Program Details

In 2018 the NSW Section commenced working towards establishing a mentoring program for our student and young professional and women in engineering members. The purpose is to held build networks and opportunities. It provides mentors an opportunity to give back and obtain access to the younger generation IEEE members. It provides mentees an opportunity to network with local mentors and learn and absorb lessons learned from experience.

The program is supported by the NSW Section Mentor Chair Saad Ul Hasan mailto:[email protected] who will assist in the process and help establish the relationships and the journey the mentor and mentee will take.

The four stage process:

Stage 1: Call for mentors

Stage 2: Call for mentees. Registered mentors will be advertised and students, YP’s and WIE’s will apply to a mentor that best fits their direction.

Stage 3: Mentors assess the applications and select mentee/s

Stage 4: A mentor/mentee agreement is formed and the relationship commences.


2019 Program

Current Stage: 2 – Call for Mentees

Details: Below are the registered mentors. Applicants are to select the mentor of best fit and complete the application via the link below. Submitting a positive application is important as the mentor will select the one or more mentees of their choice.

Application Deadline: 30 June 2019

Application Link:


Name: John Aitken

Company: Aitken & Partners

Located: Wahroonga

Mentor Opportunities: Young Professional and Women in Engineering

Biography: My background is in telecommunications, primarily in radio systems. Over the years I have worked as a consultant in many different environments, including broadcasting, mining and railways. The majority of my work now is consulting in electromagnetic compatibility, particularly in the railway environment. I work as a sole practitioner after having run my own business with up to ten people and before that working for the major telecommunications carrier. In recent years I have gained training and assessment qualifications and do both on a part time basis.

Expectations/Target: If you are interested in developing your skills and understanding your responsibilities and obligations as a professional engineer, then I would like to help where I can. I have experience in mentoring WIE and have been responsible for mentoring a number of young professionals.


Name: Omer Suliman

Company: WSP Australia

Located: Sydney

Mentor Opportunities: Graduate Student

Biography: Technical Executive with WSP, proffesional Electrical Engineer with nearly 28 years’ served in high pressured environments within Power System Engineering; someone who excels at managing large complex infrastructure projects, streamlining day-to-day operations and has a proven track record in directing multi-engineering disciplines. Held in high regard by team members and is looked upon as an immediate point of reference for problems. Highly experienced within electrical, water, industrial and transportation (Rail) sectors – wide ranging multi-sector exposure within traction substation and traction power, power stations, HV and LV substations and networks (132KV, 66KV, 33KV, 6.6KV, 3.3KV and 415V), water pumping stations, treatment plants and renewable energy systems.

Expectations/Target: Smart electrical engineers willing to learn and improve their experience. Someone with good basic knowledge in electrical engineering, self motivated and knowledge seeker


Name: George Awad

Company: NorthConnex Transurban

Located: West Pennant Hills

Mentor Opportunities: Student, Graduate Student, Young Professional and Women in Engineering

Biography: MAIPM and PRINCE2® qualified Project Manager with Experience in Control Account Management (CAM) using Earned Value Management techniques for measuring project performance and progress. Experience in leading multi-disciplined teams for the design, development and application of systems engineering principles, safety engineering, systems assurance modelling data and tools in defence and transport industries. INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP) with 20 years’ experience in systems engineering projects. Experience in writing Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) in accordance with ASDEFCON Data Item Description (DIDs) and managing the production of quality reports and documents.

Expectations/Target: None stated


Name: Kumbesan Sandrasegaran

Company: University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Located: Sydney

Mentor Opportunities: Student, Graduate Student and Young Professional

Biography: Dr Kumbesan Sandrasegaran (Sandy) works as an Associate Prof at the Faculty of Engineering and IT at UTS. Kumbesan has more than 35 years experience working as a practicing engineer, researcher, consultant and educator in Telecommunication Networks. He has published widely with over 100 refereed publications.

Expectations/Target: Students and graduate students in Telecommunications/ Electronics.