Department of Civil Engineering Annual Awards 2020 goes virtual
The Annual Awards celebration is an important event in the Department calendar where we come together to recognise the achievements of staff and students and announce the prestigious Department of Civil Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award. It is also an opportunity to thank our valuable industry partners who sponsor the student awards and support us throughout the year.
Amidst a global pandemic and a year that no one could have anticipated, we wanted to ensure that the event received the recognition it deserves. With 42 awards, 63 awardees and 23 industry partners and an element of zoom fatigue, planning a celebration event virtually, was no small undertaking.
Nevertheless, after weeks of planning, technical discussions, practice and more practice, we had lift off – some may say attune to sending astronauts to the moon! Going virtual did have some advantages – with no restriction on numbers, the webinar event was live streamed to staff, students, alumni, industry, family and friends from near and far.
Largely thanks to our IT guru, Hayden Hamwood and our MC, Department of Civil Engineering, Professor Michael Kennedy, who rose to the challenge and hosted the event with panache, the celebration was a great success.
Professor Elizabeth Croft, Dean Faculty of Engineering welcomed everyone to the online awards followed by Professor Jeff Walker, Head of Civil Engineering who gave his welcome and Departmental address. Staff and students received their awards with a few words of thanks and appreciation and only a couple of minor glitches along the way.
This year the Department of Civil Engineering Alumnus of the Year Award was presented to Professor Rebekah Brown. Rebekah graduated with a Bachelor of Civil and Computing Engineering (Honours) from Monash in 1994. From 2000- 2003 she studied a PhD in Environmental Studies at the University of New South Wales. She returned to Monash in 2005 as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography and Environmental Science.
During her subsequent 15-year career at Monash she has been instrumental in the development of the University’s education programs. Rebekah is currently the Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost (Research) responsible for leading the University’s research agenda. She is also Director of RISE - Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments, an action-research program working in the Pacific to deliver solutions that benefit health, environment, water and sanitation.
Rebekah gave an inspirational address and we congratulate her on receiving this prestigious award.
The celebrations concluded with the virtual-door prize draw and a fitting display of fireworks– virtually of course. With this experience now under our belts, who knows what next year’s event will bring.
Congratulations to all the recipients and thanks again to our industry sponsors for their ongoing support. A complete list of award winners is below.
|Professional Staff Member Award||Ms. Joanne Hathway|
|Team Player Award||Prof. Geoff Rose|
|Award for Excellence in Teaching||Dr. Asadul Haque|
|Award for Excellence in Research||Dr. Hossein Masoumi|
|Award for Best Teaching Assistant||Dr. Mayer Melhem|
|Occupational Health and Safety Award||Dr. Ella (Shaohua) Zhang|
|IAC Member of the Year Award||Ms. Sam Linke|
|2020 Teaching Fellows||Dr. Nawshad Haque, Dr. Danqi Li, Dr. Angela Solarte Castaneda, Dr. Bill Wong, Mr. Derek Hamilton, Dr. Emily Payne, Dr. Steve O'Hern, Dr. Ezzat Shamsaei, Ms. Margaret Arblaster, Mr. Mohsen Ebrahimzadeh Hassanabadi, Dr. Rita Seethaler, Dr. Ying Gao, Dr. Zahidul Hoque, Dr. Ella (Shaohua) Zhang|
Alumnus of the Year Award
|2020 Alumnus of the Year||Prof. Rebekah Brown|
|Top first year single degree student commencing Civil Engineering in 2019,||William Khoa Do|
|Top double degree first year student commencing Civil Engineering in 2019||Daniel Van Der Leest|
|The Robert Keller Award for Water Technology||Michael Natalizio|
|Ndevr Environmental Energy Efficiency Award||Lachlan Szigeter|
|Coffey Geotechnics Prize for Geoengineering||Andy Mach|
|MMG Merit Award for Fixed Plant Engineering and Project Management RSE2010||Paul Murdock|
|SRIA Prize for Concrete Structures||Nima Behshad|
|Australian Steel Institute Prize||Matthew Chau|
|Douglas Partners Prize for Geomechanics||Nima Behshad|
|The Tom McMahon Water Technology Award||Benjamin Cressall|
|The Civil Contractors Federation Ian Jack Award||Monica Abdelmalek, Lauren McCutcheon and Thomas Russ|
|GE Hydro Prize for Best performing student in RSE3241||Shinian Qian|
|MMG Merit Award for Mine Geotechnical Engineering unit RSE3010||Harrison Rees|
|GHD Highway Design Prize||Muneem Alam, Victoria Ear, Ashray George and Charlotte (Huilin) Xu|
|GHD Prize in Water Engineering||Shou Chien Tan|
|GHD Civil Engineering Award - Top Graduating Student in 2019||Lauren McCutcheon|
|Foundation Industry Prize for Soil Engineering||Jin Chern Chai|
|Traffix Group Prize||Aaron Fernando|
|The Geofabrics Pty Ltd Group Project Prize||
Two groups awarded jointly:
|Association of Consulting Structural Engineers Victoria Prize (ACSEV)||Feng Xiao and Daiheng Shen|
|SMEC Structural Prize||Xuening Zhang|
|SMEC Geomechanics Prize||Zhengda Lei|
|AECOM Civil & Environmental Engineering Practice Prize||Ryan Nettleton, John Requizo, Shou Chien Tan, Aime Weffer Perez and S M Moinudin Shah|
|MMG Merit Awards for Mine Design and Feasibility Project unit RSE4020||Lingxu Yuan and Jack Smith|
|MMG Engineering Leadership Scholarship||Paul Murdock|
|Resources Engineering Scholarship||Joelin Ying Yi Chen, Alba Carbonell Rivela and Samuel Amos Warren-Smith|
|CIV4284 Prize for Transport Engineering||Hyun Jun Jang, Daniel Richards and Vybavi Muruga|
|Walker Family Award||Michael Bernhard Mag|
|Master of Transport and Traffic Award||Andrew O’Brien|
|Master of Infrastructure Engineering and Management Award||Richard Peter Mannix|
|Best PhD Thesis and 2019 Mollie Holman Medal Nominee||Dr. Radhika Vidange De Silva|
|Eric Laurenson Award||Dr. Valentina Marchionni|
|SSSI Victorian Spatial Excellence Award||Dr. Antara Dasgupta|