Batterham Medal nominations close 31 August
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Batterham Medal recognises engineers

15 August 2017

One of Australia’s best young engineers will win the 2017 Batterham Medal, which will be awarded in November by the Academy of Technology and Engineering.

Nominations for the Batterham Medal close on 31 August.

The Batterham Medal is an early career award for a graduate engineer who has achieved substantial peer/industry recognition for his/her work in the past five years. The Academy of administers the award on behalf of the Group of Eight Deans of Engineering and Associates.

The award consists of a medal (The Batterham Medal) and a cash prize of $5000.

The winner will be an engineering graduate of an Australian university, under 40 at 1 January 2017 and will:

  1. have demonstrated excellence, innovation and impact in a field of engineering;
  2. be clearly acknowledged by peers for a signature contribution to engineering in the five years prior to his/her nomination; and
  3. have advanced the standing of the engineering profession.

Batterham Medal applicants who have taken career breaks for family or carer responsibilities are eligible for an extension to the age criterion, for the period equivalent to the break.

The award is intended to:

  • elevate the profession of engineering among the technology and innovation communities;
  • bring to the attention of Federal and State parliamentarians and administrators the key role engineers play in the nation’s development; and
  • reinforce with these communities the contribution engineering makes to Australia’s reputation as a centre of technology and innovation leadership.

Associate Professor Andrew Fleming (38), from Newcastle University, won the 2016 Batterham Medal. He is a recognised expert in the modelling, control and engineering of ultra-high precision imaging and fabrication systems. He has consulted on some of the world’s most ambitious scientific and industrial projects for NASA, The National Accelerator Laboratory, The Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Boeing, Stanford University, Nikon Research (all in US), and the Defence Science and Technology Group in Australia.

The Batterham Medal recognises Professor Robin Batterham AO FREng FAA FTSE, an Australian science and technology leader who was Chief Scientist of Australia from 1999 to 2006, President of the Academy from 2007 to 2012 and is Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne.

The 2017 Batterham Medal will be awarded at ATSE’s Oration Dinner on 24 November in Sydney.

The Batterham Medal Guidelines and Nomination form are online

Professor Batterham graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1965 with a degree in chemical engineering, and received a PhD from the same institution in 1969. He received a scholarship from the CSIRO to undertake postgraduate studies at the central research laboratories of ICI in Britain. He returned to Australia in 1970 and took up the position of chief scientist of the CSIRO's Division of Mineral Engineering, and was later promoted to division chief. In 1999, he was appointed Chief Scientist of Australia, a role which he undertook simultaneously to acting as chief technologist for the multinational mining company Rio Tinto. In May 2005, he stepped down as Chief Scientist and took on a full-time position at Rio Tinto. He was appointed a Fellow of the ATSE in 1988 and served as its President 2007–2012. He was named a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia in 1999. He became a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2000. From May 2004 to May 2005, he was President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, of which he became a Fellow in 1988. He became a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2004. After retiring from Rio Tinto in 2009 Professor Batterham joined the Melbourne School of Engineering as Kernot Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in 2010. He was awarded an AO in 2004.