Awards

Engineers Australia plays an important role in promoting engineering excellence and the contribution engineering makes to the community. Our award programs seek to identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement, eminence in the practice of engineering, and conspicuous service to the profession.

 

National Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year

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About this Award

(Category A - Services to the Profession of Engineering)

The National Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year award is designed to promote excellence and the profession within the community at large; and encourage young people to consider electrical engineering (especially power engineering) as a career.

This award is an annual national award for an outstanding senior electrical engineer member of the College who would be expected to be at (or near) the peak of his or her career, and a good role model for younger members of the profession.

In contrast, the M A Sargent Medal is awarded only when there is a nomination of a candidate who meets the special requirements of that award, normally at the end or near the end of their career, as it is an award recognising overall career achievements.

In summary, the National Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year award is designed to:

  • promote excellence;
  • promote the profession within the community at large; and
  • encourage young people to consider electrical engineering (especially power engineering) as a career.

The recipient will be a highly respected member of the College and a role model for young members.

Nomination Criteria

The following criteria are used to assess applicants:

  • Substantial experience in the profession of electrical engineering (in industry, government or academia);
  • Currently fully active in electrical engineering work, either at a senior managerial or specialist technical level, or a combination of both;
  • A solid history of high level achievements in the work of the profession (as a technical specialist, or manager of people and/or projects), demonstrating outstanding leadership;
  • Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Sound awareness of the role engineering and other professions play within the community; and
  • Evidence of participation in the provision of CPD to the members of the profession.

Terms and Conditions

Nominees must be:

  • members of the Electrial College of Engineers Australia;
  • Australian citizens or permanent Australian residents; and
  • either a Fellow or have CPEng status.

Please note that if a nomination is not sucessful in the year of nomination, it will be considered again during each of the following two years.

Presentation of Award

The award consists of an engraved medal and framed certificate and is presented at a suitable formal Engineers Australia event.

2016 Winner

Dr Jose Lopez-Roldan FIEAust CPEng

Jose Lopez-Roldan  received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Barcelona in 1993 and 1997 respectively.  During his Ph.D. studies, he was a visiting-researcher at the R&D centers of Ontario-Hydro (Toronto), Schneider-Electric (Grenoble) and EDF (Paris) . He worked at VA TECH-Reyrolle in the UK from 1996 to 2000 as a senior engineer engaged in the development of Gas Insulated Switchgear. He joined Pauwels in Belgium in 2000 as R&D Project Manager in the Transformer Division and from 2002 to 2006 was the engineering manager of the Substations Division. Since 2006, he has been working as Principal Consultant in High Voltage Switchgear for Powerlink Queensland in Australia. From 2009 to 2012, he also collaborated with Zenergy Power in Australia in the development of High Voltage Superconducting Fault Current limiters. 

Jose has co-authored more than 50 papers on HV switchgear, substations and electrical insulation. He is adjunct professor at the Queensland University of Technology. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers of Australia, senior member of the IEEE and member of several international working groups of CIGRE.

 

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M A Sargent Medal

Nominations for 2017 are now open.

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About this Award

(Category A - Services to the Profession of Engineering)

This is the most prestigious award made by the College of Electrical Engineers. It is named in honour of Dr Michael Anthony (Mike) Sargent, an outstanding Australian electrical engineer. Dr Sargent graduated from the University of Queensland in 1964 and gained a PhD in electrical engineering at the same university in 1967. After holding various engineering appointments in Queensland and North America he joined the South East Queensland Electricity Board in 1978 becoming its Chief Engineer in 1984 and became Manager, Business Systems in 1989.

Dr Sargent is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia and has served in many positions in Engineers Australia including Chairman of the Electrical and Computing Branch of Queensland Division 1976, Chairman of Queensland Division 1984, member of the then Council 1984 - 1986, Vice President of Engineers Australia 1985 - 1986 and also 1988, Deputy Chairman of the Electrical College Board 1988, Deputy President of Engineers Australia 1989 and President in 1990.

Nomination Criteria

  • a highly significant contribution, through technical innovation, to the science or practice of electrical engineering; or
  • longstanding eminence in science or the practice of electrical engineering; or
  • exceptional and sustained management or leadership relating to electrical engineering; or
  • a notable combination of the foregoing qualities.

Please note that international peer recognition of contributions to the practice of electrical engineering will be well regarded.

Terms and Conditions

Nominees must be:

  • a current member of Engineers Australia
  • an Australia Citizen or a permanent Australian resident

Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Please note that if a nomination is not successful in the year of nomination, it will be considered again during each of the following two years.

Presentation of Award

The award consists of an engraved medal and framed certificate and is presented at a suitable formal Engineers Australia event.

2016 Winners

Dr Alan Finkel AO FIEAust FTSE

Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator.

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist.

Prior to becoming Chief Scientist, he was the Chancellor of Monash University and President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).

Dr Finkel is a world leader in the design, development and worldwide commercialisation of electronic instrumentation for neuro-scientific measurements.

His leadership in the field of electrical and electronics engineering has been widely recognised including through his election as:

• Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia

• Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences (AAHMS)

• Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

• Fellow of the prestigious Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his contributions to measurement technology for biomedicine.

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Graduate Electrical Power Engineer of the Year

Nominations for 2017 are now open.

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About this Award

This national award recognises a professional engineer who has demonstrated significant achievements in electrical power engineering during the preceding six years. Contributions to the community are also valued.

This annual award is an example of an effective partnership between Engineers Australia and industry. Engineers Australia's Electrical College Board and the Electric Energy Society of Australia (EESA) jointly developed the initiative, to encourage young Australians to develop a career in electrical power engineering, and also to reward outstanding achievements.

Nomination Criteria

The candidates will be judged solely on the following criteria:

  • Your submission should detail an example of how you applied automation systems, computer modelling and other engineering techniques within a power engineering application. What challenges did you face? How did you overcome these challenges? What was the significant commercial and customer benefit from the solution that you implemented? Were there any other significant achievements that resulted from this project?
  • Achievements during the years since graduation of undergraduate degree (to a maximum of 6 years), in the form of significant practical and/or theoretical work in the practice of Electrical Power Engineering;
  • Active contributions to the community will be favourably regarded; and
  • Candidates with Chartered status will be favourably regarded.

Please note: If, in the opinion of the judging panel, no suitable candidate is nominated in that year, the judging panel has the right and obligation to decline the making of an award in that year.

Terms and Conditions

A nominee must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be eligible to be a member of Engineers Australia in the grade of Professional Engineer, Graduate or Member
  • be employed in the electrical power engineering field in any industry
  • have graduated with an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering within the last six years
  • include signed letters of support from the candidate's employer/sponsor and at least one other work related reference
  • include a detailed CV
  • include a brief statement of ambitions
  • include a copy of their final tertiary results
  • include a current photo

The submission should not exceed 20 pages in total.

Presentation of Award

The winner receives:

  • Travel and registration to attend CIRED event;
  • One year free subscription to Electric Energy Society of Australia and full registration to the National Electrical Energy Society of Australia Conference and Exhibition including travel and accommodation; and
  • A framed certificate

The winner will be presented with their award at a suitable formal Engineers Australia event.

2016 Winner

Mr David Van Bergen MIEAust CPEng

David is a Chartered Professional Engineer with five years of experience in power system protection and design management. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Systems (First Class Honours) from Monash University, and was privileged to have been awarded an Australian Power Institute Bursary.

David joined Beca’s Melbourne team in 2011 and has worked on the design and implementation of protection systems for electrical networks ranging from 6.6 kV to 500 kV. Outside of Beca, David has had numerous roles within a number of organisations in particular the Electric Energy Society of Australia (EESA) where he has been the Victorian Secretary, Deputy Chair and now Chair. He is also a keen bike rider and has been involved in numerous cycling events including having been selected to represent Australia at the amateur level.

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John Madsen Medal

About this Award

(Category B - Open Awards)

The John Madsen Medal is awarded for the best paper written by a current member of Engineers Australia, and published in The Australian Journal of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

The medal perpetuates the memory of Sir John Madsen who was Foundation Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Sydney from 1920 to 1949. Sir John Madsen was one of Australia's great electrical engineers and some of his outstanding community service was through his active cooperation with CSIRO. He proposed the founding of a Radio Research Board and was a leader in the development of radar in Australia. He was active in forming the Electrical Research Board and the National Standards Laboratory. He was a Councillor of the Institution from 1930 to 1933 and was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell memorial Medal in 1944.

In 1976 this medal replaced the Electrical Engineering Prize which was originally founded upon a donation made by the Electrical Association of Australia, one of the Foundation Societies of the Institution. It was first awarded in 1927 and was known as the Electrical Association Premium. The name was changed to the Electrical Engineering Prize in 1954. The award formerly consisted of a certificate and a cash premium.

Terms and Conditions

  • For a technical paper to be eligible for consideration for the Madsen Medal it must satisfy the following criteria:
    • The topic of the paper must be related to the discipline of Electrical or ITEE Engineering; and
    • The paper must have been published in the AJEEE in the previous year
  • At least half of the authors must be members of Engineers Australia during the entire period from the time of submission of the paper, to the end of the financial year during which the paper was published in the AJEEE; or
  • The principal author must be a member of Engineers Australia during the entire period from the time of submission of the paper, to the end of the financial year during which the paper was published in the AJEEE

The 2015 John Madsen Medal will be awarded on papers published in 2015 and the judging process will begin in 2016.

Presentation of Award

The winner is awarded an engraved medal and framed certificate and are presented at a suitable formal Engineers Australia event, during the year following that when the paper was published. Authors who are not members of Engineers Australia will receive a certificate only.

2015 Winners

Paper - "Generation modelling of residential rooftop photovoltaic systems and its applications in practical electricity distribution networks

Peter K.C. Wong FIEAust CPEng

Peter K.C. Wong was born in Hong Kong. He received the B.Sc. (Eng.) degree in electrical engineering from the University of Hong Kong in 1983. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering at Victoria University, Australia.

From 1983 to 1989, he was a Protection Engineer with the Hong Kong Electric Co. Ltd. From 1989 to 1994, he was a senior Control and Protection Engineer with the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, Australia. From 1994 to 1995, he was a Product Manager with Schneider Australia. From 1995 to 2007, he worked in various technical leadership roles with United Energy and Alinta. Since 2007, he worked for Jemena, an electricity and gas infrastructure company in Australia, and is currently the Manager Network Technology and Measurement responsible for new technology and smart meter strategy.

Mr. Wong is a Chartered Professional Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, and a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (U.K.). He was the recipient of the Energy Networks Association Overseas Study Tour Award in 2011.

 

Dr Robert Barr FIEAust CPEng

Dr Robert Barr AM  is a consulting engineer, director of his company Electric Power Consulting Pty Ltd and the current National President of the Electric Energy Society of Australia. Robert has over 42 years experience in the field of electricity distribution, is a fellow of  Engineers Australia and a member of Consult Australia. Robert is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong and was awarded the title of Australian National Professional Electrical Engineer of the year in 2012. Dr Barr became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013.

 

Prof Akhtar Kalam FIEAust CPEng NER

Professor Akhtar Kalam has been at Victoria University, Melbourne since 1985 and a former Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science for 7 years. He is currently the Head of Engineering. He is also the current Chair of the Academic Board and lectures in the Masters by coursework program in the Engineering Institute of Technology, Perth Australia. Further he has Distinguished Professorship position at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia and 5 Malaysian universities.

He has wide experience in educational institutions and industry across four continents. He received his B.Sc. and B.Sc. Engineering from Calcutta University and Aligarh Muslim University, India. He completed his MS and Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma, USA and the University of Bath, UK. He has worked with Ingersoll Rand and other electrical manufacturers. He has held teaching appointments at the University of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq and Capricornia Institute of Advanced Education, Rockhampton, Queensland.

He is regularly invited to deliver lectures, work on industrial projects and examine external thesis overseas. His major areas of interests are power system analysis, communication, control, protection, renewable energy, smart grid, IEC61850 implementation and cogeneration systems. He has been actively engaged in the teaching of Energy Systems to undergraduates, postgraduates and providing professional courses to the industry both in Australia and overseas. He regularly offers Continuing Professional Development and Master Class courses on Power System Protection, Renewable Energy, IEC61850, Cogeneration & Gas Turbine Operation and PBL in engineering education to practising engineers, the Energy Supply Association of Australia (ESAA) and Australian Power Institute (API). He also runs postgraduate distance education programme on Power System Protection for the ESAA. He has conducted research, provided industrial consultancy and published over five hundred publications on his area of expertise and written over 29 books in the area. More than 35 students have graduated under his supervision and he is an external examiner of many external doctoral students in Australia and overseas. He provides consultancy for major electrical utilities, manufacturers and other industry bodies in his field of expertise. Professor Kalam is a Fellow of EA, IET, AIE, a member of IEEE and CIGRE AP B5.

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