Western Australian Alumni Stories in Minerals and Energy 

Billy Leman - Graduate Field Engineer 

Billy Leman ( Jakarta -Indonesia)

Baker Hughes Incorporated
Graduate Field Engineer (2013 – Present)

The University of Western Australia (2009- 2014)
Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), First Class Honours / Bachelor of Commerce

The University of Texas at Austin (2012)
Bachelor of Engineering – UWA Study Abroad program.


Billy is currently working at Baker Hughes Australia as a Graduate Field Engineer in the completion & production department. The role is challenging and rewarding; no two days are the same. As a Field Engineer, he works in a global team and is responsible for applying some of the world’s most advanced engineering, drilling & completion technologies for the upstream oil & gas industry. This means spending long periods of time on the rig when required.

Baker Hughes is one of the world’s largest oilfield services companies. This means Billy  gets to work in leading global projects throughout the world.

Baker Hughes Inc. gives Billy the ability to drive his own career. "International mobility is also very important to me; the graduate program gives me the opportunity to work and attend training all over the world. I am due to attend training in Houston and Dubai as part of my Graduate Engineering program". 

Billy's story is one of the thousands of international graduate success stories from the minerals and energy sector. 

Saksara, in association with the WA government, and all WA government universities and education institutions, will host the Study and Careers in Minerals and Energy for Indonesia Event on 5-6 October 2014 in Jakarta and Bandung. 

Dr Ahmad Agus Setiawan - Renewable Energy and Power Systems Engineer

Curtin University - PhD (Engineering)
Recipient of the  Mondialogo Engineering Award from UNESCO and Daimler

Amid his busy life as a lecturer and researcher in Indonesia, Australia Awards Scholarship recipient and Curtin University graduate Dr Ahmad Agus Setiawan is remarkably enthusiastic about one of his job’s requirements – community service. This is in large part because it’s his own award-winning technology that he’s busy implementing in remote communities across his home country, Indonesia.

For his doctoral studies at Curtin University, Setiawan designed and developed a mini-grid hybrid power and water supply system; a novel system using renewable energy sources through the application of a voltage and current-controlled inverter. He completed the work through the Renewable Energy and Power Systems Research Group, under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Chem Nayar, in Curtin’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The prototype – consisting of renewable energy generators, a diesel generator and a reverse osmosis desalination plant – was tested in laboratory simulations at Curtin and at industrial partner Regen Power. It involved two case studies: the Maldives and Indonesia.

Now, as part of his academic role, Setiawan is working with local communities in Indonesia to implement the technology. Working with engineering students from Indonesia’s Universitas Gadjah Mada, Setiawan’s project engages communities in in-situ design of the plant; uses local labour in project construction; and will, ultimately, employ local residents in maintenance of the technology.

“This project really brings home the importance of building partnerships and empowering local communities,” Setiawan says. “Wherever the project is located, I want communities to have a strong sense of ownership of the initiative.”

The research received a Mondialogo Engineering Award from UNESCO and Daimler, among other awards.

If you would like to discover more information about study and careers in the minerals and energy sector, please register online to attend our upcoming event.