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Where Are They Now? Researcher Edition
The Energy Pipelines CRC draws on a large pool of talented researchers to deliver research projects. Over the years some have moved on to new challenges and opportunities both home and abroad. We caught up with some to see what they are up to now.
Davi is a Mechanical Engineer from Brazil was involved in projects at Deakin University. He helped Prof. Mike Tan on research involving pipeline field joint coatings flexibility, supported students in the test laboratory and, helped establish and manage the National Facility for Pipeline Coatings Assessment (NFPCA).
Currently Davi is working as Project Manager at Ford Motor Company where he is responsible for managing projects related to Noise and Vibration (NVH) performance during vehicle powertrain development.
His time on the NFPCA improved his skills on budget control and commercial acumen. In his words, "the involvement with industry advisors were extremely valuable and prepared me better to chair meetings and liaise with worldwide multifunctional teams".
Dr Erwin Gamboa- University of Adelaide
Since I left Australia and my involvement with the Energy Pipelines CRC, I have been working for TransCanada Pipelines as an integrity/risk engineer, helping look after the Company’s ~92,000 kms of pipelines in North America. The sheer size of the network requires a challenging mix between ensuring that all details and nuances are captured, at the same time as making sure that the integrity management systems are applicable and consistent across terrains, climates, applications and jurisdictions.
My involvement with the Energy Pipelines CRC ensured that I was able to hit the ground running into a role in North America and smoothly transfer between the academic world to the operator world. This was thanks to the close relationship with industry that the Energy Pipelines CRC afforded, helping one “soak in” the language, philosophy, priorities and culture of the pipeline industry. This exposure has shortened the transition period by up to a year or more. I would like to thank the Energy Pipelines CRC for such a great framework and experience that is still benefiting me today.