Six celebrations for Beca at the IPENZ Fellows’ and Achievers’ Awards

Engineering's top achievers were recognised at the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) Fellows' and Achievers' Awards in Wellington on Friday. There were six Beca celebrations on the night: Samir Govind, Geoff Bird, and Keith Paterson were appointed as IPENZ Fellows; Martin Peat was announced as Young Engineer of the Year; Mo Chalabi and his team received the Ray Meyer Medal for Excellence in Student Design; and Craig Price was elected as the IPENZ Deputy President.

Sponsored by Beca, the awards had over 300 attendees, from students, to graduates, industry leaders, government agencies, consultancies and ACENZ groups. The event is an opportunity to celebrate individual achievement and technical expertise.

"The awards are about recognising the good work of our peers, as well as sharing our members' success stories" says IPENZ Chief Executive Susan Freeman-Greene. "For IPENZ, recognising best practice in engineering, supporting future leaders and upholding professional standards is about building an engineering profession that New Zealanders can be proud of and trust."

Fellowships were presented to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the engineering profession. Our three Fellows include:

  • Samir Govind (Technical Director - Christchurch Structural) for his leadership in the industry and passion for giving back to the profession. He's been active in the New Zealand Institute of Building and has also served on the board of ACENZ, as a mentor for students at the University of Canterbury, and a moderator at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology.
  • Geoff Bird (Senior Associate - Auckland Structural) for his service and long-term commitment to the Structural Engineering Society of New Zealand. His citation reads, "Geoff has improved the knowledge and practice of structural engineers, particularly in steel where he is recognised as a leader in structural steel design."
  • Keith Paterson (Business Director - Christchurch Project & Cost Management) in recognition of his expertise in the design and delivery of major engineering projects and for his leadership role in the post-earthquake Christchurch rebuild.

Martin Peat, a senior engineer in our Transportation team won Young Engineer of the Year in part for his work in crowd modelling ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janerio Olympics and Paralympics Games. The award also acknowledges his leadership and contribution to the engineering community. Read more here.

Mo Chalabi, a graduate from our Industrial, Electrical and Controls team, was part of a University of Canterbury team of four, who received the Ray Meyer Medal for Excellence in Student Design. The medal is awarded annually to the best student engineering project from across New Zealand. Read more here.

Regional Manager Craig Price has played a key role in the growth and strategic development of our South Island business in New Zealand. He's been a long-time, active member of IPENZ, dating back to when he was a graduate member in 1987. Through his new role as IPENZ Deputy President, Craig will sit on the organisation's Board, helping to govern and set the strategic direction of IPENZ.

A big congratulations to Samir, Geoff, Keith, Martin and Craig, and all the newly announced Fellows and award recipients for 2016.

For more information on the awards, please visit the IPENZ website.

Images courtesy of IPENZ.