David Dewhurst Award

Award for Biomedical Engineering Excellence

David Dewhurst Award –
Award for Biomedical Engineering Excellence

The David Dewhurst Award honours Dr David Dewhurst, one of Australia’s first prominent Biomedical Engineers. In 1974, he established the Institution of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), an early forerunner of the professional associations now representing biomedical engineering in Australia.

Find out more information about David Dewhurst.

David Dewhurst has recently been added to the Australian Dictionary of Biographies. The ADB lists some 13,000 entries about Australians who have made a significant contribution to Australian Society.

The David Dewhurst Award is awarded annually to a member of the Biomedical engineering team who has made a significant contribution to the discipline.

2022 Nominations Close 1 August 2022
Eligibility Criteria
Terms and Conditions
Submission Guidelines
Presentation of the Award

Eligibility Criteria

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

  • a highly significant contribution, or contributions, through technical innovation relating to the science or practice of biomedical engineering; or
  • long standing eminence in biomedical engineering science or practice; or
  • exceptional and sustained management or leadership relating to biomedical engineering; or
  • a notable combination of the aforementioned qualities and achievements.

Terms and Conditions

  • Nominations are invited from the Chairman or office bearers of the Biomedical branches affiliated with the College and are to be submitted through the Division representative on the Board
  • Nominees do not need to be members of Engineers Australia
  • Current College Board members are not eligible to accept nomination for this award

Submission Guidelines

You must provide the following with your submission:

  • Submit the nomination online 
  • Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  • Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  • Nominee’s portrait photo
  • Formal Citation (1000-word limit)


Presentation of the Award

The Award consists of a framed bronze medal and certificate and is presented at a special meeting or function of the College selected as appropriate by the Board of the College of Biomedical Engineering.

2021 Winner

Leo Barnes

HonFIEAust CPEng EngExec

Leo Barnes has been an SMBE member and office bearer since 1976, became a life member in 1996 and retired in 2014.

Leo has 40 years of active medical device industry experience in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the USA. He also has 15 years of direct patient and device interface experience in NSW hospitals.

Leo is also the creator of the only Australian internationally accredited medical device test house (CE and NATA).

Past award recipients