The following engineers shall be contesting the election for three posts on the CoE Council. The profiles of Ing. Saviour Baldacchino, Ing. Pierre Cassar, Ing. Joseph Degabriele, Mr. Matthew Galea, Prof. Dr. Ing. Paul Micallef, Ing. Antoine Sciberras and Ing. Simon Scicluna are listed here in alphabetical order.
The AGM for 2009 will be held on Friday 27th at 6pm in the conference hall at the Professional Centre, Sliema Road, Gzira.
Saviour BALDACCHINO is a warranted professional engineer specializing in information and communications technology (ICT). He also acquired a diploma in business management and pursued continuous professional development in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Malta.
He founded ICT Systems Engineering which provides solutions to enterprises using an innovative cross-disciplinary approach aimed at minimising project overheads. In 2001, Saviour was involved in the setting up of a new Internet Service Provider and later acted as its CEO.
Before joining the private sector, he practiced as an engineer in management since 1985 with Maltacom plc. There he pioneered Information technology and played a central role in the process re-engineering of the organisation. He also formed part of an advisory team to the board of directors on emerging business opportunities; was entrusted with the setting up of Skytel (Malta); and acted as director on the board of directors of Maltanet.
Saviour was appointed country representative on the EU Information Society Euro-med consultative group; he actively participated in the EU Survey of Information Society (ESIS II); and was entrusted by the EU to coordinate the IT Nodes in the Mediterranean project.
He was appointed visiting lecturer and examiner at the University of Malta, at the City & Guilds of London Institute and at other educational institutions.
In 2005, Saviour was awarded Best ICT Professional National Award for lifetime achievement by the Computer Society of Malta in collaboration with Ministry of Information Technology.
Pierre CASSAR is currently the General Secretary of the Chamber of Engineers and have been holding this post since May 2008. He is a member of the Engineering board on which he has been elected since February 2008.
As a part of the engineering team for the Water Services Corporation (WSC), he is involved directly with Wastewater infrastructural projects. He is responsible for the day to day coordination on behalf of the WSC for these projects reporting directly to the CEO. His duties include contractor liaison on a daily bases and deciding on what course of action is to be taken in order to deliver these projects within a stipulated time frame. The engineering aspects of these projects are various ranging from hydraulic design to plant control and automation. Both these projects are filled with state of the art mechanical equipment, including SCADA automation.
As a post tertiary degree, he specialized in Engineering Project Management which has proved to be beneficial in his personal career as well as on building sites by introducing new ideas involving Occupational Health and Safety, Cost Control, Scheduling and Liaison of Trades amongst others.
Joe DEGABRIELE, graduated from the University of Malta in Mechanical Engineering in 1997.
He is the General Manager of Malta Super Yacht Services, the refit and repair business unit of Malta Shipyards Ltd. The business performs refits, maintenance and repair work on yachts larger than 40 metres in length and offers a wide range of engineering and structural capabilities and services. He was responsible for the setting up of the business since inception and for its overall management and performance since.
For a period of 18 months he worked as a Business Development Manager with Palmer Johnson Yachts, a leading US super yacht builder, spending extensive time working in their facility in Savannah, Georgia. Between 1999 and 2003 he was responsible for the commercial function of Manoel Island Yacht Yard after two years as a refit project manager between 1999 and 1997.
Currently a director on the board of Malta Maritime Authority and a member of the executive committee of the Super Yacht Industry Network – Malta, for which he has served as its president for the first two years until August 2008.
While at University he served as Public Relations Officer for the University Engineering Students Association (UESA) between October 1995 and October 1996.
Matthew GALEA obtained a Bachelor in Engineering from the University of Malta in 2007. Presently, he is in his second year of the Executive Masters in Business Administration, also at the University of Malta focusing his studies in Project Management.
He was involved within the chamber in organizing the 2008 Annual Conference together with a team of other engineers and is making his contribution within the chamber again this year.
Matthew worked at Malta Shipyards between 2006 and 2008, where he then joined, the Marine Software Engineering Cluster of Excellence Foundation, MARSEC-XL. He holds the position of Project Manager where he is involved in research and collaborative projects with multiple international organizations.
Paul MICALLEF has been on the academic staff of the University of Malta since 1979 becoming an Associate Professor in 1998. He was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering between 1999-2003, Chairman of the Board of Studies for IT between 1997 - 2007. Chairman for the Institute of Energy Technology between 2002 - 2007.
Prof. Micallef has participated in several European Projects. In the period 1987 - 1990 in conjunction with MedCampus he was involved in the organisation of several computer summer schools. He participated in a Vth Framework INCOMED Project between 2000 - 2003 with the acronym CAHRISMA, and in a VIth Framework Project between 2004 - 2007 with the Acronym Twister.
He has been active in the professional institutions, a member of the Council of the Chamber of Engineers since 1999 and a member of the Government Appointed Engineering Board between 2001-2009 and a Council Member of the Malta Standards Authority between 2006-2009.
Antoine SCIBERRAS is a results oriented telecoms executive and engineer with technical and operations experience in the management of both start-ups and established operations.
He currently holds the position of Mobile Network Manager at Melita Mobile where he has been responsible for overseeing the core and access network’s design, procurement, implementation and operation and for setting up the supporting technical organisation.
Previously he held various management & engineering positions with Vodafone where he was responsible for Technical Quality, Programme Management, build and optimisation of the GSM radio network. During 2006 he was also responsible for the programme management of the 3G go-to-market programme for Vodafone Malta.
Ing. Sciberras holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with first class honours from the University of Malta and a Diploma in Engineering Management from Brunel University. He has extensive academic and practitioner knowledge of programme and project-portfolio management. His other academic interests include process efficiency methodologies (lean six sigma, agile) and customer-centric service quality management. He is a certified PRINCE2 practitioner and a member of the Institute of Engineers and Technologists.
For the past eight years, he has actively contributed to the recognition of the engineering profession. He has held the positions of General Secretary and Treasurer with the Malta Chamber of Engineers, was a committee member of the Malta Group of Professional Engineering Institutions and was in the consultative committee for the Management Professional Network of the IET.
Simon SCICLUNA graduated in Engineering from the University of Malta in 1997 (Mechanical Stream). He currently holds the post of Engineering Manager in an International Medical Organisation. Previously he occupied various other posts mostly in management gaining experience in Design, Maintenance, Quality and Project Management.
Ing Scicluna served on the University Faculty Board of Engineering as a student representative and was active in the University Engineering Students Association (UESA) occupying the posts of PRO and then President.
He was also active in the past for several years in the Chamber of Engineers council where he was the faculty’s student representative and eventually serving as Membership Secretary