AGM Michell Medal

About this Award

The Award perpetuates the memory of Anthony George Maldon Michell (1870-1959), an outstanding Australian Mechanical Engineer. AGM Michell was a consulting engineer in the field of hydraulics and pump design and in conjunction with his investigations of lubrication at the beginning of the century he invented the tilting-pad thrust bearing, a momentous technical innovation. Other notable achievements were the invention of his viscometer, the development of hydraulic power transmissions and the design and development of a series of crankless engines. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1934 and was awarded the Kernot Medal in 1938 and the James Watt Medal in 1943.

The Award was first presented in 1978.

The Award is made annually by the Mechanical College Board upon the recommendation of its Executive Committee, the latter having invited Confidential Nominations accompanied by supporting documentation.

Nominations close 1 December 2021
Nomination Criteria
Terms and Conditions
Submission Guidelines
Presentation of the Award

Nomination Criteria

The Award is presented for outstanding service to mechanical engineering through:

  • A highly significant contribution, or contributions, through technical innovation relating to the science or practice of mechanical engineering; or
  • Long standing eminence in mechanical engineering science or practice; or
  • Notable and sustained leadership pertaining to mechanical engineering, within the Institution of Engineers Australia; or
  • A worthy blend of the aforementioned

Terms and Conditions

  • Please note that non-members of Engineers Australia are eligible for the Award, however their nomination will be the exception rather than the rule
  • Self-nominees must provide details of two referees
  • The successful recipient will be invited to give an oration on a topic of his or her choice which will later be published in the Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering
  • Unsuccessful nominations in the current year remain valid for another 2 years and are again considered with any new nominations received in those following years

Submission Guidelines

You must provide the following with your submission:

  • Submit nomination online
  • Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  • Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  • Nominee’s portrait photo
  • Nominee’s Citation (Max 100 words)
  • A statement addressing the criteria

Presentation of the Award

The successful recipient will be presented with a Bronze Medal and accompanying Certificate at a Presentation Dinner or equally appropriate event. The recipient is invited to give an oration on a topic of his or her choice which will later be published in the Australian Journal of Mechanical Engineering.

2020 Winner

Dr Michael Myers OAM

OAM BE MBA DBA

Dr Myers is a Mechanical Engineer who since 1983, has created and lead several technology start-ups engaged in implementing computer-aided engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies across the ASEAN region. Included within his business portfolio was CONCENTRIC Asia Pacific, the Advanced Manufacturing Facilities of the South Australian Centre for Manufacturing (SACFM) and the Advanced Manufacturing Facilities Queensland Manufacturing Institute (QMI).

Dr Myers was involved in several international CAD/CAM advisory teams responsible for the development of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software and creation of the concept of Building Information Management (BIM) software.

Projects include the development of techniques for Cranio-facial reconstructive surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, design of an Americas Cup challenger with Iain Murray, design of the ADI Minehunter and many complex development projects for Toyota, Mitsubishi and  BOEING across Asia.

In 1998 Dr Myers founded the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation (REA) which is focusing on the implementation of STEM-based educational programs which engage students with engineering career pathways. To date, REA has mentored over 1,000,000 students in Australia and is recognised internationally, having implemented STEM programs in New Zealand, France, UK, China and Canada.

Dr Myers passions include motorsport, having competed in two Round Australia Car Rallies, the Repco in 1979 and the Mobil 1 in 1995.

Past award recipients

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