Individual Awards

Building on the proud history Engineers Australia's Individual Awards confer recognition for outstanding individual engineering achievements and promote those engineers who show innovation and resourcefulness in their work. Engineers Australia Awards recognise professional achievement, or engineering excellence in its various forms, and promote the profession of engineering.

Individual Awards nominations at the Divisional level are open for inspiring engineers who demonstrate a contribution to the well-being of the people and communities of Australia, resourcefulness in planning, finding solutions to design problems, pioneering the use of materials and methods, use of sustainable engineering practices and innovative design and construction and aesthetic value.

Only Divisional winners progress to the National level ensuring that National finalists indeed represent the cream of the Australian engineering body.

Entry submissions will re-open in 2017

Individual Awards are awarded to an individual responsible for engineering achievement that has contributed to the advancement of engineering and who has demonstrated outstanding engineering skills, including:

  • Professional Engineer of the Year Award (Category A Award)

  • Engineering Technologist of the Year Award (Category A Award)

  • Engineering Associate of the Year Award (Category A Award)

  • Young Professional Engineer of the Year Award (Category D Award)

  • Young Engineering Technologist of the Year Award (Category D Award)

  • Young Engineering Associate of the Year Award (Category D Award)

There are two stages to Individual Awards; Division level and National. To be considered eligible for judging at the National level, a member must have first won an Individual Award at Division level during the same year.

The judges reserve the right not to judge any category of Individual Award at Division Level and/or National if less than three nominations are received.

Nomination Criteria

The following criteria will be used by judges in assessing nominations:

  • Contribution to the well-being of people and communities
  • Resourcefulness in the planning and in the solution of design problems
  • Pioneering in the use of materials and methods
  • Use of sustainable engineering practices
  • Innovative design, construction and aesthetic value


Click here to download a copy of the nomination criteria submission template.

Each criteria should be addressed using approximately 500 words.

Terms and Conditions

The following requirements should be read carefully as all nominations must adhere to these to be eligible for judging at both Division and National level:

  1. Who can nominate?
    • A nominee must be a financial member in the relevant grade of membership at the time of nomination and must remain a financial member up to and including the day that the awards are announced.
    • A financial member of Engineers Australia may self-nominate
    • A financial member of Engineers Australia can prepare a nomination on behalf of a nominee who is a financial member of Engineers Australia
    • A non-financial member of Engineers Australia (e.g. manager, HR representative) can prepare a nomination on behalf of a nominee however the nomination must be supported by a referee who is a financial member of Engineers Australia. Referee's contact details and membership number must be provided in the nomination form
  2. Individual awards are awarded at Division level each calendar year and only the winner of each category in each Division in the same year is considered eligible to enter the National Awards.
  3. All nominations (whether self-nominations or third party nominations) must include the Division to which the member is affiliated. Any financial member who is affiliated with National Office due to their place of residence will not be eligible to nominate.
  4. All third party nominations must be accompanied by agreement from the nominee to be nominated.
  5. Nominees to the following categories must be practicing engineers not over the age of 35 (up to and including the day that the Awards are announced):
    • Young Professional Engineer of the Year
    • Young Engineering Technologist of the Year
    • Young Engineering Associate of the Year
  6. There is to be no monetary gain or other direct inducement/incentive provided to a nominator, nominee or employer of either party.
  7. Nominations may come from any of the Learned Society Groups within Engineers Australia, including Colleges, Technical Societies and Special Interest Groups.
  8. When nominees agree to the terms and conditions, Engineers Australia:
    • has the right to investigate the nominee’s membership file
    • may require the nominee to be interviewed by the judges
    • has the right to use the content of the nominee’s submission for promotional purposes
  9. Engineers Australia staff may not prepare a nomination on behalf of a nominee and may be subject to disciplinary action if it is found that an individual staff member has breached this requirement.
  10. Engineers Australia staff may not participate in the judging or voting process, however may provide advice to judging panels as requested.

The judges’ decision relating to any of these awards is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

Click here to view the terms and conditions.


2015 Individual Awards Winners

Professional Engineer of the Year

Dr Christopher Roberts HonFIEAust

Dr Roberts has been the Chief Executive Officer/President of Cochlear Limited (ASX:COH) since February 2004.

Dr Chris Roberts has over 37 years of experience in international medical device businesses, including renal (dialysis), orthopaedics (electrical bone growth stimulation), cardiology (pacemakers), respiratory and sleep medicine (CPAP and ventilation) and otology (cochlear implants and acoustic implants).

He was a non-executive director of ResMed Inc (August 1989), and from 1992 served as ResMed’s Executive Vice-President, until he became CEO of Cochlear Limited in 2004. He remains on the ResMed Inc board. Dr Roberts was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia’s peak health advisory body, for the 2003 – 2006 triennium. He was also a director of Research Australia until 2012 (Chairman from 2004-2010), a non-profit organisation promoting the importance of health and medical research.

Young Professional Engineer of the Year

Mr Timothy Dunlop MIEAust

Tim Dunlop is a Project Manager & Civil Engineer with 10 years’ experience in design consultation, construction management and project management of infrastructure projects throughout Australia.

Tim’s experience includes the management of multidisciplinary teams to plan, design, procure and construct new infrastructure projects and maintain/rehabilitate existing infrastructure assets.

Tim is also Managing Director of Regional Management Group. Regional Management Group is developing the prosperity of capability Regional Communities through the provision of exemplary project expertise to realise projects in regional communities.


2015 Presidents Prize

This award was inaugurated in 1990 by Past President B C (Skip) Tonkin. Its concept was to provide recognition to members of Engineers Australia who have made a major contribution in promulgating the contribution that the engineering profession makes to the general welfare of the Australian people.

However, in 2004 the award’s purpose was amended to become a highly flexible award that can highlight contributions that may not find recognition in other of Engineers Australia’s awards. In recent years it was awarded to individuals or groups who provided conspicuous service to either the profession or community in such a way that a significant contribution was made to the realisation of Engineers Australia’s strategic goals. The award is entirely at the discretion of the National President; however anyone may suggest a worthy candidate for consideration.

Mr Mervyn Lindsay FIEAust CPEng NER

With over 40 years of experience as a civil and structural engineer, company co-founder, Merv Lindsay, has earned an impeccable reputation in the engineering industry.

Merv has built up an impressive portfolio of projects as a structural and civil engineer, with a strong client focus and track record for the delivery of innovative and cost effective solutions to clients locally, and throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
His areas of expertise include civil engineering, assessment of existing civil and structural infrastructure, mining and materials handling, light to heavy industrial and heritage engineering consulting services.  Merv’s experience in the design of civil structures and structural assessment of existing buildings and facilities is extensive.
Throughout his career, Merv has been heavily involved in promoting and developing the engineering profession, both throughout the Hunter Region and Nationally, and has served on committees for various industry bodies.

Mr Les Wallace FAICD