A Natural Curiosity
Curiosity. It’s a common thread with engineers, and Romar founder Neil Wilson is no exception. His natural curiosity sees each day filled with problem solving and the anticipation of success.
Education is everything
Romar has been in business for 50 years. Neil’s dad, Robert, was a toolmaker, but he wanted Neil to go out and learn something worthwhile before joining the family business.
‘I get up in the morning and come to work to solve problems. The reward is seeing things happen. It doesn’t matter if it’s me, or someone else here – I like to see it.
Our motives as engineers are seeing success in the things we take on. We aren’t just driven by the financial aspects of the job, but also by the success and outcomes.’
‘We work on so many interesting and cutting edge things that you don’t see in the ordinary course of business. There’s so much work that goes on here at the cutting edge of manufacturing in terms of materials and processes – and that’s what inspires me.’
Alan has a solid and diverse background in running manufacturing companies and he’s at a point in his career where he can pick and choose where he goes next.
So in 2016 he chose Romar.
‘I have a solid understanding of the medical device industry and manufacturing. I greatly value the opportunities that present themselves when you put these two things together. I love running businesses. I say, ‘It’s the most fun you can have standing up.’ I have a particular management style that works well and I’ve had success in running businesses in a particular way – and that’s what gets me going. I’m an early starter. I’m at my desk at 7 in the morning, and I’m happy to put in long days. I don’t consider it hard work, I consider it enjoyment.’
DIRECTOR OF TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT
‘I like solving problems and I like leaving things better than I found them. I like being able to look at a set of circumstances and find a way through to produce a result.’
Materials expert and industrial chemist Carlo Cartini thrives on a challenge.
And when he talks about problems, circumstances and results, it’s pure engineer speak.
Carlo Cartini is also irreverent, funny, and loves a good joke.
‘Yes there are times to be serious, but it’s also important to play. Engineers tend to be cynical rather than playful – I like to be the exception to the rule.’
DIRECTOR OF BIOMEDICAL BUSINESS
‘I’m hoping what we do makes a difference to someone else’s life.’
Biomedical Business Director Johnathon Choi is a lucky, lucky guy. He gets to work hard in the field he specialises in and loves, and he gets to see the positive effect his work has on others, every single day. And that’s a very rewarding place to be.
‘I oversee a lot of the medical device related projects. I liaise with the customers and provide input within Romar from a technical and a compliance perspective (making sure we comply with all the regulatory and quality requirements) and I get to see the medical devices being manufactured and how they are used. And part of my role is seeking out more opportunities for Romar to develop within the medical device space.’
Rita Nicolas thrives on challenges. And processes. And development. And as Production Manager at Romar, she needs to be on her toes every single day.
‘With production there is always something going on – new processes to discuss and develop.’
Rita’s expertise lies in biomedical engineering and material science. She manages the design, development and verification of medical devices before and after they go to market.
Rita knew engineering would be a good fit for her. She got an internship at Romar straight out of university.
‘I’m good with maths and I like making things! Biomedicine is an upcoming field and there’s great future growth there.’
Rita likes to figure out how to make things work. And she feels strongly about working in a field where she can contribute to society in a beneficial manner.
Sean Emery always had an innate curiosity for how things work. Initially, he sated that curiosity by diving into the world of electrical engineering at the University of NSW.
But something didn’t quite click.
Taking a gap year from study, Sean hit the road to travel around Australia.
It was there on the open highway with road trains rocketing past, Sean had a realisation.
‘I learnt something about myself while taking a break from electrical engineering – I enjoy physically seeing all the moving parts and processes in a project. I really like being able to play around with forces… seeing how material bodies affect each other in real space.’
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO)
Glenn Myhill joined Romar in October 2017 as CFO. He has an extensive financial and accounting career with companies such as Deloitte, Meryll Lynch and Imation.
Glen holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and is a member of CIMA (Chartered Institute of Chartered Accountants).
Since joining Romar, Glen has reorganised the Accounting department and revitalised Romar’s monthly reporting.
Michael joined Romar in 2018 with a long list of academic achievements.
Michael graduated from the University of NSW with First Class Honours in Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.
During his undergraduate study, he won the Dean’s Award of the UNSW Engineering Faculty for excellent academic performance.
He also completed a 3-month internship as a Research Scholar at UNSW Engineering Faculty. This experience helped to develop strong mathematical, analytical and research skills.
As an engineer, he finds himself obsessed with designing and prototyping. I always think it’s exciting to see the things I design become reality.
SENIOR DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER
Barathi Raja joined Romar in November 2018 as a Senior Design and Development Engineer. He works closely with Romar’s Head of Technical Development, Carlo Cartini.
Raja’s background is in mechanical engineering. He holds a first class Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Madras University.
“I love physics and solids science. This is the reason why I chose mechanical engineering…its my passion, dream and a major part of my life.”
Raja’s extensive experience extends to product and tool design for the automotive, medical device, aeronautical and home appliance sectors. He loves a challenge and finds he learns best from colleagues rather than books or articles.
ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING MANAGER
Marc Jolivet is intrigued by everything 3D printing. It is his career obsession and he is highly skilled in additive manufacturing. His experience includes working for high profile companies such as ResMed and CSIRO as a technical engineer.
In January 2019, Marc became Romar’s Additive Manufacturing Manager, overseeing the technical coordination of our 3D printing or additive manufacturing business.
Romar is the first company in the southern hemisphere to offer a DMG Mori Lasertec 65 3D 5-axis synchronous laser deposition, welding and milling machine. We offer this expertise to our clients in collaboration with CSIRO.
Marc worked with CSIRO for 9 years and was instrumental in the development of 3D printing.
He set up the first fully digitised machine shop on the CSIRO North Ryde campus and was the first employee to embrace 3D printing directly in development work.