Special Interest Groups and Centre Awards

Engineering awards granted by the Special Interest Groups and Centre of Engineers Australia.

For general enquiries on these awards please contact Award Coordinator on engpracawards@engineersaustralia.org.au or 02 6270 6126.

Awards for work displaying engineering excellence (Category F)

  • John Monash Medal - Engineering Heritage Australia
  • Colin Crisp Award - Engineering Heritage Australia

John Monash Medal - Engineering Heritage Australia

The John Monash Medal is awarded by Engineering Heritage Australia (EHA) to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the cause of engineering heritage over a considerable time.

The award is an inscribed medal with an accompanying certificate signed by the National President of Engineers Australia. It is presented annually except when, in the opinion of the EHA Board, there is no worthy nomination.

This Medal was approved by Council in l976 and perpetuates the memory of Sir John Monash who is recognised as Australia’s greatest military commander, and who was an engineer of exceptional and diversified talents.

In l921 Sir John Monash was appointed Chairman of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria and was responsible for the La Trobe Valley power scheme. He was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in l929.

The John Monash Medal was originally awarded for the best paper on engineering related to general engineering interests, and was first made in l979. In 2002, the John Monash Medal was re-designated as an award for engineering heritage.

More about this award

The medal was approved by the Board (then Council) in 1976 and perpetuates the memory of Sir John Monash is recognised as Australia's greatest military commander, and who was an engineer of exceptional and diversified talents. In 1921 Sir John Monash was appointed Chairman of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria and was responsible for the Latrobe Valley power scheme. He was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in 1929.

The annual award recognises outstanding contributions made by individuals towards increasing the awareness and conservation of Australia's engineering heritage.

Criteria

The winner is the nominee deemed by the EHA Board to have, over a considerable time, made an outstanding contribution to engineering heritage in Australia, through one or more of the following:

  • raising awareness of engineering heritage within the profession
  • promoting engineering heritage within the community
  • recording and documenting engineering heritage
  • conserving engineering heritage
  • other contributions to engineering heritage EHA considers worthy of recognition.

Nominations

  • Nominations should be brief, but present a persuasive case and contain sufficient information for comparative assessment of nominees.
  • Nominations may be made by any unit or member of Engineers Australia
  • Nominations shall be sent initially to the EHA Administrator by a closing date to be established.
  • Nominations shall be treated as confidential to the EHA Board.

Assessment

Engineering Heritage Australia will appoint a Committee to assess all nominations and to recommend a recipient to the EHA Board for approval.

The Committee includes:

  • A member of EHA who will act as convenor.
  • An eminent practitioner in engineering heritage.
  • An eminent heritage administrator, historian or distinguished member of the heritage community.
  • A Past President of Engineers Australia.

The award will be presented by the National President of Engineers Australia or a nominee, at a suitable and prestigious function.

Presentation of Award

The award will consist of a framed certificate, citation and medal and presented at a suitable event.

2015 Winner

Richard Venus, BTech, BA, GradCertArchaeol, MIEAust

Richard is a retired electrical engineer who became interested in heritage in the late 1970s. He joined the South Australian Division’s Heritage Committee and a few years later became its chairman. Currently Richard is Chairman of the Engineering Heritage SA Committee, a member of the National Committee on Engineering Heritage, and Vice President of the History Council of South Australia.

In 2008, Richard received an Engineering Heritage Award of Merit and was delighted that this occurred on the same night as Sir Charles Todd’s induction into the South Australian Engineering Hall of Fame.

Richard combines his technical background with skills in graphic design and communication to write and present about a broad range of engineering heritage topics.

Colin Crisp Award - Engineering Heritage Australia

Colin Crisp Award perpetuates the memory of Colin Crisp, who was a structural engineer well known for his work in the conservation of heritage structures. This project award is given for excellence in the conservation and recording of items of heritage significance; in recording engineering accomplishment and the development of technology; or in education and raising awareness in engineering heritage.

Judging Criteria

The criteria to which the judging panel will refer in assessing entries may include, but are not limited to:

For Conservation Projects
1. Excellence in engineering heritage, including adherence to the principles of the Burra Charter or other relevant accepted heritage practices
2. Pertinence of the solution
3. Benefit to the community
4. Originality, innovation and ingenuity of the solution
5. Use of sound engineering practice and principles

For Documentation Projects
1. Excellence in engineering heritage, including adherence to the principles of the Burra Charter or other relevant accepted heritage practices
2. Pertinence of the solution
3. Benefit to the community
4. Originality, innovation and ingenuity of the solution

Terms and Conditions

Entries should not exceed 6,000 words or 12 pages in 12 point (Arial or Times New Roman) excluding attachments.
There is no limitations on the size of attachments.
The project must have been completed within a reasonable time prior to closing of entries for judging so that it still possesses a reasonable degree of currency
Entries shall be provided by attachment to the submission form. If the files are too large for this method of delivery, then they may be placed on the USB stick and sent to the Awards Coordinator.

2013 Winners

Winners:

  • Vibration Monitoring of Richmond Bridge
    Awarded to the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources Tasmania
  • Book titled “A Century of Canberra Engineering”
    Awarded to Engineers Australia, Canberra Division and Keith Baker

High Commendations:

  • Dunmore Bridge Capacity Upgrade
    Awarded to Roads and Maritime Services NSW
  • Book titled “Evolving Auckland: The city’s engineering heritage”
    Awarded to IPENZ Engineering Heritage Auckland Chapter

 

Awards sponsored by and administered by divisions and groups (Category G)

Women in Engineering Gender Diversity Awards

  • Most Outstanding Company in Gender Diversity - Women in Engineering
  • Most Ambitious Company in Gender Diversity - Women in Engineering
  • Most Encouraging Student Group in Gender Diversity - Women in Engineering

Most Outstanding Company in Gender Diversity

About this Award

(Category G - Awards sponsored by and administered by divisions and groups and those that do not fit any other category)

This award promotes national engineering excellence and the contribution women in engineering make to the community. This award seeks to identify, recognise and reward companies that strive towards national engineering excellence in encouraging gender diversity.

Judging Criteria

The criteria to which the judging panel will refer in assessing entries may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Examples of groups formed or projects demonstrating recruiting, retaining and recognising female engineers
  2. Previous awards, including but not limited to Women Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) award attaining Employer of Choice Gender Equality (EOCGE), and/or significant effort in improvement of policies, procedures in regards to Gender Diversity
  3. Degree to which a company has fostered skills development of female engineers
  4. Degree to which female engineers have achieved career progression within the company
  5. Numbers of female engineers and female members of Engineers Australia per male equivalency (fellows, CPEng, members and grads)

Presentation of Award

The award consists of a framed certificate and is presented at a special event selected as appropriate by the Women in Engineering National Committee.

2016 Winners

AECOM

Nomination made by Josh Cass, Senior HR Business Partner, Australia & New Zealand

Highly Commended Prize went to Aurizon.

Most Ambitious Company in Gender Diversity

About this Award

(Category G - Awards sponsored by and administered by divisions and groups and those that do not fit any other category)

This award promotes national engineering excellence and the contribution women in engineering make to the community. This award seeks to identify, recognise and reward companies that strive towards national engineering excellence in encouraging gender diversity.

Judging Criteria

The criteria to which the judging panel will refer in assessing entries may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Examples of groups formed or projects demonstrating recruiting, retaining and recognising female engineers
  2. Significant effort in improvement of policies, procedures in regards to Gender Diversity
  3. Numbers of female engineers and female members of Engineers Australia per male equivalency (fellows, CPEng, members and grads)
  4. Degree to which a company has fostered skills development of female engineers
  5. Degree to which female engineers have achieved career progression within the company

Presentation of Award

The award consists of a framed certificate and is presented at a special event selected as appropriate by the Women in Engineering National Committee.

2016 Winners

Transurban

Nomination made by Tiffany Clark, Transurban Ltd

Most Encouraging Student or Non-Profit Group in Gender Diversity

About this Award

(Category G - Awards sponsored by and administered by divisions and groups and those that do not fit any other category)

This award promotes national engineering excellence and the contribution women in engineering make to the community. This award seeks to identify, recognise and reward companies that strive towards national engineering excellence in encouraging gender diversity.

Judging Criteria

The criteria to which the judging panel will refer in assessing entries may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Examples of groups formed or projects demonstrating attraction and encouragement of females to study engineering
  2. Audience number/Number of students targeted
  3. Number of current females studying engineering and/or studying engineering supporting the group
  4. Degree to which the group has fostered skills development of female engineers
  5. Degree to which female engineers have achieved career progression/managerial roles within the company

Presentation of Award

The award consists of a framed certificate and is presented at a special event selected as appropriate by the Women in Engineering National Committee.

2016 Winners

UNSW Australia, Faculty of Engineering

Nomination made by Dr Ray Eaton, Associate Dean (Education), UNSW

Highly Commended Prize went to Women in Engineering & IT Program, University of Technology Sydney.

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