Welcome to Season 4 Episode 25
Ruby Heard is concerned about
how to deliver responsible, sustainable energy solutions to remote communities
She works in the remote communities of Australia and the Pacific and see so many examples of abandoned engineering..
We’ve just left them with no support and no money to have these things maintained
Unfortunately, the solution is complex. From ensuring good systems are installed in the first place, through to robust community engagement and financial support for proper life-long maintenance. That is just the beginning to the changes that need to be made.
Ruby feels that her becoming an engineer was less of a choice and more of a realisation. Perhaps fate even.
In year 10 she was given the great big book of careers and decided to read the whole book cover to cover for inspiration. Perhaps luckily, she started at A so it wasn’t long before she reached engineering. And as she read about what was involved in selecting engineering as a career, she knew that engineering was going to be her future.
Even though she had zero prior knowledge about engineering before that time…
it just spoke to me
Extra discussions during the episode
Future: There will always be a place for engineers in society. It’s a safe job. But there will be changes. Digital transformation, collaboration, greater diversity and even seeing a lot of entrepreneur engineers.
women in engineering – I think that we’re going to make a really profound change to the way that engineering is going.
Advice: Follow your passion and don’t give up your identity
you can still be yourself and be an engineer
Everything really. But seriously – computers…. just how?!
I have no idea how you build a computer without a computer
The greatest engineer of all time is… NATURE
nature is what we’re always trying to emulate.
About Ruby Heard
Ruby Heard is a versatile and ambitious entrepreneur and electrical engineer with global experience and a penchant for sustainability.
She began her career with Arup designing electrical and lighting systems for iconic buildings in Melbourne. In 2015 she transferred to the Arup San Francisco Office to apply her skills to renewable energy systems – complex solar arrays and microgrids.
After she completed a 6-month expedition for Engineers Without Borders in 2018, to support the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees energy team in Ethiopia, Ruby founded Alinga Energy Consulting – a socially conscious engineering consultancy that provides specialist energy services to the commercial, government and NGO sectors within Australia and internationally.
Her company has a particular focus on areas where energy accessibility and affordability issues prevent or limit the availability of reliable power. With indigenous heritage originating from the Djaru people of the Kimberley, Ruby is especially driven to find solutions for Indigenous communities. Ruby was awarded Young Engineer of the Year Victoria by Engineers Australia in 2019.
Ruby joins Engineering Heroes during the 2020 NAIDOC week celebrations.
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