John Connell Gold Medal

About this Award

This award is for an eminent structural engineer. It is named after John Connell, principal and founder of John Connell and Associates (JCA), in 1958. John Connell and Associates was part of the Connell Group, which merged with Macdonald Wagner in 1989 to form Connell Wagner. Connell Wagner subsequently became part of Aurecon in 2008.

John Connell is considered to have made an outstanding contribution to the practice of structural engineering in Australia and to exporting Australian engineering skills to Asia in the 1970s and 1980s. John retired as Managing Director of John Connell and Associates in 1985 and as chairman of the Connell Group in 1988. He passed away in 2016.

2022 Nominations Close 1 August 2022
Nomination Criteria
Submission Guidelines
Presentation of the Award

Nomination Criteria

  • The recipient must be (or have been) a practising structural engineer who has made a significant contribution, preferably nationally and internationally, to the standing and prestige of the structural engineering profession
  • The recipient may have a background in consulting engineering, government service, manufacturing, construction, academia, or service with the professional organisation, such as Engineers Australia
  • The recipient does not have to be an Australian national nor reside in Australia. However, if the recipient is not an Australian national, the contribution that he/she has made must have had a significant impact in Australia. It is anticipated that, on most occasions, the award will be made to an Australian national
  • The recipient must have reached a senior position and be widely recognised as holding eminent standing within the profession

Submission Guidelines

You must provide the following with your submission:

  • Submit nomination online
  • Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  • Nominee’s portrait photo


Presentation of the Award

The winner receives a specially struck gold medal bearing the insignia of Engineers Australia and likeness of John Connell. The medal is mounted and framed and presented at a special meeting or function of the College selected as appropriate by the Board of the College of Structural Engineering.

2021 Winner

Professor Brian Uy

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Professor Brian Uy is a leading international authority on Steel and Composite Structures and is Professor of Structural Engineering and Head of the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney. He has for over 18 years held a Chair of Structural Engineering and has held roles in some of the largest consultants in Australia, namely Arcadis, Arup and Worley. Brian is the Chairman of the Standards Australia Committee BD-032 on Composite structures for buildings and BD-90-06 on Steel and composite structures for bridges.

Brian has been the Chairman of the Australia Regional Group of the Institution of Structural Engineers UK since 2012 and the Chairman of the Australian Group of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering since 2015.

He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia; Institution of Civil Engineers; American Society of Civil Engineers; Institution of Structural Engineers and International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering.

Past award recipients