College Awards

Engineering awards granted by the Colleges of Engineers Australia.

College Awards Information

For general enquiries on these awards please contact Engineers Australia's Engineering Practice directorate at: engpracawards@engineersaustralia.org.au

Category A — Services to the Profession of Engineering

  • Award For Biomedical Engineering Excellence – Biomedical College (David Dewhurst Award)
  • Sir John Holland Award for Civil Engineer Of The Year – Civil College
  • National Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year Award - Electrical College
  • M A Sargent Medal - Electrical College
  • Graduate Electrical Power Engineer of the Year - Electrical College
  • A G M Michell Medal - Mechanical College
  • John Connell Gold Medal – Structural College
  • IREE Neville Thiele Award - ITEE College
  • Transport Medal - Civil College
  • David Robinson Award - ITEE College

Award For Biomedical Engineering Excellence – Biomedical College (David Dewhurst Award)

This Award is presented for outstanding service to biomedical engineering, by the Board of the College of Biomedical Engineers.

Criteria

It is presented for one of the following criteria:

  • A highly significant contribution through technical innovations, to the science; or practice of biomedical engineering.
  • Long-standing eminence in science or practical biomedical engineering.
  • Exceptional and sustained management or leadership relating to biomedical engineering.
  • A notable combination of the foregoing qualities and achievements.

Nominations are invited from the Chairman or office bearers of the biomedical branches affiliated with the College, and submitted through the Division representative on the Board.

Nominees don’t have to be members of Engineers Australia.

The winner is selected by the Board and presented at a special meeting or function of the College, where they will deliver an address.

David Dewhurst Award

About this Award

(Category A - Services to the Profession of Engineering)

The David Dewhurst Award honours Dr David Dewhurst, one of Australia's first prominent Biomedical Engineers. In 1974, he established the Institution of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), an early forerunner of the professional associations now representing biomedical engineering in Australia. For more information about David Dewhurst please click here.

The David Dewhurst Award is awarded annually to a member of the Biomedical engineering team who has made a significant contribution to the discipline.

Nomination Criteria

The Award is presented for outstanding service to biomedical engineering through either:
  • a highly significant contribution, or contributions, through technical innovation relating to the science or practice of biomedical engineering
  • long standing eminence in biomedical engineering science or practice
  • exceptional and sustained management or leadership relating to biomedical engineering
  • a notable combination of the afore mentioned qualities and achievements.
Terms and Conditions
  1. Nominations are invited from the Chairman or office bearers of the Biomedical branches affiliated with the College and are to be submitted through the Division representative on the Board.
  2. Nominees need not be members of Engineers Australia.
  3. Current College Board members are not eligible to accept nomination for this award.
Presentation of Award

The Award consists of a framed bronze medal and certificate and is presented at a special meeting or function of the College selected as appropriate by the Board of the College of Biomedical Engineering.

 

Sir John Holland Award for Civil Engineer Of The Year – Civil College

Nominate for the award by COB Tuesday 17 October 2017

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This Award provides an important annual focus on civil engineering achievement.

It aims to:

  • promote the discipline of civil engineering
  • foster community understanding of the contribution of civil engineering to our well being
  • recognise the achievements of civil engineers throughout Australia
  • focus the achievements of civil engineers throughout Australia
  • focus attention on the standards of excellence achieved by civil engineers
  • provide assurance that civil engineering in Australia is equal to world best practice.

Criteria

The Award will be made based on one or more of the following criteria:

  • leadership in design
  • leadership in construction
  • length of service to the community
  • involvement in major projects
  • development of new technology/ research development
  • leadership of an engineering organisation
  • public profile
  • service to the engineering profession
  • contribution of the use of ecologically sustainable development in engineering.

The Award is presented annually as part of a gala event promoted by the Civil College.

Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year

About this Award

(Category A - Services to the Profession of Engineering)

Civil Engineers make a major contribution to our quality of life through the integral role they play in the provision of services and facilities for the general benefit of the community. They are also responsible for much of the infrastructure that impacts on our daily lives and play an important role in bringing about a more sustainable future for Australia.

The Sir John Holland Award for Civil Engineer of the Year provides a high profile focus on engineering achievement and serves as both a showcase for civil engineering and a focus for young people interested in pursuing a career in engineering.

This prestigious award is presented annually by the Civil College of Engineers Australia.

This award is proudly sponsored by John Holland.

Nomination Criteria

The award is presented to an eminent civil engineer considered to have made a major contribution to the profession in one or more of the following areas:

  • leadership in design
  • leadership in construction
  • service to the community
  • involvement in major projects
  • development of new technology/research development
  • leadership of an engineering organisation
  • public profile
  • service to the engineering profession
  • contribution to the use of ecologically sustainable development in engineering

The judging panel will use the following guidelines for their selection:

  • Role model for engineers and potential engineers
  • Practice in identifiable engineering or engineering management
  • Articulate and inspiring
  • Able to speak with authority on relevant engineering matters and be knowledgeable on engineering regulations, governance etc
  • Contribution to the community in addition to professional practice

Terms and Conditions

  • Nominations must include:
    • Citation
    • CV
    • Photo
  • Nominees must be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia
  • Nominees must have been practicing in Australia within the last 2 years
  • Nominees must be available for interviews, media talks and speeches

Presentation of Award

The award consists of a framed certificate and sculpture and is presented at a special meeting or function of the College selected as appropriate by the Board of the College of Civil Engineering.

 

National Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year Award

Nominate for the award by COB Tuesday 17 October 2017

This Award recognises current excellence in performance by a highly respected senior member of the Electrical College.

It is conferred on someone the members of the profession can relate to in terms of the work they have performed and the roll they play as a model for young members.

Each year nominations are sought from each electrical branch/panel at each division, and the National Committee and societies affiliated with the Electrical College.

Nominations are sought mid year and judging is carried out by the College Board Executive. The recipient receives a certificate and a bronze medal.

National Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year

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 Electrical 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.

 

M A Sargent Medal - Electrical College

Nominate for the award by COB Tuesday 17 October 2017

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 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 Council 1984 to 1986
  • Vice President of Engineers Australia 1985 to 1986 and 1988
  • Deputy Chairman of the Electrical College Board 1988
  • Deputy President Engineers Australia 1989
  • President Engineers Australia 1990

Criteria

This winner of this award, which consists of a bronze medal, is selected for one of the following criteria:

  • A highly significant contribution - through technical innovations - to the science or practice of electrical engineering.
  • Long-standing eminence in science or practice of electrical engineering.
  • Exceptional and sustained management or leadership relating to electrical engineering.
  • A notable combination of the foregoing qualities and achievements.

The winner is selected by the Board and presented at a special meeting or function of the College.

M A Sargent Medal

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.

 

Graduate Electrical Power Engineer of the Year - Electrical College

Nominate for the award by COB Tuesday 17 October 2017

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.

A G M Michell Medal - Mechanical College

This award is made annually for outstanding service in the profession of mechanical engineering and is in memory of Anthony George Maldon Michell.

An Australian, Michell was an outstanding mechanical engineer, responsible for a number of studies in the field of lubrication, for a design of a crankless engine and in particular, for the invention and development of the tilting-pad thrust bearing.

He was one of only two Australians to have received the James Watt International Medal, which is awarded by the British Institution of Engineers to an outstanding mechanical engineer.

Criteria

The A G M Michell Medal, made annually by the College of Mechanical Engineers, is awarded for a highly significant contribution(s) to the science or practice of mechanical engineering through one, or all, of the following criteria:

  • technical innovation
  • long-standing eminence
  • notable and sustained leadership in mechanical engineering within Engineers Australia.

Within the year of winning the award, the recipient delivers an address at a college meeting.

AGM Michell Medal

About this Award

(Category A - Services to the Profession of Engineering)

The Award perpetuates the memory of Anthony George Maldon Michell (1870-1959), an outstanding Australian Mechanical Engineer. AGM Michell was a consulting engineer in the field of hydraulics and pump design and in conjunction with his investigations of lubrication at the beginning of the century he invented the tilting-pad thrust bearing, a momentous technical innovation.

Other notable achievements were the invention of his viscometer, the development of hydraulic power transmissions and the design and development of a series of crankless engines. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1934 and was awarded the Kernot Medal in 1938 and the James Watt Medal in 1943.

The Award was first presented in 1978.

The Award is made annually by the Mechanical College Board upon the recommendation of its Executive Committee, the latter having invited Confidential Nominations accompanied by supporting documentation.

Nomination Criteria

The Award is presented for outstanding service to mechanical engineering through:

  • A highly significant contribution, or contributions, through technical innovation relating to the science or practice of mechanical engineering; or
  • Long standing eminence in mechanical engineering science or practice; or
  • Notable and sustained leadership pertaining to mechanical engineering, within the Institution of Engineers Australia; or
  • A worthy blend of the aforementioned.

Terms and Conditions

Unsuccessful nominations in the current year remain valid for another 2 years and are again considered with any new nominations received in those following years.

Please note that non-members of Engineers Australia are eligible for the Award, however their nomination will be the exception rather than the rule.

Presentation of Award

The successful recipient will be presented with a Bronze Medal and accompanying Certificate at a Presentation Dinner or equally appropriate event and the recipient is invited to give an oration on a topic of his or her choice which will later be published in the Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering.

 

John Connell Gold Medal – Structural College

This Medal is awarded to an eminent engineer and presented by the Structural College.

It is named after John Connell, principal and founder of Connell Wagner which now practices globally as Aurecon.

John Connell is considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the practice of structural engineering in this country, and was also responsible for exporting Australian engineering skills into Asia in the 1970s and 1980s. He was actively involved in Connell Wagner (Aurecon) until the 1990s.

Criteria

The winner is selected according to the following criteria:

  • Must be (or have been) a practicing structural engineer who has made a significant contribution, preferably of both national and international significance, to the standing and prestige of the structural engineering profession.
  • May come from a background of consulting engineering, government service, manufacturing, construction, academic pursuits, or service within the professional organisation, such as Engineers Australia itself.
  • Does not have to be an Australian national, or reside in Australia. But the engineer’s contribution must have had a significant impact in Australia.
  • Must have reached a senior position and be widely recognised to be of eminent standing within the profession.

The award is a specially-struck gold medal incorporating, in relief, the insignia of Engineers Australia and a likeness of the individual after whom the award is made. The Medal is mounted and framed with a citation.

John Connell Gold Medal

About this Award

(Category A - Services to the Profession of Engineering)

This award is for an eminent structural engineer. It is named after John Connell, principal and founder of John Connell and Associates. John Connell is considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the practise of structural engineering in Australia and to exporting Australian engineering skills to Asia in the 1970s and 1980s. He has continued to be involved with Aurecon since his retirement.

Nomination Criteria

  1. The recipient must be (or have been) a practising structural engineer who has made a significant contribution, preferably nationally and internationally, to the standing and prestige of the structural engineering profession.
  2. The recipient may have a background in consulting engineering, government service, manufacturing, construction, academe, or service with the professional organisation, such as Engineers Australia.
  3. The recipient does not have to be an Australian national nor reside in Australia. However, if the recipient is not an Australian national, the contribution that he/she has made must have had a significant impact in Australia. It is anticipated that, on most occasions, the award will be made to an Australian national.
  4. The recipient must have reached a senior position and be widely recognised as holding eminent standing within the profession.
  5. The nomination must include a CV.

Presentation of Award

The winner receives a specially struck gold medal bearing the insignia of Engineers Australia and likeness of John Connell. The medal is mounted and framed and presented at a special meeting or function of the College selected as appropriate by the Board of the College of Structural Engineering.

 

IREE Neville Thiele Award

Nominate for the award by COB Tuesday 17 October 2017

About this Award

(Category A - Services to the Profession of Engineering)

The Neville Thiele Eminence Award is the most prestigious award of the ITEE College of Engineers Australia. It is presented in memory of The Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers (IREE) and in named in honour of the late Mr. A.N. (Neville) Thiele OAM.

The IREE represented the profession of radio and electronics engineering in Australia for many years, while Neville Thiele was an outstanding Australian Electronics Engineer, former President of the IREE and a world renowned expert on audio engineering standards and the design of loudspeakers.

The award recognises eminence in information, telecommunications and electronics engineering and will honour a member who has made significant contributions to the art of practice of engineering in the disciplines covered by the ITEE College. The award also reconises the individual's significant contributions to the community.

Nomination Criteria

The nominee must:

  • provide details of the nominee's technical and professional career, and demonstrate the the nominee’s compliance with the judging criteria and their contributions to the Australian community
  • provide a brief (approx 1 page) essay on how the $10,000 cash award will facilitate their professional and personal development.

The candidate will:

  • have made significant practical and/or theoretical contributions to the art and practice of engineering in any (or several) of the following disciplines:
    • Communications Engineering;
    • Computer Systems Engineering;
    • Electronics Engineering;
    • Information Engineering; or
    • Software Engineering, and
  • have made significant contributions to the community.

Nominees with Chartered status will be favourably regarded.

Terms and Conditions

A recipient of the award must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent Australian resident; and
  • be eligible to be a member of Engineers Australia in the grade of engineer, technologist or associate.

The nomination form must be signed by the nominee and two referees, at least one of whom must be a chartered member of Engineers Australia.

Unsuccessful candidates may be re-nominated in subsequent years.

Presentation of Award

The recipient will receive a cash prize of AU $10,000 provided by the IREE Foundation, a framed certificate and an engraved medal. The prize will be presented at a suitable formal occasion of Engineers Australia.

 

Transport Medal

About this Award

(Category C - Specialty Open Awards)

The Transport Medal seeks to reward and recognise outstanding individual contributions to transport in Australia. This award is presented on a biennial basis.

Nomination Criteria

  • Has given consistent and distinguished service to transport in Australia over a period of at least ten years
  • Reputation/are of professional influence must extend beyond the ‘home' state to at least the national and preferably the international level
  • Award recognises excellence and relevance to transport in Australia, i.e. the emphasis is on ‘having made a difference' by advancing theory and/or practice in transport
  • Award is open to individuals from public and private sectors including transport operators, consultants, government departments and authorities as well as academics and researchers
  • Award is not limited to members of Engineers Australia

Presentation of Award

The award consists of a framed certificate and engraved medal and is presented at a special meeting or function of the College selected as appropriate by the Board of the College of Civil Engineering.

 

David Robinson Award

Nominate for the award by COB Tuesday 17 October 2017

About this Award

(Category A - Services to the Profession of Engineering)

The David Robinson Award is presented in memory of The Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers (IREE) and in named in honour of the late Dr David Errol Robinson AM.

The IREE represented the profession of radio and electronics engineering in Australia for many years, while David Robinson was an outstanding Australian Electronics Engineer, former President of the IREE and a world renowned expert on ultrasound technology.

The award recognises achievements in information, telecommunications and electronics engineering; and to enhance the ongoing professional development program of the recipient.

Nomination Criteria

The nomination must:

  • provide details of the nominee's technical and professional career, and demonstrate the the nominee’s compliance with the judging criteria and their contributions to the Australian community
  • provide a comprehensive professional development plan, and description of how the $10,000 cash prize will enable them to implement that plan in a manner which may not be possible without the financial support which the award provides.

The candidate will:

  • have made significant practical and/or theoretical contributions to the art and practice of engineering in any (or several) of the following disciplines:
    • Communications Engineering;
    • Computer Systems Engineering;
    • Electronics Engineering;
    • Information Engineering; or
    • Software Engineering, and
  • have made significant contributions to the community.

Terms and Conditions

A recipient of the award must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent Australian resident; and
  • be eligible to be a member of Engineers Australia in the grade of engineer, technologist or associate.

The nomination form must be signed by the nominee and two referees, at least one of whom must be a chartered member of Engineers Australia.

Unsuccessful candidates may be re-nominated in subsequent years.

Please click here to download the award guidelines.

Presentation of Award

The recipient will receive a cash prize of AU $10,000 provided by the IREE Foundation, a framed certificate and an engraved medal. The prize will be presented at a suitable formal occasion of Engineers Australia.

 

Category B - College Awards Related to a Specific Engineering Discipline on the Basis of a Paper

  • Young Biomedical Engineer’s Award – Biomedical College
  • John A Brodie Medal – Chemical College
  • W H Warren Medal – Civil College
  • John Madsen Medal – Electrical College
  • Young Environmental Engineer of the Year Award – Environmental College
  • Engineers Australia (WA Division) Prize for Research in Software Engineering – ITEE College
  • George Julius Medal – Mechanical College

Young Biomedical Engineer’s Award - Biomedical College

Young biomedical engineers nominate in the abstracts of a paper that they would like to be nominated for this award.

Nominations

Nominations for the Young Biomedical Engineer’s Award are called for at the Biomedical Engineering Conference. Potential applicants then nominate in the abstract of a paper they are writing, that they would like to be considered for the Award.

Abstracts are judged by referees nominated by the College, and a shortlist of up to five nominees drawn up. These are then invited to make a present ation in a special session at the conference. Those not shortlisted will be considered for the general papers.

Referees meet after the special session to select the winner.

Judging criteria

Presentations are judged across a number of areas. These may include:

  • content
  • presentation
  • contribution to knowledge
  • ability to field questions
  • demonstration of an in-depth appreciation of the area being presented.

The winner receives a certificate as well as money to offset travelling expenses to present their paper at an overseas conference.

Young Biomedical Engineering Conference Paper & Poster Prizes

About this Award

These prizes are given to young biomedical engineers based upon their paper or poster presentation at the Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference (ABEC). Students are required to submit an extract through the ABEC Conference 'Call for Abstracts' site. During this process the nominee is to specify which prize they are submitting the abstract for.

The abstract applicants will be judged by a set of referees nominated by the College for inclusion in a specific session in the conference specifically for presentations by the short-listed young biomedical engineers. Abstracts who are not judged to be part of the special session will be considered for the general papers. Up to five abstracts may be chosen for the special session. The referees will meet following the session to select the recipient for the award.

The presentation will be judged by scores in a number of areas. These may include content, presentation, contribution to knowledge, the ability to field questions and demonstration of an in-depth appreciation of the area being presented.

Presentation of Award

The prize consists of a certificate and $750. The funds are to be used to assist with travelling to an overseas conference to present their paper.

John A Brodie Medal - Chemical College

The John A Brodie Medal is awarded for the paper selected by the Board of the College of Chemical Engineers as the best in the discipline, published in ‘Chemical Engineering in Australia’ in the last 12 months, or presented at that year’s Chemeca Conference.

The award is not limited to members of Engineers Australia.

The Medal is named in honour of John A Brodie, who was Chief Engineer with Union Carbide.

He established a reputation as a leading industrial innovator in Australia, having been responsible for the design and construction of polyethylene film extrusion units, the manufacture of bakelite and a continuous crystallisation plant known as the Brodie Purifier.

He won several international awards for his inventions, and he also won the Prince Philip Award for Australian Design. Brodie was a Councillor of Engineers Australia from 1967-1971.

In 1976 this medal replaced the Chemical Engineering Prize, which had been established in 1963, and consisted of a certificate and cash.

John A Brodie Medal

About this Award

(Category B - Open Awards)

The John A Brodie Medal is named in honour of Mr J A Brodie, who was Chief Engineer with Union Carbide. He established the reputation as a leading industrial innovator in Australia, having been responsible for the design and construction of polyethylene film extrusion units, the manufacture of bakelite and a continuous crystallization plant known as the Brodie Purifier. He won several international awards for his inventions, and he also won the Prince Philip Award for Australian Design. Mr Brodie was a Councillor of the Institution from 1967 to 1971.

Terms and Conditions

The John A Brodie Medal is awarded by Engineers Australia for the best paper in the discipline of chemical engineering presented at the Chemeca Conference, at any other conference sponsored by Engineers Australia, at a Engineers Australia Chemical branch meeting or published in the journal of Chemical Engineering in Australia during the past year.

This award is not limited to Engineers Australia members.

Click here to download the current guidelines

Presentation of Award

The Award consists of a medal and certificate and is presented at the gala dinner held during the Annual Chemeca Conference.

 

W H Warren Medal - Civil College

Nominate for the award by COB Tuesday 17 October 2017

This Medal perpetuates the memory of Professor W H Warren, who was the first President of Engineers Australia. It is awarded annually for the paper selected by the Board of the College of Civil Engineers as the best in the discipline of civil engineering.

Professor Warren was appointed to the first Chair in Engineering at the University of Sydney in 1883 - a position he held until 1925. In 1895 he was elected the first President of the Sydney University Engineering Society, which later became one of the foundation societies of the Institution. Professor Warren was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in 1923.

This award was first made in 1929 and was known as the Warren Memorial Prize. The award formerly consisted of a certificate and cash. This was replaced by a medal in 1976.

WH Warren Medal

About this Award

(Category B - Open Awards)

The W H Warren Medal perpetuates the memory of Professor W H Warren who was the first President of the Institution of Engineers Australia. Established in 1929, this award is given annually by the Civil College of Engineers Australia for the best paper in the discipline of civil engineering.

Nomination Criteria

  • The Award shall be for a paper on a civil engineering subject, provided such paper is adjudged of sufficient merit as a contribution to the literature of the engineering profession
  • Papers should be original and innovative

Terms and Conditions

  • Papers are eligible if they are published between 22 August 2016 to 21 August 2017 in any of Engineers Australia's journals, conference proceedings or any other document recognised as a formal Engineers Australia publication
  • Joint authorship of a paper is restricted to three in number, of which one must be a member of Engineers Australia
  • The Award shall be given only to members who are in good standing at the close of the financial year

Presentation of Award

The award consists of a framed certificate and engraved medal and is presented at a special meeting or function of the College selected as appropriate by the Board of the College of Civil Engineering. Only members of Engineers Australia will receive the medal.

 

John Madsen Medal - Electrical College

The John Madsen Medal is awarded for the best paper in the discipline of electrical engineering, which is selected by the Board of the College of Electrical Engineers.

The Medal perpetuates the memory of Sir John Madsen who was foundation Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Sydney from 1920-1949. He 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, and was a Councillor of Engineers Australia from 1930-1933. He was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in 1944.

This prize was originally created by a donation made by the Electrical Association of Australia, one of the Foundation Societies of Engineers Australia. It was first awarded in 1927 and was known as the Electrical Association Premium. The name was changed to Electrical Engineering Prize in 1954, and replaced with this Medal in 1976.

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.

 

Young Environmental Engineer of the Year Award - Environmental College

This Award promotes engineering excellence and recognition of the valuable contribution environmental engineers make to the community. It is made annually to the person submitting the best paper in response to a specific topic set by the Environmental College Board.

Criteria

The best paper is selected by three members of the Environmental College Board and is presented at the next Society for Sustainability and Environmental Engineering (SSEE) Conference. The winner gains entry to the next SSEE conference (including flights and accommodation) and their paper is published in the Environmental College’s quarterly national journal, The Environmental Engineer.

Young Environmental Engineer of the Year

About this Award

The Young Environmental Engineer of the Year award is presented by the Environmental College of Engineers Australia to acknowledge and reward young environmental engineers who have:

  1. Engineering competence
  2. Demonstrated leadership skills including leadership of teams
  3. Positive/notable outcomes from their engineering work
  4. Creativity/innovation
  5. Community service to industry, the profession and/or society

Nomination Criteria

Nominations must include:

  • CV (maximum 2 pages); and
  • A supporting statement (maximum 1500 words) which is to address how your current role in environmental engineering contributes towards the criteria for this award. In your statement please demonstrate your leadership skills, how your role has made a positive impact to your engineering work and any notable outcomes or innovations as a result. Please demonstrate areas of community service to the industry, the profession and/or society.

Terms and Conditions

Applicants must:

  • be a current financial member of Engineers Australia;
  • be a practising engineer that graduated less than 5 years ago; and
  • currently reside in Australia.

Presentation of Award

The Award consists of a framed certificate and is presented at an appropriate Conference. The recipient will also receive complimentary registration, flights and accommodation to attend the conference.

 

Engineers Australia (WA Division) Prize for Research in Software Engineering – ITEE College

This Prize, sponsored by the ITEE College (WA), recognises a significant contribution to the discipline of software engineering through research undertaken at a university in WA.

Criteria

Each finalist will be invited to present a technical paper on their research that demonstrates their contribution to research in software engineering. The prize is awarded to the finalist that demonstrates the most substantive contribution to new ideas and/or technologies in software engineering, and whose paper is of the highest standard.

Nominations

Nominations for the award are invited on an annual basis from each of the universities in WA. The award includes an engraved medal and cash.

Nominees are pre-selected to be finalists.

George Julius Medal - Mechanical College

The George Julius Medal is awarded for the paper selected by the Board of the College of Mechanical Engineers as the best in the discipline of mechanical engineering.

The Medal perpetuates the memory of Sir George Julius who practised in Sydney as a consulting engineer in the mechanical/electrical field. One of his best-known achievements was the automatic totalisator before the days of electronics.

From 1925-1940 he was Chairman of the Standards Association of Australia, and from 1926-1945 he was Chairman of CSIRO. Sir George Julius was a member of the inaugural Council of Engineers Australia. He remained a Councillor until 1939, and was President of Engineers Australia in 1925. He was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in 1927, and was elected an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia in 1943.

In 1976 this Medal replaced the Mechanical Engineering Prize, which had been established in 1955 and consisted of a certificate and cash.

Sir George Julius Medal

About this Award

(Category B - Open Awards)

In 1976 this medal replaced the Mechanical Engineering Prize, which had been established in 1955. The medal perpetuates the memory of Sir George Julius who practised in Sydney as a consulting engineer in the mechanical/electrical field. One of his best-known achievements was the automatic totalisator before the days of electronics. From 1925-1940 he was Chairman of the Standards Association of Australia, and from 1926 - 1945 he was Chairman of CSIRO.

Nomination Criteria

The medal is awarded to the author(s) of the publication in the field of mechanical engineering judged to be the best of those submitted for consideration. The publication may be for a paper, group of related papers, book or monograph. The award is normally made for work carried out in Australia.

Presentation of Award

The successful recipient(s) will be presented with a Bronze Medal and accompanying Certificate at an appropriate Engineers Australia Mechanical College event in their home state.

 

Category C - Specialty Open Awards

  • The Rio Tinto Award - Chemical College
  • Fluor Award - Chemical College
  • ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions Medal and Prize - Chemical College
  • National Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year – Electrical College
  • R W Chapman Medal – Structural College

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE IN CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions Medal and Prize

Recognises practical services to the profession and to the practice of chemical engineering in Australia or New Zealand. Achievements may be in technical, marketing or management fields.

Recommendations for the award are made by the Awards of Excellence Selection Committee and presented at the annual Chemeca Conference.

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R W Chapman Medal - Structural College

This award is made annually for the paper selected by the Board of the College of Structural Engineers as the best on structural engineering.

The Medal perpetuates the memory of Sir Robert Chapman, a former Professor of Engineering at the University of Adelaide. He was a member of the inaugural Council of Engineers Australia and continued as a Councillor until 1927. He was Chairman of the former Adelaide Division in 1920 and was President of Engineers Australia in 1922.

Sir Chapman was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in 1928 and was elected an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia in 1942.

Criteria

For the purpose of this award, “structural engineering” refers to the design of structures to withstand all forces likely to be impressed on them, with the problems that arise in building them and with investigations made in an effort to improve the knowledge either of materials or of methods of design.

The structures may be framed ones, such as a steel bridge or aeroplane wing, or mass structures, such as a reservoir wall, and they may be either static, as in the case of a framed building, or designed for motion, as an aeroplane or a ship.

Engines, mechanisms and road pavements are specifically excluded.

The award is a bronze medal.

RW Chapman Medal

About this Award

(Category C - Awards related to sub-disciplines of engineering)

The medal was first awarded in 1935 and perpetuates the memory of Sir Robert Chapman, a former Professor of Engineering at the University of Adelaide and a member of the inaugural Council of the Institution. He was Chairman of the former Adelaide Division in 1920 and was President of the Institution in 1922.

Nomination Criteria

The medal is awarded for the paper satisfying the criteria in the previous calendar year. A learned paper submitted for this award must meet the following criteria:

  1. Make a genuine attempt to share data.
  2. Represent a realistic approach to the subject i.e. practically appropriate techniques.
  3. Have at its core an important or neglected issue that could have wide application.
  4. Be a sound technical development.
  5. The recipient does not have to be an Engineers Australia member.

Presentation of Award

The winner receives framed medal and is presented at a special meeting or function of the College selected as appropriate by the Board of the College of Structural Engineering.

 

Category D - Awards to Graduate and Student Members

  • The Kvaerner Design Prize - Chemical College
  • Young Mechanical Engineer of the Year Award - Mechanical College
  • Rod McGee Medal - Civil College

Kvaerner Design Prize

This annual award, presented at Chemeca in association with The Institution of Chemical Engineers, is for outstanding competence in a design project by a final year chemical engineering student.

The Prize is offered to all chemical engineering departments within Australian and New Zealand universities/institutes for the best design project that meets a number of guidelines.

The award consists of a framed certificate and a cheque for $3,000 courtesy of Kvaerner. Twelve months free membership, at graduate level, will be offered by both Institutions.

Young Mechanical Engineer of the Year Award

This Award, presented by the Board of Mechanical Engineers, recognises the achievements of young members of the mechanical engineering team and encourages them to value Continuing Professional Development and the attainment of Chartered Status within Engineers Australia.

The Award consists of a presentation at the national final of the Warman Design-and-Build Competition, and the opportunity to share with mechanical engineering undergraduates in attendance, their career and experiences in the field of mechanical engineering.

The winner also receives a framed certificate and a set of Vernier Callipers in an engraved box.

Young Mechanical Engineer of the Year Award

About this Award

(Category D - Awards to Graduate and Student Members)

The Award is conferred by the Board of the College of Mechanical Engineers to recognise the achievement and contribution of a young mechanical engineer, technologist or associate in the profession of mechanical engineering.

Specifically, the level to which the nominee has enhanced the public image of mechanical engineering and/or their contribution to the volunteer activities of Engineers Australia; and the excellence and commitment shown to Continuing Professional Development, in particular to the attainment of their Chartered Status.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations must include:

  • 1-2 page summary outlining the achievements of the nominee in relation to contribution to and/or raising the public image of Mechanical Engineering and their demonstrated commitment towards professional development
  • 2 referees

Terms and Conditions

Applicants must:

  • be under the age of 35 at the time of the presentation of the award
  • be a financial member of Engineers Australia

 

Presentation of Award

The award consisting of a framed certificate and a set of Vernier Callipers will be presented to the winner at the Mechanical Awards evening to be held at the end of September each year.

 

Rod McGee Medal

Nominate for the award by COB Tuesday 17 October 2017

About this Award

To recognise the contribution of Rod McGee to Australian public works engineering and durability, the Board of the College of Civil Engineers, Engineers Australia created the Rod McGee Medal. 

Find out more about Rod McGee.

The Medal recognises and encourages engineering students to engage in career opportunities in public works engineering. One award will be offered each year to undergraduate students in their final year Civil Engineering.

Nomination Criteria

  • The applicant for this award must submit two typed A4 pages in 12pt font:
    • One page outlining your understanding of how Rod McGee's engineering career helped his fellow citizens, through its recognition of durability in public works engineering; and
    • A second page describing your motivation of embarking on an engineering career, your final year project and how you imagine this work could benefit your fellow citizens in future.
  • Applications are to be accompanied by a copy of academic record (transcript) to date
  • Applicant to provide a written reference in support of the application from an appropriate academic staff member of the enrolling institution
  • Applicant to provide a curriculum vitae detailing extra curricular activities and/or volunteer work

Terms and Conditions

  • Applicant must be a final year, undergraduate student enrolled in Civil Engineering at an Australian University
  • Applicant must be an Australian citizen or a permanent resident
  • Applicants are to supply a passport style colour photograph with their entries to be used in publicity for the winner of the award

Presentation of Award

The winner of the Rod McGee medal will receive an engraved medallion, $2000 and a certificate conferred by Engineers Australia and be presented at an appropriate event.

 

Category G - Divisional Awards and those Awards that do not rest with the previous categories

  • Civil and Structural Branch Graduate Engineer Award - Civil and Structural Colleges
  • College of Electrical Engineers Student Prizes - Electrical College

The Civil and Structural Branch Graduate Engineer Award

This Award of $250 is to be made to a graduate civil/structural engineer for the best conference paper, university research report or journal paper, published or presented between a 12-month period from August 1 each year.

The paper should be principally prepared by the graduate, who must work or reside in the Newcastle area, and be a graduate member of Engineers Australia.

The branch looks for original and innovative work in any civil/structural engineering area that will benefit the profession and the community.

College of Electrical Engineers Student Prizes

Implemented in 1990, these Student Prizes aim to raise the profile of Engineers Australia and the Electrical College within electrical engineering schools of tertiary institutions, to encourage students to become members.

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