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 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.

2021 Winner

Poppy Nguyen


Poppy graduated from a Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with First Class Honours in 2019. She has striven to enhance environmental and community resilience to climate change through the integrated management of water and wastewater, at a developmental and strategic level.

Her work is best demonstrated by her work protecting the coral reefs surrounding Norfolk Island, which were deteriorating due to historic and ongoing wastewater management issues. She has undertaken studies for alternative water supplies and increased wastewater reuse to support the water security of regional Councils, as they begin to experience more variable climate patterns and a growing population.

She maintains a strong connection to her university as an engineering tutor and mentor through Gender Equity in Engineering Makes Sense, a university club that advocates for gender diversity and equity.

Past award recipients