Welcome to Season 4 Episode 18
Sean started where most engineers start… with an interest in maths and science. He grew up in a very small town in the middle of Ireland and his mum worked for the local county council. And while he didn’t know any of the engineers on staff there, he kind of had a baseline understanding of what engineers did.
But Sean’s real interest was around buildings. He wanted to know more about buildings. He originally had his heart set on becoming an architect, but when that didn’t turn out he looked towards engineering. Which he says was a very good decision….
I would have made a very poor architect
Extra discussions during the episode
Future: The world isn’t getting any more simple!
take a much more systems complexity theory approach to the future
Advice: Sean is living his advice – follow your bliss
Do what you love. Do the bit that interests you most.
Any item that has an interesting engineering story… e.g Panama Canal or bridges
I’m not quite sure of whether it’s the story or the engineering which sort of impresses me most..
she basically taught herself engineering
About Sean Brady
Sean Brady is a forensic engineer who works with business, government and the legal sector to understand and resolve complex issues that typically require a whole of system approach.
Sean has just completed the Brady Review, an investigation into the causes of fatalities in the mining industry in Queensland, Australia. This review analysed 20 years of incident and fatality information, was data driven, and culminated in 11 recommendations for both industry and the regulator on how to lower the fatality and incident rate.
Sean speaks, podcasts, and writes about failure, human behaviour, data analytics and engineering disasters. He has also acted as an expert witness on numerous occasions.
Sean is also the host of the podcasts: Brady Heywood, Saving Apollo 13 and Rethinking Safety.
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