M A Sargent Medal

About this Award

This is a prestigious award made jointly by the College of Electrical Engineers and the College of ITEE Engineers. It is named in honour of Dr Michael Anthony (Mike) Sargent, an outstanding Australian electrical engineer. Dr Sargent graduated from the University of Queensland in 1964 and gained a PhD in electrical engineering at the same university in 1967. After holding various engineering appointments in Queensland and North America he joined the South East Queensland Electricity Board in 1978 becoming its Chief Engineer in 1984 and became Manager, Business Systems in 1989.

Dr Sargent is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia and has served in many positions in Engineers Australia including Chairman of the Electrical and Computing Branch of Queensland Division 1976, Chairman of Queensland Division 1984, member of the then Council 1984 – 1986, Vice President of Engineers Australia 1985 – 1986 and also 1988, Deputy Chairman of the Electrical College Board 1988, Deputy President of Engineers Australia 1989 and President in 1990.

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

Nomination Criteria

  • a highly significant contribution, through technical innovation, to the science or practice of electrical engineering; or
  • longstanding eminence in science or the practice of electrical engineering; or
  • exceptional and sustained management or leadership relating to electrical engineering; or
  • a notable combination of the foregoing qualities.

Please note that international peer recognition of contributions to the practice of electrical engineering will be well regarded.

Terms and Conditions

Nominees must be:

  • a current member of Engineers Australia
  • an Australian Citizen or a permanent Australian resident

Submission Guidelines

You must provide the following with your submission:

  1. Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  2. Nominee’s Short Biography (150 words)
  3. Nominee’s information addressing each criterion
  4. Contact details of two supporting members with CPEng or Fellow status
  5. Nominee’s portrait photo

Self-nominations will not be accepted.
Please note that if a nomination is not successful in the year of nomination, it will be considered again during each of the following two years.


Presentation of the Award

The award consists of an engraved medal and framed certificate and is presented at a suitable formal Engineers Australia event.

2022 Joint Winners

Tapan Saha

FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Professor Tapan Saha is the Leader of UQ Solar and he has been a full professor since 2005 at the University of Queensland, where he is also the leader of Industry 4.0 UQ Energy TestLab. He has 28 years of world class research expertise in power systems, renewable energy (solar PV, wind and geothermal) integration to the electricity grid and condition monitoring & remaining life prediction of electrical plants. He has successfully supervised 25+ post-doctoral research fellows, 50 PhD and 11 MPhil students as a principal adviser in power engineering. He has received more than 50 million dollar research grants from the Australian Research Council (13 Linkage, 2 Discovery and 2 Large Infrastructure Equipment Fund), Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Australian federal (Education Infrastructure Fund for Solar Flagship project) and Queensland state governments (Queensland Geothermal Centre of Excellence, Advance Queensland etc.) and electricity supply industry. He has published more than 630 papers in IEEE, Elsevier and other international journals and peer reviewed conferences. He works very closely with the Australian electricity supply industry. He has strong research links with universities in USA, China, and India. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and research contributions within and outside the university.

Peng Shi


Professor Shi is internationally recognised for ground-breaking research in intelligent systems, automation, robotics, and control systems. He has been a Highly Cited Researcher in engineering and computer science every year since 2014 and Global 1st Ranked Most Cited Researcher in electrical and electronic engineering in 2018. Besides advancing knowledge, his work on operation readiness studies has informed government policy toward optimising military training practices within resources and budgets. His research has transitioned into commercial products globally, providing healthcare robots for people with moving disability and surveillance robots for law-enforces, leading to considerable reduction in crime rates and millions in cost-savings.

Past award recipients