Honours for local servants

PROUD RECIPIENTS: Engineers Australia Newcastle members Paul Russell (left) and Gordon Chirgwin (right) with their EA Medal certificates, and Jeff Hughes, EGM Member Services EA (middle).
PROUD RECIPIENTS: Engineers Australia Newcastle members Paul Russell (left) and Gordon Chirgwin (right) with their EA Medal certificates, and Jeff Hughes, EGM Member Services EA (middle).

Engineers have helped transform the world. They are not constrained by existing ideas of what's possible. They look ahead and find a way.

And the results are innovations that have driven human progress and enriched our lives in ways no one could have imagined 100 years ago. Driven by a sense anything is possible, engineers have shaped our world.

This year, 2019, Engineers Australia turns 100.

To mark the occasion, the organisation is celebrating its centenary across Australia by showcasing the critical role engineering plays in the lives of all Australians.

Engineers Austalia is also taking the opportunity to acknowledge and thank the many volunteers and office bearers that help make up this great organisation.

This is a significant milestone for the organisation and it's a time to take stock.

The centenary is a time to look around and appreciate the successes.

Today, engineering is an internationally-respected profession, integrally involved in every field of human endeavor.

And the centenary is a time to look forward and imagine the future.

It's a springboard for the next century; continuing Engineers Australia's legacy of supporting human progress and continuing to expand the boundaries of what's possible.

The Institution of Engineers Australia was formed in 1919 by the federation of 12 existing engineering societies with under 2000 members.

Today, it is a thriving professional body, with just over 100,000 members.

In 1938 the Engineers Australia Royal Charter was granted and in 1988 the organisation hosted the first National Engineering Excellence Awards.

There have been many milestones to be proud of and there will be many more over the coming 100 years.

As part of celebrations, Engineers Australia, Newcastle was delighted to award two Engineers Australia Medals to two very deserving volunteer members, Paul Russell and Gordon Chirgwin at a recentl dinner.

The EA medal recognises meritorious service at the divisional level by an individual or group in the pursuit of Engineers Australia's goals in the local context and in the interests of the profession.

Engineers Australia, Newcastle also took the opportunity to recognise, acknowledge and congratulate the work of its education sub-committee for their continued endeavours in the STEM space.

Thanks was extended to Ampcontrol, Engenium and the University of Newcastle for their support of the dinner.

"We have a year-long program of activity across the country that explores this distinctive and sustaining mindset of our profession; the notion that 'anything is possible'," Engineers Australia spokesperson Helen Link said.

"We invite our volunteers, our members, engineers in every professional field, educators, students and all Australians to participate in our centenary celebrations through events, participating in interactive experiences, sharing engineering stories, engaging through social media and conveying the incredible accomplishments of our engineers.

"Our expression of 'anything is possible' will culminate at the world's pinnacle engineering summit, the World Engineers Convention (WEC) where the international engineering spotlight will shine on Australia."

To find out about centenary activities, visit www.100yearsea.com.au and help Engineers Australia continue to expand the boundaries of what's possible.