Queensland’s most prestigious engineering awards were handed out at a special centenary celebration in Brisbane on Friday night to mark the 100-year anniversary of Engineers Australia.
Jothi Ramanujam, Director (Pavements Rehabilitation) for the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR), was named 2019 Professional Engineer of the Year - Queensland.
Mr Ramanujam has 46 years of experience in road construction, design and rehabilitation and has been with DTMR for the past 30 years working in countries across the globe, including Sri Lanka, Nigeria, UK, Abu Dhabi (UAE), Brunei and Australia.
He has been involved in a number of major pavement investigation works, pavement performance studies, research and development works on in-situ stabilisation including pioneering work on foam bitumen stabilisation and hot in place asphalt recycling.
Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Matthew Uidam, was named 2019 Young Professional Engineer of the Year - Queensland.
With 11 years’ consulting experience in ground engineering and construction, Matthew has experience in a variety of different engineering projects in both construction and design, including Inland Rail, Brisbane Airport Link, Hunt8r Alliance, Glenugie Alliance, Hunter Expressway, Dampier to Cape Lambert Transmission, Kingsford Smith Drive, Melbourne and Brisbane Airport Project.
Mr Uidam is a Chartered Engineer and an active member of Young Professional Groups.
Engineers Australia President – Queensland, Mark Lendich said the Engineer of the Year Awards celebrate outstanding individual engineering achievements.
“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 Mr Lendich.
Engineers Australia General Manager – Queensland, Stacey Rawlings, said the centenary was also an opportunity to look to the future.
“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 Ms Rawlings.