2018 Qian Zheng and Michelle Doolan
Young Railway Engineer 2018
THERE ARE TWO RECIPIENTS OF THE 2018 RTSA YOUNG RAILWAY ENGINEER AWARD, BEING: MS. QIAN ZHENG AND MS. MICHELLE DOOLAN
Ms Qian Zheng has an honours degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the University of Adelaide. She is currently working for PTA Western Australia as a Project Engineer for the new Automatic Train Supervision System, as well as being the Project Manager for the performance-improvement of the existing system. She presented a paper on the future of train control in Western Australia to CORE 2016 and previously worked in the 400MHz radio replacement program, and developed the PTAs level crossing risk profile assessment tool. Qian is well advanced toward achieving Chartered Professional status and completed a Graduate Diploma of Signalling and Telecommunications with Central Queensland University in 2015. She was West Australia Chapter Secretary in 2016-7 and is also active in the Institution of Railway Signals Engineers WA chapter. She has advocated for STEM subjects at schools and universities.
Ms. Michelle Doolan currently works at Aurecon as a Track and Civil Engineer specializing in 3D and digital design. She has an Honours degree in Environmental Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University. Michelle has worked on an extremely challenging project to redesign a Melbourne inner-city freight stabling yard featuring multiple track gauges, five stakeholders and many physical constraints. She has designed combined services routes and performed earthworks design and modelling for level-crossing projects, as well as a client-side consultant for the Melbourne Metro tunnel project.
Michelle has been extremely active in showcasing the rail industry, being a panellist in seminars, chairing conference sessions, and participating in short courses. She is currently being assessed for Chartered Professional status and is also actively mentoring younger engineers to achieve this goal.