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for sustainable solutions
By SUE GOSS
It is, perhaps, unusual to choose
engineering as a way of positively
affecting changes to the
environment, but Olivia Laskowski
decided early on that engineering was
a way of doing just that.
Ms Laskowski believes that although
in the past engineering may have been
seen as having a negative impact on
society, it is also about building a
Ms Laskowski studied a double
degree in electrical engineering and
commerce at The University of
Melbourne and began researching
companies that fitted her vision.
She came up with Siemens, the third
largest employer in the world with one-
third of its global revenue coming from
its environmental portfolio.
"Siemens focuses on solutions rather
than just products in electrical
engineering," Ms Laskowski says.
"We create unique solutions for
customers, bringing together our
products in energy efficiency, city
infrastructure, transport and energy
use. My work in the area of the railway
network for example, provides better
monitoring through the intelligent use
of energy, practical solutions in
signalling, management of flow rates
and safety devices.
''When everything comes together,
you have a beautiful picture of how all
our technologies can benefit society."
Ms Laskowski's first graduate rotation
was as part of the sales team that was
successful in a bid for an automatic train
protection system in the Blue
Mountains. She followed this with a
move to Sydney working as a project
engineer, responsible for the system's
design and installation, then returned
to Melbourne where she was involved
in fault management in trams.
"This resulted in a trip to our head
office in Germany where I assisted in
the future design of trams," she says.
"The most exciting part of my graduate
program was being part of a 10 month
delegation to Zurich and Berlin to
further my learning in automatic train
Ms Laskowski says Siemens has such a
broad portfolio that there are plenty of
opportunities for electrical engineers
interested in improving systems,
especially in transport. She is passionate
about the future of cities and the
megatrends of urbanisation, climate
change, globalisation and demographic
Siemens has recently introduced a
new sector focusing on infrastructure
and cities which pools engineering
experts to make cities work more
"This is a new way of
engineering and it's a
great time to be an
engineer," she says.
"Working on rail
projects is about
and smart solutions to
end road congestion
''This new sector
looks at all aspects
which may affect cities;
technologies and smart
energy networks to
support the grid."
Siemens has plenty
of experience overseas
with high speed rail.
Ms Laskowski says that
a picture of our future
should not be in
airports and highways
but in opening up old
train networks for produce transport
and taking the pressure off capital
As partners with Engineers Australia,
Siemens has worked on the new
Professional Development Programs
(PDPs) which expose engineers to a
broader range of engineering
disciplines, showing them how these
integrate in combined sectors such as
infrastructure and cities.
Such diversity of experience creates
further professional opportunities and
is fully endorsed by the company.
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