Victoria’s top engineers announced

Victoria's top engineers have been named at the Engineers Australia - Victorian Division Engineering Excellence Awards.
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Victoria's Engineer of the year winners

Engineers Australia - Victoria General Manager, Alesha Printz, congratulated the winners for their outstanding achievements and contribution to the profession.

“Nathan, Saeid and Benita are extraordinary innovators who share a passion for sustainable design and a desire to inspire the next generation of engineers,” said Ms Printz.

Engineers Australia Victoria President, Astrid Kauffman, who announced the winners during the online winners event held on Thursday 14 October, applauded the result.

”It is a testament to the extraordinary range and impact of engineers that we can have on one hand, a Young Professional Engineer of the Year innovating in one of the oldest building materials in the world (timber) winning alongside a Professional Engineer of the Year leading cutting edge research in robotics in space applications.”

Award recipients

Professor Saeid Nahavandi - Professional Engineer of the Year

Professor Saeid Nahavandi is an outstanding innovator whose work in integrating haptic (tactile feedback) technology into robots and virtual-reality (VR) systems is transforming how we engage with the virtual world.  Professor Nahavandi’s research has been successfully commercialised into motion simulators, medical robotics and training simulators for emergency services and defence applications.  He is a leader in promoting STEM education, has a passion for supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is an advocate for increasing awareness and consideration of the ethics associated with the rise in artificial intelligence and automation in society.

Benita Husband  - Professional Engineer of the Year (Highly Commended)

Nathan Benbow - Young Professional Engineer of the Year

Nathan Benbow is at the forefront of engineering innovation as an Australian pioneer and champion of cross-laminated timber in engineered structures.  A leader in the sector, Nathan is gaining an international presence through his knowledge sharing, through projects such as the world’s tallest mass timber vertical extension, the award-winning Oakleigh South Child Care Centre and Geelong’s floating Christmas Tree.   Through his engineering practice and advocacy, and with passion, dedication and generosity, Nathan demonstrates how the science and practice of engineering can deliver impactful, beautiful, and exciting solutions for the benefit of community.  

The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards Program seeks to recognise and reward outstanding achievement in engineering.  Regional winners go on to represent their division at the national awards early 2022.

Image: left - Nathan Benbow, right - Saeid Nahavandi 

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