Media release
| 08 September 2023

Sydney’s Central Station Metro Works among engineering excellence award winners

Sydney Division’s top engineers and engineering projects have been honoured at the 2023 Engineers Australia Excellence Awards – People and Projects Sydney, held at the Hilton.  

“The Engineers Australia Excellence Awards go beyond recognising the pinnacle of engineering accomplishments. They bring attention to the everyday contributions of engineers in our lives,” said Jamie Burrage, Engineers Australia General Manager Sydney.”   

“Those celebrated exhibit outstanding leadership and show a commitment to the community and the environment. These accolades give them a platform to spotlight their successes and to emphasise the value of engineering, providing direction and inspiration for the next generation of engineers.”


Inside Sydney Metro's new station with a big white ceiling and open space with people walking towards platforms
Sydney Project of the Year
Central Station Metro Works by Aurecon, Sydney Metro, Laing O'Rourke, GHD, John McAslan + Partners, Woods Bagot, Atkins

This landmark Sydney central transport hub has been expertly redeveloped, re-imagined and recreated. The novel top-down construction approach led to efficiencies in project implementation in a live rail environment. The challenges to build the design below an existing and busy live station is next level, utilising innovative and unconventional approaches. Sustainability and a 6-star design review rating was achieved, resulting in an impressive example of enhancing both the economic and social outcomes.

Headshot of Paul Rogers with a black suit, white shirt and red tie
Sydney Professional Engineer of the Year
Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers’ entrepreneurship has contributed to the engineering industry's growth and driven successes on some of the state’s key projects, including metro and light rails. His social approach to the industry considers a balanced approach to diversity and knowledge growth. Throughout his career, he has continually strived for improved practices for better social and project outcomes.

Anirban standing next to a robotic machine
Sydney Emerging Professional Engineer of the Year
Anirban Ghose

Anirban Ghose has demonstrated passion, innovation and entrepreneurial success through this research and implementation of micro-factories. His work has driven the growth of advanced manufacturing in regional NSW. Combining mechatronics, nanoscience, and engineering backgrounds, Anirban has in-depth research and practical experience of recycling material opportunities, and development of technologies for incorporating recycled materials and goods into useable products.

Headshot of Professor Veena Sahajwalla
Chemical College Chemical Engineer Achievement Award
Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Professor Veena Sahajwalla epitomises excellence in Chemical Engineering. Her pioneering research in high temperature conversion of waste, earned her the title of NSW Australian of the Year. As the inventor of 'Green Steel’ and creator/developer of micro-recycling, Professor Sahajwalla is reshaping the circular economy and global recycling approaches.

View photographs of the event. 

The Engineers Australia Excellence Awards seeks to recognise and reward outstanding achievement in engineering. Local winners will go on to represent their division at the national awards in Melbourne on Wednesday 29 November.