Young Members’ Group Queensland, ‘YMQ’
We are a committee of graduates and students set up to promote structural engineering and membership of The Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) by running a variety of learning and networking events targeted at the young structural engineers of Queensland.
To assist in maintaining a clear direction of the YMQ, the committee has adopted a theme of ‘Eat, Meet and Learn’.
Events are advertised via the Facebook page or alternatively please contact the below email to join our mailing list or express interest in joining the committee.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IStructEYMQ/
Susanna Wills – Chair
Susanna is a structural engineer at MPN Consulting, Brisbane. Susanna joined MPN Consulting in 2015 after completing her studies. Previously in 2014 she had worked for MPN as a student engineer gaining valuable on-the-job experience. Susanna has been involved in a wide range of projects across a number of different industries including retail, commercial, aged care and industrial. By working with multi-disciplinary teams from the concept phase through to the on-site and completion phase she has developed valuable design experience, communication and problem solving skills. Susanna’s short term goal is to become a Chartered Member of The Institution of Structural Engineers.
Alicia Kent – Secretary
Alicia is a Structural Engineer with Calibre. She joined the team at Calibre in 2013 as an undergraduate engineer prior to completing her studies in 2016. While working at Calibre, Alicia has been involved in a wide variety of projects from early conceptual design through detailed design and onto construction supervision. Some of the projects she has been involved in included high-rise, commercial, aged care and industrial developments. Alicia is currently working towards achieving chartered status.
Liam Sherman - Treasurer
Liam is a Structural Engineer at Bligh Tanner. Liam commenced at Bligh Tanner as a work experience student in January 2015 and has moved into a member of the structural team in combination with his ongoing studies. Previous to Bligh Tanner, Liam gained on-site experience with Lend Lease as an undergraduate engineer on the upgrade of the International Terminal at Brisbane Airport. Liam has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of large-scale commercial, residential and special structure projects.
Lauren Best - Communications Officer
Lauren is a structural engineer within Jacobs’ Industrial team. With over five years consulting structural design experience, Lauren has delivered projects for industrial, resources and transport infrastructure clients. Many of these projects have involved upgrades to brownfield sites, strength assessments and subsequent remediation of existing structures. Lauren is currently involved in designing surface infrastructure for a gold and copper mine in Mongolia and is working towards achieving chartered status.
Alaya Kota - Committee Member
Alaya is a structural engineer at ADG Engineers in Brisbane. With almost three years at ADG, Alaya has gained invaluable design, site and project management experience in the construction industry. While completing her studies in Civil Engineering and Project Management, Alaya gained work experience at a number of design consultancies in Brisbane and had the opportunity to spend time in Singapore working on various school projects. Alaya is currently involved in a number of residential and commercial projects in SEQ and is focused on driving innovation initiatives at ADG and throughout the construction industry.
Leo Karadimitris - Committee Member
Leo is a structural engineer with ADG Engineers, Brisbane. After completing his Bachelors degree at The University of Queensland in 2015, Leo began his graduate journey by familiarising himself with concrete and steel structures on projects around South-East Queensland. Leo has continued to strengthen his technical competencies on projects in the residential, retail, commercial and education sectors. As the demand to build with mass timbers increases, Leo has built technical proficiencies in this area and potentially sees himself specialising in this area. He is currently involved with ADG Engineers as the primary engineers on Howard Smith Wharves, an iconic redevelopment of a prized piece of Brisbane’s riverfront real estate. Being involved in a project such as this allows Leo to gain vast experience working on site, alongside other consultants in preliminary meetings, and is faced with complex design problems every day. In the future, Leo sees himself engaging further with The Institution of Structural Engineers as he highly values collaboration amongst the industry.
Mike Zappala – Committee Member
Mike is a structural engineer based within the Arup Brisbane office. Having worked at Arup for over three years, he holds experience delivering projects across a range of sectors that include residential developments and public infrastructure projects. Mike’s knowledge of different structural systems and building materials enables him to quickly develop efficient solutions to complex architectural schemes. In future, Mike wishes to work overseas and be involved with the delivery of iconic projects.
Toby Hodsdon – Committee Member
Toby is an engineer with international experience in structural design and construction. He has designed award-winning buildings in the UK, lead site supervision activities in the Middle East, and since 2012 he has worked in Queensland on a variety of projects including those in the health and education sectors. Toby has been involved with Young Members’ Groups and Panel of the Institution since 2002.