IREE Neville Thiele Eminence Award

About this Award

The Neville Thiele Eminence Award is the most prestigious award of the ITEE College of Engineers Australia.  It is presented in memory of The Institution of Radio and Electronics Engineers (IREE) and in named in honour of the late Mr. A.N. (Neville) Thiele OAM.

The IREE represented the profession of radio and electronics engineering in Australia for many years, while Neville Thiele was an outstanding Australian Electronics Engineer, former President of the IREE and a world renowned expert on audio engineering standards and the design of loudspeakers.

The award recognises eminence in information, telecommunications and electronics engineering and will honour a member who has made significant contributions to the art of practice of engineering in the disciplines covered by the ITEE College. The award also recognises the individual’s significant contributions to the community.

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

Eligibility Criteria

The nominee must:

  • provide details of the nominee’s technical and professional career, and demonstrate the nominee’s compliance with the judging criteria and their contributions to the Australian community
  • provide a brief (approx 1 page) essay on how the $10,000 cash award will facilitate their professional and personal development.

The candidate will:

  • have made significant practical and/or theoretical contributions to the art and practice of engineering in any (or several) of the following disciplines:
    • Communications Engineering;
    • Computer Systems Engineering;
    • Electronics Engineering;
    • Information Engineering; or
    • Software Engineering, and
  • have made significant contributions to the community.

Nominees with Chartered status will be favourably regarded.

Terms and Conditions

A recipient of the award must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent Australian resident; and
  • be eligible to be a member of Engineers Australia, the Institution of Engineering and Technology or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in the grade of engineer, technologist or associate.

The nomination form must be signed by the nominee and two referees, at least one of whom must be a chartered member of Engineers Australia.

Submission Guidelines

The nomination must provide:

  1. Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  2. Nominee’s Short Biography
  3. Nominee’s statement addressing each criterion
  4. A 750 words essay detailling how the award will facilitate the nominee’s professional and personal development
  5. Contact details of two supporting members with CPEng or Fellow status
  6. Nominee’s portrait photo

Unsuccessful candidates may be re-nominated in subsequent years.

Presentation of the Award

The recipient will receive a cash prize of AU $10,000 provided by the IREE Foundation, a framed certificate and an engraved medal. The prize will be presented at a suitable formal occasion of Engineers Australia.

2021 Winner

Harsh Trivedi


Harsh Trivedi BEng MEng MIEAust NER RPEQ Harsh Trivedi is a Senior Telecommunications Engineer in the Engineering and Technology branch at the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR), Queensland. He is a technology entrepreneur with 14 years of extensive research and industry experience in Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS).

He is very passionate about Cooperative and Automated Vehicle technologies and a great advocate of the same since these technologies can improve road safety and benefit the economy.

Harsh has contributed significantly to testing, deploying, and commissioning state-of-the-art C-ITS technology and has worked on the largest C-ITS pilot in Australia to date. The outcomes of this pilot will help build public awareness and promote the uptake of C-ITS technology both locally and globally. Furthermore, he has published peer-reviewed scientific papers in international conferences and received state-level and national-level award nominations for his contributions to the field.

Harsh holds a Master’s degree in Microelectronic Engineering from La Trobe University, Australia, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Gujarat University, India. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (Information, Telecommunications and Electronics Engineering).

Harsh strongly believes in giving back to the community and making a difference. His volunteering endeavours have enabled several organisations to facilitate technological exchanges and motivate young engineers and researchers.

Past award recipients