Young Engineer of the Year  Award

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Open to all young engineers, the Young Engineer of the Year Award is given to someone who has demonstrated the following:

  • Excellence in their career
  • Leadership qualities
  • Contribution to their community.

To be considered you don’t need to be a member of IPENZ, but you need to be under the age of 30 on 1 January 2016, have an engineering-related qualification that is a minimum of two full-time years of study and be available to give a presentation in Auckland in February.

Nominations are now closed. The award will be presented at the Fellows’ and Achievers’ Awards in Wellington on 7 April. We will cover travel and accommodation costs for attending the presentation in February and the awards ceremony in April for shortlisted entrants.

How to apply for next year

Email your nomination form and supporting materials to awards@ipenz.org.nz. Judges will review your application in November. You’ll be notified at the beginning of December whether you’re one of the three finalists. If you make it through you’ll need to give a ten minute presentation in February to support your application. This will take place in Auckland in front of the judges and an audience of your peers. It’ll account for 20% of your total mark and include an audience voting component.

Judging Criteria

Judges score entrants in six areas:

Progress made in the development of career as an engineer (15%)

  • Academic achievements
  • Employment history and achievements

Demonstration of excellence in a significant engineering project or activity (25%)

  • Significance of the project
  • The role the entrant's played
  • Appreciation of issues outside the engineer’s own discipline

Peer and other recognition (15%)

  • Referees’ reports
  • Prizes

Professional body involvement/achievements (15%)

  • Contribution to community or other activities outside employment 
  • Broader community involvement and achievements
  • Cultural and sporting achievements

High standards of ethical and personal behaviour (10%)

  • Referees’ reports

Communication skills (20%)

  • Presentation to group of engineers