Northern Territory’s top engineers named

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Profile photograph of Juergen Zimmermann FIEAust and Daly Kelly MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntePE(Aus)

The Northern Territory’s Professional Engineer of the Year and Young Professional Engineer of the Year have been announced at the Engineers Australia Northern Division Engineering Excellence Awards.

Engineers Australia Northern Division General Manager, Keely Quinn, said the awards provide an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the impact of engineers.

“As we work towards the NT Government’s goal of a $40 billion economy by 2030, engineers have never been more important. These awards recognise and reward outstanding achievement and play an important role in promoting engineering excellence and the significant contribution engineering makes to the Northern Territory community,” said Ms Quinn.

Award recipients

Juergen Zimmermann FIEAust – Professional Engineer of the Year

A strong supporter of clean energy, Juergen has spent his career focussing on how small and larger power systems can safely and economically transition from fossil fuel power generation to renewable energy.

Juergen heads Business Development and Technology for Hitachi ABB’s Grid Edge Solutions Business in Australia and New Zealand and has been involved in the development and construction of microgrids for 32 years.

He is responsible for developing new projects and innovative solutions for off-grid, as well as grid connected microgrids, including those that use grid forming inverters to stabilize large power systems with high renewable energy penetration.

Daly Kelly MIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntePE(Aus) – Young Professional Engineer of the Year

Daly is a Chartered engineer with 12 years’ experience in a variety of fields including the oil gas industry, automotive industry and drone research and development.

His influence as a young engineer extends well beyond his numerous key roles with Darwin LNG. His long history in volunteering work includes university advisory groups and Young Engineers, STEM, and youth work, notably the creation of the Buddy’s Day program at St Vincent de Paul, which continues to this day.

Daly is recognised for his unflappable nature and ability to handle pressure, highlighted by his experience in managing multiple roles in Darwin LNG, while running his own consultancy providing expert compliance advice to the Northern Territory Government.

Tim Duignan was also announced as a national finalist for the Engineering Associate of the Year. Juergen, Daly and Tim are finalists for the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards, to be announced in November.

Image: Juergen Zimmermann (left), Daly Kelly (right).

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