UWA Environmental Engineering graduates, James McCarthy-Price and Rebecca Dracup, are respective winners of the 2016 & 2017 Engineers Australia Young Environmental Engineer of the Year Award.
The awards were presented at a formal dinner on Wednesday 18 October, after the Engineers Australia Sustainable Engineering Conference held in Melbourne.
Rebecca is now a Sustainability Engineer at Wood and Grieve Engineers in Sydney, after completing a combined Bachelor of Environmental Engineering and Bachelor of Economics at UWA. Rebecca believes that “UWA’s strong club culture and promotion of student community engagement gave [her] priceless opportunities to develop soft skills, which are indispensable in driving change to create more sustainable outcomes.”
James is a recent graduate from UWA who completed a Masters of Professional Engineering in Environmental Engineering. He is currently working for ocean renewable energy start up, Bombora Wave Power from Portugal.
James regards the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering’s great culture and lecturers as strongly contributing to the success of its graduates, as well as sharing Rebecca’s opinion on UWA’s globally unique student club culture.
“The culture in the School of Civil, Environment and Mining building set by its quality and down-to-earth lecturers made all the difference. Also the opportunity to experience two university exchanges during my master’s degree made me realise how unique UWA’s club culture is as a platform to provide its students with leadership and community engagement opportunities. Joining a club would be my first piece of advice for any student new to UWA,” said James.
Each engineer received flights, accommodation, and a ticket to attend the conference from Engineers Australia.
Hannah Carlisle (Marketing Officer, Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences) (+61 8) 6488 5079