MENTOR – Morteza Shokri-Ghasabeh

Dr Morteza Shokri-Ghasabeh, Senior Project Controls at Downer and IMNIS Mentor in the 2017 Energy Resources program (SA)

“Provision of guidance to the PhD students and make their journey easier as well as opening their eyes to industry and what industry’s expectations are. This gives me a high level of satisfaction”

Dr Morteza Shokri-Ghasabeh is a Project Consultant to a variety of industrial projects in Construction, Infrastructure, Mining, Oil&Gas, IT and Health. He is also a casual lecturer and a student supervisor in Construction Management and Project Management at the University of South Australia (UniSA) and Federation University Australia. Morteza holds a PhD degree in Building from UniSA. He has also received a BSc in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Construction Management. Dr Shokri-Ghasabeh is a member of Project Management Institute (PMI) and a former Board Member of PMI South Australia. Morteza is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and a member of American Association of Cost Engineering International (MAACEI). His major research interests include Knowledge Management, Project Success, Project Selection, Project Controls, and Project Management. Morteza is keen to provide support to both academia and industry for future cooperation.

Why are you participating in the IMNIS program?

I myself finished a PhD degree in Project Management and I understand how important it is to connect the PhD students to the experts in industry who can provide them with industrial guidance. I decided to join as I have been engaged in Australian industry for the last decade as a Project Management professional. As I have also completed a PhD degree I’m the right person to be a mentor.

What is the most crucial aspect of this professional relationship for you?

Provision of guidance to the PhD students and make their journey easier as well as opening their eyes to industry and what industry’s expectations are. This gives me a high level of satisfaction.

When you meet with your mentee, do you work together on a set of goals or do you go where the conversation takes you?

Absolutely. We set some professional goals on my mentee’s future achievements and where his PhD should professionally take him to.

What are the key skills PhD students need to successfully collaborate with and/or work in industry?

  • Understanding and application of soft or implicit skills which are not usually learned at university
  • Understanding expectations of industry that might not be restricted to the technical part of the PhD research study
  • Creating a strong professional network

What has been the most rewarding aspect of the IMNIS program for you so far?

Satisfaction through supporting a PhD student and making their journey easier.

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