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.

Individual Awards Process

Individual Awards Winners

President's Prize Winner


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.


2016 Individual Awards Winners

Professional Engineer of the Year

John Macintosh HonFIEAust CPEng NER RPEQ

John Macintosh is a leader in the field of water engineering. He has had over 35 years of professional experience and has worked across Australia, South East Asia and the South Pacific on both aid based and commercially funded projects. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and is the Immediate Past President of Engineers Australia’s National Committee on Water Engineering. He founded the company, Water Solutions in 1995 with the objective of providing specialist services within the water resources and engineering fields and has been prominent in providing advice to governments, the mining industry and the Supreme Court. In 2015 he provided expert advice to the Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry.

Engineering Associate of the Year

Darren Green AFIEAust

With over 30 years experience in specialist building Design and Construction across the world, Darren’s career has been focused on high technology buildings for manufacturing, research and health care. His experience includes Cleanrooms, Containment Facilities and Clean Contained Facilities for advanced research, medicines, electronics and biologics.  As one of 10 people in Australia accredited to undertake third party assessments on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of Quarantine Approved Premises from QC2 to QC4, Darren has been involved in the Biosecurity and research science facilities throughout Australia.

Engineering Technologist of the Year

Shane Elson TMIEAust

Shane Elson, BET, TMIEAust, serves as Director and Manager of Engineering at Innovative Solutions Indonesia, a regionally based engineering consultancy in South Kalimantan, Indonesia. He has more than 15 years experience as an Engineering Technologist in both private consulting and local government in Australia and Indonesia. His broad skill base includes water, sewer, roads, drainage, land development, and contract administration in the areas of planning, design and construction supervision. This experience, in conjunction with his language and cultural acquisition skills, allows him to develop business partnerships with key stakeholders, as he seeks to be a catalyst for transformation by helping to provide innovative infrastructure solutions in both rural and urban sectors of regional Indonesia.

Young Professional Engineer of the Year

David Lacey MIEAust CPEng NER RPEQ

Dr David Lacey is a senior geotechnical engineer with over 10 years of Queensland based industry experience. He has worked for extended periods in both lead geotechnical designer and site engineer roles on major infrastructure projects. David has been the Section Leader of the Jacobs (SKM) geotechnical section, authored 15 peer-reviewed publications, received industry sponsored technical awards and attended international conferences as Australia’s nominated representative. David was the organising chair for a 2014 international conference and has served on the AGS (QLD) executive committee since 2013. David is a CPEng, RPEQ and holds a PhD from The University of Queensland.

Young Engineering Associate of the Year - High Commendation

Robert Ladd AFIEAust CEngA EngExec NER

Robert Ladd is a Chartered Fellow of Engineers Australia, with Engineering Executive accreditation. He is an Associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Member of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, and a former non-executive Director of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Victorian Division. Robert is currently Manager Municipal Engineering at Pyrenees Shire Council in Beaufort, Victoria. As a portion of his technical services portfolio he is responsible for providing technical oversight and recommendations towards Council's statutory and strategic planning, in regard to planning conditions and overall township structure planning. Robert's role ensures that Council's small townships are considered within long term growth and servicing plans to promote amenity and liveable resilient communities.


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.

2016 President's Prize Winner:

Gerry Doyle FIEAust CPEng NER and the Civil College Board

Special Mention:

The shared vision and shared leadership of Engineers Australia’s staff and the ITEE College Board, particularly Geoff Sizer and Tim Kannegieter, made the successful Internet of Things Webinar Series possible