National Committee and Panels Awards

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

For general enquiries on these awards please contact Engineers Australia's Engineering Practice directorate.

Category C - Specialty Open Awards

  • Undergraduate Thesis Prize in Space Engineering - National Committee on Space Engineering (NCSpE)
  • G N Alexander Medal - National Committee on Water Engineering
  • Kevin Stark Memorial Award - National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering
  • Undergraduate Thesis Prize in Automation, Control or Instrumentation - National Committee on Automation, Control and Instrumentation
  • ACI National Project Excellence Awards - National Committee on Automation, Control and Instrumentation

 

Undergraduate Thesis Prize in Space Engineering

This prize is awarded annually by the National Committee on Space Engineering.

This prize recognises individual excellence in an undergraduate space-engineering project. The prize aims to:

  • encourage student interest in Space Engineering at the undergraduate level;
  • enhance student knowledge and application of Space Engineering disciplines; and
  • encourage academic participation in Space Engineering as part of undergraduate education.

The winner receives a cash prize and a framed certificate.

Commendations and/or cash prizes may also be awarded to additional finalists, as selected by the judging panel.

How to Enter and Selection Criteria

Entry to Engineers Australia’s Undergraduate Thesis Prize in Space Engineering is currently via the Engineering Category of the VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize. Entries for the 2017 Thesis Prize close on Monday 29 January 2018.

The winner of the Undergraduate Thesis Prize in Space Engineering is selected by the National Committee on Space Engineering from amongst the entries submitted via this portal.

In addition, the winner of the Engineering Category of the VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize then has the opportunity to be considered for a prestigious 10-week internship at NASA in the USA the following year.

Please visit the VSSEC website for entry guidelines and selection criteria (http://www.vnasp.com.au/)

Please note, however, that in addition to the VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize selection criteria, to be considered for the Engineers Australia Undergraduate Thesis Prize in Space Engineering, entrants must:

  • be, or be eligible to become, a member of Engineers Australia
  • submit a thesis that explicitly features a space application.

Entrants who wish to be considered for the Engineers Australia Undergraduate Thesis Prize ONLY (and not the VSSEC-NASA Australian Space Prize) are not required to submit a CV or references.

 

G N Alexander Medal

This Medal is usually awarded every 18 months for the best paper in hydrology and/or water resources published in an Engineers Australia publication.

The winner is chosen by the National Committee on Water Engineering. The Medal was first awarded in 1988.

GN Alexander Medal

About this Award

(Category C - Specialty Open Awards)

The GN Alexander Medal for Hydrology and Water Resources was created in 1987 and is dedicated to the memory of Mr Geoffrey Newman Alexander (1908-1975), in recognition of his contribution to Australian hydrology.

Terms and Conditions

The award is presented every 18 months for the best paper in hydrology and/or water resources published in an Engineers Australia publication. Such publications include the Proceedings of the previous Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Proceedings from any intervening NCWE conferences and the Australian Journal of Water Resources.

Presentation of Award

The Award takes the form of a bronze inscribed medal(s) and/or certificate(s) which is/are conferred by Engineers Australia and is presented at each Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, held approximately at eighteen month intervals.

2015 Winner

Zheng, F., Westra, S., Sisson, S. and Leonard, M.

“Flood Risk Estimation in Australia's Coastal Zone: Modelling the Dependence Between Extreme Rainfall and Storm Surge”, Proceedings, 35th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, 24 – 27 February 2014, Perth

 

Kevin Stark Memorial Award

The Kevin Stark Memorial Award was established in 1993 to foster excellence in coastal and ocean engineering.

Any author who has a paper published in a forthcoming Australasian Conference on Coastal and Ocean Engineering, sponsored biennially by the NCCOE, is eligible for the Award.

The Award is in the form of an engraved bronze medal.

2015 Winners

Estimating Wave Heights and Water Levels inside Fringing Reefs during Extreme Conditions

  • Matt Blacka, Water Research Laboratory, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of NSW
  • Francois Flocard, Water Research Laboratory, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of NSW
  • Kristen Splinter, Water Research Laboratory, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of NSW
  • Ronald Cox, Water Research Laboratory, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of NSW

 

Undergraduate Thesis Prize in Automation, Control or Instrumentation

The National Committee on Automation, Control and Instrumentation awards this Prize annually, to encourage and recognise individual excellence achieved in undergraduate project work in the disciplines of automation, control and instrumentation.

In addition, the National Committee is keen to encourage high quality technical communication. This means the winner will be determined principally on the basis of the thesis or report presented.

The award comprises of a medal, a certificate and a cheque for $1000, which is awarded on a national basis. Any final-year student pursuing project work in these disciplines is eligible.

ACI Undergraduate Thesis Prize

Nominations have now closed.

This prize recognises individual excellence in undergraduate project work in ACI engineering. The award aims to:

  • encourage undergraduate interest in ACI Engineering;
  • enhance student knowledge and application of ACI Engineering disciplines; and
  • encourage academic participation in ACI Engineering as part of undergraduate education.

The winner receives $2000 and a framed certificate.

Download the regulations here
Download the application form here

2012 Winner

The 2012 Undergraduate Thesis Prize in Automation, Control and Instrumentation was awarded to Mr Kumaran Nathan for his thesis titled
“Design and Construction of an Advanced STATCOM for Reactive Power Control and Harmonic Cancellation” at the University of Newcastle.

 

ACI National Project Excellence Award

This Award recognises achievement, promotes better engineering, shows the community how good engineering creates wealth, improves living standards and encourages the best young people to join the profession.

In particular, this Award is designed to encourage applications in automation, control and instrumentation (ACI), which are cost effective, commercially viable and provide benefits to the Australian economy.

Anyone that has contributed to the enhancement of ACI applications in Australian industry is eligible to enter. The project must be in Australia and have finished no more than three years prior to entry.

 

Category D - Awards to Graduate and Student Members

  • Warman International Students Design Award Competition - National Committee on Engineering Design
  • DN Foster Award - National Committee on Coastal and Ocean Engineering

 

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 this award has been provided by Warman International.

The Warman Student Design and Build Competition

The Warman Student Design and Build Competition, now in its 29th 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.

National Organisers

A/Prof Craig Wheeler
craig.wheeler@newcastle.edu.au
02 4033 9037

Dr Warren Smith
w.smith@adfa.edu.au
02 6268 8262

Competition Track

For more information or if you would like to be involved please contact 02 6270 6126 or engpracawards@engineersaustralia.org.au.

Category G - Divisional Awards and those Awards that do not rest with the previous categories

  • C H Munro Oration - National Committee on Water Engineering
  • Henderson Orations - National Committee on Water Engineering

C H Munro Oration

This memorial address is given at Engineers Australia’s International Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, which is held approximately every 18 months, to commemorate the work of C H Munro. The lecturer, who is selected by the National Committee on Water Engineering, is not limited to being an Australian or an engineer but rather a person eminent in the field of water resources in Australia. A gift to the value of $600 and a framed certificate is presented to the speaker. This oration was first given in 1978.

Emeritus Professor Crawford Munro died on 21 September, 1976 at the age of 72. No man had a greater impact on the development of hydrology and water resources in Australia in his time.

Crawford Munro was a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of New South Wales for 16 years. Crawford Munro also served the Institution with distinction. He was a member of the Stormwater Standards Committee of the Institution which produced the first version of "Australian Rainfall and Runoff", and Chairman of the National Committee on Hydrology for 6 years.

The many symposia organised by these committees owed a lot to Crawford Munro, both for his organisational drive and for his many vigorous and often memorable contributions from the floor of the conference hall. It is therefore fitting that Crawford Munro be remembered at each Hydrology Symposium (held at approximately 18 months intervals) by a Memorial Oration delivered by an eminent speaker in the field of hydrology and water resources.

The lecturer, who is selected by the National Committee on Water Engineering in conjunction with the conference organising committee, is not limited to being an Australian or an engineer but rather a person eminent in the field of water resources in Australia.

The Munro Oration is jointly sponsored by Engineers Australia, the Canberra Hydrological Society and the South Australian Hydrology Society. It was first given in l978.

The Hydraulic Orations

Established in 1989 to recognise the contribution to the science of hydraulics to the practice of hydrology and water resources engineering in Australia.

The speaker should have made a significant contribution to hydraulics in Australia but need not be either an engineer or an Australian.

The award is sponsored by the National Committee on Water Engineering. The speaker receives a framed certificate and an appropriate gift.

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