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James Watson

API Scholarship Recipient - Graduated 2023

James Watson


Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours)





"It's exciting to see the current challenges that present major opportunities for the power industry which will require, different ways of thinking in order to solve, and will help to bring together people from all walks of life to foster a sense of community and curiously moving forward."

Who am I

As a Sustainable Systems Engineering student with a focus on grid systems and smart technologies, I believe I am well positioned to make a meaningful contribution to the power industry. I have experience working as an ecologist for several councils, which has given me the ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders and find solutions that benefit all parties involved. With a curious and problem-solving mindset, I welcome the chance to tackle the challenges of the power industry and contribute to the development of sustainable systems that benefit society and the environment.

Why I chose a career in power

The power sector is on the cusp of a renaissance in how humanity creates, harnesses, and uses energy in so many forms. There are many societal challenges that lay before us such as in dealing with climate change mitigation, changing our storage and transport of energy through new grid systems, and thinking of the interaction between small- and large-scale requirements.
Working in the power industry also provides the chance to collaborate with like-minded individuals, gain valuable skills and knowledge, and contribute to the greater good. As we move towards a more sustainable future, those who choose a career in the power industry will be at the forefront of change, driving progress and shaping the world we live in for generations to come.

Where it all started

Completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Sustainable Systems Engineering) (Honours) from RMIT University

My work experience.
What's next?

Working with Beon Energy solutions during a summer placement. This experience provided me with an insight into the design and construction of electrical infrastructure as well as the critical role that providing new systems to our grid will help to solve the problems of tomorrow.

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