ITEE College Awards

Engineering awards conferred by the Information, Telecommunications, and Electronics Engineering (ITEE) College of Engineers Australia.

 

 

About this award

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 recognises 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, the Institution of Engineering and Technology or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 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.

Submission guidelines

The nomination must provide:

  1. Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements.
  2. Nominee’s Short Biography.
  3. Nominee’s statement addressing each criteria.
  4. A 750 words essay detailing how the award will facilitate the nominee's professional and personal development.
  5. Contact details of two supporting members with CPEng or Fellow status.
  6. Nominee's portrait photo.

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.

Nominations close Wednesday 1 September 2021.

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2020 Winner

Dr Mahdi Jalili headshot
Dr Mahdi Jalili (PhD, FIEAust, CPEng, IEEE Senior Member, ACM Member)

Dr Jalili received his PhD in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences in 2009 from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. Upon the completion of his PhD, he accepted a teaching and research position as Assistant Professor at Sharif University of Technology. He was a visiting Assistant Professor at Curtin University of Technology in April 2011, University of South Australia in January 2013, and RMIT University between June – December 2012. At Sharif University of Technology, he started conducting research on the application of machine learning techniques in network science, including link prediction, network inference and designing recommender systems.

Dr Jalili moved to RMIT University in February 2014 to take a research position as Senior Research Fellow after being awarded an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discover Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Fellowship – a prestigious ARC program that is awarded to select high-profile early-career Australians. He also holds RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship. His DECRA provided a great opportunity to undertake substantial research activities in the field of machine learning and network science. He chose to apply for ARC DECRA from RMIT University as the host organisation, as RMIT has one of the most dynamic research environments in the field of network science and engineering. He is currently Senior Lecturer of Electrical Engineering and Discipline Manager of Higher Degree by Research at the School of Engineering, RMIT University.

Dr Jalili has extensive national and international collaboration networks. He is currently collaborating with a number of key figures in the field of machine learning, artificial intelligence, energy systems and networks science in Australia and overseas. As a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) – the largest professional organisation in his field, Dr Jalili has been involved in many IEEE activities, including organising IEEE sponsored conferences, editor-ship in IEEE journals, and reviewing research articles. He has been very active within Engineers Australia (EA), e.g. he provided input to EA’s response to Alan Finkel’s report of the future electricity grid (2017). He is selected council member of Complex Systems Society – a peak technical body in the field of complex systems and network science. The council sets the annual activity plan of the society.

Dr Jalili has received many recognitions in his career including four research projects supported by the ARC. He has active collaboration with Australian energy industries, including Centre for New Energy Technologies (C4Net) – a Victorian government initiative – Citipower/Powercor (a major Victorian energy distributor), Pacific Hydro, Desert Knowledge Australia – an NT government initiative – Findex, AGL and Origin Energy. His current research and development activities at RMIT are focused on machine learning, network science and their applications in energy systems. His passion is to develop state-of-the-art data-informed decision support technologies to help provide more affordable, reliable and secure electricity for Australians.

2018 Winner

Con Michael headshot
Con Michael FIEAust CPEng

Con Michael worked in the Radio and TV industries where he designed and manufactured offshore marine based telecommunications systems.in WA, UK and Asia, prior to forming Balconi Telecommunications in 1993. Balconi was established in 1993 as a telecommunications consultancy and niche product design house for TV broadcast and Telecommunications.

He designed and manufactured the Telecommunications and Entertainment systems for Australia's leading Luxury Yachts, which included the Balconi Telephone that was a Lloyds and Veritas approved heavy duty hands-free and headset telephone.

Other notable innovative projects included:

  • Designed and manufactured pilot unit to measure the speed of a cricket ball not by radar but by video camera vision analysis. Used by the Nine Network in the Australia vs South Africa Test in Adelaide 1997.
  • Designed and manufactured the Award winning Balconi Tracker which extended the range of 3G coverage offshore.
  • 2016 Balconi was approached by the UNDSS in Kenya and St John Ambulance in WA to develop a system to assist emergency response groups in the field with decision making and higher level clinical expertise. Video conferencing was the tool .to connect them to Clinicians worldwide.

Con is now working with local and Australian and State government agencies to reduce the inequity in healthcare and justice for remote indigenous communities.

Con has received a number of Awards for his innovations and development work, including Engineering Excellence Awards - National Winner 2018 and the Neville Thiele Outstanding Achievement - National Winner 2019.

2017 Winner

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Mark Johnson is Consulting Services Director at Transmax, a full-service Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) solutions provider of the international award-winning ITS Platform STREAMS.

Over the past decade, Mark has contributed significantly to the development, deployment and commissioning of leading-edge ITS for both public and private sector customers. 

At Transmax, Mark analyses the big picture for customers to understand and deliver on their needs and objectives, ultimately benefitting road users and the broader community.

Mark makes a conscious effort to expand his knowledge of ITS and is committed to Transmax’s ITS projects that aim to increase the safety, efficiency and reliability of road networks. In addition, Mark is a mentor and coach for many young engineers, ensuring they have graduate development plans and rotations through the business. By sharing his knowledge and expertise with young engineers, Mark is enabling them to be the innovators and leaders of tomorrow.

He holds a Bachelor of Microelectronic Engineering, and a Bachelor of Information Technology from Griffith University. In addition, Mark has a Diploma of Project Management, Certificate II in Telecommunications, is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).

As an industry thought leader on emerging technologies, Mark is committed to sharing his insights to ensure communities take advantage of, and benefit from, the fantastic opportunities presented through these technologies.

 

IREE Neville Thiele Eminence Award: Past winners (264KB PDF)

About this award

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, the Institution of Engineering and Technology or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers 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.

Submission guidelines

The nomination must provide:

  1. Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements.
  2. Nominee’s Short Biography.
  3. Nominee’s statement addressing each criteria.
  4. A 750 words essay detailing how the award will facilitate the nominee's professional and personal development.
  5. Contact details of two supporting members with CPEng or Fellow status.
  6. Nominee's portrait photo.

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.

Nominations close Wednesday 1 September 2021.

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2018 Winner

Michael Jones photo
Michael Jones MIEAust CPEng NER 

Michael is an engineering professional with 20 years’ experience spanning both the telecommunications and defence sectors. He spent his early career working as a design engineer, with a focus on radio frequency electronics. Having an avid interest in both technology and leadership has seen him progress into engineering leadership roles in recent years. 

Michael is currently employed by Rheinmetall Defence as an Engineering Manager, seconded to Germany as part of the LAND 400 program. Under this major international project, the Australian Army will be outfitted with an array of sophisticated vehicle equipment.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from James Cook University, a Master of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Adelaide, a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University of Technology and a Diploma of Project Management. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Chartered Professional Engineer.
 

 

2017 Winner

Stefan Mozar
Adj Prof Stefan Mozar FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Stefan Mozar studied engineering at the University of New South Wales (BE, MEngSc), and received his PhD in Electronics Engineering from Okayama University (Japan). His MBA was awarded by UTS.

He is an independent consultant who works internationally. He holds an adjunct professorship at Guangdong University of Technology, China. Dr Mozar is the current Chair of a new IEEE initiative, the Life Science Technical Community (IEEE LSTC), which is bringing life science, engineering, and medical communities together for the benefit of humanity. He is the Past President of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society. His expertise lies in communication systems, power electronics, reliability and safety engineering.  He has contributed towards many successful projects, which have won about 30 international and national design awards. This includes an Australian Design Award. He has worked with a number of Asian, Australian, and British Universities.

He is an entrepreneur, who has starting a number of technology companies.  He is currently developing probabilistic based safety models for electronic products. His work has resulted in inventions, patents, and publications. He is the editor of the 6th edition of McGraw Hill Electronics Engineering Handbook that will be released in the first quarter of 2019. He is recipient of the IEEE Millennium Medal, and many other awards. He frequently is invited to present technical seminars, and give invited talks internationally. He has worked and studied on 4 continents.

 

2017 Special David Robinson Award Winner

Brian Ferguson
Dr Brian Ferguson FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Dr Brian Ferguson is the Principal Scientist (Acoustic Systems) at Maritime Division Sydney, Defence Science and Technology Group. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.

In 2016, he was the recipient of the Defence Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science, which is the Australian Department of Defence’s highest honour for a defence scientist and recognises original and outstanding contributions capable of enhancing Australia’s defence effectiveness and efficiency.

In November 2015, he became the first non-American to receive the Acoustical Society of America’s prestigious Silver Medal for Signal Processing in Acoustics.

In August 2017, he was awarded the Department of Defence Secretary Commendation for exemplary performance and leadership in the fields of underwater and atmospheric acoustics, passive and active sonar signal processing and analysis.

 

About this award

This is a prestigious award made jointly by the College of Electrical Engineers and the College of ITEE 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 Australian Citizen or a permanent Australian resident

Self-nominations will not be accepted.

Submission guidelines 

You must provide the following with your submission:

  1. Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements.
  2. Nominee’s Short Biography.
  3. Nominee’s information addressing each criteria.
  4. Contact details of two supporting members with CPEng or Fellow status.
  5. Nominee's portrait photo.

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 a medal and framed certificate and is presented at a suitable formal Engineers Australia event.

 

Nominations close Friday 23 July 2021.

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2020 Winner

Prof Ian Hiskens
Professor Ian Hiskens FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Professor Ian Hiskens is a world leader in power system analysis. His work seeks to maximise economic operation of power systems whilst ensuring satisfaction of applicable reliability standards. His contributions are copious, with highly cited publications ranging from control schemes for enabling load responsiveness to algorithms for optimising grid operation. These contributions translate to operational impact on future power systems both in the U.S. and Australia, as well as across the planet.

Owing to his extraordinary understanding of power systems, Ian is often sought by eminent international bodies, most recently by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to advise on “Autonomous Energy Systems” and by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to advise on their “Grid Control Theory” program. Ian’s ability to make complex mathematics seem straightforward is unique. He is exceptionally generous with providing his time and insights, serving in leadership roles including governing boards for numerous international conferences, organiser of workshops which promote cross-disciplinary knowledge transfer, and Vice-President for Finance of the IEEE Systems Council. He established the power/energy area and curriculum at the University of Michigan (in the top two or three public university in the U.S.) creating a catalyst for now strong collaborations with the local (Detroit) automotive industry and utilities, as well as with numerous national laboratories.

Ian commenced his career in the Queensland electricity supply industry before moving to academia. Notable achievements while in industry include development and integration of one of the world's first on-line power system state estimators, and commissioning one of the largest static VAR compensators in the world at the time.

2019 Winner

Derek Abbott
Prof Derek Abbott FIEAust Professor, The University of Adelaide

Prof. Abbott’s international expertise in imaging and sensing systems spans 40-years. In particular he has broken new ground utilizing subwavelength phenomena, demonstrating a range of metamaterial structures and metasurfaces for manipulating terahertz radiation. Building upon these advancements he led his team to achieve engineering breakthroughs in the sensing of a range of solids, liquids, and gases, of importance to applications in both biomedicine and security. He established Australia’s first terahertz research program 20-years ago and has sustained longstanding eminence in the area since then. He established Adelaide’s ARC National T-ray Facility, which was the first terahertz laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere and remains the largest to this day.


What is terahertz? Terahertz (or T-ray) radiation is considered to be a part of the spectrum between 0.1 and 10 terahertz (THz). It lies between the microwave and infrared regions. At room temperature, terahertz photon energies are of the order of ~kT and thus the engineering challenges are significant. However as many molecules have characteristic resonances in this frequency range, it is ideal for substance detection.

2018 Winner

Hugh Durrant-Whyte
Prof Xinghuo Yu FIEAust FIEEE FIET FACS FAICD

Xinghuo Yu is the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Capability and a Distinguished Professor at RMIT University. He received BEng and MEng degrees from the University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China, in 1982 and 1984, and PhD degree from Southeast University, Nanjing, China in 1988, respectively. He has held academic positions in the University of Adelaide, Central Queensland University, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and RMIT University.

Professor Yu has published extensively in Control Systems Engineering, Intelligent and Complex Systems, and Smart Grids. He was named a Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) in 2015, 2016, and 2017. He has also worked extensively with industry in the sectors of energy, security, manufacturing and transport. He was on the Board of Governors of the Australian Photonics CRC and on the Science Advisory Committee of the Advanced Manufacturing CRC, and is currently a Director of Oceania Cyber Security Centre Limited.

Professor Yu is President of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (2018-2019).  He has been an IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Distinguished Lecturer since 2009. He received a number of awards and honours for his contributions, including the 2013 Dr.-Ing. Eugene Mittelmann Achievement Award of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and 2012 IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine Best Paper Award. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA), Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK), Australian Computer Society, and Australian Institute of Company Directors).

 

About this award

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 (AJEEE).

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.

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.

The 2016 John Madsen Medal was not awarded due to a lack of eligible papers. The 2017 John Madsen Medal will be awarded on papers published in 2017 and the judging process will begin in 2018.

 

2018 Winners 

Paper: Experimental validation of transmission line dynamic thermal simulation model, by Germane Athanasius, Mark Davies and Angus Ketley. AJEEE, Vol 12, Issue 4, 2015.

Germane Athanasius photo

 

Mr Germane Xavier Athanasius MIEAust CPEng NER

Germane has more than twenty five years of experience as electrical engineer. Germane is currently working as Principal Engineer in System Design & Engineering Group of Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

Before joining AEMO, Germane worked with Power System Consultants (PSC) and TasNetworks. Germane was also working as lecturer at the University of Technology Sydney. Apart from transmission line dynamic line ratings, Germane has significant interests and contributions in power system control, small signal studies, modelling and analysis.

Currently involved in large renewable generator connections into Australian power network. Germane holds PhD, MTech and BTech degrees in electrical engineering.

 

Mark Davies photo
Dr Mark Davies MIEAust

Mark has worked in the field of HV Transmission Systems since the mid 1990s mainly on Voltage-Sourced Converters for reactive power and since 2000 (in the USA and Germany) on HVDC applications for Siemens.  Based in Tasmania since 2006 Mark continued R&D on the world’s first multilevel HVDC systems. 

Mark now works for TasNetworks on system integration studies and is currently developing real time simulation tools for the new HVDC Transmission Interconnection(s) between Tasmania and Victoria.

 

Angus Ketley haedshot

 

Mr Angus Ketley MIEAust

Angus is an Electrical Engineer with over 29 year experience in transmission lines and associated infrastructure. Commencing with Hydro Tasmania in 1990 as a design engineer he developed his skills in planning, route selection and environmental assessment, the preparation of specifications and construction supervision. During this time he had the opportunity to be involved with a number of iconic renewables and infrastructure projects within the Australian and Southeast Asian regions. On joining Transend in 2009, later to become TasNetworks, his role changed to Asset Management. Initially responsible for the Tasmanian transmission line network, but in recent years this has expanded to leading a multi-disciplined team of engineers managing the entire Tasmanian transmission and distribution system. 

His technical capabilities have been supplemented through an active role in project management and the completion of a Masters Degree in this field.  He is also active in mentoring and training within his organisation with an aim to providing an understanding of the processes and issues associated with developing transmission lines.

He is a past member of Cigré Australian Panel APB2 – Overhead Lines, and Standards Australia technical committee EL052-005 tasked with drafting the AS7000 Overhead line design standard and associated handbook.

 

John Madsen Medal: Past winners (142KB PDF)

 

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