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From giant structures to devices too small to be seen, engineers transform the world around them and the lives of people living in it.
For the past four years, create has highlighted Australia’s Most innovative engineers and the inspiring ideas they have brought to life.

From the ocean floor to space, defence to renewable energy, pioneering podcasts to solar-powered sojourns, the engineers we have celebrated have been responsible for transforming the world around us.

Explore the 2019 Australia’s Most Innovative Engineers list here.

In 2020, we are looking to do it again. We want to recognise outstanding engineers who have made noteworthy contributions. Engineers can nominate themselves or be nominated by others.

Nominations are open to all engineers working in Australia and all Australian engineers working overseas.

Entrants do not need to be members of Engineers Australia.

Any technology, project or product mentioned must have been developed, commenced or completed between 28 February 2018 and 28 February 2020.

Engineers who have been included in previous lists can enter again, as long as it is not with the same project for which they were selected.

Engineers can enter in a number of different categories: Building and Construction; Community; Consulting; Electronics and Communication, General Industry; Manufacturing and Automation; Mining, Oil and Gas; Research and Academia; and Utilities.

There is also a Young Engineers category, for which entrants must be 35 or under on 30 June 2020.

If you are concerned about nominating because of confidentiality issues, you can request that proprietary details of your innovation not be published.

Nominations are open now and will close on 19 March 2020, so it is important to start working on your entry now.

The first World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development will be held 4 March 2020. To celebrate, we asked members of the profession how engineers can contribute to each of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

GOAL 2: ZERO HUNGER
The United Nations estimates that 821 million people around the world go hungry every day. The number of people facing undernourishment is projected to rise to more than 2 billion people by 2050.
In the face of these sobering facts, 1.6 billion tons of food is wasted each year globally, and this will rise to an expected 2.9 billion tons by 2030, according to a study by Boston Consulting Group.

In Australia, a quarter of vegetables don’t leave the farm, and Australian households waste enough food to fill close to 17,000 747 jumbo jets each year.

Whether globally or nationally, the numbers are shocking, especially in light of rising populations and environmental challenges. The optimists say we’ll do better, and that as with any challenge, there are opportunities.

Dr Pablo Juliano is one of the optimists. He has spent his professional life thinking about how food engineering can improve the world.

Soul food
Now the Group Leader of Food Processing and Supply Chains at CSIRO, Juliano was drawn to the impact potential of the field of food engineering, became immersed in the complexity of industrial and research problems, and has returned to questions about what can have the most impact for the most people.

Dr Pablo Juliano. (Image: CSIRO)
Juliano was drawn to food engineering by an interest in what he calls “the social side of science”.

The discipline had only just started to be offered when he entered Uruguay’s Universidad de la República in 1993. He saw himself having a role somewhere in the country’s dairy and meat industries.

“I thought, well, food engineering is a technical degree that can take me into the food industry, and then I can divert off more into the wellbeing of the world, in some way,” he said.

Juliano led a study published last year analysing food loss throughout the horticultural value chain. It studied supply chains of 13 fruits and 19 vegetables, including on-farm packing houses and processing and estimated as much as 1.5 million tonnes (or 22 per cent) of biomass lost annually before the point of sale.

In his role at CSIRO, he is involved in developing a host of processing techniques, including fermentation, spray drying, microencapsulation, extrusion and megasonics.

The ultimate goal is to find ways to reduce food waste by squeezing every possible use from food products. For example, transforming produce that is not suitable for markets (and would otherwise be wasted) into other products such as nutrition-packed powders. Or using megasonics and heat to harvest large amounts of healthy fats and oils from fruits and vegetables.

A latte brewed at Common Folk cafe in Melbourne with powder made from broccoli. (Image: CSIRO)
Food security
Whether it’s developing containerised facilities for disaster relief, developing better ways to keep food fresher for longer, or finding ways to make the supply chain less wasteful, engineers will be crucial to keeping a growing number of people nourished and happy.

“Any of the products that you see in the supermarket in powder form or consumer goods have engineering processes behind, with basic unit operations such as size reduction, separation, pasteurisation, sterilisation, drying and packaging,” Juliano said.

“The more engineering work that is invested in developing a food process, that will be achieved in improving processing efficiencies, making food stable, safe and nutritious, improving the logistics, removing the water, recovering the water and, and treating the effluent to the point that you can recover a lot of the food that is wasted.

“In a nutshell, all of that says, yes, engineers have a role in improving food security.”

Ready to celebrate how engineers help build a more sustainable world?

Australia’s civilian defence industry employs around 28,000 people in a wide variety of occupations and is critical to supporting Australia’s strategic defence capabilities.

The South Australian Government is making it easier for university students to enter a career in the state’s growing defence industry with the Premier’s Defence Industry Scholarship, which will allow student to access a scholarship or work placement to further their career goals in South Australia’s burgeoning defence industry.

A grant of up to $10,000 will be made available to each student for the duration of the placement and can be used to support expenses associated with your placement.

 

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled and undertaking third-year or honours year study in an eligible higher education degree
  • Eligible degrees include science, engineering, technology, maths and business majoring in logistics and project management
  • Must be resident in South Australia
  • Must be an Australian citizen (a requirement to obtain an Australian Government Security Vetting Agency security clearance)
  • Must not have been convicted of a criminal offence
  • Must attend Flinders University, University of South Australia (UniSA) or the University of Adelaide

 

For more information on how to apply, click here.

Are you from Sydney, and studying a discipline which falls under the Information, Telecommunications, and Electronics Engineering banner?

If so, you may be an ideal student representative for Engineers Australia’s Electrical & ITEE Committee, who have just announced that they are now actively recruiting for new committee participants from our pool of fantastic student members.

The Electrical & ITEE Sydney branch committee works cooperatively with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) to arrange a program of events including regular talks on topics of interest to members of the Electrical and Information, Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering (ITEE) colleges of Engineers Australia.

The committee is currently seeking 1-2 new committee members available in the Sydney area for around one hour per month. These student committee members will provide information on student member activities (at university of otherwise), and and may choose to assist in organising events run by the committee.

Volunteering is a hugely effective way to build industry networks out of university, and could have an enormous positive impact on your job-readiness and prospects upon graduation.

 

Prospective student representatives should send a statement of motivation and CV to the committee via email to Peter Henderson peter.henderson@ieee.org. The student rep(s) should be student members of Engineers Australia studying in any of the fields of electrical, information, telecommunications or electronic engineering.

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