Young Mechanical Engineer of the Year Award

About this Award

The Award is conferred by the Board of the College of Mechanical Engineers to recognise the achievement and contribution of a young mechanical engineer, technologist or associate in the profession of mechanical engineering. Specifically, the level to which the nominee has enhanced the public image of mechanical engineering and/or their contribution to the volunteer activities of Engineers Australia; and the excellence and commitment shown to Continuing Professional Development, in particular to the attainment of their Chartered Status.

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

Nomination Criteria

Nominations must include:

  • 1-2 page summary outlining the achievements of the nominee in relation to contribution to and/or raising the public image of Mechanical Engineering and their demonstrated commitment towards professional development.
  • 2 referees

Terms and Conditions

Applicants must:

  • be under the age of 35 at the time of the presentation of the award, 5 October 2022.
  • be a financial member of Engineers Australia.

Submission Guidelines

You must provide the following with your submission:

  • 1-2-page Summary
  • Nominee’s current CV including employment history and achievements (Maximum 2 pages)
  • Nominee’s current Biographical Information
  • Nominee’s portrait photo

Presentation of the Award

The award consisting of a framed certificate and a set of Vernier Callipers will be presented to the winner at the Mechanical Awards evening.

2020 Winner

David Bowly


David is one of the new breed of chartered engineers working at the intersection of engineering and data science.

David graduated from Monash University with the John Monash Medal and the JW Dodds Prize in Mechanical Engineering. As an undergraduate, David was a founding member of Embrace Education, a student-run organisation providing tutoring to disadvantaged students.

David started his career in project management and rotating equipment engineering with ExxonMobil, then as an associate at Boston Consulting Group. David completed his masters at Cambridge University as the 2014 Menzies Scholar in Engineering.

Now at AGL, David’s focus is on using data analytics to drive insight on AGL’s power generation fleet, improving reliability and efficiency. David’s team acts as the bridge between the worlds of engineering and data science, bringing data visualisation, heavy data processing and machine learning to bear on engineering problems.

David was the inaugural chair of EA’s Mechanical College, Victorian Branch when it re-formed in 2018 and continues as an elected member. He sits on the Menzies Foundation board as alumni representative. David is a regular presenter at conferences including WEC in 2019.

David is a keen sailor and cyclist, and lives in Melbourne with his wife Emily and son Theo.

Past award recipients