Sydney takes out engineering excellence awards

24 September 2008

University of Sydney engineers have swept the pool of top awards at this year's Sydney division of the Engineering Excellence Awards.

Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Hugh Durrant-Whyte

Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, head of the University of Sydney's Australian Centre for Field Robotics took out the Professional Engineer of the Year category at the awards, which were announced in Sydney last night. Professor Durrant-Whyte is a world-renowned researcher in robotics. The ACFR, with more than 200 research staff and PhD students, is one of the largest engineering research groups in Australia and is internationally recognised as a world-leader in robotics research.

Student of the Year was awarded to Susan Graham, a fourth-year student in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Science at Sydney. Graham has been part of a Royal North Shore Hospital team researching osteoarthritis and is currently conducting research at the National Synchrotron Radiation Research Centre in Taiwan with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.

Entrepreneur of the Year Chris Vonwiller holds degrees in Science and Engineering (with honours) from Sydney University and is also a board member of the University's Warren Centre, an independent, industry-linked institute, which aims to foster excellence in advanced engineering throughout Australia. Vonwiller has been at the forefront in the developments of information technology and the internet in Australia, is a former senior executive at Telstra and was responsible for the creation of Telstra's BigPond.

The highly-contested awards, run by the Sydney chapter of Engineers Australia, recognise excellence in engineering and include 14 major categories