Two RMIT graduates have been named in Property Council of Australia’s list of ’30 under 30’ in the June edition of Property Australia Magazine .
RMIT alumnus Rhys Anderson has been listed in Property Australia’s ’30 Under 30’
Rhys Anderson and Isabel Ley featured in the prestigious annual list which shines a light on up and coming “thinkers and intellectual powerhouses who are helping to shape the property industry of the future“.
Mr Anderson graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) in 2008 and has worked as a process engineer as well as Australasian Water Skills Manager for Arup.
In the years since he graduated, Mr Anderson has built a strong engineering background with extensive experience in water and wastewater treatment in Melbourne and across Australia.
He cites his key achievements as the detailed design of the Melbourne Park Stormwater Harvesting Scheme and the design construction witnessing and project engineering of the Yarra Park Water Recycling Facility, as mentioned in the Property Australia Magazine article.
Recognised for his leadership skills, Mr Anderson said he was “chuffed“ to be mentioned in the list, especially as he was the only chemical engineer mentioned.
“I was very proud to be named in the list, if not a bit surprised to be listed among lots of very talented people in the property industry,“ he said.
“I think I was the only chemical engineer in the bunch and that really cemented my thinking that chemical engineers can work in almost any sector and have a positive influence across the built environment.“
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 the outback of Australia through to sewage treatment plants in metro Melbourne - is where my involvement with the property industry comes from,“ he said.
The article also highlighted Mr Anderson’s involvement with a young professionals group within Arup which was designed to assist younger staff with their communications skills.
“Not long after graduating, a group of RMIT graduates from various disciplines were discussing opportunities to develop non-engineering skills, such as business development and networking.
“We decided that as a group we could facilitate workshops to help young Arup professionals (YAP) develop these skills.
“Since then YAP has run internal skills development sessions and has held a number of external client events, to the point where YAP is now seen as an important part of non-technical skills development within Arup.“
Of his future career aspirations, Mr Anderson said he’d 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 to be able to effectively convey the outcomes and benefits of the projects I’m working on with the full spectrum of people who are involved; from initiators to end users.“