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In this episode of The Actioneers, EWB’s Engagement Program Manager, Melanie Audrey, talks to Ruby Heard, Engineer Australia’s VIC Young Professional Engineer of the Year, 2019, about her time working in Ethiopia training refugees to become solar technicians, on why she established Alinga Energy Consultancy and personal growth from sitting in the discomfort of values tensions.

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About Ruby Heard

Ruby Heard is an electrical engineer and energy consultant from Melbourne. After graduating from VU, she started a consulting role with Arup. In 2015 she transferred to San Francisco where she started to specialise in complex solar arrays and microgrids, working predominantly with Google. In 2018 Ruby spent 6 months volunteering in Ethiopia through Engineers Without Borders USA, supporting the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) energy team. Ruby then returned to Australia and formed Alinga Energy Consulting to continue her work in the renewable energy and microgrid space with a focus on off-grid applications, remote indigenous communities and islands. 
Ruby has been recognised with an emerging leaders award by the Design Futures Council of Australia (2017), as Young Professional Engineer of the Year Victoria (2019) by Engineers Australia and has been highlighted for her work by Create Magazine and the Clean Energy Council.