20 December 2011 - Several of Aurecon’s talented young professionals have come out on top in a whirlwind of awards ceremonies held globally over the past few months.
Paul Hardy, Aurecon CEO, said: “I want to congratulate all our award winners on their terrific achievements and thank them for their contribution to their clients and to Aurecon.”
Camilla Gibbons - New Zealand Young Engineer of the Year: New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards
Awarded New Zealand Young Engineer of the Year by Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, Camilla Gibbons, a senior engineering geologist at Aurecon has been recognised for her excellent contribution as an engineer and leader, and for her involvement in the community.
As team leader for Aurecon’s Christchurch earthquake recovery effort, Camilla led a team of ten engineering geologists, undertaking rock-fall remediation, and land movement monitoring and cliff collapse assessment work in the Port Hills.
Camilla is an active member of the New Zealand Geotechnical Society, the International Association of Engineering Geologists and a member of her local community’s redevelopment scheme for the Sumner area of Christchurch.
Andrew Perry - Bogle Young Surveyor of the Year Award
Andrew Perry from our Tauranga office was a joint recipient of the Bogle Young Surveyor of the Year Award. This award acknowledges members 35 years or under who have made a significant contribution to the surveying profession
Mpho Ramphao – Consulting Engineers South Africa Young Engineer of the Year 2011
Mpho Ramphao, an engineer in Aurecon’s Cape Town office, was recently named Consulting Engineers South Africa's Young Engineer of the Year for 2011. Mpho specialises in the water and wastewater field, with special focus on optimisation of wastewater treatment facilities. In collaboration with internationally acclaimed researchers, he has authored and co-authored seven technical papers and has presented numerous papers at conferences.
As part of this award, he will have the opportunity to attend the FIDIC Convention in Davos, Switzerland from 2-5 October 2011 and will serve on CESA’s Young Professionals Forum (YPF) for the coming year.
Tumelo Thothela – Best Technical Paper Contribution by a Newcomer: Asphalt Pavements for South Africa
Tumelo Thotela’s paper, Improving the durability of seal aggregate by pre-coating, submitted to the 10th Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa (CAPSA) 2011 won the award for the best technical paper contribution by a newcomer.
The paper, on the durability requirements applied to surface seal aggregates on roads, focused specifically on the increasing scarcity of high quality rock and aggregates, as well as the heightened pressure on the construction industry to seek more environmentally friendly alternatives.
Caitlin Pilkington - Young Professional Engineer of the Year: Engineers Australia
In the Year of Humanitarian Engineering, Caitlin Pilkington from the Water Services group was awarded Young Professional Engineer of the Year in the Engineers Australia Cairns chapter’s Engineering Excellence Awards.
Caitlin commenced with Aurecon in Melbourne as an engineer in 2007 and quickly established a reputation as a conscientious graduate with a strong interest in community enhancing projects, evidenced through her involvement with Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Caitlin recently worked on the Shipton’s Flat project of which Aurecon was a corporate sponsor.
Cairns Office Manager, Paul Pommer was pleased to endorse the nomination and said: “I have worked with a number of graduates over my years as a manager and have rarely encountered anyone with such professional maturity and vision so early in their career. One of the five pillars of Aurecon’s Direction 2015 Strategy is to contribute to the betterment of the communities in which we operate and we are proud of what Caitlin does to advance that objective.”