21.03.2016

Martin Peat wins IPENZ Young Engineer of the Year for work on Rio Olympics

We are delighted to announce that Martin Peat from our Transportation team has won the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) Young Engineer of the Year Award for 2016! Martin was recognised among other top engineering achievers at IPENZ Fellows' and Achievers' Dinner in Wellington on Friday. The award recognises Martin's outstanding contribution as an engineer and leader, as well as his active involvement in the engineering community.

Martin is a senior transportation engineer currently based in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, where he has been leading a crowd modelling project for the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He was hand-picked for the job in Rio having impressed Olympic organisers with his work analysing pedestrian movement for the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

Martin said it was a huge honour to be named as the IPENZ Young Engineer of the Year. He said the 2016 awards showcased the diversity and strength of the engineering industry in New Zealand.

Alan Kerr (Technical Director - Transportation) has worked with Martin on a number of projects, and says it’s been a privilege to work together. "He's grown from a graduate engineer into one of the best regarded specialists in the company. His academic background in engineering science has enabled him to develop innovative techniques to solve problems."

"He is a real advocate for process improvement, optimisation and design efficiency, and this makes him ideally suited to the special events and crowd dynamics fields that he has specialised in."

Another colleague commented, "Martin is not afraid of new challenges - he's open to new experiences, which is a testament to his character. Not only has he had to adapt to a new working environment and culture, but also learn a new language and become immersed in a new culture."

In the engineering community, Martin has made a considerable contribution through his involvement with Futureintech as an ambassador since 2010. He has regularly presented to numerous primary, intermediate and secondary schools about a career in engineering and technology.

"It's really fun teaching school students about what engineers do - they're such an attentive audience" he says. "It's a great opportunity to prepare and present interesting topics and provide students with insight into how engineering is behind everyday things in their lives."

Outside engineering, Martin's qualities as a leader and team player are demonstrated through his involvement as a member of the World Masters Games 2017 Orienteering Committee. He has also competed internationally, representing New Zealand at two World University Orienteering Championships.

IPENZ's annual Fellows' and Achievers' Awards are an opportunity to celebrate individual achievement and technical expertise. Awards, Fellowships, Honorary Fellowships and Distinguished Fellowships are presented to those who have made an outstanding contribution to the engineering profession. Three Beca Fellows were also announced on the night, as well as the appointment of Craig Price (South Island Regional Manager) as IPENZ's new Deputy Principal - read more here.

Listen to a Radio NZ live interview with Martin.

See Martin's finalist presentation.

For more information about the awards visit the IPENZ website.

Images courtesy of IPENZ.