Meet the WA winners of the Professional Engineer of the Year Awards

Western Australia’s Professional Engineer of the Year and Young Professional Engineer of the Year have been announced at the Engineers Australia Western Australian Engineering Excellence Awards.
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Engineers Australia Western Australian President Brian Haggerty said the awards are an opportunity to recognise the achievements of individual engineers and the wider industry.   

“In the lead up to the announcement of the Western Australian State Budget for 2021-22, the government indicated that there would be a focus on investing in the jobs of the future, for which engineers will play a major role. Recognising the outstanding achievements of some of our Western Australian engineers enables us to promote the crucial role engineering will play in the progression of the state,” Haggerty said.  

Award recipients 

LCDR Wesley North MIEAust CPEng NER - Professional Engineer of the Year Western Australia 

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Wesley North’s career includes a range of roles in engineering, leadership and management across ANZAC Class Frigate and Collins Class Submarine platforms both at sea and in engineering support and management roles ashore for the Royal Australian Navy. 

North has used his experience and leadership capabilities to improve the effectiveness of military hardware and the capability of those who serve and operate this equipment.  

He has demonstrated exceptional capacity to motivate teams in maintaining complex assets and cutting-edge technology, achieving high levels of operational capacity by maximising the potential of his teams' engineering skills.  

Guoping Hu MIEAust CPEng - Young Professional Engineer of the Year Western Australia 

Now a researcher at the University of Western Australia, Guoping Hu received his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2018. Since then, he has gone on to expand his expertise in separation engineering, including carbon capture, the capture of fugitive gases and natural gas production.  

Hu has managed and conducted many research and development (R&D) projects that have been upscaled, most notably projects in carbon capture demonstration, hydrometallurgical process, and ILZ methane enrichment technology. He is passionate about using his skills to promote innovation, collaboration, sustainability and engineering leadership for good.  

In addition to his R&D work, Hu has contributed to one book, three peer-reviewed publications and seven patents. He is already a decorated young professional engineer having won prizes including the Young Scientist Research Prizes awarded by Royal Society of Victoria and a IChemE Global Award for Young Researchers Finalist. 

Image: Guoping Hu left, LCDR Wesley North right.