Women in Engineering Awards

The UNSW Women in Engineering Awards, presented by the Faculty of Engineering, support UNSW's wider Women in Engineering campaign to attract more female high school leavers to consider engineering as their preferred career. There are three major awards, two of which recognise the achievements of female UNSW Engineering graduates, while the other is open to any Australian female engineer. The ceremony takes place in August, to coincide with National Engineering Week.

Nominations for the 2016 Awards have closed.

The awards

Ada LovelaceThe Ada Lovelace Medal for an Outstanding Woman Engineer

The Ada Lovelace Medal is awarded by UNSW Engineering to recognise an Outstanding Woman Engineer. It is named for Augusta Ada Byron (1815-1852), Countess of Lovelace, an English mathematician widely considered to be the first computer programmer. The recipient will have a minimum of 15 years of increasingly important engineering experience, contributing significantly to a field of engineering in Australia and/or internationally through technical achievements and leadership. Nominations are open to female engineers from industry or academia who are Australian citizens or permanent residents, and graduates of any recognised university in Australia or overseas.

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Judy Raper The Judy Raper Award for Leadership

The Judy Raper Award for Leadership in Engineering is offered annually and is open to all female alumnae from the UNSW Faculty of Engineering, in recognition of their sustained and significant contribution through demonstrated leadership within the discipline/profession in Australia. Effective leadership is characterised by passion and commitment, setting bold objectives and achieving results, and most importantly, motivating and mobilising the talent of others for the benefit of the discipline/profession and the community at large. The awardee will receive a $5,000 prize. [Selection Criteria]

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The Maria Skyllas-Kazacos Young Professional Award for Outstanding Achievement

The Maria Skyllas-Kazacos Young Professional Award for Outstanding Achievement is offered annually and is open to all alumnae from the UNSW Faculty of Engineering working in any branch of industry or academia, in recognition of a significant achievement in their field. To be eligible a candidate must be 35 years of age or younger at the time of nomination. The awardee will receive a $5,000 prize. [Selection Criteria]
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 If you have any technical problems submitting a nomination through the online form, please email the documents to: a.bannigan@unsw.edu.au


2015 winners

The Judy Raper Award for Leadership

Vicky Binns 2015 Young Professional Award Winner

Vicky Binns

Vice President, Copper Marketing for BHP Billiton 

As a member of the senior leadership team at BHP Billiton, Vicky Binns has been influential in the mining sector since her graduation from UNSW in 1986. She has led large teams of mining analysts at Merrill Lynch and now leads a geographically diverse team of engineering and marketing professionals at BHP Billiton. Ms Binss is also very active in the promotion of women in mining and is a co-founder and current president of Women in Mining and Resources, Singapore.

Education: UNSW, Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mining) 

 

 

The Maria Skyllas-Kazacos Young Professional Award for Outstanding Achievement

Erin Cini 2015 Judy Rapier Award Winner

Erin Cini

Director of Water Licensing and Compliance at the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW

Erin Cini was recently appointed as the Director of Water Licensing and Compliance at the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW and manages the team responsible for the regulation of public and private water utilities in NSW. Erin has had a varied and exemplary career across the fields of policy, planning, design, constructions, and operations within the water industry and is one of only five per cent of senior government executives that are under 35. 

Education: UNSW, Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Environmental)

 

2014 Winners

The Judy Raper Award for Leadership:

Pia Seeto

Ms Pia Seeto

Portfolio Director for Managed Services at Ericsson

Ms Pia Seeto is Portfolio Director for Managed Services at Ericsson. Pia has led teams of up to 60 Project Managers to deliver major projects for corporate clients like NBN, AMP and Telstra. She has also mentored many young women who have chosen to pursue engineering and telecommunications after her and driven gender diversity initiatives at Ericsson.

Education: Computer Engineering, Hons, Data Networks and Communications (UNSW), Graduate diploma Management (University of Ballarat)

 

The Maria Skyllas-Kazacos Young Professional Award for Outstanding Achievement

Lee-Anne Sylva

Ms Lee-Anne Sylva

Senior process engineer, GHD

Ms Lee-Anne Sylva is a senior process engineer for GHD. She has been involved in a variety of water and wastewater projects. Her experience includes feasibility studies, preparation of strategies, option studies, client’s technical adviser roles and involvement in various phases of design.

Education: Bachelor of Engineering (Hons 1) (Industrial Chemistry) – UNSW

2013 Winners

The Judy Raper Award for Leadership:

Dr Mehreen Faruqi

Mehreen Faruqi, MP

Greens Upper House MP, NSW Parliament

Dr Mehreen Faruqi is a NSW Greens MP and engineer whose focus is on environmental issues such as climate change, sustainability in manufacturing and waste management.

Her current portfolios include the Environment, Marine Environment and Fisheries, Transport, Healthy Lifestyles, Roads and Ports, Status of Women, Sexuality and Gender Identity, Multiculturalism, Animal Welfare, Healthy Lifestyles, and Young People.

Education: PhD in Environmental Engineering, Wastewater Treatment and Energy Recovery UNSW; Master of Engineering Science UNSW; Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Hons) University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan

 The Maria Skyllas-Kazacos Young Professional Award for Outstanding Achievement

Dr Megan Lord

Dr Megan Lord

Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering UNSW

Dr Megan Lord was a strategic hire for an early career academic position at UNSW. She was a finalist in the Scopus Young Scientist of the Year Award in the Engineering and Technology category and received a Trans-continental grant for young scientists from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies.

She has been awarded a large variety of awards and grants, has authored 48 peer-reviewed publications and attracted $2M in research funding since 2007.

Education: Doctor of Philosophy, UNSW; Master of Biomedical Engineering, UNSW; Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical Engineering) Awarded Honours 1, UNSW