Young Environmental Engineer of the Year

About this Award

The Young Environmental Engineer of the Year award is presented by the Environmental College of Engineers Australia to acknowledge and reward young environmental engineers who have:

  • Engineering competence
  • Demonstrated leadership skills including leadership of teams
  • Positive/notable outcomes from their engineering work
  • Creativity/innovation
  • Community service to industry, the profession and/or society
2022 Nominations Open 1 March 2022
Close 1 August 2022
Eligibility Criteria
Terms and Conditions
Submission Guidelines
Presentation of the Award

Eligibility Criteria

Nominations must include:

  • CV (maximum 2 pages); and
  • A supporting statement (maximum 1500 words) which is to address how your current role in environmental engineering contributes towards the criteria for this award. In your statement please demonstrate your leadership skills, how your role has made a positive impact to your engineering work and any notable outcomes or innovations as a result. Please demonstrate areas of community service to the industry, the profession and/or society.

Terms and Conditions

Applicants must:

  • be a current financial member of Engineers Australia;
  • be a practising engineer that graduated less than 5 years ago; and
  • currently reside in Australia

Submission Guidelines

You must provide the following with your submission:

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

This award is self-nominated. 

Presentation of the Award

The Award consists of a framed certificate and is presented at an appropriate Conference. The recipient will also receive complimentary registration, flights and accommodation to attend the conference.

2020 Winner

Tom Wheeler


Tom is an Environmental Engineer with experience in the environmental sector through Local Government, the private sector and not-for-profit organisations.

His experience ranges from designing small-scale solar powered reverse osmosis desalination units for remote communities in the Asia-pacific region to providing technical advice and management of wastewater treatment plants.

Tom is currently the President of Surfrider Foundation Australia’s Perth Chapter where he has initiated a project in Indonesia to provide over 500 school students with a drinking water supply and reusable water bottles. Currently, Tom is working for the Shire of East Pilbara as the Acting Manager of Waste Services.

Past award recipients

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