Engineers Australia’s achievement awards recognise the important engineering achievements of individuals at all career stages and across Engineers Australia’s colleges and engineering communities.
The national winners of the Excellence Awards 2023 have been revealed.
Find out more about the talented engineering teams and individuals who are advancing the science and practice of engineering.
This award honours one of Australia’s first biomedical engineers, Dr David Dewhurst, whose work and legacy contributed to present-day biomedical engineering.
The David Dewhurst Award is presented to a biomedical engineer who has made a significant contribution to the discipline.
Recipients are presented with a framed bronze medal and certificate at an Engineers Australia award event.
The Chemical Engineer Achievement Award is presented to a prominent Australian or New Zealand chemical engineer who has made an outstanding contribution to chemical engineering by their achievements or service.
Recipients are presented with a framed certificate at an Engineers Australia award event.
This award honours Sir John Holland a notable civil engineer and construction magnate who founded the John Holland Construction group. The award is presented to an eminent civil engineer who has made a major contribution to the profession
Recipients are presented with a framed certificate and sculpture at an Engineers Australia award event.
This award honours Dr Michael Anthony Sargent. Dr Sargent was an outstanding electrical engineer and honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia who served in several prominent Engineers Australia office bearer roles throughout his career.
The MA Sargent Medal is awarded to an electrical engineer who has made a highly significant contribution to electrical engineering.
Recipients are presented with a framed certificate and engraved medal at an Engineers Australia award event.
This award honours Sir John Monash who was a civil engineer and an important Australian military commander of the first world war. The John Monash Medal is awarded for outstanding contributions to engineering heritage over a considerable period.
Recipients are awarded an inscribed medal and certificate at an Engineers Australia award event.
This award acknowledges a prominent environmental engineer who has made an outstanding contribution to engineering by promoting:
- environmental and sustainability excellence
- the profession within the community.
Recipients are presented with a certificate at an Engineers Australia award event.
This award honours the Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers (IREE) an organisation that represented early Australian radio and electronics engineering. It also honours Neville Thiele, a world renown electronic engineer.
The IREE Neville Thiele Eminence Award is presented annually at an Engineers Australia event. Recipients receive a framed certificate, engraved medal and a cash prize of $10,000.
This award honours Anthony George Maldon Michell, an outstanding Australian mechanical engineer who lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The AGM Michell Medal was first presented in 1978 and is awarded annually by the Mechanical College Board to someone who’s given outstanding service to mechanical engineering.>
Successful recipients of the AGM Michell Medal are awarded a bronze medal and accompanying certificate at an Engineers Australia presentation dinner. Winners are also invited to give a presentation on a topic of their choice which will be published in the Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering.
This award acknowledges a prominent risk engineer who has made an outstanding contribution to engineering by promoting:
- excellence in the practice of risk engineering and risk management
- the profession within the community.
Leading risk engineers require a comprehensive knowledge of their organisation so they can create solutions that improve business performance. Successful recipients of this award will have demonstrated a business outcome focus and business achievement in their nomination.
This award honours John Connell who made an outstanding contribution to structural engineering and founded John Connell and Associates in 1958. His company merged with others and eventually became part of Aurecon.
The John Connell Gold Medal is presented to an individual who has made a significant national and international contribution to the structural engineering profession.
Recipients are presented with a mounted and framed gold medal at an Engineers Australia award event.
The Transport Medal recognises outstanding individual contributions to transport in Australia. The award is open to applicants across public and private sectors including transport operators, consultants, government, academia and researchers.
Applicants don’t need to be a member of Engineers Australia and can only nominated by someone else.
Award nominees are judged based on their eligibility criteria and their award submission. All nominees need to comply with the submission guidelines and any terms and conditions of the chosen award.
If you’re interested in finding out more, view the people awards handbook.
Achievement Award winners 2022
AGM Michell Medal 2022 recipient Dong Ruan.
John Connell Gold Medal recipient Peter Airey AM.
Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year Louise Adams.
M A Sargent Medal recipient Lachlan Blackhall.
Young Mechanical Engineer of the Year 2022 and Sir Julius Medal 2022 recipient Hooman Mehdizadeh Rah.
Professional Environmental Engineer of the Year 2022 Daniel Lambert.