Engineering excellence Down Under

21 January 2013
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IET Trustee Jeremy Watson, Dr Kenneth Michael, His Excellency Malcolm McCusker Governor of WA and Derek Boardman

Hotbed of engineering development: IET Trustee Jeremy Watson meets WA engineers (l-r): Professor Jeremy Watson, Dr Kenneth Michael, His Excellency Malcolm McCusker Governor of WA, and WA LN chair Derek Boardman.

IET Trustee Professor Jeremy Watson attended the prestigious Sir James N Kirby Award ceremony as part of the Asia Pacific trip at the end of 2012.

In a recent trip to Australia to meet with IET members there, IET Trustee Professor Jeremy Watson attended an award ceremony, presenting the prestigious Sir James N Kirby Award and Medal for 2012 to Dr Kenneth Michael, former Governor of Western Australia.

Given in recognition of his contributions to engineering, Dr Michael was also acknowledged for his significant contributions across all aspects of the community. Professor Watson gave the award at a special presentation with the current Governor of Western Australia at a Government House in November last year, attended by a prominent group of government and engineering representatives, together with Local Network members.

As part of IET chief executive and secretary Nigel Fine’s Asia Pacific trip at the end of 2012, a series of meetings and events took place across the Asia Pacific region. As chair of the IET’s Western Australia Network, Derek Boardman commented, “We were so happy that Nigel and Jeremy were able to come to Perth on their recent visits to Australia to meet with representatives of the Western Australia Network and to participate in our events. We would welcome future visits from senior IET representatives…to see first-hand what we are doing in this relatively remote part of the world!”

He added, “Western Australia is larger in area than Western Europe and is the foundation of Australia's very stable financial economy based mainly on mining, oil and gas exploration and extraction. As such WA is a hotbed of engineering development in very hostile environmental conditions, including heat, lack of water and the vast distances involved. The IET WA Network therefore, has specific and unique opportunities, challenges and demands which stretch the local volunteers to the extreme. Hence, support and visits from UK-based IET representatives is very motivational.”

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