Recognition for high achieving rail engineers

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Engineers who are high achievers in Australia’s rail sector have been recognised in the 2021 Railway Technical Society of Australia (RTSA) Awards.

The RTSA awards have been presented at the Conference on Rail Excellence in Perth.

Engineers Australia Chief Executive Officer, Dr Bronwyn Evans AM said, “On behalf of the engineering profession, warm congratulations to all award-winners.

“Among many other things, the work that the winners have done has helped to increase efficiency and raise safety levels for those who rely on rail, including workers and passengers.”

The highest award – the 2021 Railway Professional of the Year Award – has been won by Mr Phillip Campbell OAM, who is General Manager, Technical Standards (Chief Engineer) with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

Mr Campbell has been recognised for his work introducing and implementing new rail operational rules and rail standards across ARTC, which have reduced maintenance costs and supported procurement.

Dr Evans said, “Phillip has made a significant contribution to the railway engineering profession and the wider engineering community through various committee/board positions and voluntary roles over the past 25 years.

“He has demonstrated his contribution to innovation and mentoring of younger engineering professionals, through his engagement with the academic and research community.

“Phillip has shown continuous growth and promotion, increasing responsibility, impressive work achievements and constant commitment to the railway professional community.”

The full list of award-winners is:

  • 2018 Young Railway Engineer (joint winner) – Ms Michelle Doolan (Aurecon)
  • 2018 Young Railway Engineer (joint winner) – Ms Qian Zheng (Public Transport Authority of Western Australia)
  • 2018 Graduate Engineer Award (joint winner) – Ms Nichelle Naluz (Aurecon)
  • 2018 Graduate Engineer Award (joint winner) – Mr Kershan Pillai (SNC Lavalin)
  • 2019 RTSA Annual Rail Scholarship – Ms Michelle Tan (Public Transport Authority of Western Australia)
  • 2019 Graduate Engineer Award – Mr Kamal Yash (Arup Queensland Rail)
  • 2019 Railway Engineering PhD Thesis Award – Mr Quan Lai
  • 2019 Railway Engineering Student Thesis Award – Mr Micah Fountain
  • 2019 Young Railway Engineer – Mr Kyaw Lwin (Lendlease)
  • 2020 Railway Engineer Student Thesis Award – Mr Emil Johansen
  • 2020 Graduate Engineer Award – Ms Mushfika Upama (Arup)
  • 2020 Young Railway Engineer – Mr Yang Lit Phay (Public Transport Authority of Western Australia)
  • 2021 Railway Engineering Student Thesis Award – Mr Navsimran Singh
  • 2020 Railway Professional of the Year – Mr Andrew Hunt (KiwiRail)
  • 2021 Railway Professional of the Year – Mr Phillip Campbell OAM (ARTC)
  • 2021 Railway Engineering Student Thesis Award – Ms Elizabeth Kalou
  • 2021 Railway Engineering PhD Thesis Award – Mr Yong Pang
  • 2020 Railway Engineering PhD Thesis Award – Mr Shah Ahmad
  • 2020 RTSA Individual Award – Mr John Furness
  • 2020 RTSA Biennial Railway Project Award – Level Crossing Removal Project, Caulfield to Dandenong Alliance
  • 2020 RTSA Life Membership – Mr Martin Baggott

The reason why awards dating back to 2018 have just been announced is because the conference is held every two years and last year’s conference was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

RTSA is a Technical Society of Engineers Australia and a Technical Group of Engineering New Zealand.

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