Alumni awards

Monash Engineering graduates make a difference. Our Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and exceptional qualities of Monash alumni worldwide.

Monash Engineering graduates make a difference. Our Alumni Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements and exceptional qualities of Monash alumni worldwide. Meet our recipients

We take great pride in the distinguished service, achievements and successes of our alumni. Learn more about awards for alumni.

Distinguished Alumni Awards - Meet our recipients

Monash introduced the Distinguished Alumni Awards in 2014.

Alok Kulkarni

2021 - Alok Kulkarni

Alok Kulkarni  (Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering with Honours) has received the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. Alok is the Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of software company Cyara, whose Customer Experience (CX) Assurance platform is used by more than 300 global brands.

He founded Cyara in 2006 in Melbourne with Luan Tran and Bonny Malik, with the vision that an easy-to-use CX Assurance platform could help enterprises be confident that they were delivering great customer experiences each and every time. His passion for entrepreneurship and giving back led him to become a director at TiE, a global non-profit organisation dedicated to giving back by helping entrepreneurs. As part of his work at TiE, he mentors Australian entrepreneurs and is responsible for corporate memberships within the TiE Melbourne chapter.

Milosh Ivanovich

2020 - Dr Milosh Ivanovich

Milosh works at Telstra as a Principal: Traffic Modelling and Optimisation, is an Monash Engineering Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering Alumni and Adjunct Research Fellow. He has also been recognised by a range of Victorian State Government and Australian Government prizes and ambassadorships and the Telstra Outstanding Employee award five times! His research interests are in the areas of performance analysis, protocol optimisation and traffic modelling for wireline and wireless broadband access networks.

Paul Hardy

2019 - Mr Paul Hardy

With more than 37 years experience in both national and global consulting industries, Paul has particular expertise in strategic planning and business development. Leading 12 successful mergers across China, Hong Kong, Africa and Australia.

Paul has been recognised by Engineers Australia each year from 2009 to 2013 as one of the 100 most influential engineers in Australia.

Lucia Cade

2018 - Ms Lucia Cade

Ms Lucia Cade is a non-executive director and advisor with a broad portfolio that spans utilities, technology and innovation, industry led research & development and infrastructure investment. She is committed to sustainability and is a Global Advisor to the United Nations Global Compact - Cities Programme, aimed at bringing business, society and government together to deliver better cities and achieve the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. As well as her Bachelor and Masters Engineering qualifications from Monash, Lucia also holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash and a Master of Business Administration from the Melbourne Business School. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

Clive Weeks

2017 - Mr Clive Weeks AO

Mr Clive Weeks AO completed a Civil Engineering degree in 1968 and Master of Engineering Science by Major Thesis (Evaluation of the Factors Affecting Residential and Industrial Water Use) in 1971 at Monash University. After a period working with local councils in Northern Victoria and lecturing at Swinburne College, he joined GHD (formerly Gutteridge Haskins and Davey), Consulting Engineers, in 1972.

Hock Goh

2016 – Mr Hock Goh

Mr Hock Goh (BEng(Hons) Adv Mgt Program INSEAD) is the Chairman of MEC Resources Ltd and Advent Energy. Internationally, he is concurrently serving on the boards of Vesuvius PLC (UK), AB SKF (Sweden), StoraEnso Ojy (Finland), and Harbour Energy (USA) in addition to several privately held companies in Singapore and is a strong advocate of innovation and the growth potential of emerging markets in Asia.

Ms Samantha Read

2015 – Ms Samantha Read

Samantha is CEO of Chemistry Australia, the peak body representing Australia's chemistry industry. A passionate advocate for Australian manufacturing, Samantha's career includes senior executive and Board roles in the Australian biofuel, automotive and steel industries. Samantha is a member of CSIRO's Manufacturing Advisory Committee, Worksafe Victoria’s OHS Advisory Committee and is a Non-Executive Director of Manufacturing Skills Australia. Awarded Monash University’s 2015 Distinguished Alumni (Engineering), Samantha was also a finalist in the 2014 Telstra Business Women's Awards. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) from Monash, is a member of the CEO Institute and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), serving as a member of the Bendigo Regional Committee.

2014 – Professor Chris Behrenbruch

Professor Chris Behrenbruch (BE(Elec&Comp)(Hons) 1998) is recognised internationally for his commercialisation achievements in the IT, medical device and biotechnology domains. Over the past decade Chris has been responsible for starting or financing more than 20 innovative companies in the life sciences, material science, nanotechnology and healthcare IT space, mostly from technologies transferred out of the university setting.

Chris is currently the CEO of ImaginAb, Inc. a clinical stage biotechnology company with operations in Los Angeles, Singapore and Tokyo. ImaginAb was launched in 2007 based on antibody technology in-licensed from Cornell University, the University of California (Los Angeles) and the City of Hope Medical Center. Prior to ImaginAb, he was a Vice-President at Siemens Molecular Imaging following the successful acquisition of Mirada Solutions (Co-founder and CEO) and CTI Molecular Imaging (Sr. VP), where he was responsible for advanced medical imaging product development for clinical and drug discovery applications.