Chemical College Awards

Engineers Australia's Chemical College facilitates the Awards of Excellence in Chemical Engineering and John A. Brodie Medal.

Awards of Excellence in Chemical Engineering

These awards provide a showcase for outstanding achievement in the field of Chemical Engineering. The Engineers Australia Chemical College, IChemE in Australia, SCENZ (now SCENZ – IChemE in New Zealand) and RACI, in partnership with corporate sponsors, have instituted these awards to encourage and recognise excellence and to highlight the contribution made by Australian and New Zealand Chemical Engineers to the community.

 

ABOUT THIS AWARD

This is the most prestigious award in the chemical engineering profession in Australia and New Zealand. It is awarded to a prominent Australian or New Zealand Chemical Engineer who has made an outstanding contribution, through achievement or service, to the practice of Chemical Engineering in its widest sense and who continues to serve the profession.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Nominations must include:

  • a statement of support
  • a list of outstanding achievements
  • a list of supporting members

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Applicants must:

  • be a member of one or more of the following institutions:
    • Engineers Australia
    • IChemE
    • RACI
    • Engineering New Zealand
  • be an Australian or New Zealand resident
  • be a Chemical Engineer

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Online nomination must include:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  • Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  • Nominee's portrait photo
  • Nominee’s Citation (Max 100 words)

PRESENTATION OF AWARD

The recipient of the award is invited to present at a plenary lecture at the annual Chemeca Conference, where they will also be presented with their award.

2018 Winner

David Platts

Mr David Platts BSc. C. Eng. FIChemE FNZIFST

David Platts is owner and managing director of PDV Consultants – a successful and specialist Engineering Consultancy Company based in Hamilton, New Zealand. David has been active in promoting various engineering disciplines as vital tools for the food and dairy industry. David has an Honours degree in Chemical Engineering and is a Fellow Member of IChemE and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology Inc.


Prior to emigrating to New Zealand, David worked for RH Research in High Wycombe, UK and for Batchelors Foods a subsidiary company of Unilever, also a UK based company working on the processing and dehydration of various foods.
In New Zealand David was employed by the NZCDC, the largest New Zealand Dairy Company at the time, setting up quality control systems for powder canning and gas packaging operations. Following this period he was heavily involved with the delivery of drying, evaporation and energy projects for the company engineering departments. 


In 1983 David moved to the Netherlands to take up a design engineering role with the Spray Drier and Evaporator manufacturer Stork Friesland (now TetraPak). He later returned to NZ as technical manager for the Stork Company. 
David started his own business, PDV Consultants Ltd, in 1991.  Under his guidance and with his expertise and experience this has developed into a highly specialised engineering consultancy based in Hamilton.  PDV now employ 18 staff, four based in the UK branch office. David’s team provides specialist design consultancy services to the food, dairy and bioscience industries in New Zealand, Australia, USA, China and Europe. David has a keen interest in the safety design aspects of drying and powder handling systems and is working with leading global providers in the delivery of protection systems for these installations. David serves on the board of IChemE in New Zealand and was chair for two years when he was also co-chair of Chemeca at Te Papa, Wellington in 2012.  He has been a strong attender & supporter of Chemeca for many years.  David also currently serves as chair on the industry advisory board for Waikato University School of Engineering and also serves on Massey University industry advisory panel where he also lectures occasionally. Previously he has held various posts on community organizations. 


Mr Platts won the IChemE Council medal in 2013 for his exceptional service to the institution.
David has continued his service and is currently on IChemE Council (until end of May 2018) and has volunteered for IChemE in a number of ways since 1990.  He is a fellow of IChemE since 2010. 

 

ABOUT THIS AWARD

This award recognises outstanding achievements in the teaching of chemical engineers. This award is sponsored by Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Nominations must include:

  • a statement of support
  • a list of outstanding achievements
  • a list of supporting members

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Applicants must:

  • be a member of one or more of the following institutions:
    • Engineers Australia
    • IChemE
    • RACI
    • Engineering New Zealand
  • be an Australian or New Zealand resident
  • be a Chemical Engineer

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Online nomination must include:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  • Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  • Nominee's portrait photo
  • Nominee’s Citation (Max 100 words)

PRESENTATION OF AWARD

The award consisting of a certificate and $5000 will be presented to the winner at the gala dinner held during the Annual Chemeca Conference.

2018 Winner

         Akshat Tanksale

Dr Akshat Tanksale

Dr Akshat Tanksale is a Senior Lecturer of Chemical Engineering at Monash University. His area of research is Catalysis, Reaction Engineering, Green Chemistry and Nanomaterials. He completed his PhD at The University of Queensland in 2008, followed by a postdoctoral position at UQ examining the conversion of biomass to liquid fuels and chemicals and hydrogen storage.  After joining Monash University in 2011, Dr Tanksale leads the Catalysis for Green Chemicals group where his interest is in the field of heterogeneous catalysis for conversion of biomass to fuels and chemicals using nanomaterials. He has published over 35 journal papers with a combined citation of over 950 and 4 patents. He has supervised 5 PhD students and 1 Masters by Research student to completion and he is currently supervising 8 PhD students and 1 postdoc. Currently he teaches Material and Energy Balances, and Introduction to Process Simulation. 


Dr Tanksale has been academic representative of Monash University at the Joint Victorian Chemical Engineering Committee since 2011. He is currently the chair of the committee and in the past he was one of the event coordinators (2013-2015) and the Vice-Chair in 2017. 

 

ABOUT THIS AWARD

This award 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, from a chemical engineer or industrial chemist under 40 years of age. 

This award is sponsored by thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Nominations must include:

  • a statement of support
  • a list of outstanding achievements
  • a list of supporting members

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Applicants must:

  • be a member of one or more of the following institutions:
    • Engineers Australia
    • IChemE
    • RACI
    • Engineering New Zealand
  • be an Australian or New Zealand resident
  • be a Chemical Engineer
  • be under 40 years of age at time of presentation of award

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Online nomination must include:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  • Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  • Nominee's portrait photo
  • Nominee’s Citation (Max 100 words)

PRESENTATION OF AWARD

The award consisting of a medal and $4000 will be presented to the winner at the gala dinner held during the Annual Chemeca Conference.

2018 Winner

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Mr Christopher Jansen

Chris Jansen is the program manager and co-inventor of WorleyParsons’ robotic catalyst removal technology.  CAROL (Catalyst Removal Amphirol) is the world’s first commercial robot for removing catalyst and adsorbent from refinery and petrochemical vessels.  


Chris is a chartered chemical engineer with a strong track record for innovation and problem solving in the oil and gas industry.  He has almost 10 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry including greenfield design and brownfield optimization across upstream conventional, coal seam gas, LNG and refining.  


Chris developed his plant knowledge and process safety experience as a process engineer at BP’s Bulwer Island Refinery in Brisbane, Australia.  He then joined WorleyParsons in 2014 where he soon set out to transform his idea of robotic catalyst unloading from concept into reality.  Chris is now managing the global roll-out and commercialization of the technology.
Chris graduated with first class honors from the University of Sydney with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Commerce.   
 

ABOUT THIS AWARD

This award recognises outstanding contributions in the industrial application of novel technology in the bioprocessing field from a chemical engineer in Australia or New Zealand. Achievements may be in a technical or management field.

This award is sponsored by Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Nominations must include:

  • a statement of support
  • a list of outstanding achievements
  • a list of supporting members

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Applicants must:

  • be a member of one or more of the following institutions:
    • Engineers Australia
    • IChemE
    • RACI
    • Engineering New Zealand
  • be an Australian or New Zealand resident
  • be a Chemical Engineer

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Online nomination must include:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  • Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  • Nominee's portrait photo
  • Nominee’s Citation (Max 100 words)

PRESENTATION OF AWARD

The award consisting of a certificate and $5000 will be presented to the winner at the gala dinner held during the Annual Chemeca Conference.

2018 Winner

    Sally Gras

Professor Sally Gras 

Professor Sally Gras is Director of The ARC Dairy Innovation Hub, a collaboration between The University of Melbourne and University of Queensland that involves over 40 staff and students, working with four major Australian manufacturing companies and Dairy Australia in a five-year $12 million (cash and in kind) program that aims to help manufacturers address the scientific and technical challenges that constrain productivity and growth.  

Professor Gras has a proven track record translating laboratory research into industrial practice and her research, including work within the Hub’s microstructure theme, has had a major positive impact on the Australian dairy manufacturing industry. Her team applies high-resolution microscopic techniques to characterise dairy products, examining the effect of ingredients and unit process operations.  Such research facilitates the development of low-cost formulations, reduces manufacturing waste and can help optimise manufacturing processes, whilst optimising product properties to align with customer preferences.

Her teams’ research has been applied industrially to understand unit operations, to assist process upgrades, to provide quality assurance and to enable product development, product differentiation or the removal of technical barriers preventing entry to new domestic or export markets.  Professor Gras has also contributed broadly to the formulation of National science and technology policy.

 

ABOUT THIS AWARD

The award recognises  the application of ingenuity and technical knowledge in developing practical solutions to problems or opportunities.

This award is sponsored by ExxonMobil.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Nominations must include:

  • a statement of support
  • a list of outstanding achievements
  • a list of supporting members

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Applicants must:

  • be a member of one or more of the following institutions:
    • Engineers Australia
    • IChemE
    • RACI
    • Engineering New Zealand
  • be an Australian or New Zealand resident
  • be a Chemical Engineer

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Online nomination must include:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  • Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  • Nominee's portrait photo
  • Nominee’s Citation (Max 100 words)

PRESENTATION OF AWARD

The award consisting of a certificate and $5000 will be presented to the winner at the gala dinner held during the Annual Chemeca Conference.

2018 Winner

Behdad Moghtaderi

Professor Behdad Moghtaderi

Prof Behdad Moghtaderi is the Head of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Priority Research Centre for Frontier Energy Technologies & Utilisation at the University of Newcastle. He received his PhD and MES degrees from the University of Sydney in 1997 and 1994, respectively and his bachelor degree from Shiraz University in 1989.

The underlying theme of Behdad’s research is “Thermo-Fluid Engineering” focusing on the energy and water nexus with a particular emphasis on application areas, such as: Ventilation Air Methane (VAM), renewable energy systems, advanced low emission coal technologies, hydrogen powered micro-energy systems, energy efficiency and energy efficient water generation. Behdad has published in excess of 340 papers (H-Index 33), authored three books and holds six patents. He is the inventor of several technologies including the GRANEXTM heat engine.

Over the past 20 years Behdad has attracted $59M research funding from nationally competitive schemes and has had 34 PhD completions. He is a fellow of Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Energy (FAIE) and has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work including: the NSW Science & Engineering Award (2014), Good Design Australia (2018) and the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (Engineers Australia; 2015, 2016; 2018). 

 

ABOUT THIS AWARD

The award recognises personal commitment and leadership by an engineer or scientist working in a team or individually in the area of process safety. Applicants would have to demonstrate outstanding leadership and/or commitment to process safety and/or the environment during design, construction or operation of a process plant.

This award is sponsored by the Institution of Chemical Engineers Safety Centre.  The winner of this award will be a short listed entry into IChemE's global awards.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Nominations must include:

  • a statement of support
  • a list of outstanding achievements
  • a list of supporting members

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Applicants must:

  • be a member of one or more of the following institutions:
    • Engineers Australia
    • IChemE
    • RACI
    • Engineering New Zealand
  • be an Australian or New Zealand resident
  • be a Chemical Engineer
  • IChemE Safety Centre member company employee

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Online nomination must include:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  • Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  • Nominee's portrait photo
  • Nominee’s Citation (Max 100 words)

PRESENTATION OF AWARD

The award consisting of a certificate and $5000 will be presented to the winner at the gala dinner held during the Annual Chemeca Conference.

2018 Winner

    

Woodside’s Watson for HSEQ

Watson for HSEQ is a cognitive search and analysis platform that allows users to search over 30 years of operational event data or over 600000 records, tapping into historical corporate knowledge, surfacing valuable insights from ten different internal and external systems. It converts unstructured information into structured data, aiding in data driven decision making across the organisation.  

A key features of Watson for HSEQ is the Event Map which is a spatial representation of the Watson search results. Further search capability is possible using the Event Map to refine results based on location in addition to options to filter data through Risk Matrix refinement, by data sources or through using the word cloud.  Benefits include: 
• Improved accessibility by anyone in the organisation to perform analysis and reduced reliance on super users of databases and analysts to manually interrogate data;
• Reduced the time taken to complete research from days to hours, as results are easily explored and visualised;
• Ability to search and link information from multiple databases, providing deeper insights and trends;
• Increased search ability into readable attachments within databases;
• Display and search operational event details by geophysical location on a map; and
• Ability to search, display and review information based on risk ranking.

ABOUT THIS AWARD

The award recognises significant ongoing contributions to chemical engineering research through innovation, related publications or high impact commercial outcomes.

This award is sponsored by University of Sydney.  

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Nominations must include:

  • a statement of support
  • a list of outstanding achievements
  • a list of supporting members

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Applicants must:

  • be a member of one or more of the following institutions:
    • Engineers Australia
    • IChemE
    • RACI
    • Engineering New Zealand
  • be an Australian or New Zealand resident
  • be a Chemical Engineer

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Online nomination must include:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  • Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  • Nominee's portrait photo
  • Nominee’s Citation (Max 100 words)

PRESENTATION OF AWARD

The award consisting of a certificate and $5000 will be presented to the winner at the gala dinner held during the Annual Chemeca Conference.

2018 Winner

 Cyrille Boyer   

Prof Cyrille Boyer

Professor Cyrille Boyer received his Ph.D. from the University of Montpellier II. After working with Dupont Performance Elastomers, Cyrille moved to UNSW in the Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design under the supervision of Prof. Thomas P. Davis. He is co-Director of Australian Centre for Nanomedicine and member of Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design.

He was awarded the SCOPUS Young Researcher of the year Award in 2012, one of the six 2015 Prime Minister's Science Prizes (Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the year), the 2016 LeFevre Memorial Prize. Cyrille’s research has also been recognized by several international awards, including 2016 ACS Biomacromolecules/Macromolecules Award, 2018 IUPAC-Polymer International Award and 2016 Journal of Polymer Science Innovation Award.

Cyrille is the co-director of Australian Centre for Nanomedicine and member of Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design. Cyrille's research interests mainly cover the use of photoredox catalysts to perform living radical polymerization and chemical reaction as well as the design of anti-microbial polymers and functional polymers for bioapplications. He has published over 225 articles, which have gathered over 12000 citations. 

ABOUT THIS AWARD

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 or at a Engineers Australia Chemical branch meeting.

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.

2018 Winner 

 

 

 

Contact Us

For general enquiries on these awards please contact Engineers Australia's Engineering Practice directorate at: [email protected]