Welcome to Season 5 Episode 5
Disaster Resilience is all about managing floods and fires and everything nature can throw at us. Well, this would be wrong. According to Paul Gleeson, you can’t consider disaster resilience without also considering climate change. If you want to consider and manage Australia’s disaster resilience, you need to look deeper, towards climate change, which is creating a larger occurrence of disasters upon the world.
when I think about disaster resilience…. I think about (it) through the lens of climate change.
Paul would say his reason for being an engineer has evolved over time. If he casts his mind back to right at the beginning, he recalls his childhood fascination with trying to understand how things worked. And he says he was one of those kids that liked to pull things apart, put them back together and see if they still worked.
He also had a fascination for science and the realisation that engineering is largely the application of science.
I think it’s a fantastic time to be an engineer to be honest, because, if you can’t get excited about tackling a problem that big….
About Paul Gleeson
He has worked on some of the most significant projects in the Australian energy market; advising on the successful acquisition of TransGrid, the development, design and delivery of Australia’s largest solar farms and the ongoing implementation of the Government of South Australia Clean Energy Transition, which led to the installation of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery.
Paul is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds a Certificate in Design Led Innovation from Stanford University.
He is also a member of The University of Queensland’s Master of Sustainable Energy Advisory Board and continues to work closely in partnership with both The University of Queensland and QUT to lead change for students and business.
Dominic De Gioia is the Director of a multi-discipline engineering firm, EWFW Consulting. He is a mechanical engineer with specialist experience in hydraulic engineering.
Melanie De Gioia is the Podcast Producer for Engineers Australia and the Director of Ramaley Media.
Together, Mel & Dom launched Engineering Heroes in 2018
Mel & Dom De Gioia, Your Hosts
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