Professional Environmental Engineer of the Year

About this Award

The Professional Environmental Engineer of the Year award is designed to promote excellence and the Environmental Engineering profession within the community at large, and to encourage recognition of environmental engineering.

This award is an annual national award for an outstanding senior environmental engineer who would be expected to be at (or near) the peak of his or her career, and a good role model for younger members of the profession.

In summary, the Professional Environmental Engineer of the Year award is designed to:

  • Promote environmental and sustainability excellence; and
  • Promote the profession within the community at large.

The recipient will be a highly respected member of the College and a role model for young members.

2022 Nominations Close 1 August 2022
Eligibility Criteria
Terms and Conditions
Submission Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria are used to assess applicants:

  • Substantial experience in the profession of environmental engineering (in industry, government or academia) having worked in areas or on projects which have had measurable positive impact on the environment and/or the community;
  • Currently fully active in environmental engineering work, either at a senior managerial or specialist technical level, or a combination of both;
  • A solid history of high-level achievements in the work of the profession (as a technical specialist, or manager of people and/or projects), demonstrating outstanding leadership in bringing ideas into reality;
  • Demonstrated excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Inherent awareness of the role engineering and other professions play within the community; and
  • Evidence of participation in the provision of continuing professional development (CPD) to the members of the profession.
  • Hold chartership in Environmental Engineering

Terms and Conditions

Nominees must be:

  • Members of the Environmental College of Engineers Australia
  • Be a practising engineer of more than 20 years’ experience
  • Australian citizens or permanent Australian residents

Submission Guidelines

You must provide the following with your submission:

  1. Nominee’s Short Biography
  2. Nominee’s Citation
  3. Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements
  4. Nominee’s information addressing each criterion
  5. Nominee’s portrait photo


2021 Professional Environmental Engineer of the Year

Dr Rajendra Kurup

FIEAust CPEng NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus)

Dr Raj Kurup is a multi-award winning chartered environmental engineer (WA Engineer of the Year 2020 and included in Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers – 2017 & 2019) with 30+ years of professional experience. As CEO of Environmental Engineers International and Adjunct Professor at UWA and Murdoch University, Raj has undertaken award-winning research, development, and implementation of anerobic digestion, nutrient removal, circular economy, and industrial wastewater treatment projects. Raj has authored several books, journal papers, secured many patents, and provided keynote lectures for several international conferences. Raj has successfully implemented the first full-scale anammox wastewater treatment plant for nutrient removal in Australia in 2010. Raj was chair of the WA Society for Environmental Engineering (technical society of environmental college 2003-2006); chair of the SSEE 07 (2005–07), editor of the EA Journal The Environmental Engineer (2008-2012), and national board member of the environmental college (2010-11), S.Eng (2006-12).