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.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations must include:

  • a statement of support
  • a list of outstanding achievements
  • a list of supporting members
  • CV
  • Citation
  • photo

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

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.

2017 Winner

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Professor Judy Raper FTSE, Hon FIEAust,, FAICD, BE(Hons), PhD

Professor Raper is a chemical engineer of 40 years standing with expertise in air and water pollution control, particle technology, research and education.

Professor Raper followed her undergraduate and PhD degrees from the University of New South Wales with postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge in the UK, working at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell. She taught at both the University of Newcastle and the University of New South Wales before joining the University of Sydney as Dean of Engineering where she revolutionised the undergraduate engineering programs.

Recognition of Judy's achievements includes the Shedden Pacific Award for the Young Chemical Engineer of the Year (1992), the EA Professional Engineer of the Year (1997) and the Avon Spirit of Achievement Award for Science (1998). She was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and as an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia in 2003.  In 2013, Professor Raper was listed as one of Australia's most influential women, and as one of Australia's most influential engineers for three consecutive years (2013-2015).

She has been an active member of EA (currently) and IChemE in the past.

 

About this Award

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

Nomination Criteria

Nominations must include:

  • a statement of support
  • a list of outstanding achievements
  • a list of supporting members
  • CV
  • Citation
  • photo

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

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.

2017 Winner

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Dr Nicky Eshtiaghi FIEAust

Dr Nicky Eshtiaghi has made an outstanding contribution to chemical engineering students learning through a creative, adaptive and inclusive approach that enables diverse background of students to become successful learners and develop into ethical professionals.

Nicky’s teaching philosophy is founded on the belief that all students should have the opportunity to develop to their full potential. This draws on her lived experience as one of a minority of women chemical engineers, in both Iran and Australia. Grounded in a commitment to equity and excellence in chemical engineering education, Nicky’s inclusive approach enables diverse students to succeed academically and supports their development into ethical professionals.  She combines different strategies to foster student success. She creatively uses educational technology to offer flexible, multi-modal learning experiences while sustaining industry partnerships to scaffold students’ professional learning and development of emergent ethical professional identity. Effective mentoring, of and by students, including personalised and inclusive research supervision to build skills and experience for all students is another her strength.

In her creative approach to curriculum and pedagogy Nicky aims to scaffold student success while recognising challenges that many of her students face due to their diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and personal circumstances.

 

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.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations must include:

  • a statement of support
  • a list of outstanding achievements
  • a list of supporting members
  • CV
  • Citation
  • photo

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
     

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.

2017 Winner

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Mr Karan Bagga

Karan Bagga is the Chief Process Engineer at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions Australia with responsibility for all process engineers Australia wide. Karan is a respected member of the thyssenkrupp team who is actively involved in the training and development of process engineers.

Karan is the nationally recognised expert in the oil and gas field with projects completed for Origin, Santos, Esso, Tru Energy and Woodside in Australia as well as international companies such as Petróleos Mexicanos, Petrovietnam, and Midlands Refining Company.

Karan is experienced in the full project lifecycle, having worked on projects from concept study, though FEED, Detailed Design, Commissioning and Operations. His experience includes work on design and commissioning of onshore gas processing facility, design and development of offshore oil and gas platform topsides and FPSO process facility, oil refining facilities, design and operations of Ammonia, Nitric Acid and Ammonium Nitrate plants.

 

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.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations must include:

  • a statement of support
  • a list of outstanding achievements
  • a list of supporting members
  • CV
  • Citation
  • photo

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
     

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.

2017 Winner

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Professor Cordelia Selomulya

Professor Selomulya is leading the Biotechnology and Food Engineering group, which has an internationally recognised reputation in drying-technology research, and is the only facility in Australia for functional particle assembly via microfluidic spray drying. The unique spray dryer can be used to synthesise other types of particles. The method is scalable and is potentially a cost effective, energy-efficient, and material-efficient route to produce high-quality powders with better functionality and ease of handling. As director of both the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Future Dairy Manufacturing, and the Graduate Industry Research Partnership for the Food and Dairy industry, she closely collaborates with a great many organisations (companies, universities, government bodies) throughout the international dairy industry to bring about a culture of technological innovation that will support best practice.

Beyond her work with this industry, Professor Selomulya leads the Monash Advanced Particle Engineering Laboratory in interdisciplinary research on the design of nanoparticle vaccines and mesoporous materials. She designed a more efficient DNA vaccine delivery system for malaria using magnetic nanoparticles, revealed the role of nanoparticle adjuvants for ovarian cancer vaccines, and developed multi-stage vaccines for malaria. She is an ARC Future Fellow and an adjunct professor at Soochow University.

 

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.

Criteria

Nominations must include:

  • a statement of support
  • a list of outstanding achievements
  • a list of supporting members
  • CV
  • Citation
  • Photo

Terms and Conditions

Applicants must:

  • be a member of one or more of the following institutions:
    • Engineers Australia
    • IChemE
    • RACI
    • Engineering New Zealand
    • Presentation of Award

The award consists of a certificate and $5,000 prize money, to be awarded at the Chemeca dinner each year.

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.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations must include:

  • a statement of support
  • a list of outstanding achievements
  • a list of supporting members
  • CV
  • Citation
  • Photo

Terms and Conditions

Applicants must:

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

Presentation of Award

The award consists of a certificate and $5,000 prize money, to be awarded at the Chemeca dinner each year.

2017 Winner

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Simon Casey

Over twenty years’ experience as a risk and safety consultant in the oil and gas, chemical,
mining, transport, environment and utilities industries, following an earlier career as an
offshore Production/Petroleum Engineer for BP Exploration.
Experienced in Quantitative and Qualitative Risk Assessment techniques and in Safety Cases
for both offshore oil and gas facilities and onshore Major Hazard Facilities.
Specialist skills in Process Safety, Audit, Incident Investigation, Risk and Safety Training,
Project Risk Management, Decision/Options Analysis and Systems Development.
Invited by IChemE to be one of the first registered Professional Process
Safety Engineers in Australia and to be an assessor of senior process
safety practitioners.

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 Monash University.  

 

Nomination Criteria

Nominations must include:

  • a statement of support
  • a list of outstanding achievements
  • a list of supporting members
  • CV
  • Citation
  • Photo

Terms and Conditions

Applicants must:

  • be a member of one or more of the following institutions:
    • Engineers Australia
    • IChemE
    • RACI
    • Engineering New Zealand

Presentation of Award

The award consists of a certificate and $5,000 prize money, to be awarded at the Chemeca dinner each year.

2017 Winner

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Prof Fariba Dehghani

Professor Dehghani is an inspiring researcher and the Director of the ARC Food Processing Training Centre for the 21st Century in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Sydney. Fariba has built a leading national and international team of researchers and industrial partners who work together to find pragmatic, cost-effective and environmentally sustainable solutions to a diverse range of issues that will improve the lives of others. Her research has made significant contributions to: the design of advanced and environmentally friendly techniques for processing materials; the synthesis of materials for musculoskeletal tissue repairs; and the extraction of high value and active compounds from natural resources for the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases such as infection and cardiovascular disease. Her research is highly regarded, not only in academic circles but also by industry. She has more than 200 papers and 4400 citations. She is an inventor on 13 patents including 9 with potential end users. One product is approved for use by the FDA and TGA, one by the TGA and a further 3 are under active development.

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.

 

 

 

 

Contact Us

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