National Committee and Panels Awards

Engineering awards granted by the National Committees and Panels of Engineers Australia.

Student Paper Prize

About this Award

This award encourages students to submit papers to the Australian Congress on Applied Mechanics, held approximately every two years.

Nomination Criteria

The submitted papers are assessed on:

  • relevance of problem for Applied Mechanics community;
  • significance of contribution;
  • demonstration of critical insight;
  • stucture of the paper;
  • quality of content;
  • quality of visuals; and
  • quality of writing

Terms and Conditions

To be eligible for the award, the student must be the primary author (first author) in the full paper and the paper must be presented at the congress by the author.

Submission Guidelines

You must provide the following:
•    Project Thesis/Report
•    Signed statement to the effect that the work reported in the thesis is entirely your own (except where specifically stated otherwise)
•    Statement of endorsement by Head of Department
•    Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements (Maximum 2 pages)
•    Nominee’s current Biographical Information
•    Nominee's portrait photo

Presentation of Award

The award will be presented at the dinner of the Australian Congress on Applied Mechanics. There will be a monetary prize for first, second and third, as well as a framed certificate.

2017 Winners

1st Price: Steven De Candia (Australian Maritime College) “Whipping analysis of a submerged free-free cylinder”

2nd Price: Chenhao Wang  (The University of Queensland) “A damage model based force feedback close-loop control strategy for fracture prevention in two-point incremental forming process”

3rd Price: Kenneth Tem (University of Sydney) “Effects of texture and temperature on the deformation of magnesium alloy AZ31: A Modelling approach”

Undergraduate Thesis Award

About this award

  • This prize recognises individual excellence in undergraduate project work in automation, control and instrumentation (ACI) engineering. The award aims to:
  • encourage undergraduate interest in ACI Engineering
  • enhance student knowledge and application of ACI Engineering disciplines
  • encourage academic participation in ACI Engineering as part of undergraduate education.

Nomination criteria

Nominations are to include responses to the following three questions:

  • What innovation is involved in this project?
  • What is the value or potential value of the project to Australian industry?
  • Why should your project thesis win the ACI Undergraduate Thesis Prize?

Each response should not exceed 200 words.

The project reported in the thesis will be assessed by its:

  • innovation
  • technical merit
  • intellectual quality
  • industry relevance
  • integration of automation, control and instrumentation

with respect to the thesis:

  • the general quality of the presentation.

Evaluation of the thesis (and project work reported) will be with regard to:

  • the relative magnitude of the project effort (as a proportion of the individual students' final year workload
  • the resources available to the student/s.

In addition, for team projects:

  • the size of the team - number of students and range of skills
  • team organisation and interaction.

Terms & Conditions

Nominations are eligible if:

  • The project work is undertaken as part of the award of a professional undergraduate qualification relevant to ACI and reported in the form of an academic thesis.
  • For an individual project submission, a statement to the effect that the work reported in the thesis is the bona fide work of the student alone, signed by the applicant and endorsed by the supervisor.
  • For a team project submission, an explanatory statement listing all the team members and detailing the roles of each and of the supervising (non-student) participants

Submission Guidelines

You must provide the following:
•    Project Thesis/Report
•    Signed statement to the effect that the work reported in the thesis is entirely your own (except where specifically stated otherwise)
•    Statement of endorsement by Head of Department
•    Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements (Maximum 2 pages)
•    Nominee’s current Biographical Information
•    Nominee's portrait photo

Please click here to download a copy of the regulations

Presentation of award

The presentation of the prize will take place at a suitable formal occasion of Engineers Australia, such as a national conference appropriate to the subject area of the project work. The prize consists of a medal, a framed certificate and $1000 in prize money.

Nominations are now closed

List of Previous Winners

  • 2019 - Yan Li

  • 2017 - Matthew Davis

  • 2015 - Jeremy Stoddard

  • 2014 - Lyle Collins

D.N. Foster Award


In recognition of Doug Foster's contribution to Australian coastal engineering, the National Committee on Coastal & Ocean Engineering created the Doug N. Foster Memorial Fellowship Fund in September 2001.

A Professor at University of NSW (UNSW) and an expert in his chosen engineering specialisation of Water, Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Doug was a founding member of the Engineers Australia National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering (NCCOE), which was established in 1971. Doug served on NCCOE until 1985, during which time he was Deputy Chairman from 1979 to 1981 and subsequently Chairman from 1981 to 1983. He was a member of IEAust from 1960 until 1998.

The award is presented to encourage engineering students to pursue career opportunities in coastal and/or ocean engineering. Up to four Awards will be offered to students who are in their final two year of their first engineering degree at the time of the biennal Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference. The award provides the opportunity for students to attend the Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference.

The inaugural presentation of the Award(s) coincided with the Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference in Auckland in September 2003.

The next Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference is being held in Christchurch from 30 November to 3 December 2021 and more information can be found here.


Nominees are required to submit:

  • a single A4 page outlining why they should receive the award to develop their interest in Coastal and/or Ocean engineering;
  • a copy of their academic record; and
  • a reference in support of the application from an appropriate academic staff member of the enrolling institution.


  • Nominees must be engineering students in the final two years of their first engineering degree (at the time of the conference) enrolled at an Australian university, who are Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • Nominees must be available to attend the Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference related to the award.
  • The award is presented at each Australasian Coasts and Ports Conference, held approximately at two-year intervals
  • Applications for the award will be called for in conjunction with the call for papers for the conference
  • Responsibility for selecting the recipient(s) rests with the National Committee on Coastal & Ocean Engineering
  • The number of students receiving the award from year to year may vary based on available funds (maximum of 4)


You must provide the following with your submission:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • Copy of their academic record
  • Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  • Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  • Nominee's portrait photo

Download the D.N. Foster Award nomination form 


The successful candidates will be announced prior to the conference. Each student winning an Award will receive a free registration and up to $1000 worth of travel and accommodation to attend the Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference.


Please click here for the DN Foster Award Honour Roll.


Kevin Stark Memorial Award

About this Award

The Kevin Stark Memorial Award was established in 1993 in honour and memory of the Late Professor Kevin Percy Stark of James Cook University, following his untimely death in 1989. The Award recognises excellence in coastal and ocean engineering, especially from a multi-disciplinary approach.

The award was established to foster and encourage excellence in coastal and ocean engineering in Australia across the full range of professional practice, research and teaching. The inaugural award was made on 24th August 1993 in Townsville at the 11th Australasian Conference on Coastal and Ocean Engineering.

Applications for the Kevin Stark award are undertaken during the process of submitting an abstract for the Biennial Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference (now Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference series).

For more information on the Kevin Stark award please contact Engineers Australia's Program Manager - Awards at: [email protected]

Award Criteria

All papers that are submitted to the Australasian Coasts & Ports Conference will be considered for this award. There is no formal entry process; all papers accepted for the conference will be assessed against the listed criterion by a panel of reviewers and oral presentations assessed by a subcommittee of the NCCOE. The NCCOE reserves the right not to make the Award in the event that no suitable candidate is available.

The papers are assessed on the following criteria:

  • potential contribution to the state of knowledge and practice;
  • the extent of multi-disciplinary expertise applied;
  • quality and clarity of the written presentation;
  • the potential for fostering further enquiry; and
  • technical quality

Presentation of the Award

The presentation of the award will take place during the conference and the recipient will receive a personalised engraved medal. In the event of multiple joint authorship of the awarded paper, each individual author will receive an Award medal. Additionally, the author will be invited to submit the chosen conference publication for consideration by the editorial board of Engineers Australia, Civil Engineering Transactions Journal.

Previous Winners

Please click here for the Kevin Stark Memorial Award Honour Roll.

The Warman International Students Design Award Competition

(2nd year mechanical engineers)

This yearly competition is for second year mechanical engineering students.

All recognised engineering teaching institutions may submit a team for the national award, having first conducted in house competitions to ascertain their representations. A separate design problem is set each year. Financial support for Teams to attend this competition has been provided by Engineers Australia.

The Warman Student Design and Build Competition

The Warman Student Design and Build Competition, now in its 32nd year, is a University based contest that sees Mechanical Engineering students from across Australia, New Zealand and other countries compete to become the annual design and build champion!

Sponsored by the globally renowned Weir Minerals, each year competing students are required to design, build and prove a prototype system in a laboratory environment that serves to meet specified requirements.

Campus heats are run across the nation throughout the University semester, the winner of which, going on to the national final.

This competition is generously sponsored by Weir Minerals.

For more information or if you would like to be involved please contact 02 6270 6126 or [email protected].

Warman Design and Build Competition Website

Better Technology Award

The Better Technology Awards aim to encourage design & marketing of technology related products to assist persons with a disability. The Awards are made on a biennial basis at the Australian Assistive Technology Conference in both Commercial & Prototype categories.

The Commercial category is for a product that is in its initial production run or has been on the market for less than 12 months. The Prototype category is for a product in its production stage, prior to commercial production.

The product to be assessed for the award consists of the whole package available to the end user. This includes quality control systems, maintenance support, product sales literature and packaging where appropriate.

Student Scholarships

The National Committee on Water Engineering of Engineers Australia has created a Student Scholarship award to encourage young engineers to become members of Engineers Australia and to pursue a career in water engineering.

The award includes registration at an NCWE sponsored conference and part payment for travel and accommodation associated with attending the conference. The award also includes a certificate that will be presented during the conference. Up to three Scholarships are offered annually to final year engineering students.

The Scholarships are open to undergraduate students enrolled at an Australian university who are completing their final year of engineering studies in the year of the award, and who:

  • are Australian citizens, or permanent residents of Australia
  • are specialising in water related subjects
  • are student members of Engineers Australia, or have a current application in for student membership.

Submission Guidelines

The NCWE encourages applications from women and indigenous Australians. Applications for the Scholarships should include the following:
•    a brief covering letter or email (non-assessed) which includes the applicant’s Engineers Australia membership number,
•    a single A4 page describing the applicants interest in water engineering and outlining their reasons for applying for the Scholarship,
•    a copy of their Academic Record, and
•    a reference from an appropriate water engineering member of the academic staff of their University.
•    Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements (max 2 pages)
•    Nominee’s current Biographical Information
•    Nominee's portrait photo

NOMINATIONS CLOSE 1 September 2021


Previous Winners

  • 2018 - Mitchell Cox (University of Newcastle), Nicholas Klein (University of NSW), Amber Smith (University of Adelaide)
  • 2016 - Andrew John from the University of Melbourne, Declan O’Shea from the University of Melbourne and Samuel Gorle from Central Queensland University
  • 2015 - Jason O’Brien (Newcastle), Lincoln White (Deakin) and Matthew Willcox (Latrobe)
  • 2014 - Rebecca Borwell (Newcastle), Matthew Dennis (Central Queensland), Annabel Kerr (UTS), Daniel Minson (Curtin) and Mitchell Sarpi (RMIT)
  • 2013 - Anthony Brown (Newcastle), Shiyeng Ng (UWA), Amanda Shipp (Melbourne), Katherine Thomas (UWA)
  • 2012 - Caroline Auricht (Adelaide), William McGill (UNSW), Jesse Rose (RMIT)
  • 2011 - Annabel Farr (UQ), Narelle Hahn (Monash), Huw Morgan (Newcastle), Simon Roberts (Monash)
  • 2010 - Anthony Backhouse (Newcastle), Lincoln Quillam (UNSW), Michael Sugiyanto (UNSW), Felix Taaffe (UNSW), James Yeates ( Monash)
  • 2009 - Elizabeth Hickman (Tasmania), James Pirozzi (Western Sydney) & Yafei Zhu (Monash)
  • 2008 - Matthew Burns (Monash), Bowen Hicks (Newcastle) & Conrad Wasko (UNSW)
  • 2007 - Jai Allison (Newcastle), Ashleigh Hackles (QUT) & Sarah Law (Melbourne)
  • 2006 - Emily Barbour (Newcastle), Leah Strauch (Swinburne) & Sarah Webster (Adelaide)
  • 2005 - Katherine Daniell (Adelaide), David King (VUT) & Scott McMillan (UTS)


JD Lawson Scholarship

The JD Lawson scholarship was established in 2015 by the National Committee on Water Engineering to allow developing professionals in the water industry to attend key industry events. The program acknowledges and promotes a Professional Engineer who is making an outstanding contribution in hydro-environmental engineering to his/her profession and professional community. '

The scholarship is named after Emeritus Professor Jack Dempster Lawson in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the fields of hydraulic and water resources engineering. After working briefly with the Commonwealth Department of Works and for two years as a Research Hydraulic Engineer with the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority he joined the University of Melbourne as a Senior Lecturer then Reader in 1954. In 1970 he was appointed Professor of Civil Engineering, a position he held until his retirement in 1989. At the time of his death in 1991, he was the world President of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR).

The recipient will receive financial support to attend an IAHR World Congress. The prize will include financial support for flights and accommodation.

The scholarship recipient will be required to prepare a brief report on the benefits gained from his/her attendance at the Congress.  This report is to be submitted to the Chair of the National Committee on Water Engineering (NCWE) of Engineers Australia

A panel of members from the NCWE of Engineers Australia will judge the scholarship.

The National Committee on Water Engineering actively encourages applications from women and indigenous Australians.

The scholarship supports the attendance of an Engineers Australia member in a field of hydro-environmental engineering recognised by the IAHR.
•    The recipient must be a professional engineer who is under the age of 40 years (at the time of the IAHR Congress) who is actively pursuing a career in a field of hydro-environmental engineering recognised by the IAHR.
•    The recipient may have a background in consulting engineering, government service, construction or academia.
•    The recipient must be a current financial member of Engineers Australia.

The NCWE encourages applications from women and indigenous Australians.

Applications for the Scholarships should include the following:

•    A statement addressing each of the eligibility criteria
•    A CV (max 2 pages)
•    Applicant statement of approximately 1,000 words outlining the benefits the applicant and/or his/her professional community of practice would receive by attending the IAHR Congress.
•    Nominee’s current Biographical Information
•    Nominee's portrait photo

The judging of applications is based on the following criteria:

•    Relevant Experience = Experience working in fields relevant to IAHR/NCWE (up to 10 points)
•    Level of CPD = Level of involvement in CPD activities eg. conferences, seminars, etc (up to 10 points)
•    Benefit to Individual = Expected benefit to the career of the applicant (up to 10 points)
•    Benefit to Community of Practice = Level of involvement in EA activities, Likelihood of knowledge transfer to other EA members, Likelihood of knowledge transfer to others (up to 18 points)
•    IAHR member = Bonus score if IAHR member (2 points)

NOMINATIONS CLOSE 1 September 2021 


Previous Winners


The National Committee on Water Engineering encourages applications from women and indigenous Australians.


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