Engineer of the Year Awards

Celebrate the Innovators, thank the Problem Solvers.

Nominations for the Engineer of the Year Awards are now closed. 

Engineer of the Year 

The Engineer of the Year Awards recognises outstanding engineers who show innovation and resourcefulness in their work.

    Awards categories

    • Professional Engineer of the Year
    • Engineering Technologist of the Year
    • Engineering Associate of the Year
    • Young Professional Engineer of the Year
    • Young Engineering Technologist of the Year 
    • Young Engineering Associate of the Year

    Engineer of the Year is awarded to individuals who represent

     Outstanding examples of innovation and resourcefulness within the engineering profession

     The highest technical, professional and community service standards in engineering

     The broad nature and impacts of the profession through their significant contributions


    Nominations are now closed.

    The following criteria will be used by judges in assessing nominations:

    Contribution to the well-being of people and communities
    Describe the way in which the nominee’s engineering work has delivered benefit for individuals, groups, communities or the environment in which they reside, work, learn or enjoy recreation.

    Contribution to and promotion of the engineering profession
    Give details of the nominee’s activities outside his/her work which are voluntary engineering-related pursuits or which have furthered the engineering profession.

    Pioneering in the use of materials and/or methods
    Describe the way in which the nominee has utilised materials or employed practices or methods which are novel, inventive and creative.

    Contribution to sustainable engineering practices
    Give details of how the nominee has included consideration of sustainability (social, environmental and economic) in undertaking their engineering work.

    Formulation of resourceful, innovative and aesthetically appealing engineering solutions
    Describe the way in which the nominee has been resourceful, innovative or entrepreneurial to solve engineering problems, develop elegant design solutions, and/or pursue ground-breaking research.

    Additional notable achievements during career
    Opportunity to add any notable achievements during career to the submission (optional).

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

    Learn more about the nomination process for Engineer of the Year from the Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions featured below.

    The online nomination process has been updated to make it easier to nominate.

    Read the Engineer of the Year Submission guidelines (225KB PDF).

    If you have any further questions about the submission process, don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

    Once the Nominator has submitted the initial nomination for the Engineer of the Year awards the Nominee will be invited to complete the submission process as per the Engineer of the Year Submission guidelines (225KB PDF).

    A nominee must be a current member in the relevant category of membership at the time of nomination and must remain a financial member up to and including the day that the Awards are announced. Find out more information about the Engineers Australia membership categories.

    Both financial members and non-members* can nominate an Engineers Australia member for an award.

    *Note a non-member of Engineers Australia (e.g. manager, HR representative) can prepare a nomination on behalf of a nominee and nominate, however, such nomination must be supported by a referee who is a current member of Engineers Australia. Referee’s contact details and membership number must be provided in the nomination form.

    Read the Terms and conditions for:

    Young Professional Engineer, Young Engineering Technologist and Young Engineering Associate of the Year must be practicing engineers and not over the age of 35 (up to and including the day that the Awards are announced on Tuesday, 16 November 2021).

    Building on Engineers Australia's proud history, the Engineer of the Year Awards (formerly called Individual Awards) confer recognition for outstanding individual engineering achievements and promote those engineering professionals who show innovation and resourcefulness in their work. Engineers Australia Awards recognise professional achievement, or engineering excellence in its various forms, and promote the profession of engineering.

    Engineer of the Year Awards nominations are open for inspiring engineering professionals who demonstrate contribution to the well-being of people, communities and sustainable engineering practices, contribution to and promotion of the engineering profession, pioneering in the use of materials and/or methods and the formulation of resourceful, innovative and aesthetically appealing engineering solutions.

    The award categories correspond with the membership categories of Engineers Australia.

    The Engineer of the Year Awards is a nominator-driven program. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

    Previous Engineer of the Year Award winners

    2020 Professional Engineer of the Year Division Winners

    Alan Hoban  (QLD) FIEAust CPEng NER
    Colin Lawrence (ACT) AM FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
    Daniel Lambert (SYD)  FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
    David Sparkes  (Newcastle) FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
    Emma Miller-Olsen (VIC) FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
    Grant Chorvat  (NT) FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
    Peter Statton  (SA) FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
    Raj Kurup (WA) FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
    Seth Langford (TAS) MIEAust


    2020 Young Professional Engineer of the Year Division Winners

    Alexandra Radulovich (ACT)  MIEAust CPEng NER
    Amy Lezala (VIC) FIEAust CPEng APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
    Chris Tenni (WA)  MIEAust CPEng NER
    Jacinta Kelly (NT) MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)
    Michael Healy (TAS) MIEAust
    Reas Beeston (SYD) MIEAust CPEng NER
    Scott Johnson (SA) MIEAust CPEng NER
    Stephen  Sproul (QLD) MIEAust CPEng NER

    Engineer of the Year winners 2020


    Colin Lawrence AM FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

    RADM Lawrence hedshot


    RADM Colin Lawrence joined the Navy in 1986 as part of the inaugural first year intake into the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra and graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Electrical Engineering.

    As a Navy Aerospace Engineer, he has served in numerous support roles within Naval Aviation, on exchange with Australian Army Aviation and with the Air Force Directorate General Technical Airworthiness.  His appointments include the Senior Maintenance Manager of the 816 Squadron Seahawk helicopter fleet, Officer in Charge of Rotary Wing Systems in DGTA, Chief Engineer of the Navy Aviation Systems Program Office and the inaugural Chief Staff Officer Aviation Engineering within the Fleet Air Arm Headquarters.

    RADM Lawrence was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012 Australia Day Honours list for exceptional service in the field of Aerospace Engineering in the Royal Australian Navy with the citation: ‘Captain Lawrence has made a profoundly positive and enduring contribution to the Royal Australian Navy’s aviation capability. His leadership and vision were pivotal in restoring trust and confidence in the service’s aviation capability, defining the way aerospace engineering is now practiced across the Royal Australian Navy. Through his outstanding efforts, Captain Lawrence has contributed directly to a safer and more effective aviation capability.

    RADM Lawrence was promoted to Commodore in September 2012 as the Director General Navy Aviation Systems in the Defence Materiel Organisation and was responsible for the sustainment of all Naval Aviation capabilities and the major acquisition programs to introduce the Seahawk Romeo and Helicopter Aircrew Training System. In 2016, he served as the Chief Of Staff within Navy Headquarters, and in December 2016 was promoted to Rear Admiral. He is currently the Head of Navy Engineering and the Defence Seaworthiness Regulator. 

    RADM Lawrence is a Fellow Chartered Engineering Executive with Engineers Australia, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a certified Level 2 Organisational Coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership. 

    RADM Lawrence and his wife Julie have two sons.  He is an active volunteer Surf Life Saver and is a keen AFL Geelong Cats supporter. 


    Jacinta Kelly MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

    Jacinta Kelly photo

    Jacinta is a Certified Practising Project Manager and a Chartered Professional Engineer. She is currently the General Manager for Kalidonis, a construction company in Darwin.

    Her previous roles have included working as a senior project manager delivering remote housing construction projects, Manager for the Transport Assets Program for the Northern Territory Government, as consulting structural engineer on a variety of commercial and industrial projects throughout the Territory, and an engineering lecturer at Charles Darwin University.

    She brings an enthusiastic collaborative approach to all projects and stakeholders, with an ability to quickly identify and address key project constraints and risks.


    Sinead Redmond TMIEAust

    Sinead Redmond photo

    Sinead is an accomplished leader, project manager and engineer with over 10 years of experience. She has a reputation for delivering projects across various sectors through the full lifecycle whilst achieving delivery on time, within budget and to a high standard.

    Since arriving in Australia six years ago, Sinead has gained invaluable experience to enhance her qualifications. She has successfully delivered multiple projects throughout the Northern Territory that have helped benefit and develop the community.

    She has fostered her passion for helping others into actively volunteering, demonstrated most recently with her current role as President for Engineers Australia for the Northern Territory.


    Ian Fitzpatrick AMIEAust

    Ian Fitzpatrick photo


    Ian Fitzpatrick has 35 years of experience in the energy industry, specialising in power engineering risk.

    Ian has been a passionate contributor to helping industry address the risk posed by powerlines to ensure safer communities.

    Ian gained his experience in city, metropolitan and rural based companies located in Victoria and NSW. 







    Engineers Australia Centenary Book Committee


    Anything is possible book photo

    Owen Peake first raised the idea of a Centenary book 12 years ago. In 2019, the 100th anniversary of Engineers Australia's founding, two books were released: Wonders Never Cease and Anything is Possible. This year the Presidents Prize recognises the hard work of Owen Peake, Bruce Cole, Neil Hogg and Keith Baker on these books.

    Owen Peake HonFIEAust CPEng



    Bruce Cole photo

    Bruce Cole FIEAust CPEng(Ret)

    Bruce Cole was Tasmania’s Rhodes Scholar in 1953. He joined the Hydro-Electric Commission in 1958 and worked on dam design and construction. He spent 1974-75 in Thailand as Dam Expert advising the Royal Irrigation Department on two failed dams. In 1993 he retired as Project Director of the last two hydro schemes in Tasmania.

    In retirement he developed an on-going interest in Engineering Heritage. This began with the Heritage Dams project which identified 25 dams in Australia and nominated them for listing on the Register of the National Estate. From that research, he produced two books: Dam Technology in Australia 1850-1999 and Australia’s 500 large dams – conserving water on a dry continent. He has been Chair of Engineering Heritage Australia.

    For the Centenary books he was Chair of the team which produced wonders never cease and a member of the team for anything in possible.


    Neil Hogg photo
    Neil Hogg MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

    Neil is a mechanical engineer who spent 18 years at the BHP Port Kembla Iron & Steelworks before moving to Sydney to manage the global manufacturing and supply chain operations of Aristocrat Leisure Industries. Some years ago he decided to re-balance his life, travelling for leisure, taking on some part-time work in Australia and China and pursuing his interest in operating heritage machinery.   

    He is a long-time member of Engineering Heritage Australia (previously Chair) and is committed to the preservation of all forms of engineering and industrial knowledge, focussing on encouraging and equipping engineers to apply their modern engineering knowledge to maintain heritage items in operating condition.


    Keith Baker photo

    Keith Baker FIEAust CPEng(Ret)

    Keith Baker holds BE in Engineering from Melbourne University and Master of Applied Science (Cultural Heritage Management) from University of Canberra. After a career in engineering design construction and maintenance with the Commonwealth Government he carried out a number of consultancy studies and reports on industrial heritage sites, and worked for a time with the Australian Heritage Commission followed by the Australian Greenhouse Office and Department of Environment, managing renewable energy programs and policy.

    Keith has served on the Committee of Engineering Heritage Australia with two terms as National Chair. After being commissioned to write a book for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013, he contributed to the first volume of the EA Centenary book on engineering projects and was invited to join the committee for the second book on 100 engineering leaders, where his role largely focused on the book’s structure and narrative.

    Professional Engineer of the Year

    Helen Cartledge photo

    Dr Helen Cartledge

    Dr Helen Cartledge is recently appointed by the Australian Defence as Director for Maritime Autonomous Systems and leading a program to deliver Underwater Mine Countermeasure Capability to future Navy. 

    Prior taking up this role she was Director Science for Army and Navy for a number of years. In July 2019, she received Recognition for the impact she made in her career in supporting Australian Defence Force (ADF) in peace time and operations.

    In 2017, Dr Cartledge received a Service Medal in her deployment as Senior Adviser to the Commander of Australian Joint Task Force in the Middle East Region.
    Dr Cartledge has worked in a number of advisory roles in Defence and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. She was Senior Advisor and Capability Manager for National Security in the areas of Cybersecurity, Biometrics, Maritime Security and Border Protection. In June 2012, she received Recognition from the US Defense for her contributions to the success of the US/AUS bilateral partnership in combatting terrorism. Her advice on numerous national cyber security and biometrics issues was well received and implemented by the Australian and US Governments.

    Dr Cartledge joined the Australian Defence in late 1998 and worked in the areas of mine countermeasures for many years. One of her main areas of expertise is her research into sea mines and naval capability development. In 2006, she was promoted to the Director of the S&T Program for the Vice Chief of the Defence Force.

    Since the graduation from the University of Sydney, Dr Cartledge’s interest in composite material research has expanded to seeking solutions for protecting the environment from manmade pollutants. 

    Dr Cartledge is a recreational pilot and has many diverse interests including stand-up comedy and travelling the world to explore local cultures, politics and social issues. She is a volunteer in Australia and in developing countries, teaching science and engineering in schools and inspiring children to become scientists and engineers. She also appears on the National Science Week and the ABC radio from time to time to present science and engineering experiments.


    Young Professional Engineer of the Year

    Scott Snedden photo

    Scott Snedden
    MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

    Scott Snedden is a Chartered Professional Civil and Structural Engineer based in Adelaide. He graduated in 2007 with first class honours from the University of Adelaide. Scott’s work has covered a broad range of projects across buildings, infrastructure, power, heavy industry, irrigation, water retaining structures and wastewater.

    Scott is a member of Jacobs technical leadership framework as one of three Technical Leaders for Bridges in Central West Australia (SA, NT, WA). His roles as Project Director and Project Manager see him managing design teams on multidisciplinary projects including budgetary, timeline, resource and client relationship planning.

    Scott aims to continue to build engineering experience on Australian and International projects wherever this may take him.




    Engineering Associate of the Year

    Adam Gifford photo

    Adam Gifford

    Adam Gifford is a Senior Technical Officer working within Aurecon’s Energy Team, based in Sydney, and has works closely with Aurecon’s clients to manage the delivery of renewable energy generation projects in Australia. In addition to this, Adam is also a member of Aurecon’s i40 team, a team of highly motivated individuals, charged with delivering pivotal change through a human-centred approach.

    His creative and innovative demeanour allows Adam to bring together his knowledge of engineering fundamentals with his deep curiosity. It’s this combination that allows Adam to guide Aurecon and its clients from a place of empathy, deep understanding of industry changes, and professional accountability.





    Engineering Technologist of the Year

    Chris Kesley photo

    Christopher Kelsey

    Chris Kelsey, an accomplished Engineering Technologist with over 60 years’ experience in his field, is perhaps most well-known as the inventor of the Kelsey Jig.

    He has a long history of innovation in engineering design, particularly in the area of mineral processing equipment, where his latest innovations are the Super Fine Crusher and the Cyclomag Dry Magnetic Separator, both of which will revolutionise the Mineral Processing industry and achieve social, environmental and economic benefits.

    Chris has received significant recognition and awards during his career from several Industry and Government bodies. Chris’s contribution to the Mineral Processing industry is recognised globally.





    Young Engineering Associate of the Year 

    Glen Anderson photo

    Glen Anderson

    Glen Anderson is a trained associate engineer who has been working in the electrical (power) industry for over 13 years. He is passionate about using engineering to improve the well-being of the community; particularly through innovative means of energy provision. Glen has pursued this passion in his day to day work as well as through his volunteer work; and has done this at a local level and internationally.

    Glen is currently working for Zinfra as a Testing and Commissioning Engineer, carrying out primary and secondary testing and commissioning. 

    Glen is an engaging engineer, his ability to talk to everyone (and anyone), communicate complex engineering ideas, devise and persevere with ways to make engineers solutions work.



    President's Prize

    ARR team photo

    The editors and technical committee of the 2019 edition of Australian Rainfall and Runoff, our national guideline on flood estimation.


    Australian Rainfall and Runoff – or ARR – is used to inform decisions when it comes to infrastructure, town planning, mining, flood management planning, emergency management, regulated river systems and extreme floods. It was first produced by Engineers Australia in 1958, with updates and improvements in 1977 and 1987.

    ARR’s 2019 edition was created under the technical oversight of Engineers Australia’s National Committee on Water Engineering.

    For ARR2019, the committee and editors oversaw a complete re-write that reflects over 30 years of advances in technology, modelling and scientific understanding – including around climate change.
    What was once a single book and set of maps has become nine books, complemented by extensive online tools such as simulators and searchable maps.

    The re-writing task took more than eight years, and involved over 200 contributors, including experts on floodplain management, dam design, infrastructure, climate science and water supply.
    Almost all those 200-plus contributors are Engineers Australia members. While the Federal Government devoted funds, the in-kind volunteer contribution of our members in terms of their time and expertise was several times larger.

    At Engineers Australia, our core purpose is to advance the science and practice of engineering for the benefit of the community. Does Australian Rainfall and Runoff 2019 advance the science and practice of engineering? Yes, demonstrably. Every edition is an advance on what’s gone before – in this case, a substantial advance. Does it benefit the community? Absolutely. Australia has a unique and diverse climate and landscape that requires resources specific to our nation – now more than ever, in the face of climate change and more frequent extreme weather events like floods and fires.

    Professional Engineer of the Year

    Dr Marlene Kanga

    Dr Marlene Kanga AM is the President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), and has had a successful career in the oil, gas and chemical industry. A previous National President of Engineers Australia, she was part of the team that initiated and ran the Engineers Australia Year of Women in Engineering in 2007 and was Chair of the National Committee for Women in Engineering in 2008 and 2009.








    Young Professional Engineer of the Year

    Stuart Cook
    MIEAust CPEng NER

    Stuart Cook

    Stuart Cook is the Design Manager on the Ipswich Motorway Upgrade Project Stage 1, guiding an 80-member team through the project’s high-pressure design phase.

    He has a passion for designing differently and devotes much of his time to developing the next generation of engineering professionals.








    Young Engineering Technologist of the Year

    Mark Price
    BEngTech TMIEAust

    Mark Price

    Mark Price works as Energy and Electrical Project Engineer in Wood & Grieve Engineer’s Perth Office. He is an engineering consultant with a passion for renewable energy.

    He lobbied for changes in Western Power’s Technical Rules document, opening the door for more accessible solar photovoltaic systems of a scale greater than 30kVA. Throughout his career, he has helped his clients deliver cost effective and environmentally friendly solutions.







    President's Prize

    Glen Crawley FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

    AIRCDRE James Hood FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

    Glen Crawley and James Hood

    Glen Crawley and James Hood were awarded the President's Prize for the Defence Engineer and Senior Technician Agreement.

    The agreement that was affirmed by Hood, the Director General of the Defence Aviation Safety Authority Air Commander, and Crawley, an Engineers Australia Registrar, aims to accredit and register Professional Engineers, Technologists and Associates across the Australian defence forces. It allows eligible engineers and technicians to gain access to Chartered Membership, Fellow and EngExcec opportunities.


    Newcastle Division Education Subcommittee

    Newcastle Division Education Subcommittee

     The Newcastle Division Education Subcommittee received the President's Prize for its Engineering Studies Teachers Program.

    The program offers registered professional development to engineering studies teachers at New South Wales high schools. It allows teachers to hear first hand experience and real world case studies from engineers, as well as a deeper understanding of the field that they can then pass on to students.

    The program has been running since 2014, but was this year endorsed by the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

    The award was accepted by Michael van Koeverden on behalf of the Newcastle Division Education Subcommittee.

    Professional Engineer of the Year

    Phillip Campbell
    OAM FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)


    Phillip Campbell has 40 years experience leading engineering teams, and is the Acting Executive General Manager Enterprise Services for Australian Rail Track Corporation.

    Phillip holds a BEng (Mech), an MSc in structural design and a Graduate Diploma in Railway Operations. He is an FIEAust and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.  He is the Executive Chair of the Railway Technical Society of Australasia. Phillip holds CPEng and is registered on the National Engineering Register (NER), holds current RPEQ, and is also registered as a Chartered Professional Engineer by the Engineering Council, UK.  Phillip was President of the South Australia Division Committee in 2005. He was Chair of the Australian Joint Board for Aerospace Engineering and continues to serve on the Advisory Committee of the Sir Keith and Sir Ross Smith Fund. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2013 for services to engineering.


    Young Professional Engineer of the Year

    Stephen Bornstein
    MIEAust CPEng NER


    Stephen Bornstein is currently a capability engineer at Airbus.

    He studied Aerospace Engineering at Monash University and worked at BAE and Rocket Lab before Airbus. Within BAE Systems he worked on the Nulka Active Missile Decoy and the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile providing mechanical and systems solutions to enhance Australia's defence capability. At Rocket Lab he was a senior vehicle engineer developing the electron space launch vehicle.

    In his spare time he volunteers with STEM programs, teaching kids about engineering. He also built a cockpit simulator for the Royal Flying Doctors Service and a drone to stop poaching in Africa.


    President's Prize

    Ron Watts CompIEAust FAHRI GAICD


    As Executive General Manager, Professional Standards & Practice at Engineers Australia, Ron Watts leads the planning and development of professional engineering standards and practice which enhances the education and professional development of the engineering team. Ron has been instrumental in applying a customer lens on our products and processes, the development of innovative new initiatives, streamlining internal processes and many more. 

    During the period of February 2017 – July 2017 Ron Watts acted as Engineers Australia’s Chief Operating Officer and greatly contributed to the integrity and leadership in various areas of the organisation.

    Ron’s expertise and experience is very broad and covers areas such as human resources policy, strategy development, human resources operational management, quality and change management, strategic planning, enterprise bargaining planning and negotiations.  Ron’s career of more than 30 years has seen him work at highly regarded organisations such as the Australian National University, Deakin University, Australia Post and others.

    Professional Engineer of the Year
    John Macintosh HonFIEAust CPEng NER RPEQ

    John Macintosh is a leader in the field of water engineering. He has had over 35 years of professional experience and has worked across Australia, South East Asia and the South Pacific on both aid based and commercially funded projects. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and is the Immediate Past President of Engineers Australia’s National Committee on Water Engineering. He founded the company, Water Solutions in 1995 with the objective of providing specialist services within the water resources and engineering fields and has been prominent in providing advice to governments, the mining industry and the Supreme Court. In 2015 he provided expert advice to the Grantham Floods Commission of Inquiry.


    Engineering Associate of the Year
    Darren Green AFIEAust

    With over 30 years experience in specialist building Design and Construction across the world, Darren’s career has been focused on high technology buildings for manufacturing, research and health care. His experience includes Cleanrooms, Containment Facilities and Clean Contained Facilities for advanced research, medicines, electronics and biologics.  As one of 10 people in Australia accredited to undertake third party assessments on behalf of the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of Quarantine Approved Premises from QC2 to QC4, Darren has been involved in the Biosecurity and research science facilities throughout Australia.


    Engineering Technologist of the Year
    Shane Elson TMIEAust

    Shane Elson, BET, TMIEAust, serves as Director and Manager of Engineering at Innovative Solutions Indonesia, a regionally based engineering consultancy in South Kalimantan, Indonesia. He has more than 15 years experience as an Engineering Technologist in both private consulting and local government in Australia and Indonesia. His broad skill base includes water, sewer, roads, drainage, land development, and contract administration in the areas of planning, design and construction supervision. This experience, in conjunction with his language and cultural acquisition skills, allows him to develop business partnerships with key stakeholders, as he seeks to be a catalyst for transformation by helping to provide innovative infrastructure solutions in both rural and urban sectors of regional Indonesia.


    Young Professional Engineer of the Year
    David Lacey MIEAust CPEng NER RPEQ

    Dr David Lacey is a senior geotechnical engineer with over 10 years of Queensland based industry experience. He has worked for extended periods in both lead geotechnical designer and site engineer roles on major infrastructure projects. David has been the Section Leader of the Jacobs (SKM) geotechnical section, authored 15 peer-reviewed publications, received industry sponsored technical awards and attended international conferences as Australia’s nominated representative. David was the organising chair for a 2014 international conference and has served on the AGS (QLD) executive committee since 2013. David is a CPEng, RPEQ and holds a PhD from The University of Queensland.


    Young Engineering Associate of the Year - High Commendation
    Robert Ladd AFIEAust CEngA EngExec NER

    Robert Ladd is a Chartered Fellow of Engineers Australia, with Engineering Executive accreditation. He is an Associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Member of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, and a former non-executive Director of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia, Victorian Division. Robert is currently Manager Municipal Engineering at Pyrenees Shire Council in Beaufort, Victoria. As a portion of his technical services portfolio he is responsible for providing technical oversight and recommendations towards Council's statutory and strategic planning, in regard to planning conditions and overall township structure planning. Robert's role ensures that Council's small townships are considered within long term growth and servicing plans to promote amenity and liveable resilient communities.

    President's Prize

    This award was inaugurated in 1990 by Past President B C (Skip) Tonkin. Its concept was to provide recognition to members of Engineers Australia who have made a major contribution in promulgating the contribution that the engineering profession makes to the general welfare of the Australian people.

    However, in 2004 the award’s purpose was amended to become a highly flexible award that can highlight contributions that may not find recognition in other of Engineers Australia’s awards. In recent years it was awarded to individuals or groups who provided conspicuous service to either the profession or community in such a way that a significant contribution was made to the realisation of Engineers Australia’s strategic goals. The award is entirely at the discretion of the National President; however anyone may suggest a worthy candidate for consideration.

    2016 President's Prize Winner
    Gerry Doyle FIEAust CPEng NER and the Civil College Board

    Special Mention

    The shared vision and shared leadership of Engineers Australia’s staff and the ITEE College Board, particularly Geoff Sizer and Tim Kannegieter, made the successful Internet of Things Webinar Series possible.

    Professional Engineer of the Year
    Dr Christopher Roberts HonFIEAust

    Dr Roberts has been the Chief Executive Officer/President of Cochlear Limited (ASX:COH) since February 2004.

    Dr Chris Roberts has over 37 years of experience in international medical device businesses, including renal (dialysis), orthopaedics (electrical bone growth stimulation), cardiology (pacemakers), respiratory and sleep medicine (CPAP and ventilation) and otology (cochlear implants and acoustic implants).

    He was a non-executive director of ResMed Inc (August 1989), and from 1992 served as ResMed’s Executive Vice-President, until he became CEO of Cochlear Limited in 2004. He remains on the ResMed Inc board.

    Dr Roberts was a member of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia’s peak health advisory body, from 2003-06. He was also a director of Research Australia until 2012 (Chairman from 2004-2010), a non-profit organisation promoting the importance of health and medical research


    Young Professional Engineer of the Year
    Mr Timothy Dunlop MIEAust

    Tim Dunlop is a Project Manager & Civil Engineer with 10 years’ experience in design consultation, construction management and project management of infrastructure projects throughout Australia.

    Tim’s experience includes the management of multidisciplinary teams to plan, design, procure and construct new infrastructure projects and maintain/rehabilitate existing infrastructure assets.

    Tim is also Managing Director of Regional Management Group. This business is developing the prosperity and capability of regional communities through the provision of exemplary project expertise to help realise projects in the communities.


    2015 President's Prize

    This award was inaugurated in 1990 by Past President B C (Skip) Tonkin. Its aim was to provide recognition to members of Engineers Australia who have made a major contribution in promoting the contribution that the engineering profession makes to the general welfare of the Australian people.

    However, in 2004 the award’s purpose was amended to highlight contributions that may not find recognition in other Engineers Australia’s awards.

    In recent years it was awarded to individuals or groups who provided conspicuous service to either the profession or community in such a way that a significant contribution was made to the realisation of Engineers Australia’s strategic goals.

    The award is entirely at the discretion of the National President, however anyone may suggest a worthy candidate for consideration.


    Mr Mervyn Lindsay FIEAust CPEng NER

    With over 40 years of experience as a civil and structural engineer, company co-founder, Merv Lindsay, has earned an impeccable reputation in the engineering industry.

    Merv has built up an impressive portfolio of projects as a structural and civil engineer, with a strong client focus and track record for the delivery of innovative and cost effective solutions to clients locally, and throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

    His areas of expertise include civil engineering, assessment of existing civil and structural infrastructure, mining and materials handling, light to heavy industrial and heritage engineering consulting services. Merv’s experience in the design of civil structures and structural assessment of existing buildings and facilities is extensive.

    Throughout his career, Merv has been heavily involved in promoting and developing the engineering profession, both throughout the Hunter Region and Nationally, and has served on committees for various industry bodies.


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