Two Queensland engineers were awarded the state’s top engineering honour last Friday night.
Marking 100 years of Engineers Australia, the two engineers who won their awards have a broad background of experience and are active in their profession.
Jothi Ramanujam took out the award for 2019 Professional Engineer of the Year – Queensland. Ramanujam is the director (pavements rehabilitation) for the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR).
With almost half a century of work in civil engineering, Ramanujam has worked not only in Queensland but Sri Lanka, Nigeria, the UK, Abu Dhabi (UAE) and Brunei.
Ramanujam’s work in pavement investigation, pavement performance, research and development on in-situ stabilisation was recognised as part of the award. In addition, Ramanujam’s work on foam bitumen stabilisation and hot in place asphalt recycling was singled out for particular recognition.
The award for 2019 Young Professional Engineer of the Year – Queensland, went to Matthew Uidam, principal geotechnical engineer at Golder.
Uidam has 11 years of experience in ground engineering and construction and has worked in both construction and design roles. Projects that Uidam has contributed to include, Inland Rail, Brisbane Airport Link, Hunt8r Alliance, Glenugie Alliance, Hunter Expressway, and Dampier to Cape Lambert Transmission.
In presenting the award, Engineers Australia general manager – Queensland, Stacy Rawlings, highlighted how these two award recipients represent the changing nature of the engineering profession.
“As we embark on the next 100 years, Engineers Australia is committed to fostering cultural change so the engineering profession, and Australian society, can benefit from a more diverse and inclusive engineering workforce. Working together, all of us will bring better solutions to the many challenges facing our nation, and the planet,” said Rawlings.
The awards recognise not only exceptional engineering talent but those who have sought to improve the status of the profession, as Engineers Australia president – Queensland, Mark Lendich highlighted.
“All nominees have made substantial contributions to the profession, and I look forward to seeing both nominees and award winners continue to innovate and inspire in their fields,” said Lendich.