05 April 2016

Putting magic to work for humanity

  • Guests mingle before dinner.
  • MC Greg Ward.
  • Our new President, Elena Trout FIPENZ.
  • Newly-elected Distinguished Fellow Bruce Harker and Fellow Vince Hawksworth celebrate with their peers.

This year’s Fellows’ and Achievers’ Awards celebrated New Zealand’s high achieving engineers working across the world, from Rio de Janeiro to Ahipara.

The awards ceremony, attended by more than 300 people at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, recognised new award winners and Fellows for their contribution to the engineering profession.

The evening began in dramatic style with an upbeat and energetic performance from Wellington-based violinist, Elena. MC Greg Ward captivated the audience throughout the night with his wit and charm.

Eleven awards were presented in fields from clean technology to transportation. Engineering consultancy Calibre was made a Professional Development Partner and tertiary providers were recognised for their accredited or reaccredited engineering courses. Beca’s Martin Peat GIPENZ (30) took away the title of IPENZ Young Engineer of the Year for his work in crowd modelling ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janerio Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil.

IPENZ Chief Executive Susan Freeman-Greene says the awards are an important opportunity to celebrate the success of Kiwi engineers at home and abroad.

"For us, that’s what the awards are all about; recognising talent in our industry and telling our Members’ success stories so we might encourage and inspire the next generation of engineers."

“The expertise of engineers is often drawn on in times of crisis,” she says, “but recognition of their daily work can go unnoticed. In every award category there are nominees whose work raises the bar for the engineering industry at large. These are our Members whose reputations have seen them hand-picked to support large-scale international projects like the 2016 Rio Olympics, or whose expertise and Kiwi ingenuity has literally opened new doors for rural communities.

“For us, that’s what the awards are all about; recognising talent in our industry and telling our Members’ success stories so we might encourage and inspire the next generation of engineers.”

New Distinguished Fellow Dr Bruce Harker DistFIPENZ summed up the purpose and successes of engineering in his acceptance speech. He said “what drew me to engineering was the view that ... it is magic. Engineering is putting magic to work for humanity. Only engineering, and engineered reliability, can give us resilience”.

We’d like to thank our sponsors for their support: Opus (Supreme Technical Awards), GHD (Ray Meyer Medal for Excellence in Student Design), Beca (Dinner sponsor), SEISMIC MA (Turner Award for Professional Commitment), AECOM (Young Engineer of the Year Award), HERA (William Pickering Award for Engineering Leadership), and MAS, which brought the SENZ and Emerging Professionals Council to the event.

 

See photos from the event