Season 2, Episode #4
Engineering Leaders with Ryan Kell
Welcome Season 2 Episode 4
Air Force Officer Ryan Kell chats to us about the need for engineers in leadership roles
I think engineers are inherently good decision makers, because they’ve got the mindset that’s developed through education.
Engineers would add much needed value in society.
an understanding of what it is that engineers contribute to society
Ryan believes that all the work that is being done to encourage students into the STEM fields will lead to a wider range of people entering into engineering, which will naturally bring in more natural leaders.
you’re going to have people that have a natural innate leadership ability, you’re going to attract more of them
Links discussed during the episode
Ryan ran into Karen Andrews MP at a high school reunion function. She is a mechanical engineer who embodies the move into leadership that Ryan speaks to us about.
The SR71 Blackbird is a piece of engineering that Ryan greatly admires.
Elon Musk is someone who Ryan admires.
he is all about the future. And he is all about what’s next. And what is humanity going to look like in 20/30/50 years.
About Ryan Kell
Squadron leader Ryan Kell is an aeronautical and armament engineer in the Royal Australian Air Force.
So you are sort of military first in your approach to things
Ryan has held a number of roles within the Air Force as an engineering manager for fighter aircraft maintenance and as an explosive ordnance disposal team leader. In 2013 he worked as a counter improvised explosive device specialist and bomb scene investigator in Kabul, Afghanistan.
During his time for achievement during combat, the US government awarded him the Bronze Star Medal.
Air Force values its engineers, because of … the engineering mindset
Ryan’s current role is as the executive officer of number 65 Squadron, which is the RAAF’s airbase recovery Squadron who conduct the Air Force’s civil engineering and bomb disposal activities.
action the solution, military training does go down that path.
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