William Pickering Award for Engineering Leadership

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This award recognises an engineer who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and is a role model for their peers.

To be considered you don’t have to be a member of IPENZ, but you do need to be nominated.

Nominations are now closed. The award will be presented at the Fellows’ and Achievers’ Awards in Wellington on 7 April.

How to nominate a candidate

  • Complete the nomination form.
  • Write a letter explaining why the candidate should be considered and how they meet each of the judging criteria.
  • Find a referee to support the nomination and include their contact details. The referee should be an engineer or involved in engineering activities.
  • Obtain a letter of support from the referee that addresses the judging criteria.
  • Provide any supporting evidence you think will be helpful.
  • Email the nomination form and supporting materials to awards@ipenz.co.nz.

Judging criteria

The judges assess a nominated candidate’s leadership against the following:

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  • Demonstrated ability to develop, articulate and implement visionary change benefiting New Zealand.
  • Contribution to the community or other activities outside employment
  • Peer and wider recognition in relevant communities
  • Demonstration of high standards of ethical and personal behaviour
  • Demonstration of commitment and contribution to the development of others, especially young people.

Award history

Sir William Pickering was one of the world’s most eminent engineers. Born in Wellington, his engineering achievements as the Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the United States have been documented extensively. He was also a significant leader in the engineering community.

Previous recipients

2014 Doug Heffernan
2013 Ron Carter and Richard Fenwick
2012 William Gallagher
2011 Neville Jordan
2010 Rob Fyfe
2009 Gavin Cormack
2008 Kevin Thompson
2007 Ian Parton
2006 Laurence Zwimpfer
2005 James Bradley