal Australian Naval College and went on to study at the University of NSW. "Engineering is a pragmatic profession which is based on data and analysis, but which ultimately delivers real and tan- gible solutions to people s practical needs. One thing we don t do very well as engineers is engage at a practical level with non-engineers. We need to be better at this if we want to be as influential as we need to be." 62 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012 COVER STORY -- TOP 100