Having worked previously for various Government agencies in business support and development roles I have spent a lot of time around small innovative R&D companies and have constantly been impressed by the number of clever and dedicated Australian companies trying to take on the world in their respective fields. This ‘entrepreneurial lure’ led me out of Government and into my own small businesses, including a consultancy company to advise and assist companies on accessing innovation support funding.
I initially came to Entecho as a consultant to write funding proposals and here I now stay. Entecho has the unique combination of highly innovative technology being developed by bright, motivated people. The potential to be ‘part of something big’ seemed too great an opportunity to pass by and every technical breakthrough brings us a step closer to this end.
I am currently the Business Development Manager at Entecho and look forward to growing our business and profile across the world. The sky really is the limit.
I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Western Australia. I handle the Finite Element Analysis and design of mechanical components. At Entecho, I have not only been able to learn a tremendous amount from other experienced people in the industry, but I also have the unique opportunity to work on a very exciting project which has never been done before.
I studied at the University of Tasmania, Bachelor of Commerce, and University of Western Australia, Graduate Diploma in Psychology. The field of studies is Marketing & International Business (UTas), Psychology(UWA)
At Entecho, I am employed as the Marketing Research Assistant
As a newbie in my interest field (marketing), it’s definitely comforting to know that there’s always a lot of support and guidance, and doors are always open for any questions, big and small. It has been a great learning process, especially in an industry that I know close to nothing about. Having great bosses and colleagues makes it a lot less daunting than it seems to be.
Sixteen years of electro-mechanical and electronic equipment servicing experience provided a platform to pursue my passion for inventing. Twelve years of electronic product development and offshore manufacturing followed, specializing in energy-efficient illumination technology.
I have established mass production lines in two China-based factories and commercialized two products on the international market. These events have given me first-hand experience with Chinese business etiquette, mass production techniques, injection moulding, quality control, component and product sourcing, import/export legislation, shipping documentation requirements, international finance, and pricing negotiation experience with some of the world’s biggest retailers, including Wal-Mart and Home Depot. I also gained considerable experience in the pursuit of Intellectual Property, with successful Trademark, Patent and Design Registrations in the USA, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Commercialising these products has allowed me to gain experience in capital raisings, company structures, risk management and marketing.
The challenging environment of Entecho is a brilliant platform where I can apply my skills to a unique and pioneering endeavour.
I graduated from Curtin University of Technology in 2005 as a Mechatronic Engineer. I knew by 3rd year that I wanted to be in Aerospace R&D. For my final year project I developed a low-cost quad-rotor UAV with an on-board attitude estimation and control system (QTAR video). Following the success of that project I decided to further my research qualifications by undertaking a PhD in the field of VTOL UAV flight control systems.
I worked part-time at Scitech’s R&D workshop to keep me sane while undertaking the lonely literature review phase of my PhD. After 10 months of research solitude I came across Entecho. After meeting Kim and Susie, I began part-time work. I enjoyed working with the enthusiastic team at Entecho so much more than my PhD research that I chose to put it on hold and work at Entecho full-time. I am now leading up the flight controls group at Entecho, and could not think of a better career for myself.
I studied at the University of Western Australia – Mechanical Engineering and Physics. I currently run the design and drafting of mechanical systems as well as the structural analysis with FEA and CFD modelling of control surface. As an engineer, I have enjoyed the creative challenge of starting a design from a blank sheet of paper allowing me to continue learning from various fields of engineering. I find it exciting and truly rewarding to be working within such a vibrant environment as the one at Entecho.
After successfully completing an apprenticeship in the Mechanical Engineering field, I subsequently qualified as a Fitter and Machinist. Further tertiary studies in Engineering were undertaken and a City & Guilds of London Institute - 'Full Technological Certificate in Production Engineering' was attained.
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work in the aviation industry for a national airline and held the position of Precision Machinist in the airline’s workshops for a number of years. More recently, I found myself engaged in R & D work within the field of automotive fuel delivery systems and engine development. This covered a period of 11 years and thoroughly whet my appetite for R & D type of work.
My current role at Entecho is that of - ‘Senior Mechanical Technician’, a position that I find engaging, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable, given my love of aviation and coupled with an R & D environment. To be involved with ground breaking new technology in a vibrant young company casts a whole new aspect and meaning to having to go to work each day. I believe that my association with Entecho will prove to be a long and harmonious journey.
I was introduced to Entecho in 2006 when I completed work experience with the company and I soon realised what a unique opportunity I had discovered. The Entecho workplace is highly innovative, team orientated and very exciting. It was also clear to me that the Entecho directors, Suzie Jackson and Kim Schlunke, had a strong interest in the future development of young engineers.
In 2007 I graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Engineering: Aeronautical(Space), Honours Class 1 and University Medal.
I made successful applications with many major Australian aerospace companies, but found that none of these companies could offer the same rewarding and inspirational workplace that I had experienced at Entecho.
I am now working on the flight control systems of the Entecho flight platforms. As a recent graduate it is extremely motivating to be challenged with real problems that have a significant influence over the project. I believe that Entecho provides an excellent foundation in the engineering research and development industry. Moreover, the company and its technology are growing rapidly and have the potential to be at the forefront of an entirely new industry within the world aerospace sector.
Having studied HR and Accounting at ECU Churchlands, I currently manage a similar portfolio at Entecho. I found Entecho to be a truly unique company. The owners of the business encourage open communication and a company culture which is based on continued learning, innovation and mutual respect. It is an inspiring place to work.
At Entecho, we have the rare opportunity of working on a exciting, cutting-edge technology; taking a new idea from the concept through to prototypes and beyond. The challenges are many and varied which makes each day interesting. After completing a double degree in Computer Science and Mechatronic Engineering, I joined Entecho in late 2006 and began working on a software simulation of the prototype craft, in collaboration with NASA. It turns out some things we learned at university are useful! Since then I've been working on all sorts of different challenges such as preparing the craft's flight control system for the first controlled flight.
The enthusiasm of Entecho's people is infectious, and their ingenuity inspiring. We recently successfully tested the YouFly in tethered flight! It is extremely gratifying to have already directly contributed to a successful new technology. I can't wait to see where Kim's ambitious invention will take us.