Department of Civil Engineering Annual Dinner and Awards 2019

An important date in the department calendar is the Civil Engineering Annual Dinner and Awards night. A cold and wet night did not dampen the celebrations with over 200 guests joining us to recognise the achievements of staff, students and Alumni. The evening also brings together some of our industry partners who we thank for their support to the department over the past year.

The evening commenced with a welcome from the Dean of Engineering, Professor Elizabeth Croft who acknowledged the outstanding work of the Department of Civil Engineering and congratulated the award winners on their achievements.

A couple of award highlights include Dr Ha Bui who was recognised for his excellence in research. Dr Bui’s research interests are in the areas of computational mechanics and material constitutive modelling. Through his research he aims to push the boundaries of our understanding of physical processes that govern the macro-behaviour of geomaterials. Over the last few years his research has attracted significant funding from Australian Research Council and Industry.

Also, the Award for Excellence in Teaching was presented to Dr Liz Sironic for her continuous commitment to improve the quality of education in her undergraduate program. She embraces a blended learning approach to deliver units that are consistently appreciated and valued by students in the early years of their degree.

On the student front, Xinjun Liu is to be commended for her outstanding efforts, being presented with four awards on the night; The GHD Civil Engineering Award for the highest ranking Civil Engineering Graduate, the Associate Consulting Structural Engineers Prize for best overall performance in Advanced Structural Analysis, the Golder Associates Prize for best overall performance in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering and awarded jointly with Daiheng Shen, the SMEC Structural Prize for best performance in Advanced Structural Design. What an amazing achievement.

This year the Department of Civil Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award was presented to Lucia Cade. Lucia has made a significant contribution to Civil Engineering over her career. Her expertise spans utilities, infrastructure construction, professional services consulting and advisory in the water, irrigation, oil and gas and facilities management sectors. Her current roles include Chair of South East Water where she brings her engineering skills to the boardroom and Global Advisor to the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme. This program promotes urban development partnerships to achieve fair, inclusive, sustainable and resilient-cities and societies.
Lucia gave an inspirational address at the dinner and we congratulate her on receiving this prestigious award.

A complete list of award winners is below. Congratulations to all the recipients.

Ms Lucia Cade

Ms Lucia Cade Alumnus of the Year, presented by Prof. Jeff Walker

Ms Xinjun Liu

Ms Xinjun Liu Winner of the GHD Highest Ranking Civil Engineering Graduate, presented by Mr Marcus Weeks (GHD)

Dr Elizabeth Sironic

Dr Elizabeth Sironic Winner of the Teaching Excellence Award, presented by Prof. Jeff Walker

Dr Ha Bui

Dr Ha Bui Winner of the Research Excellence Award, presented by Prof. Jeff Walker

Photos are taken by Derek Chan of Black Avenue Productions. Facebook and Instagram

Staff Awards

2019 Professional Staff Member Award Mr John Rebolledo
2019 Team Player Award Mr Gordon Privitera
2019 Award for Excellence in Research Dr Ha Bui
2019 Award for Excellence in Teaching Dr Lizi Sironic
2019 OHS Award Ms Brenda O’Keefe
2019 25 Years of Service Award Prof. Geoff Rose
2019 25 Years of Service Award Mr Jeffrey Doddrell

Alumnus of the Year Award

2019 Alumnus of the Year Ms Lucia Cade

Student Awards

Scholarships

Golder Associates Scholarship 2019
For academic merit and commitment to geotechnical engineering
Ms Yiqi Liu
MMG Engineering Leadership Scholarship
Awarded to a 2nd year student for academic merit in Resources Engineering specialisation
Mr Harrison Rees & Mr Lingxu Yuan
Level 2 Traffix Group Scholarship
For academic merit and commitment to transport engineering
Mr Ranaan Sha
Level 3 Traffix Group Scholarship
For academic merit and commitment to transport engineering
Mr Stefan Kovacevic
Resources Engineering Scholarship
For best overall student in RSE1010
Ms Dena Alhaw

Level 1 Prizes

Top level 1 student entering Civil Engineering Ms Olivia Ellis
Top level 1 double degree student entering Civil Engineering Mr Marcus Wong

Level 2 Prizes

SRIA Prize for Concrete Structures
Best overall performance in the level 2 Structures unit CIV2226
Mr Matthew Chau & Mr Daniel Richards
Water Technology Robert Keller Award
Best overall performance in the level 2 Water Engineering unit CIV2263
Mr Benjamin Cressall
(Ndevr) Environmental Energy Efficiency Award
Best overall performance in the level 2 Energy & the Environment unit ENE2021
Mr Benjamin Neve
Coffey geotechnics Prize for Geoengineering at level 2
Best overall performance in the level 2 Geomechanics unit CIV2242
Mr Michael Natalizio

Level 3 Prizes

Australian Steel Institute Prize
Best overall performance in Steel Structures unit CIV3221
Mr Brayden Morrow
Douglas Partners Prize for Geomechanics
Best overall performance in level 3 geomechanics units CIV3247 & CIV3248
Mr Zhengda Lei & Mr Daniel Richards
GHD highway design Prize
To the group who submitted the best highway design project in CIV3283
Mr George Fitxpatrick, Ms Hannah Matthews & Ms Mari Smith
Water Technology Tom McMahon Award
Best overall performance in the level 3 Water Engineering unit CIV3285
Mr Lachlan Twigg
Institute of Civil Engineers Fred Green Award
Highest achieving student in their penultimate year
Mr Brayden Morrow

Level 4 Prizes

GHD Civil Engineering Award
Top ranking graduate in Civil Engineering 2018
Ms Xinjin Liu
GHD Prize in Water Engineering
Greatest proficiency in both level 4 Water Engineering units CIV4261 & CIV4268
Ms Ruth Hicks
Foundation industry Prize for Soil Engineering
Best foundation design in Soil Engineering CIV4249
Ms Lauren McCutcheon
Traffix Group Prize at Level 4
Best overall performance in all transport units from levels 2-4
Ms Charlotte Hawkins
AECOM Civil & Environmental Engineering Practice Prize
Highest scoring group in CIV4212
Ms Fiona Jansen, Mr Sihao Tian, Mr Trevor Hang, Mr Kishan Dissanayake & Mr Trent Radin
Civil Contractors Federation Ian Jacka award
Top student in Civil Engineering Construction CIV3203
Ms Ashley Bardis
The Geofabrics Pty Ltd award
Best Geosynthetics final year group project in CIV4248
Mr Aidan Rawlings, Mr Gunyie Li, Mr Callum Nott & Mr Antony Vlitas
Golder Associates Prize
Best overall performance in Geotechnical & Geo-environmental Engineering
Ms Xinjun Liu
Assoc. Consulting Structural Engineers Prize Best overall performance in CIV4234 Advanced Structural Analysis Ms Xinjun Liu
MMG Merit Award
Best overall performance in RSE 2030 Fixed Plant Engineering & RSE 3010 Mine Geotechnical Engineering
Mr Lingxu Yuan
MMG Merit Award
Best overall performance in RSE4020 Mine Design and Feasibility Project
Mr William Caulfield & Ms Keely Simpson Bull
SMEC Structural Prize
Best overall performance in CIV4235 Advanced Structural Design
Ms Xinjun Liu & Mr Daiheng Shen
SMEC Geomechanics Prize
Best Geotechnical Final Year Project 2018
Mr Hemant Salwan

Postgraduate Awards

2019 Master of Infrastructure Engineering and Management Best Student Award for Best Student in the Master of Infrastructure Engineering and Management Mr Jun Yan Li
2019 Award for Best PhD Thesis for Outstanding doctoral thesis excellence Dr Zhujing Zhang
2019 Eric Laurenson Award (PhD) for Excellence in their PhD thesis and in communicating their research findings to Industry Dr Adam Castonguay
2019 SSSI Award (PhD) for Best PhD Student research on spatially distributed data Mr Liujun Zhu

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