15 February 2016

Media Release: Young Engineer of the Year Finalists

  • The 2016 Young Engineer of the Year finalists, from left: Liam Edwards, Martin Peat, Felicity Jensen and John Cheah.

Significant projects including crowd modelling at the Rio Olympics, steel bridge design in Waikato, construction of a West Coast infant formula plant and the development of an alternative housing method for Maori communities have gained four young engineers a place in the finals of the coveted IPENZ Young Engineer of the Year Award.

Martin Peat, Liam Edwards, Felicity Jenson and Jing (John) Song Cheah have been shortlisted from 30 entrants to find the young engineer under 30 who demonstrates leadership qualities, excellence in the development of their career and contribution to their community.

In the final round of judging, they will give presentations about their project to a judging panel and Auckland IPENZ Branch members who will then be given an opportunity to vote for their favourite presentation. The winner will be announced at the IPENZ Fellows’ and Achievers’ Dinner in Wellington on 18 March 2016.

The finalists

Martin Peat – Senior Transportation Engineer, Beca

Martin is currently working in Rio de Janeiro as the Technical Lead for Crowd Modelling at the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics. He’s using crowd modelling tools to provide forecasts of spectator movements in the unique and dynamic Games environment, and to ensure optimal use of resources.

Liam Edwards – Senior Structural Engineer for AECOM’s Auckland Transportation and Bridge Team

Liam was the Lead Structural Engineer for the Karapiro Gully Bridge and Kaituna River Bridge, as part of the Waikato Expressway, and is an emerging leader in steel bridge design in New Zealand.

Felicity Jensen – Senior Production Manager, Westland Milk Products

Felicity is Project Manager for the construction and commissioning of Dryer 7, the Infant Formula Plant at the Hokitika site. With a total cost of $115 million, this is the largest capital project on the West Coast for many years.

Jing Siong (John) Cheah – Research and Development Engineer, Stormwater360

John has used his doctoral research and expertise designing and building with rammed earth to empower Māori communities in Tai Tokerau in the Far North to build on their ancestral lands using an alternative housing method.

Get in touch

Get in touch with Dionne Needham, Awards and Events Co-ordinator on +64 4 474 8987 or at dionne.needham@ipenz.org.nz for more information.