Young Electrical Power Engineer of the Year Award

About this Award

This national award recognises a professional engineer who has demonstrated significant achievements in electrical power engineering during the preceding six years. Contributions to the community are also valued.

This annual award is an example of an effective partnership between Engineers Australia and industry. Engineers Australia’s Electrical College Board and the Electric Energy Society of Australia (EESA) jointly developed the initiative, to encourage young Australians to develop a career in electrical power engineering, and also to reward outstanding achievements.

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

Nomination Criteria

The candidates will be judged solely on the following criteria:

  • Your submission should detail an example of how you applied automation systems, computer modelling and other engineering techniques within a power engineering application. What challenges did you face? How did you overcome these challenges? What was the significant commercial and customer benefit from the solution that you implemented? Were there any other significant achievements that resulted from this project?
  • Achievements during the years since graduation of undergraduate degree (to a maximum of 6 years), in the form of significant practical and/or theoretical work in the practice of Electrical Power Engineering;
  • Active contributions to the community will be favourably regarded; and
  • Candidates with Chartered status will be favourably regarded.

Please note: If in the opinion of the judging panel, no suitable candidate is nominated in that year, the judging panel has the right and obligation to decline the making of an award in that year.

Terms and Conditions

A nominee must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be eligible to be a member of Engineers Australia in the grade of Professional Engineer, Graduate or Member
  • be employed in the electrical power engineering field in any industry
  • have graduated with an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering within the last six years
  • include signed letters of support from the candidate’s employer/sponsor and at least one other work related reference

The submission should not exceed 20 pages in total.

Submission Guidelines

You must provide the following with your submission:

  1. Nominee’s brief statement of ambitions
  2. Nominee’s current detailed CV
  3. A description of your significant engineering achievements and community contributions (if any)
  4. Nominee’s copy of final tertiary results
  5. Signed letters of support from the nominee’s employer/sponsor and at least one work related reference
  6. Reference(s) from other work related contacts eg: supervisors, employers or client
  7. Nominee’s portrait photo
  8. Nominee’s citation (Max 100 words)

Presentation of the Award

The winner receives:

  • Travel and registration to attend CIRED event;
  • One year free subscription to Electric Energy Society of Australia and full registration to the National Electrical Energy Society of Australia Conference and Exhibition including travel and accommodation; and
  • A framed certificate

The winner will be presented with their award at a suitable formal Engineers Australia event.

2021 Winner

Nathan Crooks


Nathan Crooks works as an Electrical Engineer in the Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) Brisbane office. He graduated in 2016 with first class honours from the Queensland University of Technology. Nathan’s work has focussed on power system modelling, developing world-first electromagnetic transient (EMT) PSCAD models of Australia’s Eastern electricity network, the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Nathan joined AEMO as a graduate in 2017 before securing a full-time engineer position in 2018 with the Operational Analysis and Engineering team. There he was responsible for developing large-area EMT computer models, using the PSCAD software, and applying these models to assess power system performance. He is currently using these models to investigate emerging technical issues arising for the first time in the world, such as how to operate regions of the NEM during periods of extremely low demand and high levels of distributed energy resources.

Nathan is also a member of a joint international IEEE/CIGRE working group, has multiple papers presented and published through CIGRE, and is passionate about global cooperation to help the power industry transition safely and efficiently to new renewable resource technologies.

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