In engineering, there’s this pervasive idea that you’re only really doing something valuable if you’re innovating
This is a question James Trevelyan has pondered throughout his career and he challenges other engineers to answer.
its most unfortunate that we’re really poorly regarded in governments, boardrooms, C suites around the world
Until such time engineers can truly understand their own value, they have no chance at communicating to society why human civilization will not survive without them.
it’s not a matter of fixing a reputation. It’s a matter of fixing performance
Extra discussions during the episode
Advice for future engineers: Engineering is the career for the future.
It’s up to us as engineers to show them what needs to be done
Engineering item James admires: Goldfields water supply scheme (pipeline)
In today’s terms, that is an amazingly skillfully executed project
Engineer James admires: CY O’Connor
There are very few engineering projects that perform as well, have lasted as long and were brought in at only 8% over the original budget
About James Trevelyan
James Trevelyan – mechanical engineer
James Trevelyan is a mechanical engineer who graduated from the University of Western Australia and is also an Adjunct professor there.
About 12 years ago James started his own company called Close Comfort where he is on a mission to develop portable air conditioning technology that provides comfortable cooling using 80-90% less power than conventional air conditioning.
He is a prolific writer having written 2 books, “The Making of an Expert Engineer” and most recently “30 Second Engineering” as well as a regular blog and numerous articles and reports.
Watch his 2012 Tedx presentation about engineering ending poverty.
In 2018 he was awarded the West Australian of the Year – Professions Category