About the Award
Building on Engineers Australia's proud history, the Engineer of the Year Awards (formerly called Individual Awards) confer recognition for outstanding individual engineering achievements and promote those engineering professionals who show innovation and resourcefulness in their work. Engineers Australia Awards recognise professional achievement, or engineering excellence in its various forms, and promote the profession of engineering.
Engineer of the Year Awards nominations are open for inspiring engineering professionals who demonstrate contribution to the well-being of people, communities and sustainable engineering practices, contribution to and promotion of the engineering profession, pioneering in the use of materials and/or methods and the formulation of resourceful, innovative and aesthetically appealing engineering solutions.
The Engineer of the Year Awards is a nominator-driven program. Self-nominations will not be accepted.
In 2018 the new process has been introduced for the following categories of the Engineer of the Year Awards:
- Professional Engineer of the Year
- Engineering Technologist of the Year
- Engineering Associate of the Year
- Young Professional Engineer of the Year
- Young Engineering Technologist of the Year
- Young Engineering Associate of the Year
The award categories correspond with the membership categories of Engineers Australia.
The following criteria will be used by judges in assessing nominations:
1. Contribution to the well-being of people and communities
describe the way in which the nominee’s engineering work has delivered benefit for individuals, groups, communities or the environment in which they reside, work, learn or enjoy recreation.
2. Contribution to and promotion of the engineering profession
give details of the nominee’s activities outside his/her work which are voluntary engineering-related pursuits or which have furthered the engineering profession.
3. Pioneering in the use of materials and/or methods
describe the way in which the nominee has utilised materials or employed practices or methods which are novel, inventive and creative.
4. Contribution to sustainable engineering practices
give details of how the nominee has included consideration of sustainability (social, environmental and economic) in undertaking their engineering work.
5. Formulation of resourceful, innovative and aesthetically appealing engineering solutions
describe the way in which the nominee has been resourceful, innovative or entrepreneurial to solve engineering problems, develop elegant design solutions, and/or pursue ground-breaking research.
Each criteria should be addressed using approximately 500 words.
Terms & Conditions
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2017 Individual Awards Winners
OAM FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
Phillip Campbell has 40 years experience leading engineering teams, and is the Acting Executive General Manager Enterprise Services for Australian Rail Track Corporation.
Phillip holds a BEng (Mech), an MSc in structural design and a Graduate Diploma in Railway Operations. He is an FIEAust and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He is the Executive Chair of the Railway Technical Society of Australasia. Phillip holds CPEng and is registered on the National Engineering Register (NER), holds current RPEQ, and is also registered as a Chartered Professional Engineer by the Engineering Council, UK. Phillip was President of the South Australia Division Committee in 2005. He was Chair of the Australian Joint Board for Aerospace Engineering and continues to serve on the Advisory Committee of the Sir Keith and Sir Ross Smith Fund. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2013 for services to engineering.
MIEAust CPEng NER
Stephen Bornstein is currently a capability engineer at Airbus.
He studied Aerospace Engineering at Monash University and worked at BAE and Rocket Lab before Airbus. Within BAE Systems he worked on the Nulka Active Missile Decoy and the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile providing mechanical and systems solutions to enhance Australia's defence capability. At Rocket Lab he was a senior vehicle engineer developing the electron space launch vehicle.
In his spare time he volunteers with STEM programs, teaching kids about engineering. He also built a cockpit simulator for the Royal Flying Doctors Service and a drone to stop poaching in Africa.
Ron Watts CompIEAust FAHRI GAICD
As Executive General Manager, Professional Standards & Practice at Engineers Australia, Ron Watts leads the planning and development of professional engineering standards and practice which enhances the education and professional development of the engineering team. Ron has been instrumental in applying a customer lens on our products and processes, the development of innovative new initiatives, streamlining internal processes and many more.
During the period of February 2017 – July 2017 Ron Watts acted as Engineers Australia’s Chief Operating Officer and greatly contributed to the integrity and leadership in various areas of the organisation.
Ron’s expertise and experience is very broad and covers areas such as human resources policy, strategy development, human resources operational management, quality and change management, strategic planning, enterprise bargaining planning and negotiations. Ron’s career of more than 30 years has seen him work at highly regarded organisations such as the Australian National University, Deakin University, Australia Post and others.
2016 Individual Awards Winners
Professional Engineer of the Year
John Macintosh HonFIEAust CPEng NER RPEQ
John Macintosh is a leader in the field of water engineering. He has had over 35 years of professional experience and has worked across Australia, South East Asia and the South Pacific on both aid based and commercially funded projects. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and is the Immediate Past President of Engineers Australia’s National Committee on Water Engineering. He founded the company, Water Solutions in 1995 with the objective of providing specialist services within the water resources and engineering fields and has been prominent in providing advice to governments, the mining industry and the Supreme Court. In 2015 he provided expert advice to the Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry.
Engineering Associate of the Year
Darren Green AFIEAust
With over 30 years experience in specialist building Design and Construction across the world, Darren’s career has been focused on high technology buildings for manufacturing, research and health care. His experience includes Cleanrooms, Containment Facilities and Clean Contained Facilities for advanced research, medicines, electronics and biologics. As one of 10 people in Australia accredited to undertake third party assessments on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of Quarantine Approved Premises from QC2 to QC4, Darren has been involved in the Biosecurity and research science facilities throughout Australia.
Engineering Technologist of the Year
Shane Elson TMIEAust
Shane Elson, BET, TMIEAust, serves as Director and Manager of Engineering at Innovative Solutions Indonesia, a regionally based engineering consultancy in South Kalimantan, Indonesia. He has more than 15 years experience as an Engineering Technologist in both private consulting and local government in Australia and Indonesia. His broad skill base includes water, sewer, roads, drainage, land development, and contract administration in the areas of planning, design and construction supervision. This experience, in conjunction with his language and cultural acquisition skills, allows him to develop business partnerships with key stakeholders, as he seeks to be a catalyst for transformation by helping to provide innovative infrastructure solutions in both rural and urban sectors of regional Indonesia.
Young Professional Engineer of the Year
David Lacey MIEAust CPEng NER RPEQ
Dr David Lacey is a senior geotechnical engineer with over 10 years of Queensland based industry experience. He has worked for extended periods in both lead geotechnical designer and site engineer roles on major infrastructure projects. David has been the Section Leader of the Jacobs (SKM) geotechnical section, authored 15 peer-reviewed publications, received industry sponsored technical awards and attended international conferences as Australia’s nominated representative. David was the organising chair for a 2014 international conference and has served on the AGS (QLD) executive committee since 2013. David is a CPEng, RPEQ and holds a PhD from The University of Queensland.
Young Engineering Associate of the Year - High Commendation
Robert Ladd AFIEAust CEngA EngExec NER
Robert Ladd is a Chartered Fellow of Engineers Australia, with Engineering Executive accreditation. He is an Associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Member of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, and a former non-executive Director of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Victorian Division. Robert is currently Manager Municipal Engineering at Pyrenees Shire Council in Beaufort, Victoria. As a portion of his technical services portfolio he is responsible for providing technical oversight and recommendations towards Council's statutory and strategic planning, in regard to planning conditions and overall township structure planning. Robert's role ensures that Council's small townships are considered within long term growth and servicing plans to promote amenity and liveable resilient communities.
This award was inaugurated in 1990 by Past President B C (Skip) Tonkin. Its concept was to provide recognition to members of Engineers Australia who have made a major contribution in promulgating the contribution that the engineering profession makes to the general welfare of the Australian people.
However, in 2004 the award’s purpose was amended to become a highly flexible award that can highlight contributions that may not find recognition in other of Engineers Australia’s awards. In recent years it was awarded to individuals or groups who provided conspicuous service to either the profession or community in such a way that a significant contribution was made to the realisation of Engineers Australia’s strategic goals. The award is entirely at the discretion of the National President; however anyone may suggest a worthy candidate for consideration.
2016 President's Prize Winner
Gerry Doyle FIEAust CPEng NER and the Civil College Board
The shared vision and shared leadership of Engineers Australia’s staff and the ITEE College Board, particularly Geoff Sizer and Tim Kannegieter, made the successful Internet of Things Webinar Series possible.
2015 Individual Awards winners
Young Professional Engineer of the Year
Mr Timothy Dunlop MIEAust
Tim Dunlop is a Project Manager & Civil Engineer with 10 years’ experience in design consultation, construction management and project management of infrastructure projects throughout Australia.
Tim’s experience includes the management of multidisciplinary teams to plan, design, procure and construct new infrastructure projects and maintain/rehabilitate existing infrastructure assets.
Tim is also Managing Director of Regional Management Group. This business is developing the prosperity and capability of regional communities through the provision of exemplary project expertise to help realise projects in the communities.
Professional Engineer of the Year
Dr Christopher Roberts HonFIEAust
Dr Roberts has been the Chief Executive Officer/President of Cochlear Limited (ASX:COH) since February 2004.
Dr Chris Roberts has over 37 years of experience in international medical device businesses, including renal (dialysis), orthopaedics (electrical bone growth stimulation), cardiology (pacemakers), respiratory and sleep medicine (CPAP and ventilation) and otology (cochlear implants and acoustic implants).
He was a non-executive director of ResMed Inc (August 1989), and from 1992 served as ResMed’s Executive Vice-President, until he became CEO of Cochlear Limited in 2004. He remains on the ResMed Inc board.
Dr Roberts was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia’s peak health advisory body, from 2003-06. He was also a director of Research Australia until 2012 (Chairman from 2004-2010), a non-profit organisation promoting the importance of health and medical research
2015 President's Prize
This award was inaugurated in 1990 by Past President B C (Skip) Tonkin. Its aim was to provide recognition to members of Engineers Australia who have made a major contribution in promoting the contribution that the engineering profession makes to the general welfare of the Australian people.
However, in 2004 the award’s purpose was amended to highlight contributions that may not find recognition in other Engineers Australia’s awards.
In recent years it was awarded to individuals or groups who provided conspicuous service to either the profession or community in such a way that a significant contribution was made to the realisation of Engineers Australia’s strategic goals.
The award is entirely at the discretion of the National President, however anyone may suggest a worthy candidate for consideration.
Mr Mervyn Lindsay FIEAust CPEng NER
With over 40 years of experience as a civil and structural engineer, company co-founder, Merv Lindsay, has earned an impeccable reputation in the engineering industry.
Merv has built up an impressive portfolio of projects as a structural and civil engineer, with a strong client focus and track record for the delivery of innovative and cost effective solutions to clients locally, and throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
His areas of expertise include civil engineering, assessment of existing civil and structural infrastructure, mining and materials handling, light to heavy industrial and heritage engineering consulting services. Merv’s experience in the design of civil structures and structural assessment of existing buildings and facilities is extensive.
Throughout his career, Merv has been heavily involved in promoting and developing the engineering profession, both throughout the Hunter Region and Nationally, and has served on committees for various industry bodies.