Murray Dancey (Australia)
Master of Integrated Water Management (part-time/ distance)
Graduated in 2015
Murray Dancey is a project manager at Wannon Water, specifically working on energy efficiency and innovation projects. He is a member of the Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) Energy Optimisation Working Group and the IWA Energy and Greenhouse Special Interest Groups (SIG). He was the project manager of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Benchmarking project for the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) and a project board member of the WSAA Pumping Efficiency Benchmarking project.
Why did you choose this program?
I was contemplating starting an MBA. But with a full-time job and a young family I decided that focusing on something I love and care about – water and the environment – would provide an opportunity that was fulfilling academically and professionally, and would also be a journey in itself, not just a destination. Coupled with starting work at an integrated water utility, it was the perfect fit!
What were the best parts of the program and why?
The best parts of the program were certainly the amazing opportunities provided by the face-to-face study intensives, the wide international student cohort and the incredible lecturers. The feeling of being part of a wider integrated water resource management movement and community is certainly a unique aspect of the course.
Did you enjoy studying the program part-time/distance and how did you manage to juggle study/work and other responsibilities during your studies?
Studying part-time certainly has its advantages in that the workload is spread out over a longer period. But this also has its challenges. Being able to sustain engagement and commitment over a 3-year period, as life throws up its challenges and changes, is a major consideration. Fortunately, I loved the topics and this made study easier to sustain. I also found the online interaction (Blackboard and Facebook) to be very effective.
How do you plan to use what you’ve learned in either your current job or future career?
The degree has been a real eye-opener for me in terms of showing me the possibilities that are available. One thing I’ve taken away is that the answers to ‘wicked’ problems are not going to be provided to us served on a plate, but that we must use our leadership and skills to drive for the change we wish to see in the world. I’m already applying the skills I learned from the MIWM program in my current role, in my wider community and my community of practice.
Murray's final project:
Read the technical paper ‘Wastewater treatment energy efficiency’ (PDF)
(Technical paper reprinted courtesy of the Australian Water Association; first published in the Water Journal, Vol 42, No 7, November 2015.)