University Prizes

Recognising the hard work and achievements of Australia's most dedicated engineering students.

Category E - Awards to tertiary education students

Engineers Australia Award - University of Queensland

This award is for an outstanding project by a final year engineering student at the University of Queensland. It is decided by faculty staff.

The medal is named in honour of Dr W H R Nimmo, a former Commissioner of the Queensland Irrigation and Water Supply Commission, who was recognised as one of Australia’s leading authorities on water resource management.

Dr Nimmo was a Councillor of Engineers Australia from 1938-1955, Chairman of the former Brisbane Division in 1937, and President of Engineers Australia in 1948. He was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in 1950, and was elected an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia in 1960.

This award was approved by the Council in 1976 and consists of the W H R Nimmo Medal and cash.

Engineers Australia Award - Queensland University of Technology

This award is for an outstanding project by a final year engineering student at the Queensland University of Technology. It is decided by faculty staff.

The medal is named in honour of J H Curtis, a prominent engineer who has been closely associated with the development of the former Queensland Institute of Technology, particularly the engineering school.

He was a member of the former Engineering Advisory Committee to the Technical Education Advisory Council, and subsequently a member of the QIT Council and Chairman of the Education Committee.

The award consists of the J H Curtis Medal and cash. The first Award was made in 1973.

Engineers Australia Award - James Cook University of North Queensland

This award is for an outstanding project by a final year engineering student at the James Cook University of North Queensland. It is decided by faculty staff.

The award is named in honour of Sir Charles Barton who was Co-ordinator General of Works in Queensland from 1968-1976. Sir Charles started his engineering career in the Townsville and Mackay Districts.

He practiced as a consulting engineer before being appointed Commissioner of Main Roads for Queensland from 1960-68. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia in 1981.

The aconsists of the C N Barton Medal and cash. The award was inaugurated in 1972 by the Northern Engineering Groups, and first awarded in 1972.

Engineers Australia Award - Central Queensland University

This award is for an outstanding project by a final year engineering student at the University College of Central Queensland. It is decided by faculty staff.

This award is named in honour of L J Faldt and E G Guthrie, two prominent engineers in the history of the Capricornia region.

Faldt was known for his contribution to electricity generation and supply. He was closely involved in the design and construction of power stations at Rockhampton and Callide and the significant expansion in the supply system during the period 1950-1970. He was appointed Acting Manager of the Capricornia Regional Electricity Board in 1969 and he retired in 1971.

Guthrie was known for his civil and mechanical engineering achievements, particularly in road construction with the Main Roads Department in central and southern Queensland from 1928-1953.

He used light aircraft, as early as 1936, to reconnoitre the route of the Rockhampton-Emu Park Road. He was renowned as an innovator in the design and manufacture of parts for plant and other equipment. Mr Guthrie retired as Divisional Engineer, Central Queensland in 1953.

The award consists of the Faldt Guthrie Medal and cash. The first award was made in 1973. However the name Faldt Guthrie was not given to the medal until 1980.

Engineers Australia Award - University of Southern Queensland

This award is for an outstanding project by a final year engineering student at the University College of Southern Queensland. It is decided by faculty staff.

The medal is named in honour of G R Wilmoth who was City Engineer at Toowoomba for many years and was well known for his work on engineering projects throughout Queensland.

The award consists of the G R Wilmoth Medal and cash. The first award was made in 1974.

Engineers Australia Award - University of Western Australia

This award is given annually to the student completing a Bachelor of Engineering degree at the University of Western Australia who, in the opinion of the Board of Examiners in Engineering, has given the best academic performance in the final year of the course.

The award is named in honour of Sir Russell Dumas, who worked in Western Australia as Chief Engineer of the Metropolitan Water Supply Department (now Metropolitan Water Supply, Sewerage and Drainage Board) (1934-1941), Director of Public Works (1941-1951) and Co-ordinator of Works and Industrial Development (1951-53).

He was a Councillor of Engineers Australia from 1931-35 and Chairman of the former Perth Division in 1932. He was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in 1952, and was elected an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia in 1966. Sir Russell was awarded the R W Chapman Medal in 1936 and the Warren Memorial Prize in 1942.

The award consists of the Russell Dumas Medal. The award was first made in 1970 when it consisted of cash only.

Engineers Australia Award – Curtin University of Technology

This award is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Engineering and Surveying to a final year student at WAIT, on the basis of interest in Engineers Australia, academic record and qualities of leadership.

The medal is named in honour of J D Leach who spent his entire professional career as a highway engineer in Western Australia. He was commissioner for Main Roads from 1952-1964 and directed a major state-wide road program, which opened up vast areas of Western Australia for development.

Leach was a Councillor of Engineers Australia from 1950-51 and 1959-1966, Chairman of the former Perth Division in 1949, and President of Engineers Australia in 1964.

The award consists of the Digby Leach Medal. It was first made in 1968 when it consisted of cash only.

Engineers Australia Award – University of Adelaide

This award is given annually to a final year engineering student at the University of Adelaide on the basis of high academic achievement and personality.

The final selection is made by a panel of members from the Faculty and the Division. It interviews a small group of candidates chosen by the Faculty - mainly on the basis of academic achievement.

The award consists of the Sir Arvi Parbo Medal and cash. It was first made in 1977.

Engineers Australia Award – University of South Australia

This award is made annually to a final year engineering student at the University of South Australia on the basis of high academic achievement and personality.

The final selection is made by a panel of members from the Faculty and the Division. It interviews a small group of candidates chosen by the Faculty - mainly on the basis of academic achievement.

The award consists of the K Johinke Medal and cash. It was first made in 1977.

Craig Gilbert Leadership Award

This award is for a South Australian Engineering student who has completed third year.

It was created as a perpetual award in the memory of Craig Gilbert, and is given each year jointly by Engineers Australia and Consult Australia.

The award is administered by the Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management SA Chapter (CELMSA), and is open to students in engineering schools from all universities in South Australia.

Engineers Australia Award – University of Newcastle

This award is made annually to the final year student who completes the Bachelor of Engineering degree with First Class Honours at the University of Newcastle.

The medal presented is named in honour of Brigadier J M C Corlette who was Chief Engineer of the Hunter District Water Supply and Sewerage Board. Brigadier Corlette was a member of the inaugural committee of the Newcastle Division, and Chairman of the Division in 1927.

He was a Councillor of Engineers Australia from 1927-1959, President of Engineers Australia in 1930, and was elected an Honorary Fellow in 1960. He was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in 1947.

The award consists of the J M C Corlette medal and cash. If more than one student attains First Class Honours, the Award is made to the student, who in the opinion of the Faculty, has achieved the best pass.

The Award was first given in 1961 when it consisted of cash and a certificate.

Engineers Australia Award – University of Tasmania

This award is made to the engineering student at the University of Tasmania, who faculty staff believe shows the highest degree of proficiency in the subject of Engineering Design in the final year of their course.

The medal that is presented is named in honour of Sir Allan Knight who was Commissioner of the Hydro-Electric Commission of Tasmania from 1946-1975, having previously served for nine years as Chief Engineer of the Public Works Department of Tasmania.

He was Chairman of the Tasman Bridge Restoration Commission. Sir Allan was a Councillor of Engineers Australia in 1942. He was awarded the Warren Memorial Prize in 1934 and the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in 1963.

The award consists of the Allan Knight Medal and cash. It was first made in 1963 when it consisted of cash only.

Engineers Australia Award – University of New South Wales – Australian Defence Force Academy

This award is made to the top student graduating in engineering from the Australian Defence Force Academy.

The medal that is presented is named in honour of Professor A H Corbett, the foundation Professor of Engineering at the Royal Military College Duntroon. He held that position from 1950-1971. He was a Councillor of Engineers Australia from 1953-1978 and was President of Engineers Australia in 1973.

Between 1971-1985 the Award was made for the best final year engineering student from the Royal Military College Duntroon.

Engineers Australia Award - University of Wollongong

This award is open to all final year students at the University of Wollongong who are going on to a Bachelor of Engineering degree, and is made to the student with the best academic record.

The award consists of a medal and cash. It is made on the recommendation of the Chairman of the Faculty of Engineering. It was first made in 1977.

Engineers Australia Award - University of Technology, Sydney

This award is made to a final year student in the Faculty of Engineering for excellence in development as a professional engineer through high academic achievement, industrial experience, and participation in extra-curricular activities.

The award consists of a medal and cash. It is made on the recommendation of the Faculty and was first made in 1977.

Engineers Australia Award – University of New South Wales

This award is based on the overall performance of a student in their final year of a full-time course, or the last two years of the part-time course. (A part-time student must have completed an adequate and representative number of subjects in the last two years).

The award consists of a medal and cash. It is made on the recommendation of the Faculty of Engineering and was first made in 1977.

Engineers Australia Award – University of Sydney

This award is made to a student graduating with a Bachelor of Engineering who shows the greatest proficiency, and whose work is of sufficient merit. It is based on the recommendation of the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.

The medal that is presented is named in honour of R A Priddle who was a Sydney consulting engineer. He was a Councillor of Engineers Australia from 1954-1971, Chairman of the Sydney Division in 1958, President of Engineers Australia in 1963 and was Honorary Treasurer of Engineers Australia from 1965 until his death in 1971.

Mr Priddle was awarded the R W Chapman Medal in 1963 and the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in 1971.

The award consists of the R A Priddle Medal and cash. It was first made in 1978.

Engineers Australia Award – Monash University, Caulfield Campus

This award is open to all final year engineering students at the Monash University, Caulfield Campus, and is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The winner is selected by faculty staff and the presentation made at a meeting of Engineers Australia’s Caulfield Campus Chapter, usually in March, by the Division Chairman or their nominee.

The award consists of a medal and cash. It was first made in 1977.

Engineers Australia Award – La Trobe University College of Northern Victoria

This award is open to all final year engineering students at the La Trobe University College of Northern Victoria and is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The winner is selected by the Bendigo and Northern Group and the presentation made at a meeting of the Group by the Group Chairman or his nominee.

The award consists of a medal and cash. It was first made in 1977.

Engineers Australia Award – Deakin University

This award is open to all final year engineering students at Deakin University and is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The winner is selected by faculty staff and receives the medal at the universities awards’ night.

The award consists of a medal, cash and two years free graduate membership with Engineers Australia.

Engineers Australia Award – Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT)

This award is open to all final year Advanced Diploma engineering students at NMIT and is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The winner is selected by faculty staff and receives the medal at the universities awards’ night.

The award consists of a medal, cash and two years free graduate membership with Engineers Australia.

Engineers Australia Award – Box Hill Institute of TAFE

This award is open to all final year Advanced Diploma engineering students at Box Hill TAFE, and is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The winner is selected by faculty staff, and receives a medal, cash and two years free graduate membership with Engineers Australia. The presentation is made at the Institutes awards’ night.

Engineers Australia Award - Kangan Batman TAFE

This award is open to all final year Advanced Diploma engineering students at Kangan Batman TAFE, and is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The winner is selected by faculty staff, and receives a medal, cash and two years free graduate membership with Engineers Australia. The presentation is made at the Institutes awards’ night.

Engineers Australia Award – Chisholm Institute of TAFE

This award is open to all final year Advanced Diploma engineering students at Chisholm Institute of TAFE, and is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The winner is selected by faculty staff, and receives a medal, cash and two years free graduate membership with Engineers Australia. The presentation is made at the Institutes awards’ night.

Engineers Australia Award – Victoria University of Technology, Footscray Campus

This award is open to all final year engineering students at the Footscray Institute of Technology/Victoria University of Technology. It is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The winner is selected by faculty staff, and receives a medal and cash. The presentation is made at the Annual General Meeting of Engineers Australia’s Western Region Campus Chapter by the Chapter Chairman or their nominee.

The award was first made in 1977.

Engineers Australia Award – Monash University, Gippsland

This award is open to all final year engineering students at the Monash University Gippsland and is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The winner is selected by faculty staff, and receives a medal and cash, which are presented at a special meeting of the Gippsland Group by the Group Chairman or his nominee.

The award was first made in 1977.

Engineers Australia Award – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (TAFE)

This award is open to all final year Advanced Diploma engineering students at RMIT TAFE and is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The winner is selected by faculty staff, and receives a medal, cash and two years free graduate membership with Engineers Australia. The Award is presented at the Institutes awards’ night.

Engineers Australia Award – Monash University

This award is open to all final year engineering students at Monash University and is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The winner is selected by faculty staff, and receives the Ian Langlands Medal and cash, which are presented at a ceremony arranged between the University and the Division Chairman.

The medal is named in honour of Ian Langlands who was Chief of the Division of Building Research, CSIRO, from 1944-1971, and a member of the interim Council of Monash University from 1953-1961.

He became a member of the permanent Council of Monash University in 1961 and was Deputy Chancellor from 1974-1980. Langlands was a Councillor of Engineers Australia in 1946 and from 1950-1974, Chairman of the former Melbourne Division in 1951 and President of Engineers Australia in 1968. He was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Medal in 1974 and elected an Honorary Fellow in 1980.

The award was first made in 1977.

Engineers Australia Award – Swinburne Institute of Technology (TAFE)

This award is open to all final year Advanced Diploma engineering students at Swinburne TAFE and is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The winner is selected by faculty staff, and receives a medal, cash and two years free graduate membership with Engineers Australia. The award is presented at the Institutes awards’ night.

Engineers Australia Award – University of Melbourne

This award is open to all final year engineering students at the University of Melbourne and is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The winner is selected by a panel made up of faculty staff and members of the campus’ engineering chapter. The prize includes the L R East Medal and cash.

The medal is named in honour of Sir Ronald East, former Chairman of the Victorian State Rivers and Water Supply Commission, a Councillor of the Institution in 1938, from 1944-1955 and from 1958-1962, Chairman of the former Melbourne Division in 1944, President of Engineers Australia in 1952 and elected an Honorary Fellow in 1969.

He directed the design and construction of many major works in Victoria and played a prominent part in the preparation of important legislation relating to water and soil conservation, catchment protection and river improvement. He was awarded the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal in 1957.

The award was first made in 1977. However the medal was not named until 1981.

Engineers Australia Award – Ballarat University College

This award is open to all final year engineering students at the Ballarat University College and is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The winner is selected by the joint Faculty/Ballarat Group Panel, and receives the A E Stohr Medal and cash. The award is presented at a special meeting of the Ballarat Group by the Group Chairman or their nominee.

The medal is named in honour of A E Stohr who was Chief Engineer of the Ballarat Water Commission from 1945-1970.

He was also a member of the School of Mines and Industries Council from 1947-1976 and was deeply involved in the development of technical education in the Ballarat area, including the merging arrangements between the state college and the Ballarat College of Advanced Education, now the Ballarat University College.

The award was first made in 1977.

Engineers Australia Award - University of Canberra

The medal is named the W E Sansum Medal after the late Air Commodore “Bill” Sansum, who was elected a Fellow of Engineers Australia in 1981, was Chairman of the Canberra Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society in 1987 and 1988, and Chairman of the Canberra Division of Engineers Australia in 1988.

The award was first made in 1988.

Engineers Australia Award – Australian Maritime College

This award is made annually to the best final year project of the Bachelor of Engineering (Maritime).

The prize consists of the Norman Selfe Medal and cash.

The medal is named in honour of Norman Selfe, who was a great promoter of technical education.

He initiated the first school of technical instruction in NSW at the School of Arts in 1865. He was Chairman of the Board of Technical Education 1886-1889, a foundation member of the Royal Australian Historical Society, a member of Mechanical Engineers with Engineers Australia, Institution of Naval Architects, Institution of Civil Engineers and President of the Engineering Association of NSW from 1877-1879.

During his time as Chief Engineer and Draughtsman of Mort’s Deck and Engineering Co, he designed the machinery for SS Governor Blackall, which weighed 500 tons.

He also designed gunboats built for service during the Maori War in New Zealand in 1863-64, the torpedo boats Acheron and Avernus for the NSW Government in 1877-78, as well as pumping engines for the Sydney waterworks.

Engineers Australia Award - University of Tasmania (Launceston)

This award is open to all second year engineering students at the Launceston Campus of the University of Tasmania. It is awarded on the basis of academic record and involvement in extra curricular activities and special projects.

The prize includes being transferred to the Hobart Campus for the final two years of their BE course, and $200.

Engineers Australia Award - WA College of TAFE

This annual award is open to all students completing an Associate Diploma in Engineering in Western Australia. It is for the student who has given the best academic and practical performance in the final year of the course.

The winner is chosen based on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners in Engineering.

The award consists of the Harry Appleby Medal.

Harry V Appleby had a distinguished career in civil engineering in Western Australia. He joined the Public Works Department in 1951, and rose to be the senior Engineering Draftsman by his retirement in 1988. He worked extensively on investigation, design and construction of large storage dams in Western Australia.

Appleby was the President of AIEA as well as a Councillor for many years. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Engineering Associates.

The prize was first presented in 1992.

Engineers Australia Award - Griffith University

This award goes to an engineering graduate of Griffith University who has the best academic results in the final year.

The winner is selected by the University and receives the award in September, which consists of a medal and $250.

The award is designed to draw public attention to the work of engineers and to give professional recognition to outstanding achievements.

The award was created in 1994.

Engineers Australia Award - WA School of Mines

This award is made to a final year student completing a Bachelor of Engineering degree, on the basis of interest in Engineers Australia, academic achievement and leadership.

The winner is selected by a panel that includes representatives from WASM and Engineers Australia’s Kalgoorlie Group.

The award consists of the Charles Warman Medal, named in honour of a distinguished graduate and lecturer of the school who received international recognition and regard as an engineer.

His contribution to the profession has been acknowledged through honorary doctorates from Curtin University of Technology and the University of New South Wales, Australian honours and recognition by Engineers Australia as an Honorary Fellow in 1985.

The prize was first presented in 1993.

Engineers Australia Award - University of New England

This award is made to a final year student who completes a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of New England with the best Honours pass.

The winner is chosen by the School of Engineering, and receives a certificate, medal and $500.

The award is named in honour of Professor John Burton who was the Foundation Professor and the first head of the School of Natural Resources of the University of New England in 1971. In 1990 he was responsible for the establishment of a new degree in resource engineering and the subsequent establishment of the new School of Engineering.

Engineers Australia Award – The Flinders University of South Australia

The Flinders University Medal is awarded to a final year engineering student at the Flinders University. The award is given to the outstanding student based on excellence in academic performance, leadership and personality.

Engineers Australia Award – Edith Cowan University

This award is made annually to a student studying engineering at Edith Cowan University, on the basis of academic achievement, qualities of leadership and interest in Engineers Australia.

This winner receives the John Renner Medal.

The Medal is named after Professor John Renner who was the Foundation Dean of the Faculty of Science, Technology and Engineering at Edith Cowan University. Professor Renner created the University’s Centre for Very High Speed Microelectronic Systems and a CRC for Broadband Telecommunications and Networking. Professor Renner is a Companion of Engineers Australia.

The award was first made in 1995.

Engineers Australia Award – Northern Territory University

Each year the Northern Division awards the Brian Speedy Award to the best final year Bachelor of Engineering student from the Northern Territory University.

Dr C B Speedy was Chairman of Northern Territory Division (as it was then known) in 1985 and has been actively encouraging the study of the art and science of engineering; the Division honours his commitment to the profession in the annual presentation of this Award.

The prize consists of a medal, one year’s membership at graduate level to Engineers Australia, cash and a certificate.

Northern Division Awards for students

Under the Category G Awards - awards sponsored by the administered by the divisions - there are also a number of awards for students. These are given each year if suitable candidates are available. The Northern Territory University advises the names of winners.

  1. Best final year project in the Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronic)
  2. Best first year student in the Bachelor of Engineering
  3. Best final year students in each of the Diploma of Engineering courses – electrical, electronics & communications, mechanical and civil.

The awards comprise a medal, certificate and cash.

Engineers Australia Award - Subject Prize in Mechanical Engineering (SA)

This Award is presented annually to a second year, mechanical engineering student, who belongs to the South Australia Division/Mechanical Engineering, for academic excellence in one of the two following subjects:

  • ‘Mechanical Engineering Practice’ at the University of South Australia

or

  • ‘Stress Analysis and Design’ at the University of Adelaide.

The award includes a certificate and cheque for $300. It was created in 2009

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