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 open 1 March 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.

2020 Honorary Fellows

Honorary Fellow Robin Batterham

Dr Robin Batterham AO

HonFIEAust CPEng(Ret)

Professor Batterham has shared his expertise across many spheres – including in business, academia, government and peak bodies.

For over 20 years, he was with Rio Tinto, including as Global Head of Innovation.
Since 2010, he has been the Kernot Professor in Engineering at the University of Melbourne, with interests in sustainability, mining and mineral processing.

He has also served as Australia’s Chief Scientist, President of the Academy of Technology and Engineering and President of the Institute of Chemical Engineers and Chair of the International Energy Agency Expert Group on Science for Energy.

Prof David Beanland AO

HonFIEAust CPEng(Ret)

Emeritus Professor David Beanland AO has been at the forefront of transformation in microelectronics engineering and the Australian university sectors throughout his 60 years of service to the profession.

As Foundation Vice-Chancellor of RMIT University, David led the institution through a period of transformational change including establishing RMIT’s International University in Vietnam.

A key contributor to the entire University sector in the adoption of quality, computing and international education, David is the author of several UNESCO reports on engineering education and microelectronics.

He is Director of DGB Concepts, providing consulting services to the university sector.

Honorary Fellow David Cruickshanks Boyd

Dr David Cruickshanks-Boyd

HonFIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

In a 40-year-career, Dr David Cruickshanks-Boyd has made substantial contributions through leadership in infrastructure delivery; board and volunteer positions; and as a champion of diversity.
He is currently WSP’s National Director, Corporate Sustainability, a Member of the SA Minerals and Energy Advisory Council and Chair of the South Australia Governor’s Aboriginal Employment Infrastructure Cluster.

During his tenure as National President and Board Chair in 2015, he established a Diversity Committee and Policy within the Engineers Australia management team.

He is a past deputy chair of the SA Environment Protection Authority, and former Director of Scope Global.

Honorary Fellow Bruce Howard

Mr Bruce Howard

HonFIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Bruce Howard has made an extensive contribution to Engineers Australia and the engineering profession.
His many volunteer roles with Engineers Australia include Sydney Division President on three separate occasions – 2002, 2015 and 2019 – and National Vice President for over a decade.

He is currently the General Manager of two major solar energy development projects in NSW and the Managing Director of Ample Electrical Services, a renewable energy and electric power consultancy that has worked on projects including utility-scale renewable wind projects.

Bruce’s extensive 40-year career started with the Electricity Commission of NSW, and also included roles at Pacific Power and TransGrid.

Mr Neville Power

HonFIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Neville (Nev) Power’s distinguished career has spanned the gamut.

He started on “shop floor” as an apprentice diesel fitter before qualifying as a mechanical engineer and taking on a succession of increasingly senior roles in the resources sector, including as Chief Executive Officer of Fortescue Metals Group between 2011 and 2018, a period in which FMG’s production quadrupled.

He currently Chairs Perth Airport, the Foundation for the WA Museum and the Royal Flying Doctor Service in WA.

In addition, Nev was selected by Prime Minister Scott Morrison as Chairman of the National COVID-19 Coordination Commission.

Prof Mark Randolph

HonFIEAust CPEng(Ret)

Over a 40-year academic career, Professor Mark Randolph has become the world’s most-cited geotechnical engineer, with over 17,000 citations. His work has been pivotal to enabling Australia’s major offshore gas and LNG projects.

He was also founding co-Director of consulting company Advanced Geomechanics, later acquired by international company Fugro, where he continues to serve as a Technical Authority.

He originally obtained his PhD from Cambridge, where he lectured in Engineering before joining the University of Western Australia and rapidly becoming a professor. He co-authored two books Piling Engineering, and Offshore Geotechnical Engineering, and developed software for practical application.

Past award recipients

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