Councillors

Ms Ferah Kalkan
President

Ferah (aka Hatice) is currently a Territory Manager based in Adelaide. Her background includes almost 9 years with Medtronic where most of that time was being employed as a Clinical Educator. The prior 6 years involved her working as a Biomedical Engineer with Chemtronics Biomedical Engineering at Ashford Community and Modbury Hospitals as well as Hawkes Bay and Wellington District Health Boards, New Zealand. Ferah has completed the Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering and Science degrees at Flinders University. 

 

Initially signing up as a student member of SMBE SA in 2001, Ferah was elected on the council in 2012 before becoming the Membership Officer, Secretary, and current President elected in 2017.

 

Her main outside interest is social netball ongoing for just over 10 years. She encourages all Biomed’s to get involved with SMBE and set yourself up for fun networking with a future of unknowns.

Mr Adrian Richards
Vice-President

Adrian is currently Manager of BME at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, based at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in North Adelaide. He is a career Biomedical Engineer who has also worked in a range of roles at the Royal Adelaide and The Queen Elizabeth Hospitals. Strongly committed to the profession Adrian has had long involvement with not only the SMBE but also Engineers Australia, within which he holds Chartered Status, having held the positions of Chair of both the College of Biomedical Engineering and the National Committee on Clinical

Engineering.

 

Internationally he is also a collaborator with the Clinical Engineering Division of the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering and sits on the International Credentialing Board within that Division. In his spare time Adrian is an avid  restorer and collector of classic cars and a passionate scuba and cave diver.

Mr Daniel Fletcher 
Treasurer

Daniel is currently the Technical Manager of the Biomedical Engineering service at the Women’s and Children’s Health Network. He has been primarily  employed in hospital based Biomedical Engineering roles since 1990. He also enjoyed a year of employment at Flinders University.

 

Daniel has been actively involved with SMBE for many years, holding the position of Treasurer since 2005.

 

Outside of work Daniel can usually be found riding bikes or pursuing other outdoor activities.

Mr Lachlan Eberhard
Councillor

Lachlan has been working for the Biomedical Engineering department of the Royal Adelaide Hospital since 1999. He has completed the Biomedical and Electronics Engineering degree part time at Flinders University in 2011 and also holds an Associate Diploma in Electronics from Regency TAFE.

Lachlan has been a member of the SMBE since 2004 after being the recipient of the Dräger / SMBE encouragement award that year. He enjoys socialising, playing cricket, guitar and his music collection.

Mr Maged Shenouda
Councillor

My career in the Biomedical Engineering field started at the I.M.V.S, Engineering services. After 6 months, I moved to the Royal Adelaide Hospital working for the Biomedical Engineering Department. For 6 years I represented Clinical Engineering where I worked and maintained the commercial business for the RAH at the Wakefield and St Andrews Hospitals.

 

Throughout my career I was involved in major projects such as building two new theatres, major hospital redevelopment (Cardiac Unit), upgrading power articulation feed to the hospital as well as upgrading hospital wide patient monitoring systems and hybrid theatres. I am now heading the Biomedical Engineering Department at St. Andrew’s hospital.

 

My Mission is to provide the best biomedical and clinical engineering services to all south Australians.

Mr Shaanin Dashti
Councillor

Shaahin is Global Business Manager for Austofix, an Adelaide-based orthopaedic implants manufacturer, where he manages their sales and marketing activities in both domestic and international market.

 

He is a biomedical engineer and MBA-Health graduate with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare industries. Prior to Austofix, he used to work for SA Health as a senior biomedical engineer and procurement officer. He has experience in managing medical device companies as well as the provision of management consultancy services.

 

He is a recognized biomedical engineer by Engineers Australia (NER ), a voting committee member at Standard Australia, and a fellow member of Australian Institute of Managers and Leaders. He is also a board member of Training and Employment Advisory Council of South Australia (Treasurer), Society of Medical and Biological Engineering SA/NT (Councillor), and Australian-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry, SA Chapter (Councillor).

Mr Saeed Vossughi 
Councillor

I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering. I have extensive hands on knowledge across a variety of hi-tech medical technologies in particular nuclear imaging, infection control, ophthalmic lasers and ultrasound imaging devices. To date, I have developed two medical devices and one medical software. In 2015, I won the Gold medal from the European Exhibition of Innovation and Creativity for the idea of Smart Lighting. I have recently developed a novel, patent-pending method for air purification and dehumidification using plasma technology.

 

I would like to contribute to the growth and future success of SMBE and add to the already beneficial initiatives taken by SMBE committee.

Mr Hossein Sheibani
Membership Officer

Hosein Sheibani is FSE at Siemens Healthineers. He holds BSc and MSc of Biomedical Engineering.

 

His two theses are on “Sleep Detection using Infrared Sensors for Vehicle Drivers” at BSc, and “Brain Tumor Detection on MRI Images using Fuzzy Connectivity Methods” at MSc. 

 

He started his career in the field of medical imaging in 2000 and underwent his first training on Permanent MRI services, AIRIS family, at Japan, 2001. He used to work on MRI, CT Scan and Ultrasound at Hitachi company for more than five years. Then he joined Siemens to work on Cath Lab, X-rays and cardiac equipment for about eight years. He attended numerous training courses on different types of medical equipment in Japan, Germany, the UAE.

Before joining Siemens, Australia, he worked for Shimadzu for about 5 years on X-ray products (general and mobile X-rays, screening room and C-arm) as well as Planmeca's OPG, Canon DR systems, Konica DR+CR and Printers.

When he is not busy with medical imaging equipment, he loves spending time with family and friends, beach walking, enjoying delicious food or on some weekends, visiting other cities around.

Dr Michael C. Smith, PhD
Newsletter Editor

Dr Michael C. Smith works for Medical Equipment Management as the Biomedical Engineering Manager for Central Australia.  His team provides support to Alice Springs and Tennant Creek Hospitals and to the various remote clinics in the region. 

 

Michael has helped design, manufacture, maintain and train others in medical technology in hospitals and clinics in Australia, the U.S.A., East Timor, Malaysia and Tanzania.  He is interested in using data from electronic medical records to predict device failures and improve remote community health. 

 

Michael lives in Alice Springs with a cello-playing songwriter, a bicycle and two precocious children.

Dr Sam Darvishi, PhD
Webmaster

Dr Sam Darvishi has a Bachelor and Master in Electronic Engineering, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, (University of Adelaide, Australia). His research on brain-computer interfaces (BCI) started in 2006, where he proposed a novel machine learning method for BCIs in his master’s degree thesis. During his PhD work, he researched using BCI and robotics to rehabilitate stroke survivors with long-term disability.

 

Following the completion of his PhD in 2016, he won an Endeavour Fellowship and joined the Department of Neuroprosthetics & Functional Neurosurgery at the University of Tubingen, Germany.

 

He established RehabSwift Pty Ltd in 2018 to commercialise his research on restorative brain-computer interfaces. He previously established and managed two successful manufacturing companies. 

Ms Laura Newton
Secretary

Laura is currently working as a Service Engineer for Helicon Technology, an engineering division of IQ Medical.

She has been a member of the SMBE committee since 2017 and in the role of secretary since 2018.

 

In her spare time, Laura enjoys playing sports, especially AFL, and spending time with friends and family.

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