Peter Nicol Russell Career Achievement Memorial Medal

Celebrate the Innovators, thank the Problem Solvers.

The PNR Medal is awarded to individuals who represent


The highest technical, professional and community service standards of the profession of engineering

  Outstanding examples of leadership and management within the engineering industry

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


Who can nominate 

Nominations for this award may be made by any three members of National Congress:

  • A National Board member
  • A Division Committee, College Board or Society Board
  • The National President

Nomination criteria 

Only Honorary Fellows of Engineers Australia will be eligible for nomination.

The criteria for this award includes:

  • Contribution to community welfare
  • Contribution to the profession
  • Technical and/or business expertise

As further expressed by contribution to:

  • the community's welfare through engineering works
  • the knowledge-base of the profession through research and development activities
  • education through teaching and/or education support
  • the community outside of engineering practice
  • the profession through professional society activities
  • the profession through leadership and management

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.

Nominations close Thursday 1 July 2021 



Learn more about the nomination process for the PNR Medal from the Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions featured below.


PNR Medal Submission Guidelines 

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


Click here to view and download the Submission Guidelines.


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

Terms and Conditions 

  • The PNR will be awarded annually.
  • Only Honorary Fellows of Engineers Australia will be eligible for nomination.
  • Any nomination for the PNR must be accompanied by a statement (200 word citation) of the nominee's notable contributions and achievements.
  • At 31 July of each year, the H&A Committee will consider new nominations, add those suitable to the Register and review the nominations already recorded on the Register, in order to recommend three names to the Board for consideration at the next scheduled Board meeting.
  • Cognisant of any advice from the H&A Committee, the Board will select an annual PNR recipient

Nominations for this award may be made by:

- Any three members of National Congress
- A National Congress Board
- A Division Committee, College Board or Society Board
- The National President

  • The Chief Executive shall ensure that the Register of nominees for the award is maintained for a period of three years and kept confidential, accessed only by the National H&A Committee, Chief Executive and Secretary to the H&A Committee.
  • At the conclusion of three years, names will be removed from the Register if not selected as the PNR recipient.
  • Contact details of the nominator will be kept on file for the three year period. Nominators will be notified of a nominee’s expiry from the Register and invited to renominate.
  • No feedback will be given to nominators as to whether the nominee was added to the Register.
  • The National President or representative will contact the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal winner to advise of their selection and inform them that a formal invitation will be extended to receive the award. The presentation, by the National President, might be on the occasion of the Annual General Meeting of Engineers Australia, or on another occasion deemed suitable by the Honours and Awards Committee or the National President.
  • The award consists of a framed certificate and medal prescribed by the Board.

Click here to download a copy of the terms and conditions

2020 Peter Nicol Russell Career Achievement Memorial Medal Recipient

Professor Harry Poulos AM HonFIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Prof Harry Poulos photo


With a distinguished academic and consulting career spanning almost six decades, Professor Harry Poulos AM is a world expert in pile foundation design whose work has underpinned many of the world’s tallest buildings.

He has transformed the geotechnical understanding of how structures interact with the ground and developed more reliable design approaches that have superseded previous procedures based on empirical experience.

Professor Poulos has applied his research to a wide range of projects internationally, including buildings such as the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, as well as freeways, bridges, tunnels, mines and more.

A Member of the Order of Australia, Professor Poulos has published four books and over 400 technical papers, and contributed heavily to the international geotechnical community. He has been recognised with the geotechnical engineering profession’s highest prizes, honorary positions, memberships and awards. These include the Rankine Lecture (UK), Terzaghi Lecture (USA) and the Kevin Nash Gold Medal of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.

Professor Poulos is a most deserving recipient of Engineers Australia’s highest honour, the Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal, which is awarded annually to an Honorary Fellow who has made a notable contribution to the science or practice of engineering in Australia. Recipients of the Medal represent the highest technical, professional and community service standards of the profession.

2019 Peter Nicol Russell Career Achievement Memorial Medal Recipient

Professor Brian Anderson AC

Prof Brian Anderson headshot


Professor Brian Anderson is an epitome of engineering, his quintessence inspiring many generations of engineers across the entire profession, and his ubiquitous contributions laying the foundation of electrical engineering research and education across Australia, deeply influencing the practice of engineering within Australia’s broad range of industries, all inspired by bettering the community. He is known as a legend in control engineering across the planet, a gift to Australia.

Professor Anderson succeeds and shines in every facet of the profession. His remarkable intellect has seen his works span a compendium of applied problems. His lively spirit coupled with such know-how has seen him provide advice to Government and Prime Ministers spanning several decades as well as lead automation globally as International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) President. His pursuit of excellence via a mind of inquiry has provided insights into mystery, fostering the new field of information, communication and technology, arising in the birth of National ICT Australia (NICTA).

Professor Anderson truly brings balance not only to applied problems but the profession and the community, always aiming for the best standard in both the science and practice of engineering. The Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal would be a becoming award well earned.

Professor Anderson thank you message

Past Medal Recipients

First Name Surname Year Awarded
Dr Alan  Finkel  2018
Prof Mary O'Kane 2017
Mr Richard Albert Kell 2016
Hon Sir Eric Neal 2015
Dr Maxwell Gordon Lay 2014
Mr Barry Grear 2013
Mr John Michael Grill 2012
Prof Andrew Richard Downing 2011
Mr Allan William Roberts 2010
Prof Michael Bruce Dureau 2009
Mr Martin Hallowell Thomas 2008
Mrs Else Egede Shepherd 2007
Dr Peter Farrell 2006
Prof Graeme Jameson 2005
Mr John Laurie 2004
Dr Arthur Bishop 2003
Dr Kenneth Michael 2002
Mr Wallace Macarthur King 2001
Dr Tom Connor 2000
Mr Donald George Fry 1999
Dr John Nutt 1998
Dr Peter Owen Miller 1997
Mr Andrew Bruce Sinclair 1996
Prof Jorg Imberger 1995
Dr Robert Culver 1994
Mr William Harold Clough 1993
Dr Michael Anthony Sargent 1992
Prof Rolf G.H. Prince 1991
Mr Donald James Little 1990
Dr Charles Harold Warman 1989
Em Prof Peter Thomas Fink 1988
Prof John Douglas Correll Crisp 1987
Em Prof Lance Aubrey Endersbee 1986
Sir Alfred William Tyree 1985
Mr Douglas Gordon Price 1984
Prof Kenneth Henderson Hunt 1983
Mr Donald Hector Aitken 1982
Dr William Piper Brown 1981
Mr Roger Neill Morse 1980
Dr Don Watkyn Woods 1979
Sir Charles Newton Barton 1978
Dr David Milton Myers 1977
Sir Louis Matheson 1976
Prof Jack William Roderick 1975
Sir John Clifton Vaughan Holland 1974
Dr Ian Landlands 1973
Mr Bernard James Callinan 1972
Mr Raymond Arthur Priddle 1971
Prof Wilbur Norman Christiansen 1970
Mr Julian Randal Dridan 1969
Sir Willis Henry Connolly 1968
Sir Ian Munro McLennan 1967
Mr Donald Victor Darwin 1966
Mr Thomas Bruce Nicol 1965
Sir Robert Rutherford Blackwood 1964
Mr Allan Walton Knight 1963
Capt George Ian Hutcheson 1962
Sir James Arthur Holt 1961
Sir Albert Edwin Axon 1960
Mr William Rayner Hebblewhite 1959
Sir Walter Eric Bassett 1958
Sir Lewis Ronald East 1957
Sir John Proctor Tivey 1956
Prof Alan Burn 1955
Sir Louis Francis Loder 1954
Radm Alex Broughton Doyle 1953
Sir Russell John Dumas 1952
Mr John Gurner Burnell 1951
Mr William Hogarth Robertson Nimmo 1950
Dr Thomas Havnes Upton 1949
Mr Robert Lawson 1948
Brig James Montagu Christian Corlette 1947
Mr Walter Harold Myers 1946
Sir William Goodman 1945
Sir John Madsen 1944
Mr Edgar Gower Ritchie 1943
Sir John Robert Kemp 1942
Mr Robert James Boyd 1941
Mr Alexander James Gibson 1940
Sir Henry Barraclough 1939
Mr Herbert Reah Harper 1938
Mr Dudley Francis John Harricks 1937
Mr Hugh Rose Forbes Mackay 1936
Mr John Henry Osborn Eaton 1935
Mr Francis William Clements 1934
Mr Maurice Edwin Kernot 1933
Dr John Job Crew Bradfield 1932
Prof Roger William Hercules Hawken 1931
Mr Henry Harvey Dare 1930
Sir John Monash 1929
Sir Robert William Chapman 1928
Sir George Alfred Julius 1927
Mr Orlando William Brain 1926
Mr Richard Ernest Sexton 1925
Mr James Fraser 1924
Prof William Henry Warren 1923


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