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This national award recognises a professional engineer who has demonstrated significant achievements in electrical power engineering during the preceding six years. Contributions to the community are also valued.

This annual award is an example of an effective partnership between Engineers Australia and industry. Engineers Australia's Electrical College Board and the Electric Energy Society of Australia (EESA) jointly developed the initiative, to encourage young Australians to develop a career in electrical power engineering, and also to reward outstanding achievements.


The candidates will be judged solely on the following criteria:

  • Your submission should detail an example of how you applied automation systems, computer modelling and other engineering techniques within a power engineering application. What challenges did you face? How did you overcome these challenges? What was the significant commercial and customer benefit from the solution that you implemented? Were there any other significant achievements that resulted from this project?
  • Achievements during the years since graduation of undergraduate degree (to a maximum of 6 years), in the form of significant practical and/or theoretical work in the practice of Electrical Power Engineering;
  • Active contributions to the community will be favourably regarded; and
  • Candidates with Chartered status will be favourably regarded.

Please note: If in the opinion of the judging panel, no suitable candidate is nominated in that year, the judging panel has the right and obligation to decline the making of an award in that year.


A nominee must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • be eligible to be a member of Engineers Australia in the grade of Professional Engineer, Graduate or Member
  • be employed in the electrical power engineering field in any industry
  • have graduated with an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering within the last six years
  • include signed letters of support from the candidate's employer/sponsor and at least one other work related reference
  • include a detailed CV
  • include a brief statement of ambitions
  • include a copy of their final tertiary results
  • include a current photo

The submission should not exceed 20 pages in total.


The winner receives:

  • Travel and registration to attend CIRED event;
  • One year free subscription to Electric Energy Society of Australia and full registration to the National Electrical Energy Society of Australia Conference and Exhibition including travel and accommodation; and
  • A framed certificate

The winner will be presented with their award at a suitable formal Engineers Australia event.


More details about the award, including application dates, can be found on the Engineers Australia website. For more information, please contact the Engineers Australia Awards Coordinator on 02 6260 6126 or via 


The full list of past award winners can be found here.


Damien is an experienced designer and verifier of commercial grid-connected photovoltaic systems, ranging in size from 10 kW to over 7 MW. He is also a Clean Energy Council accredited designer (gridconnect PV). Key projects include lead owners engineer for a 7.5 MW solar farm, the concept design of a new 4 MW AC solar farm in Western Sydney and the tender design of a flagship 150 kWp solar PV system in Melbourne’s CBD.

His knowledge of photovoltaic systems combined with his understanding of critical low voltage and high voltage systems makes him ideal to integrate photovoltaic systems into complex electrical systems, such as those found at industrial sites, universities, prisons, data centres and railway infrastructure.

2019 - ABRAR AZIZ GradIEAust

Mr Abrar Aziz GradIEAustAbrar is a Power Engineer with research and industry experience since 2014 from Carbon Nexus, Arup Pty Ltd, AusNet Services, NHP Electrical Engineering Pty Ltd and Middleton Group Engineering Pty Ltd. Currently, he is assisting High Voltage customers to prepare for the deployment of a new earthing technology (REFCL), which is aimed to reduce bushfires caused by fallen powerlines. Abrar has been the lead electrical engineer for the delivery of impact assessments, design work for HV customers and detail design of Brooklyn and Kew HV intake switchboard upgrade for Melbourne Water. 

Abrar is currently the Secretary of the Electric Energy Society Australia Victorian Committee and has made the following achievements: he was responsible for the successful marketing campaign for EECON 2017 and he organised the EESA mentorship program in 2018.

Abrar has been active with Engineers Australia in ensuring their strong presence on campus as an Engineers Australia Campus Coordinator for Deakin University. As a student, Abrar has conducted research and has currently been the guest lecturer at Deakin University and the Swinburne University of Technology in regards to protection of electrical equipment. Abrar has been awarded the Associated Dean (Research) Summer Prize and Global Citizenship award from the Vice Chancellor of Deakin University.