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.
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Alicia Kent – Chair
Alicia is a Structural Engineer with Calibre Professional Services, Brisbane. She joined the team at Calibre in 2013 as an undergraduate engineer prior to completing her studies at the University of Queensland in 2016 and receiving a University Medal. While working at Calibre, Alicia has been involved in a wide variety of projects from early conceptual design and value management through detailed design and onto construction supervision. This exposure has allowed Alicia to collaborate with many different stakeholders across a wide variety of industries and strengthen her technical abilities. Some of the projects she has been involved in included high-rise, commercial, aged care, education and industrial developments. Alicia is currently working towards achieving chartered status.
Susanna Wills – Past Chair
Susanna is a Structural Engineer at MPN Consulting, Brisbane. Susanna joined MPN Consulting in 2015 after completing her studies and since then has been involved in a wide range of projects across a number of different industries including retail, commercial, aged care, education 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 has been involved with YMQ for over 4 years and during this time has held a number of committee positions. Susanna will serve as a Graduate Member on the IStructE Engineering Council from 2019 – 2021. Susanna’s short term goal is to become a Chartered Member of The Institution of Structural Engineers.
Leo Karadimitris - Treasurer
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.
William Haysom – Secretary
William is a Structural Engineer with AECOM, Brisbane. After completing his studies at the University of Queensland in 2015, William began working in Townsville and was involved in a variety of projects involving the design of ports, mines and defence facilities. In January 2018 he relocated to Brisbane to join the Buildings and Places team at AECOM and is currently working on high-rise residential and commercial properties within South-East Queensland. William is currently working towards achieving a chartered status in engineering.
Alice Naughton – Communications Officer
Alice is a Structural Engineer at AECOM in Brisbane. Alice graduated with Bachelors of Engineering and Commerce (Finance) from The University of Queensland in July 2017 and completed the AECOM Graduate Program in the Building Structures group. Alice has been involved in the design of schools, storage facilities, vehicle shelters, hospitals, power equipment and shopping centres in a wide variety of defence, health, commercial and industrial projects. Alice is passionate about supporting young members in the industry.
Lauren Best - Committee Member
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.
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.