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Shane Elson

International Alumnus of the Year
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Shane’s career in Engineering began in 1994 and continued when he graduated from UniSQ with a Bachelor degree in Engineering Technology in 2000. Since then, his 20 years in both private and government engineering offices gave him the skills he needed to uproot his life in Australia and move to Indonesia with his family, starting his own engineering consultancy, Innovative Solutions Indonesia, as well as a locally based non-profit in South Kalimantan.

Living onsite, Shane partnered with local professionals and employed local staff in order to help those in greatest need in isolated rural villages. Overcoming the struggles of language and culture, Shane helped to establish a clean drinking water program for seven villages in order to provide non-contaminated, affordable water and drastically lower mortality rates.

He received the Technologist of the Year in 2016 by Engineers Australia at both the Queensland and Australian level.