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Sam Bakara

Sam_BakaraAn innately-driven individual, Sam chose to study engineering because as he said, “I wanted to push myself to the highest academic level.” 

Sam Bakara is a powerhouse, literally. This CDU Engineering alumnus (Class of 2001) has spent his career powering businesses, governments and consumers with clean energy generated from windfarms, solar and hybrid-diesel energy projects.

An innately-driven individual, Sam chose to study engineering because as he said, “I wanted to push myself to the highest academic level.” 

Upon graduation, he started out working for a few local companies but eager to put his skills and education to full use, he applied to Powercorp where he was then deployed to renewable energy projects within Australia. 

After some time with Powercorp, he again felt the need to stretch himself and pivoted his career towards project management. He is now with Power and Water Corporation, working on electricity infrastructure projects throughout the Northern Territory (NT).

He relishes the holistic view that project management offers him to see projects from inception through to handover. He has also honed his financial and economic skills in managing budgets and timelines. 

Similarly, he encourages Engineering students to hone their skills in handling deadlines and money so that they will be well-equipped to handle unforeseen circumstances. He advises students to “always develop strategies for resilience to counter unexpected developments.”

While he missed the easy-going culture of the NT during the time he worked elsewhere, he reflects that the experience gave him perspective, sharpened him up and made him more professional and targeted. 

Having come so far, Sam now mentors fellow colleagues in project management and is an NT Chapter Councillor for the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM). He also contributes his skills as the Deputy Chair of the Good Shepherd Lutheran College Board and volunteer College board member. An ardent advocate of lifelong learning, he intends to complete his Master’s degree in Project and Program Management in 2019.

Life seems to have come full circle for Sam. Eighteen years after leaving CDU, his latest project was to upgrade the Casuarina Zone substation, close by to CDU. So the next time you’re welcomed by CDU’s glowing lights, you can thank alumni like Sam who’re making a real impact with the education and skills they gained at CDU.