Leon Fabrikanov is a valued member of the Engenium team in our Newcastle office, located on the East Coast of Australia. As well as working at Engenium, Leon is on the Engineers Australia Division Committee and the immediate past chair for the Engineers Australia College of Leadership and Management. We interviewed him to find out more about his role at Engenium and what inspires him.

What is your role at Engenium?

I am a Project Manager and Principal Engineer at Engenium’s Newcastle office, located in New South Wales.  I work in both roles, depending on the projects at hand, across New South Wales and Queensland.

What are your areas of speciality and expertise?

I usually manage projects and studies with higher levels of technical complexity in the industrial infrastructure space. I have specific expertise in the areas of bulk solids handling, hazardous plant design, plant risk assessment and reduction for the chemicals, mining and metals industries.

What projects are you currently working on?

I have just finished up as the Design Manager on the P8 Poseidon Docking System for Varley which is Australia’s new submarine hunting aircraft. Also, I am currently managing the Origin Energy Coal System Optimisation study at the Eraring Power Station in New South Wales. In addition to this, I will shortly be starting a risk assessment study with the CSIRO’s Energy Technology Team in Newcastle.

What do you enjoy about working at Engenium?

Engenium is a new face in New South Wales and the possibilities to develop the business here are spectacular. I enjoy the combined challenge and opportunity posed by this reality, as well as being part of a company that is very client centric.

What inspired you to pursue a career in your field?

I was lucky, I knew I wanted to be an engineer from year eight in high school. This was driven by a strong curiosity of how things work, as well as a desire to design and build things. I’m sure there is a biological and psychological explanation for this somewhere.

What is something you love to do outside of your work life?

I love spending time with my family - especially before the kids get too old. I have also taken up bike riding in the last few years. There are some brilliant bike trails around Newcastle.

What makes you laugh?

I have travelled a lot during my career, so catching up with old friends I have met during this time is always a good laugh.

Who is someone that inspires you?

I draw a lot of inspiration from Sir John Monash. He was an outstanding engineer who was also an entrepreneur, business person and a military General. A truly great Australian who accomplished incredible deeds, changing the world and Australian history for the better.

What is your favourite quote?

It was Albert Einstein who once said ‘Scientists investigate that which already is. Engineers create that which has never been’. Apologies to any scientists but he was spot on then and continues to be so.