Hi Kaushalya! What do you do at First Mode Perth?
I am a Senior Reliability Engineer focused on reliability, maintenance and operations.
How did your interest in these areas begin?
It really started when I first joined the coal mines in Central Queensland in Australia many, many moons ago. With every operation I was in, my interest only grew – I loved the fact that my work was on large, critical machinery which directly affected how smoothly each mine operated. The fast-paced nature of site and constant problem solving was challenging but rewarding!
Why did you decide to join First Mode?
There are several reasons. First, I have always appreciated clean technologies, the need to innovate and better utilise green energy. Second, I love the idea of working on an urgent problem with a global impact. Third, I love travelling, meeting new people and learning about different cultures! So naturally, when the opportunity to join the team at First Mode came up, I took the leap out of operations and into product development.
How does our mission to provide clean energy solutions for heavy industry drive your work?
I find that these days, spending my energy focused on carbon reduction instead of carbon production very invigorating and motivating!
What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
Well, when I am not working, you’ll probably find me on a long drive listening to some tunes, hiking, camping, reading, taking a swim, gardening or snorkelling!
Why does it matter that we keep inventing, testing, and creating?
I think our urge to invent, test and create is a big part of what makes us human! If we can do this with the intention of making life better for the fellow person, then I think it goes a long way towards living a fulfilling life.