Biomedical College Awards

Engineering awards conferred by the Biomedical College of Engineers Australia.

Select and click below to nominate and find out more about each award (criteria, terms & conditions and submission guidelines).

2020 Winner will be announced at the Vehicle Safety – Past Present and Future event, Thursday 12th August 2021.





About this award

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.

David Dewhurst biography (333KB PDF).

David Dewhurst has recently been added to the Australian Dictionary of Biographies. The ADB lists some 13,00 entries about Australians who have made a significant contribution to Australian society.

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

Eligibility criteria

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

  • a highly significant contribution, or contributions, through technical innovation relating to the science or practice of biomedical engineering; or
  • long standing eminence in biomedical engineering science or practice; or
  • exceptional and sustained management or leadership relating to biomedical engineering; or
  • a notable combination of the aforementioned qualities and achievements.

Terms and conditions

  • 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.
  • Nominees do not need to be members of Engineers Australia.
  • Current College Board members are not eligible to accept nomination for this award.

Submission guidelines

You must provide the following with your submission:

  • Submit the nomination online.
  • Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements.
  • Nominee’s current Biographical Information.
  • Nominee's portrait photo.

Presentation of this 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.


Nominations close 1 September 2021 





2020 Winner

Will be announced at the Vehicle Safety – Past Present and Future event, Thursday 12th August 2021.


2019 Winner

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Dr Alan Finkel AO HonFIEAust CPEng EngExec
Australia Chief Scientist

Dr Finkel commenced as Australia’s Chief Scientist on 25 January 2016. He is Australia’s eighth Chief Scientist. Prior to his appointment, he served as President of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and for eight years as Chancellor of Monash University.

As Chief Scientist, Dr Finkel is leading the development of the national hydrogen strategy at the request of the Council of Australian Governments. He also led the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, the 2017 Review into the National Electricity Market (“Finkel Review”) and the 2018 STEM Industry Partnership Forum report. He serves as the Deputy Chair of Innovation and Science Australia.

Dr Finkel has an extensive science background as an entrepreneur, engineer, neuroscientist and educator. He was awarded his PhD in electrical engineering from Monash University and worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in neuroscience at the Australian National University.

In 1983 he founded Axon Instruments, a California-based, ASX-listed company that made precision scientific instruments used at pharmaceutical companies and universities for the discovery of new medicines. After Axon was sold in 2004, Dr Finkel became a director of the acquiring company, NASDAQ-listed Molecular Devices.

In 2006, he focused his career in Australia and undertook a wide range of activities. He led the amalgamation that formed the Florey Neuroscience Institutes; he became Chair of the Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and was a director of the ASX-listed diagnostics company Cogstate Limited. He was Executive Chair of the educational software company Stile Education, Chair of Manhattan Investment Group, Chief Technology Officer of Better Place Australia and Chair of Speedpanel Australia.

Dr Finkel was the 2016 Victorian of the Year, and received the 2015 IET Mountbatten Medal (UK) and the 2019 IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in recognition of his work in advancing the field of scientific instrumentation.

A winner of the Clunies Ross Award for facilitating international neuroscience research, Dr Finkel is committed to science education. He co-founded Cosmos Magazine, which in addition to magazine publishing operates a secondary schools science education program. At ATSE, he led the development and implementation of the STELR program for secondary school science, which has been adopted in more than 600 Australian schools. As Chief Scientist he has led the development of the STARportal information web site for extracurricular STEM activities.

Dr Finkel also established the Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience to train early career neuroscientists.



David Dewhurst Award: Previous winners.


About this award

The Women in Biomedical Engineering Scholarship acknowledges and promotes a female Biomedical Engineer who is making an outstanding contribution to her profession and professional community. Nominations are made to the College by the biomedical community.

A panel of members from the Board of the Biomedical College of Engineers Australia will judge the scholarship.

Eligibility criteria

Nominations must include:

  • a CV (max 2 pages), and
  • an applicant statement, which describes in 1,000 words or less her contribution to Biomedical Engineering and the professional community. The applicant must state which event she would like to use the scholarship to attend.

Terms and conditions

Applicants must:

  • be current financial members of Engineers Australia, and
  • be currently practising in the field of Biomedical Engineering.

Recipient must:

  • use the scholarship within 12 months on continuous professional development relevant to the recipient’s area of practice, and
  • write a summary on the chosen forum and its benefit to their career. This summary may be published by the College.

Submission guidelines

You must also provide the following with your submission:

  • Submit the nomination online.
  • Applicant statement.
  • Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements (max 2 pages).
  • Nominee’s current Biographical Information.
  • Nominee's portrait photo.

Presentation of the award

The prize is the financial contribution up to the value of $2,000. A presentation is made in person to the recipient at an appropriate College event.

Nominations close 1 September 2021.





2019 Winner

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Tegan Cheng MIEAust

Tegan Cheng graduated from a double degree in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Science (BE (Biomedical)(HonsI)/BMedSc) from the University of Sydney in 2012. During her undergraduate studies she was placed on the Dean's List for Academic Achievement three times, was awarded the Academic Merit Prize in 2011 and won the Biomedical Engineering Thesis Prize for best Honours thesis in the cohort. Her PhD was awarded through the Sydney Medical School in 2016 and was conducted at the Orthopaedic Research and Biotechnology Unit (Kids Research Institute, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead). Since the completion of her PhD, Dr Cheng has worked as the Group Leader & Research Officer at the EPIC Lab in Kids Research at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She holds a conjoint appointment with Sydney Medical School and Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney.

At the EPIC Lab, she leads a research program that collaborates with healthcare professionals, designers and scientists to develop novel medical devices for children. In her current role, she leverages her academic backgrounds in biomedical engineering and medical sciences to create solutions facing the health care system. Although historically overlooked by large medical device companies, it is her vision to drive commercial interest in paediatric medical devices by effectively crossing the “Valley of Death” that lies



Women in Biomedical Engineering Scholarship: Previous winners.


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 at ABEC: Call for Abstracts. During this process, the nominee is to specify which prize for which they are submitting the abstract.

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 the 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.


Young Biomedical Engineering Conference Paper & Poster Prizes: Previous winners (185KB PDF).



Contact us

For general enquiries on these awards, please contact Engineers Australia's Program Manager: [email protected].