Two RMIT alumni have made Property Australia's top "30 under 30" for their outstanding work in shaping the property industry of the future.
Rhys Anderson and Isabel Ley were recently featured in Property Australia Magazine's list of 30 young Australian "thinkers and intellectual powerhouses".
Mr Anderson graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) in 2008 and has since worked for Arup as a process engineer and water skills manager.
In the years since he graduated, he has built a strong engineering background with extensive experience in water and wastewater treatment in Melbourne and across Australia.
In the Property Australia Magazine article, Mr Anderson cites his key achievements as the design of the Melbourne Park Stormwater Harvesting Scheme and the design, construction witnessing and project engineering of the Yarra Park Water Recycling Facility.
Recognised for his leadership skills, he said he was "chuffed" to be mentioned in the list, especially as the only chemical engineer.
"I was very proud - if not a bit surprised - to be listed among these very talented people in the property industry," he said.
"Being the only chemical engineer in the bunch really cemented my thinking that chemical engineers can have a positive influence in many different sectors."
Of his decision to study chemical engineering, Mr Anderson said he enjoyed chemistry in high school and loved the idea of working with other engineers of various disciplines to do something of value.
"Chemical engineering also offered the ability to work across a broad range of sectors from oil, gas and mining to water, and I didn't want to spend most of my days in a laboratory."
Mr Anderson said he had been fortunate in his career to be involved in the technical design aspect of the job, as well as client engagement, business development and project management.
"This opportunity has given me a unique blend of skills and the various projects I've been able to work on - from groundwater desalination plants in outback Australia through to sewage treatment plants in metro Melbourne - is where my involvement with the property industry comes from," he said.
Of his future career aspirations, Mr Anderson said he would like to bridge the gap in the communication of engineering outcomes, projects and decisions to the public.
"I want to continue to develop my technical and communication skills in order to effectively convey outcomes and benefits of the projects I'm working on to the full spectrum of people involved; from initiators to end users."
Isabel Ley graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Project Management) and is now strategic development adviser at Leighton Contractors.
Ms Ley, who was also a Graduate of the Year nominee in 2013, said she was honoured to be chosen by her employers and recognised by the Property Council for helping her team at Leighton Contractors develop a strong, successful client engagement strategy.
"I feel incredibly humbled and thrilled to have been included in the '30 under 30', which comprises a hugely talented group of individuals," Ms Ley said.
"For me, the award really reinforces my passion for the industry, and I am excited about the prospect of continuing to grow and build my knowledge through the networks I've built from the nomination."
Ms Ley said the project management program at RMIT clearly demonstrated to her the importance of building networks and relationships with lecturers and peers.
"RMIT offered exceptional networking opportunities and the relationships I developed while studying have helped me significantly throughout my career," she said.
"The program was hugely beneficial in allowing me to develop strong connections with my peers - a number of whom are now industry colleagues."
Ms Ley cites working with the executive leadership team to develop the Victorian Business Plan as a career highlight.
She was also involved in Leighton's successful bid for the $220 million Post Entry Quarantine Facility.
"The property and construction industry is incredibly dynamic and I love that you are able to physically see what you are working on and know that you are contributing to work that will leave a lasting legacy."
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