Honorary Fellow (HonFIEAust)

Recognition of eminent engineers who have exhibited unmatched dedication to their engineering or scientific disciplines.

Nominations are currently closed.

Entry submissions will open in 2017

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Honorary Fellow (HonFIEAust)

Eligible recipients are Fellows of The Institution of Engineers Australia or distinguished non-members. They have rendered conspicuous service to the profession of engineering, are eminent in engineering or an allied science, or a distinguished person whom the Board desires to honour, either for having rendered conspicuous service to the Australian people or in recognition of outstanding achievement.

The Board considers nominations annually.

Criteria for Honorary Fellow Nominations

The criteria for this award to be defined as:

  • Contribution to community welfare
  • Contribution to the profession
  • Technical expertise/business

As further expressed by

  • Contribution to the community's welfare through engineering works
  • Contribution to the knowledge-base of the profession through research and development activities
  • Contributions to education through teaching and/or education support
  • Contributions to the community outside of engineering practice
  • Contributions to the profession through professional society activities
  • Contributions to the profession through leadership and management

NOTE:Nominees do not need to pass every area of the above sub-sets, however these are provided as a guide for nominators. Nominators will be asked to address the sub-set areas where relevant to the nominee and their career.

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Professor Rose Amal HonFIEAust

Rose Amal is a UNSW Scientia Professor and an ARC Laureate Fellow. Previously she was the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials (2010-13).

She is recognised as a pioneer and leading authority in the fields of fine particle technology, photocatalysis and functional nanomaterials, having made significant contributions to these related areas of research over the past 20 years. Her current research focuses on designing nanomaterial systems for solar and chemical energy conversion applications.

Rose Amal received her Bachelor in Chemical Engineering degree and PhD from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Rose has received numerous prestigious awards including:

  • being listed in the Top 100 Australia’s Most Influential Engineers each year from 2012-2015
  • the ExxonMobil Award (2012)
  • the NSW Science and Engineering Award - Emerging Research (2011)
  • the Freehills Innovation Award (2008).

She is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA).

Mr Ian Binch HonFIEAust CPEng (Ret)

Mr Ian Binch has had an outstanding career spanning technical, managerial and leadership roles both in Australia and internationally.

A civil engineer and hydrogeologist, he balanced a diverse career prior to retirement in 2010. Following four years in local government in Victoria, he moved to the Northern Territory in 1964. He was in charge of water resources development in Central Australia, based in Alice Springs, and later in Darwin as manager of groundwater development across the Territory. During this time he was a member of the Technical Committee on Underground Water of the Australian Water Resources Council.

In 1971 he joined Coffey and Hollingsworth, later Coffey International Ltd, Australia’s first publicly-listed consulting engineering firm.

In 25 years with Coffey he became Director and Executive Chairman and was responsible for company diversification into water resources, water supply and importantly, international development, which became his passion and the focus of his future work. Operating in some 30 of the world's least developed countries, he designed and managed cutting-edge and award-winning projects across Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

After retirement from Coffey he spent the ensuing 15 years as a project manager and expert advisor to the World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, UNDG, Asian Development Bank and AusAID.

Much of his work was in conflict and post-conflict areas such as Kosovo, East Timor, Sri Lanka, Banda Aceh and Cambodia. He was the External Member on AusAID’s Audit and Program Quality Committees (1998-2001) and a Member of the Australian Red Cross International Committee (2007-2010).

Mr Malcolm Broomhead HonFIEAust CPEng NER

Malcolm is a professional Non-Executive Director. His Directorships include BHP Billiton Limited and Plc, Asciano Limited (where he is also Chairman) and Orica Limited (Chairman). His not-for-profit Boards include Opportunity International Australia, Kilfinan Australia and Walter & Eliza Hall Institute. He is a significant contributor to research in fighting cancer.

Malcolm was formerly Managing Director and CEO of Orica Limited from 2001 until September 2005. Prior to Orica, Malcolm was Managing Director and CEO of the global diversified resources company North Limited.

He has had extensive experience in the resources industry, as well as in finance, investment and construction activities. He has worked in management positions with Halcrow (UK), MIM Holdings, Peko Wallsend and Industrial Equity.

Malcolm holds degrees in Civil Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland.

His interests are family, walking, skiing and involvement with various charity groups. He has four children and lives in Melbourne.

Professor Archie Johnston HonFIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer

Professor Archie Johnston is being recognised for exemplary leadership in advocating excellence in engineering education and research. He has played a pivotal role at a number of Australian universities, guiding the development of world-class graduates with both technical and interpersonal skills that are required by industry for national and global leadership roles.

His leadership in the tertiary education space is recognised both locally and internationally for its visionary direction and setting the agenda for engineering and technical education and policy in Australia.

The practical application of his vision has resulted in the respect of industry. He has a significant network of influential contacts and has served on various government committees. He has chaired important commissioned studies and successfully created a bridge between the global worlds of academia, industry and business.

Professor Robin King HonFIEAust CPEng NER

Professor Robin King is a distinguished engineering academic who has made a significant contribution to the engineering profession and community.

His contributions have been through his academic work in several universities, and as a higher education consultant and volunteer. He has served as Chair of Engineer Australia’s Accreditation Board, and as Engineers Australia’s delegate to the International Engineering Alliance and Chair of the Sydney Accord. He has also contributed to several other organisations, including AAEE, ATSE and the Australian Council of Engineering Deans.

Ms Shireane McKinnie HonFIEAust EngExec

Ms Shireane McKinnie, as General Manager Joint, Systems and Air until September 2015, was responsible for all acquisition and sustainment business for the Aerospace, Helicopter and Electronic Systems, and the Joint Strike Fighter Program.

She also held a position in the Defence Materiel Organisation's (DMO) Standardisation Office where she was responsible for Defence's material engineering practices, as well as being the job family sponsor for the civilian engineering workforce. Shireane was also responsible for the Directorate of Operations and Liaison which coordinated the DMO's support for military operations.

Previously, as the General Manager Systems, Shireane was responsible for the acquisition and sustainment business conducted through the Land, Aerospace, Helicopter, Maritime, Electronic Systems and Explosive Ordnance Divisions. In addition, Shireane also managed the implementation of reform that will deliver $5.5 billion of savings over 10 years under the Smart Sustainment stream of Defence’s Strategic Reform Program.

Professor Veena Sahajwalla HonFIEAust CPENg NER

ARC Laureate Professor Veena Sahajwalla FTSE is one of the world’s leading innovators in the field of sustainable materials use, especially as it relates to carbon.

Her purposefully industry-integrated research program has resulted in a world-first, patented, environmentally-friendly process called Polymer Injection Technology for recycling end-of-life plastics/rubber in electric arc furnace steelmaking; resulting in the production of so-called ‘Green Steel’.

Developed in close collaboration with OneSteel (now Arrium), Polymer Injection Technology is an outstanding example of where research and industry, working together, have made a valuable contribution to enhancing the efficiency of manufacturing, whilst simultaneously diverting end-of-life materials from landfill.

Moreover, as founding Director of the Sustainable Materials Research & Technology Centre at UNSW (SMaRT@UNSW), ‘Green Steel’ is part of Professor Sahajwalla’s broader ‘Green Materials’ agenda which seeks to not only divert waste from landfill, but to use it for production of high-value products and/or processes that consume less natural resources.

Mr Ian Shepherd HonFIEAust CPENg NER APEC Engineer

Ian Shepherd has had a distinguished leadership career spanning 37 years, including seven years as CEO of GHD.

Under his leadership, the company has experienced substantial growth, developing a diversified and balanced global footprint while remaining fully employee-owned.

Ian has shaped GHD’s long-term strategies, which have focused on empowering employees to deliver exceptional client service and technical leadership. He is enthusiastic about the role of engineers and other technical professionals in creating lasting community benefit.

Mr David Starr HonFIEAust CPENg NER

Mr David Starr commenced his engineering work in the United Kingdom. As a geotechnical engineer his work has extended over many countries working on major infrastructure projects covering a wide range of activities, including geological and geotechnical investigations, rock property classification, rock support design, and foundation and construction performance assessment. He has been based in Australia for 30 years.

He has been an active member of the ISSMGE Technical Committees for many years and was a founding member of ISSMGE TC20 – Professional Practice. He has served more recently on TC40 Forensic Engineering (2005-2009) and is currently the Australian representative on TC302 – Forensic Geotechnical Engineering.

Mr Barry Tonkin OAM HonFIEAust CPENg NER

Mr Barry Tonkin is a civil engineer with extensive management experience whose chief contribution and impact has been in leadership of engineering organisations. His career encompasses operational engineering, engineering management and business support roles across construction agencies in the public service, and mining and infrastructure roles in private sector industries in Western Australia.

He has a passion for helping fellow engineers to develop their management skills by being a leader, coach and mentor; a passion that has led him to undertake an astounding range and number of leadership roles in Engineers Australia and APESMA.

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