Australian YM Profile: Lucien Nguyen

Lucien Nguyen

Name: Lucien Jason Nguyen, AMIMechE

Role: Well Engineer

Company: Shell Australia

Location: Perth, Western Australia

Institution Roles & Duration:

  • IMechE Western Australian Young Member Committee Member, March 2016 - Present
  • IMechE UWA Executive Advisor, October 2014 - Present
  • IMechE UWA Co-Founder & Co-President, May 2013 – October 2014 (
  1. How did you get involved with the Institution?
    As a student, it occurred to me that the University of Western Australia originally had student chapters for all fields of engineering, with the exception of mechanical and civil engineering. Prior to a test on the subject of Solid Mechanics, on a whim, my friend and I pondered the prospect of starting a mechanical engineering student chapter.

    We first reached out to Dan Stewart, Kally Baxter and Sam Wong – engineers who would form the first committee for the Western Australian Young Members panel. We inaugurated the first committee of the IMechE UWA student chapter in May 2013, and that began my journey with IMechE.

  2. What is your day job?

    I’m a well engineer at Shell Australia. My roles have included work on cost estimation and technical modelling in the Perth front end engineering team for the offshore Prelude infill wells, and I’m currently working in the well operations team on the drilling, completion, work-over and abandonment of unconventional wells in Queensland.

  3. What keeps you busy outside your day job?

    My hobbies include woodwork, experimenting with cooking, and consequently, testing the limits as to how messy a kitchen can get. Ever since a post-university trip to Europe, travel has always been on the cards – from road tripping, to aspirations for more international travel. Pictured here is a snapshot from Lucerne, Switzerland – which in my humble opinion, is one of the most beautiful (albeit expensive) places in the world.


  4. Most exciting project you have worked on?

    Having the opportunity to work on the Bunbury Port Access Project – a project involving the greenfield construction of roads, drainage systems, and bridges was memorable, as one of the first projects I worked on as a student engineer. This project gave me my first insight into what was involved in project and stakeholder management.

  5. What kind of project would you like to work on?

    I seek out projects that allow me to develop not only technically, but also allow me to develop leadership and professional skills. In particular, having the opportunity to see projects from the concept development stage to execution is valuable.

  6. What do you see as the engineering challenge for the future?

    Energy is associated with some of the most prominent engineering challenges for the future. These challenges involve extracting energy from more unconventional sources and obscure locations, such as deep-water fields. Higher economic growth around the world and the thriving of developing economies is driving the need for more sustainable and accessible energy. Technology, innovation and collaboration are essential in taking on the world’s toughest energy challenges.

  7. What does being part of the Institution mean to you?

    Being part of IMechE has given me the opportunity to meet many people in the engineering industry. It has given me privileges such as winning the Oceania competition for the IMechE Speak out for Engineering Competition in New Zealand (2016), and the opportunity to represent Oceania at the World Speak out for Engineering Competition in Kuala Lumpur (2017). The Institution is supporting me in obtaining Chartership through the Monitored Professional Development Scheme (MPDS).

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