SA’s top young engineer and project announced

Engineers Australia

South Australia’s Young Professional Engineer of the Year and Project of the Year have been announced at the Engineers Australia Excellence Awards – People & Projects South Australia.

“The Engineers Australia Excellence Awards recognise outstanding engineers who show innovation and resourcefulness in their work and the state’s top engineering projects and the teams behind them,” said Engineers Australia SA Division General Manager Jan Irvine.

“The winning engineer and project showcase the very best of South Australian engineering excellence, as well as the significant contribution the profession makes to our community.”

Project of The Year – South Australia

SA Water’s Zero Cost Energy Future Program

By SA Water

Aptly named Zero Cost Energy Future, SA Water’s ground-breaking project takes a highly innovative approach to the optimisation of energy generation and use.

Solar PV and battery storage at multiple locations works with sophisticated technology to sustainably reduce operational expenses, such as electricity, to enable SA Water to keep water service charges as low and stable as possible for their customers.

Young Professional Engineer of the Year – South Australia

Margaret Gayen, MIEAust

Margaret Gayen is a mechanical/project engineer at GPA Engineering, an athlete, and an industry-leading change maker.

Her engineering career has spanned high-tech manufacturing to heavy industrial design consulting. Her achievements include the design of leading-edge medical technology, the publication of new research for the emerging hydrogen industry, and the representation of Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

Valuing attention to detail and systems-based problem solving, Margaret stands out as a leader and engineer.

She is now applying these skills as an advocate for women in industry and is pushing for improved gender equality.

Winners from the South Australia Engineers Australia Excellence Awards – People & Projects now go into the running for the National Young Engineer of the Year Award and the Sir William Hudson Award – the highest accolade which an engineering project can receive from Engineers Australia.

The national awards will be held at the Sydney Hilton on October 5.

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