2021 Engineer of the Year finalists & winners

Celebrate the Innovators, thank the Problem Solvers.

The Engineer of the Year Award is awarded to individuals who represent outstanding examples of innovation and resourcefulness within the engineering profession.

To become a finalist is a great achievement. Engineers Australia congratulates the 2021 Engineer of the Year Finalists.

Engineer of the Year winners will be announced at various events in August for each location.

The National winner for each category will be announced at Engineers Australia Pinnacle Awards Event in early 2022.

Professional Engineer of the Year

Saeid Nahavandi

FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

As an academic/researcher and an engineer spanning over 30 years, Professor Saeid Nahavandi is recognised internationally for research and innovation in robotic, haptic, (tactile sensing), intelligent systems, and human-machine interaction technologies. Serving as a consultant to government and industry in Australia, Europe, and the USA, he pioneered multi-point haptic technologies to produce high-fidelity engineering solutions.

Today, he has developed several world-first haptically-enabled robotic and virtual-reality systems for real-world applications. His engineering research and innovation has transitioned into commercial products in the international market, generating economic value and creating jobs for Australian communities, delivering tangible benefit to our industry and society.

Young Professional Engineer of the Year

Brittany Coff

MIEAust CPEng APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Brittany is a water resources engineer who develops innovative solutions for environmental and community benefit. Her career thus far has been varied, working within private, government and not-for-profit sectors.

Brittany holds a Master of Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge, UK. Her work has contributed to the sustainable management of water resources throughout the Murray Darling Basin, and in improving the effectiveness of water technology projects in developing contexts.

She has received several industry awards, co-authored multiple publications, presented at international conferences, and has an ongoing commitment to voluntary engineering-related pursuits.

Engineering Associate of the Year

Wade Godbee

OAM AFIEAust CEngA NER

Wade Godbee discharged from the Permanent Air Force in January 2006 after 27 years’ fulltime service and straight away joined the RAAF Active Reserve where is he still serving today. In his Reserve capacity, he is the Warrant Officer Engineer in charge of all the technical Reservists within Number 82Wing (which includes Numbers 1 and 6 Squadrons), who undertake maintenance initially on F-111 aircraft and now F/A-18F and EA-18G aircraft.

Aside from Reserve work, Wade also joined Raytheon Australia at Amberley in October 2006 as a Maintenance Manager. Sixteen months later, he was promoted to a Senior Maintenance Manager where he was responsible for a number of Defence Aviation Sustainment programs within Raytheon across Amberley, Nowra, Adelaide and Williamtown locations.

He also set up and executed the Raytheon Australia maintenance management system and maintenance regulatory requirements on a number of new Raytheon Programs, including Land 58, Australian Super Hornet Training Support Services (F/A-18F Flight Simulators), and the Air Combat Electronic Attack Sustainment Contract For F/A-18F and EA-18G aircraft, where he is still working.

Wade received a Raytheon Australia General Managers award for the phase in work he did on the Super Hornet Training Support Services contract. Wade also received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Military Division of the 2015 Queens Birthday Honours, for meritorious service as a Maintenance Manager in the Permanent and Reserve elements of the RAAF.

Engineering Technologist of the Year

Ashley Flower

TMIEAust

Ashley Flower is Principal Civil Designer at Bligh Tanner and specialises in complex projects.

His background is in major infrastructure design, having designed over 100 km of major highway and motorways. Ashley has a passion for creating engaging community places, and has significant experience in sports and recreation facilities and is a leading specialist in cycling infrastructure.

He has designed of some of Australia’s most celebrated landscape projects, including the Small Creek Naturalisation (winner of two National AILA Excellence Awards), and the Hanlon Park Redevelopment. He has a passion for the engineering community and enjoys mentoring designer students.

Young Engineering Associate of the Year

Damien Richards

AMIEAust CEngA NER IntETn(Aus)

Damien Richards is a Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician in the Royal Australian Navy. He has served on ships HMAS Wewak, Leeuwin and Melville and shore establishments HMAS Cerberus and Cairns. Damien holds the Marine technical Charge qualification and is completing a Masters in Systems Engineering through the University of New South Wales.

Damien has deployed on Operation Resolute, Anode, Pacific Partnership and PNG Assist providing humanitarian aid, peacekeeping and disaster relief.

Damien seeks professional development opportunities wherever possible and is a firm believer in providing quality leadership through being an inspirational role-model.

WINNERS

NEWCASTLE

Young Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

NORTHERN

Young Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

QUEENSLAND

Young Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Young Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

SYDNEY

Young Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

TASMANIA

Young Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

VICTORIA

Young Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Young Professional Engineer of the Year Winner

Professional Engineer of the Year Winner