Tasmania announces its Professional Engineers of the Year

Tasmania's Professional Engineer of the Year and Young Professional Engineer of the Year have been announced at the Engineers Australia Tasmania Division Engineering Excellence Awards.
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Engineers Australia Tasmania Division General Manager, Darren Beattie, said Tasmanian engineers are behind some of the most exciting innovations in Australia and the engineers recognised at the awards are an example of that. 

“The recently released Tasmanian budget for 2021-22, outlined significant funding for our health system, education and training, affordable housing, infrastructure and climate action. Engineers will be essential to the research, development and execution of projects and innovations in all of these sectors,” Beattie said. 

“It’s engineers like our award winners who can make real change, not just for Tasmania but Australia and the world.” 

Award recipients 

Paul Southcott MIEAust CPEng NER - Professional Engineer of the Year  

As an exceptionally skilled dams engineer, Paul Southcott brings three decades of experience to his work in civil and dam engineering.  

Southcott has worked on civil and structural assets for the power and water supply industries and the education sector. He has covered every element of work required within dam engineering including geotechnical and hydrological investigation, studies, whole of life design, assessments, monitoring and emergency planning.  

He also has expertise in geotechnical, foundation, structural, hydraulic and hydropower engineering.  

David Ewers MIEAust – Young Professional Engineer of the Year 

A passionate advocate for sustainable engineering and equitable access to sustainable engineering solutions, David Ewers has worked across a number of industries in engineering roles. 

From wind farms to defence bases, motorsport facilities and water management Ewers has worked on transformative projects across Australia, delivering sustainable community benefits. 

On top of his work, Ewers is committed to engaging with young Australians to show them how a career in engineering could equip them to make a difference through projects in their own communities. 

Image: Paul Southcott left, David Ewers right.