Sam Aldous, Graduate Environmental Engineer in our Melbourne office, says, “Public speaking is something that many people find daunting, and I am no exception. However, I do believe that if I want to be an industry-leading consultant, I need to put myself in the deep end.
“In the past, I’ve lacked confidence with public speaking. When the opportunity came up to speak at the Australian Contaminated Land Consultants Association (ACLCA) Young Professionals Seminar, I knew it was something I needed to do.
“The event is designed to give young professionals a platform to grow their experience and help them develop their presentation skills. At the same time, it is an opportunity for attendees to learn about new skills, trends and developments happening within the industry.”
For Sam, the key takeaway from the event was having the chance to deliver an impactful presentation. He says, “The overall experience was something that has increased my self-confidence. Speaking in front of my peers for the first time was slightly daunting but good practice nonetheless. It also benefited WSP as I was able to showcase our capabilities in a specialised field in front of industry experts.”
Taking out the gong for Best Presentation, Sam discussed the abstract he and co-authors Graham Smith and Shane Giliam wrote titled, ‘Sustainable Treatment of Recalcitrant Compounds – A Case Study’. He outlined the findings from a study that was aimed at reducing the concentration of contaminants by nutrient enhanced biological degradation as an alternative to traditional energy intensive treatment technologies.
He says, “Over the course of the five-month study period, we found there was a positive environmental and commercial outcome. Platforms like this provide an opportunity to demonstrate WSP’s capability to offer sustainable treatment approaches that can provide commercial benefits to our clients and assurance of environmental achievement to the community.”
To find out more about Sam’s experience and his study, please contact him here.
Sam will also be presenting at the Australian Land and Ground Water Association’s, Ecoforum Conference and Exhibition in October this year held in Sydney. To find out more please click here.
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