Honorary Fellows

(HonFIEAust)

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This award elevates the nominee to the highest Engineers Australia membership grade.

Eligible recipients are Fellows of The Institution of Engineers Australia or distinguished non-members.

They have rendered conspicuous service to the profession of engineering, are eminent in engineering or an allied science, or a distinguished person whom the Board desires to honour, either for having displayed service to the Australian people or in recognition of outstanding achievement.

Honorary Fellow (HonFIEAust) is awarded to individuals who present
  • Notable contributions to and/or achievements in the profession of engineering or an allied science
  • The highest technical, professional and community service standards of engineering
  • The broad nature and impacts of the engineering profession through their significant contributions
Nominations close 3 July 2022
Who can nominate

Nominations for this award may be made by any three members of National Congress:

  • A National Congress Board
  • A Division Committee, College Board or Society Board
  • The National President

Learn more about the nomination process for Honorary Fellows from the Submission Guidelines and Terms & Conditions featured below.

Submission Guidelines
Terms and Conditions
Nomination criteria 

Submission Guidelines

View and download the Submission Guidelines.

If you have any further questions about the submission process, please contact us at [email protected]

Terms and Conditions

Honorary Fellow is Engineers Australia’s highest membership grade and is conferred on a Fellow of Engineers Australia or a distinguished person whom the Board desires to honour for having rendered conspicuous service to the Australian people or in recognition of outstanding achievement.

As Engineers Australia’s highest Membership Grade, Honorary Fellow can only be conferred by the Board on recommendation of the Honours and Awards Committee. It can only be awarded to and retained by living members of Engineers Australia and there can only be 200 living Honorary Fellows.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Only Fellows of Engineers Australia are eligible to be nominated for Honorary Fellow
  • The Board may confer Honorary Fellow on a distinguished non-member who has rendered conspicuous service to the Australian people or the engineering profession.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations for Honorary Fellow will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Contribution to community welfare
  • Contribution to the profession
  • Technical expertise/business

As further expressed by:

  • Contribution to the community’s welfare through engineering works
  • Contribution to the knowledge-base of the profession through research and development activities
  • Contributions to education through teaching and/or education support
  • Contributions to the community outside of engineering practice
  • Contributions to the profession through professional society activities
  • Contributions to the profession through leadership and management

NOTE: Nominees do not need to pass every area of the above sub-sets, however these are provided as a guide for nominators. Nominators will be asked to address the sub-set areas where relevant to the nominee and their career. The closing date for nominations for any given year is advertised on the corporate website within the Honorary Fellow sections.

Presentation of the Honorary Fellow certificates

The National President or representative will contact an Honorary Fellow recipient to advise of their selection and a presentation will be made by the National President at a suitable occasion. The award consists of a framed certificate prescribed by the Board.

Nomination criteria 

The criteria for this membership grade to be defined as:

  • Contribution to community welfare
  • Contribution to the profession
  • Technical expertise/business

As further expressed by:

  • Contribution to the community’s welfare through engineering works
  • Contribution to the knowledge-base of the profession through research and development activities
  • Contributions to education through teaching and/or education support
  • Contributions to the community outside of engineering practice
  • Contributions to the profession through professional society activities
  • Contributions to the profession through leadership and management

NOTE: Nominees do not need to pass every area of the above sub-sets, however these are provided as a guide for nominators. Nominators will be asked to address the sub-set areas where relevant to the nominee and their career.

2021 Honorary Fellows

Chris Vonwiller

HonFIEAust

Chris Vonwiller is a recognised leader in the development and commercialisation of advanced technology. He is the co-founder and Chairman of Appen (ASX:APX), a global leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Chris holds degrees in science and engineering, with honours, from the University of Sydney, and an MBA from Macquarie University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Sydney in 2021, and received the 2020 Alumni Award, Innovation and Enterprise, from Macquarie University.

Trish White

AM HonFIEAust CPEng EngExec NER

Trish White was the National President and Chair of the Board of Engineers Australia for 2018 and 2019. She is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and holds degrees in electrical engineering and arts from the University of Queensland.

She is an executive director of professional services and business advisory firm, Slingsby Taylor, and provides advisory services to boards and executives of both commercial and not-for-profit organisations.

Formerly, Trish was Executive Strategic Advisor for WorleyParsons Ltd, which followed a career as a cabinet minister in the South Australian government. She served in the infrastructure, development, transport, science and education portfolios.

Ian Johnston

AO HonFIEAust CPEng

For more than 50 years, Professor Ian Johnston has been a leading figure in the international engineering community. He is most notable for his work with the engineering behaviour of soft and weak weathered rock.

Ian has worked at a range of universities consultancies, and advisory committees to government. He has directly supervised 20 PhD students, with a hand in supporting countless more, and has published more than 150 technical papers and five book chapters.

He has been a recipient of an EH Davis Award in 1991, the John Jaeger Award in 2001, and Order of Australia in 2017.

John Wilson

HonFIEAust CPEng EngExec NER

Professor John Wilson is a distinguished and renowned academic in the structural and earthquake engineering profession. He’s lectured to more than 20,000 students and contributed to shaping the careers of many engineering undergraduate and postgraduate students.

He has some 40 years’ experience, during which time he has been at the forefront of academic research and a leader in tertiary education institutions.

Professor Wilson is nationally and internationally recognised for his research in the field of earthquake engineering. His most significant work is associated with changes to the Earthquake Loading Standard AS1170.4 and the development of the AS1170.4 Commentary.

Judith Uren

HonFIEAust CPEng NER

Judith Uren runs her own practice, JGU Consulting. She is also Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Pritchard Francis and volunteers time to industry bodies in a number of capacities.

Starting with AECOM, she worked on bridge, infrastructure and building projects in Australia, London and Hong Kong. Soon after starting her family, Judith worked for Main Roads as their first permanent part-time employee.

She then joined BG&E becoming a Director leading projects in the transport, resource and oil and gas sectors. She recently retired from a Non-Executive Director position with Pilbara Ports Authority.

Kevin Young

HonFIEAust

Kevin Young has a 40-year career in the water industry, in Australia and overseas. He was Managing Director of Sydney Water, Australia’s largest water utility and Managing Director of Hunter Water Corporation.

He has significantly contributed to cost effective, reliable and sustainable water services. As a board member of WaterAid Australia, he has supported water projects in the Asia Pacific region.

He was Chair of the Water Services Association Australia where he supported water research and has mentored young people in the water industry. He has been among the Top 100 Engineers in Australia and recognised as a ‘Legend of Water’.

Past award recipients