2020 Awards

Celebrating the Achievements of Young Engineers Around the World

World Engineering Day 4th March

 

As part of the celebrations for World Engineering Day, the World Federation of Engineering Organisations’ Young Engineers/Future Leaders Committee collaborated with Global Engineering Futures, a group of young engineers from engineering organisations and universities, to run a competition for early-career engineers from around the world. The goal of the competition was to highlight the work of young engineers and their engineering achievements in advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Young engineers, aged under 35 years on 31 December 2020, were invited to submit proposals and to present their ideas and perspectives on one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These goals take an integrated approach to future development, combining progress in economic prosperity, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. The implementation of these goals is central to the celebrations of the first UNESCO World Engineering Day.

The projects were judged on the impact of the project on achieving one or more of the targets underlying the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the leadership and contribution of the author, and the level of innovation in addressing the underlying problem.

More than 400 young engineers from more than 70 countries, including some from the leading engineering universities of the world, showcased their projects to advance sustainable development through engineering as part of this competition aligned with UNESCO World Engineering Day.

Our thanks to all young engineers participated in this competition, their work for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals are highly appreciated. Our thanks also to the students, researchers and faculty members at Imperial College London and Nankai University, Tianjin, and Global Engineering Futures, Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) UK, representatives of Young Engineers Europe and the WFEO Young Engineers/Future Leaders Committee, who contributed significant hours as volunteers to develop this project and bring it to fruition.

Thanks also to the judging team and academics who gave valuable advice during the process. Projects were judged for the impact of the project on achieving one or more of the targets underlying the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the role of the Project Lead, the level of innovation in addressing the underlying problem and how a solution has been developed. The background of applicants was hidden from judges during this process.

The winning entry and entries that were judged as highly commended are listed below. Highly commended entries are listed in alphabetical order of the author/project lead. Project information is a summary of information that has been provided by the project lead and is being verified. In keeping with the goals of the competition, commercial promotion has been avoided and references to companies, trade names and commercial products have been avoided.

Due to COVID-19 and the declaration of the global pandemic, international events hosted by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, UNESCO and the UN have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. Project leads will be contacted if there are opportunities to present their work at future events.

Overall Winner

Project lead: Aida Rafat, Imperial College London UK.

SDG 12: Reducing textile waste and reducing pollution from textile dyeing technologies.

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

This project is the result of research that solves two grand challenges in the textile industry: textile waste and polluting conventional dyeing technologies. This has been achieved by an innovative technology that enables the reuse and recycle of dyes from textile waste. The technology aims to divert the textile waste from landfill while also eliminating the use of virgin dyes derived from petrochemicals and instead uses textile waste as source of dyes. Decontaminated de-coloured textile fibres can also be recycled to produce new fibres via the fibre-to-fibre recycling technologies. The technology has potential to change the way fabrics are dyed and coloured in the future.

 

Ms. Aida Rafat
Ms. Aida Rafat in her laboratory at Imperial College, London.
 


 

Highly Commended Entries

Project lead: Ayusha Abbas, Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK.

SDG 3: Reducing maternal mortality with a low cost ultrasound imaging system.

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

This project comprises the development of a low cost ultrasound imaging device which uses a single piezoelectric element transducer. This design greatly reduces the hardware complexity, power consumption and beamforming computational load compared to conventional devices, lowering its cost. Various estimation techniques have been used to compensate for the constraints of the simple design. Initial experiments have shown promising results for clinical diagnostics, but further work is needed to optimise this algorithm. The design has the potential to deliver affordable technology to detect maternal risk factors and improve the rates of maternal mortality, especially in developing countries.

 


 

Project lead: Oscar Calderon Agudo, Imperial College London, UK.

SDG 3: Better health outcomes with low cost brain imaging technologies.

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

This project has demonstrated that the combination of low-energy low-frequency ultrasound and imaging algorithms used to image the earth subsurface can provide high-resolution brain images. This is leading to the development of a new ultrasound device for brain imaging that will be safe, portable, remotely accessible and affordable. The technology has the potential of improving the health of millions of people with a new and powerful brain imaging tool that can be deployed worldwide at a much lower cost than traditional imaging equipment.

 


 

Project lead: Samuel Alexander, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia.

SDG 4: Making Education in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) more accessible.

Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

The project lead has developed a learning platform to help students understand computational thinking and create STEM projects in the simplest way possible. To date, toolkits are available to build a programmable device and a desktop PC. The project has been tested in schools in Indonesia to provide low cost products to design a “creative computing” curriculum and provide extracurricular lessons. It has worked with various non-profit organizations to introduce underprivileged children to STEM. The project has attracted boys and girls equally.

 


 

Project Lead: Paola Alejandra Saenz Cavazos, Imperial College London, UK.

SDG 9: Development of new materials for adsorption of pollutants, waste treatment and carbon capture.

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

This project involves the development of new adsorbent materials with innovative structures for environmental remediation solutions such as water treatment, removal of organics from waste gas, adsorption of gaseous radionuclides from nuclear power plants, and carbon capture. The project involves fast and accurate material characterization to assess adsorbent performance and their specific capabilities for different applications. The new materials have the potential to reduce emissions from industry sectors such as cement, chemicals, iron and steel, treat drinking water, groundwater and wastewater and reduce air pollution by capturing volatile organic compounds.

 


 

Project Lead: Chingakham Chinglenthoiba, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, India.

SDG 6: Promoting access to clean water through the development of polymeric membranes to remove pollutants from water.

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

This project comprises the development of a water purification system using a super-oleophilic and anti-bacterial nonwoven nanofibrous nanocomposite membrane. The membranes can selectively separate different oils in oil-water mixtures as well as bacteria found in polluted waters. The current nanofibrous system can be a good candidate for multi-functional oil-water separation as well as an anti-bacterial water filtering membrane.

 


 

Project Lead: Emmanuella Ekpoki, Covenant University, Lamingo, Nigeria.

SDG 3: Development of a device to detect cardiac symptoms.

Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

The project consists of the development of a portable device that indicates the type of emergency treatment needed for patients with symptoms of sudden cardiac arrest or with cardiovascular ailments and who are unresponsive and not breathing. It also provides post-resuscitation instructions if the victim is breathing and acquires and detects the Electro-Cardiogram rhythm. It also automatically records and stores rescue data. It can be used to check irregular cardiac rhythm or symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). An e-health platform is being developed to enable data sharing between hospitals, and radiology units and has the potential to provide the right treatment and outcomes for patients.

 


 

Project lead: Ubong Akpan Essien, Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria.

SDG 12: Development of composite wood from flamboyant tree seeds and polystyrene wastes.

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

The project comprises the development of a wood-polymer composite (poly-wood) and composite ceiling board from flamboyant tree seeds shell and a resin developed from polystyrene wastes. The seeds are currently agro-wastes. The dry seeds shells are crushed to a particle size of 250 μm, mixed with the developed resin moulded and cured. Unlike other composites and usual timber products, the composites had uniform properties in all directions to a large extent. They are potentially a viable alternative to timber and are a possible solution to deforestation.

 


 

Project Lead: Sebastian Horstmann, University of Cambridge UK.

SDG 11: Promoting sustainable cities and reducing air pollution through citizen monitoring of air quality.

Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

The project has developed a low-cost open-source sensor platform that measures particulate matter and carbon dioxide, geotags the data and transmits it wirelessly. The project helps citizens to build their own affordable sensing kits, mount the mobile sensors on their bikes and measure their air pollution exposure during commutes. With the gathered data, the platform generates street-by-street air quality maps. This potentially enables evidence-based decisions on sustainable cities and urban planning. Pilot studies have been run in Buenos Aires and Nairobi, supported by the UKCAN foundation and funding from the EPSRC and GCRF in the UK.

 


 

Project lead: Svetlana Jaghatspanyan, Hi-Tech Gateway LLC, Armenia.

SDG 15: Protecting forests through sensor monitoring of forest fires and illegal logging.

Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

This project involves the development of a smart IoT sensor monitoring system for forests to detect illegal logging and wildfire. The device monitors and sends emergency signals showing clear coordinates on a map. It is very energy efficient and can work up to 6 years with the same batteries. A 6-month test pilot has been completed in Armenia and an industrial prototype is being developed for mass production. The organisation plans to implement the technology in Armenia and Indonesia.

 


 

Project Lead: Ahmad Najjaran Kheirabadi, Imperial College London, UK.

SDG 7: Use of Diffusion Absorption Refrigeration (DAR) technology for low cost, energy efficient cooling.

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

Diffusion absorption refrigeration (DAR) technology is a sorption-based cooling technology that can be driven purely by thermal energy, without any need for electrical or mechanical energy input. It has low noise levels, no moving parts, low construction and maintenance costs, and long operational life. However, DAR systems are typically less efficient than other cooling technologies. This project has developed an alternative working fluid that can enable DAR technology to operate more efficiently and at lower temperatures and which could be used in poor rural areas. Further research and investment is needed to develop this technology.

 


 

Project Lead: Shagun Maheshwari, Mojo Vision, Stanford USA.

SDG 12: Promoting the Responsible use of resources through development of bio-degradable sanitary products using Chitosan.

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

This project comprises the design and development of feminine hygiene sanitary products utilizing a biodegradable Chitosan-based hydrogel embedded in an organic absorbent carrier matrix and a liner made of compostable bioplastics. Engineering a method to incorporate Chitosan into this matrix, while being soft on the skin, has been the challenge. Chitosan is derived from a waste by-product of the shellfish industry (Chitin), making it available in industrial volumes. It helps coagulate blood, is antibacterial and non-toxic in nature. A prototype is being developed with the Myna Mahila Foundation in India which is undergoing limited user testing.

 


 

Project Lead: Emma Mamisoa Nomena, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

SDG 12: Development of bio-degradable plastics using plant based materials.

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

The project is the development of plant based plastic packaging material using, soya bean oil, cellulose extracted from citrus peels, a waste product, and curcumin. The ingredients are homogenized under pressure and oven dried to form a film. The resulting material is flexible, translucent, and thermally stable up to 300°C. The flexibility can be adjusted by the proportion of oil used. Films with higher oil concentrations are more flexible. Curcumin enables antioxidant and anti-microbial properties. The films can be recovered and refabricated. The product has the potential to be used as a packaging material in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

 


 

Project Lead: Francesca O’Hanlon, University of Cambridge UK.

SDG 6: Providing access to clean water through the development of a low cost chlorination system to treat drinking water supplies in Uganda.

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

This project involves the design a chlorine injector which requires no electricity or moving parts to function. It inserts the correct amount of chlorine into a clear water supply in order to make it safe to drink in accordance with the World Health Organisation guidelines. The product is ideally suited for rainwater harvesting systems, or municipal water supply taps to kill bacteria and viruses. Local plumbers are trained to fully, and safely dose water with the right amount of chlorine into the water supply, so people can be confident that the water they are drinking is safe. The project has partnered with a team of 25 plumbers in Mbarara Uganda to carry out pilot studies.

 


 

Project Lead: Alphonce Ayado Owayo, NTUST, Chinese Taipei.

SDG 12: Replacement of conventional sand with waste foundry sand in construction concrete.

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

This project replaces sand with waste foundry sand from steel works in building concrete. The concrete made from waste foundry sand was found to perform well I laboratory cube crushing test, slump test and split tensile test. Concrete made from waste foundry sand indicated lower susceptibility to sulphate attack, which is a major advantage for constructions in salty environments. This technology potentially contributes significantly to sustainable construction by reducing environmental degradation through the mining of natural sands and emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, a process associated with waste foundry sand processing.

 


 

Project Lead: Robert Edwin Rouse, University of Cambridge UK.

SDG 7: Generation of renewable energy from wave power.

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

The project comprises the development of a marine turbine with biomimetic origins, generates energy from wave power whilst filtering out synthetic waste from the oceans. The turbine, has multiple features that work together to maximise the efficiency of power generation and pollution filtration. Through laboratory testing and iterative design, it is able to adjust to the direction of tidal flows and generate electricity in all directions. The technology can be deployed globally, taking advantage of any viable tidal and wave energy source. It has the potential to tap into the power of the oceans whilst restoring the marine environment.

 


 

Project Lead: Mai Kim Tran, Rice University, Houston, USA.

SDG 12: Development of technology to recycling Li-ion batteries.

Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

This project comprises the use of environmentally friendly solvents, notably deep eutectic solvents composed of nontoxic, biodegradable compounds like chicken feed additive choline chloride and ethylene glycol, to extract valuable elements from spent batteries so that they can be recycled. It has the potential for thousands of metric tons of recycled material to be added back into the supply chain, thus addressing the growing electronic waste problem. Multiple elements can be dissolved in these solvents, recovered and converted to create new Li-ion batteries for new vehicles.

 

2019 Awards

The 2019 Awards have been presented at the Gala Dinner on the occasion of our General Assembly on 23 November 2019 in Melbourne, Australia, during the World Engineers Convention 2019.

The 2019 GREE WFEO Women in Engineering Award

The GREE WFEO Women in Engineering Award, supported by GREE Electric Appliances Co., recognises the contributions of women to engineering at an international level. Outstanding women engineers from around the world nominated for this award.

The winner for the 2019 GREE WFEO Women in Engineering Award is Mrs. Lydia Gonzalez Tansinsin from The Philippines.

 

 

Lydia has been a leading woman engineer in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific region for more than six decades.

She was Undersecretary (Vice Minister) of the then Ministry of Science and Technology, leading policies and strategies that integrated science and technology in national development.

She has been the leader and founder of national and regional engineering and technology organizations including AFEO, FEIAP, AAET, AETDEW, PTC, and the PTC-Women Engineers Network, the latter encouraging women engineering professionals in practice and services.

 

2018 Awards

The 2018 Awards have been presented at the Gala Dinner on 22 October 2018, during the Global Engineering Congress in London.

 

The 2018 Dr. Zuheir Alami WFEO Award for Engineering Innovation

The Dr. Zuheir Alami WFEO Award for Engineering Innovation, supported by Khatib & Alami, recognises the importance of engineering innovation at an international level. Innovative companies from around the world applied for this award.

The winner for the 2018 Dr. Zuheir Alami WFEO Award for Engineering Innovation is Dr. William F. Ranson from the USA.

 
Winner of Inaugural Dr. Zuheir Alami Award

Dr. William F. Ranson (center), winner of the Inaugural Dr. Zuheir Alami WFEO Award for Engineering Innovation

 

About the Awardee

Born on 24th June 1938, Dr. Ranson holds a Ph.D. in engineering, a M.S. and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. He is a member of ASME International, Society of Experimental Mechanics and is member of the Pan American Academy of Engineering.. Dr. Ranson has authored national-research-award winning publications, and holds several patents.

Dr. Ranson has over 50 years of combined experience in management, business development and R&D. He has led numerous technology development projects for NASA, the Department of Defense, the National Institutes of Health, and large corporations such as Gulfstream Aerospace, Michelin Corporation, and Westinghouse. Dr. Ranson established one of the three original manufacturing extension programs in the United States. This program has grown to 52 centers providing ISO certification, product development, technology integration, and supply-chain management services to a base of 325,000 manufacturing companies. Ranson has founded several startup companies offering products and services in the industrial, medical, and government sectors.

Dr. Ranson has been a chaired professor of mechanical engineering, and is a recognized expert in the area of stress and fatigue analysis of mechanical systems. He has served as consultant and expert witness for many engineering and manufacturing corporations. Dr. Ranson serves as an Advisor for a joint U.S. Army, Army National Guard, Goodrich Aerospace, and University team tasked with managing structural vibration in military helicopters in an effort to reduce cost, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, and improve operational readiness and safety.

He has received awards from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Hetenyi Award for he Society of Experimental Mechanics for original contribution to engineering mechanics

Impact of the Product:

The impact to the global community is an inexpensive technique to measure strain in operating systems, monitor structural health, evaluate crack initiation in rivet holes before surface cracking appears and provides an accurate device operable in a wider temperature range and wide range of elasticity.

Electrical resistance gages must have a particular gage material for a specific temperature range and the electrical resistance gage is limited to 5% strain and the optical gage has been used up to 150% strain. The impact is exemplified by the acquisition of the technology by General Electric.

About the Product

The project is about a technology developed for industrial optical based strain measurements. William’s effort resulted in development of optical strain gauge targeted at replacing the generally used electrical resistance strain gauge. The optical approach eliminates the need for the electrical connection from the strain gauge to the readout device.

The method of attaching the optical sensor and the method of reading the sensor has a number of advantages over x-ray diffraction, ultra-sonic imaging, the electrical resistance strain gauge (as mentioned), fibre optic gauge and digital image correlation. The optical sensor developed can detect sub-surface crack initiation in holes such as rivet holes, can enable measurement of cold working strain, operates over wide temperature range (between -200 deg.F and 2000 deg.F) and does not require recalibration associated with electrical resistance strain gauges. The process of using this optical sensors can provide strain history over time as a key element of structural health monitoring.

The 2018 GREE WFEO Women in Engineering Award

The GREE WFEO Women in Engineering Award, supported by GREE Electric Appliances Co., recognises the contributions of women to engineering at an international level. Outstanding women engineers from around the world nominated for this award.

The winner for the 2018 GREE WFEO Women in Engineering Award is Mrs. Maria-Teresa Estevan Bolea from Spain.

 

Winner of Inaugral GREE Women in Engg. Award

Mrs. Maria-Teresa Estevan Bolea from Spain, winner of the Inaugural GREE WFEO Women in Engineering Award

 

About the Awardee

Born on 26th October 1936, Maria- Teresa is the third woman in Spain to obtain an Industrial Engineer title in 1968 and was the first woman to join the Corps of Industrial Engineers of the Spanish Ministry of Industry and Energy.

Among the many positions of public responsibility that she has held are those of Member of the Spanish Congress of Deputies (1987-1993), Member of the European Parliament (1994-1999) stand out, also she was Chairperson of Energy, Environmental, Research and R&D Committee and Equal Opportunities for Women Committee, and also President of the Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (2001-2006).

Her commitment to the engineering professional organizations is accredited, not only with the close collaborations maintained from her positions, but with her positions as Vocal in the Association (2010-2014) and Dean of the Official College (2013-2016) of Industrial Engineers from Madrid. She is currently Director-General (CEO) of Sitesa Ingenieros S.A. What she has achieved with her perseverance is a vital example of how a woman can achieve what she considers important; even in the field of engineering.

Details of other accomplishments and qualifications includes:

  • She was the first woman Engineer of State in Spain. Degree of High Specialisation in Welding and Environmental Engineering.
  • She belongs to the Body of Industrial Engineers of the State.
  • She has worked in companies of Engineering and Construction and Assembly of Cement Factories, Chemical Plants, Refineries, Thermal Power Stations, Oil and Gas Pipelines. She has also worked in Power Planning, in Power Technologies, Thermal Power Stations and Nuclear Energy.
  • In July, 2001 she was appointed President of the Spanish Nuclear Safety Council (CSN).
  • She has been Commissioner of the National Commission of Energy.
  • President of the National Council of Industry and Energy (Ministry of Industry and Energy).
  • Member of the European Parliament. Member and Spokesperson at the Commissions of Energy, Technological Research and Development and Environment.
  • Member of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, Spokesperson for Energy and Environment matters.
  • General Director for Environment and General Secretary of the Inter-ministerial Commission of Environment from the Ministry of Public Works (1979-1982) and General sub-Director at the Ministry of Public Works (1977-1978).
  • She has worked in the General Directorate of Energy: Hydrocarbon and Gas Departments, Subdivision of Power Planning of the Ministry of Industry and Energy, and at the Subdivision of Industrial Pollution of the Ministry of Industry and Energy.
  • Mrs. Estevan is member of several advisory groups within international organizations. She also participate as lecture at courses organized by Spanish and international organizations on Nuclear and radiation safety, Energy planning and policies and environmental engineering.
  • She has a wide experience in international projects on energy, mechanical engineering and environmental installations.
  • Currently, she is Director General of SITESA INGENIEROS S.A.

In addition to her intense dedication to the world of engineering and industry, it should be highlighted that she has received recognition in some other activities as follows:

  • Gold Master of the Senior Management Forum.
  • Her work in the social and professional promotion of women has been intense, facilitating numerous jobs for women.
  • She intervened extensively in the energy works of the OECD (Paris) and CEPE (Geneva) and the Environment and in other international institutions.
  • Author of the first publications on Environmental Impact Assessment.
  • Was invited in 1993 for a month, by the United States Information Agency (program of international visitors of the USA governments)
  • She has directed numerous energy projects (oil, gas and electricity and environmental protection in Latin American countries)
  • Has the “Puig Adam” medal from the Technical High School of Industrial Engineering of the UPM.
  • In 2007, the COIIM awarded her the Honorable Mention for her professional career.
  • Professor “ad-honorem” of the UPM and other Spanish and foreign Universities.
  • Prize of the Spanish Nuclear Society 1985 for the: “analysis of generation costs of the kWh”.
  • Author of numerous publications, articles and conferences, etc.
  • Member of various foundations and technical, social and welfare associations (Caritas, Red Cross, Unicef) and social studies.

The Young Engineers Competition

The Young Engineers Competition awarded the leadership efforts of young engineers around the world to progress the UN Sustainable Development Goals through engineering.

The WFEO Executive Board and the Committee on Young Engineers/Future Leaders has been proud to host a competition for the best ideas and projects from young engineers around the world, who are progressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals through engineering. This was a key initiative of WFEO President Dr. Marlene Kanga to recognise the contributions of young engineers in leading sustainable development projects.

The best submissions have been published in the booklet “Young Engineers Advancing the UN SDGs

Winner

Dr. Sim Siang Tze Victor (Singapore) Clean Water Access for Don Bosco School Hlaing Thar Yar, Myanmar

 

Laureates

Eng. Emmanuel Adams (Ghana) Contribution of Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) Water and Sanitation Project to the Progress of SDG Goal 6
Eng. Adonis Adornado (Philippines) Geographical and Varietal Origin Determination and Mapping of Philippine Fishery Products for Traceability and Biodiversity Assessment
Dr. Melchizedek Alipio (Philippines) An IoT-based (Internet of Things) Water Quality Monitoring and Potability Prediction System for Rural Communities in the Philippines
Eng. Luis Andrade (Venezuela) Solar energy for Venezuela’s public hospitals
Eng. Netty Dalma Malca Perez (Peru) Aquaponic Systems to face Climate Change and to Ensure Global Food Security
Eng. Rodrigo Israel González Velázquez (Mexico) Vínculo comunitario (Community Link through infrastructure projects)
Eng. Avishek Malla (Nepal) Empowering Rural Agriculture with Solar Powered Irrigation Services
Eng. Geoffrey Morgan (UK/USA) Infrastructure Capacity Assessment to Support Achieving the SDGs
Eng. Irene Serrano González (Spain) An ecological sanitation project towards the well-being of the patients and the sustainability of the Kumi Hospital in Uganda
Eng. Liu Shiqi (China) Targeted Poverty Alleviation Supported by Geo-Spatial Information
Prof. Ning Zhang (China) Supplying Affordable and Clean Energy through Multiple Energy Systems Integration
Prof. Ling Zhou (China) Water Supply Solution for Arid Area: Lost-cost, High Performance Solar Energy Electric Submersible Pump

 
Young Engineer winners at the Gala Dinner

Young Engineer winners at the Gala Dinner
2017 Awards
The WFEO 2017 Awards were presented in Rome, Italy at the WFEO Gala dinner on 1 December 2017 during the General Assembly meetings.

WFEO Medal of Engineering Excellence

Ifedayo Akintunde is the winner of the 2017 WFEO Award of Engineering Excellence.

Engr. Ifedayo Akintunde is a Fellow of Nigerian Society of Engineers, the British Institute of Civil Engineers, the Nigerian Academy of Engineering and Member of the American Society of Engineers. He is quoted in at least four World “Who’s Whos”.

He practiced in the UK and later spent 13 years in the Ministry of Works and Transport Western Region of Nigeria until 1974. He was Chief Engineer in Chief L.A.O. Banjoko & Co., then a leading indigenous Civil Engineering Construction Company 1974 – 1976. He later founded Profen Consultants in 1976 of which he is Chief Executive Officer till today. He was President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers 1978 – 1988.

He is also a former Vice President of WFEO (1991–2003) to which he made outstanding and fundamental contributions, including but not limited to the revision of the WFEO constitution, drafting of the WFEO Code of Environmental Engineering Practice, the Assistant Editor of the WFEO Magazine and the Chairman of the Election Committee for many years. He was a winner of the Ibadan Diocesan Anglican 2007 Merit Award.

WFEO Medal of Excellence in Engineering Education

Dr. B.V.A. Rao is the winner of the 2017 WFEO Award of Excellence in Engineering Education.

Dr. B.V.A. Rao, a Mechanical Engineer and a Fellow of Institution of Engineers (India) (IEI) since 70s and former Chairman of National Design Research Forum of IEI had an outstanding academic career serving over 55 years in different capacities at Higher Institutes of Technology and Deemed Universities in India and a visiting Faculty in Germany and Singapore.

Besides his contribution to many major industries, both in public and private sectors of this country such as Defence, Space, Atomic Energy, Oil and Natural Gas Commission, Process Industries etc. are noteworthy and many of them have brought distinguished awards to him. In this context, his concern and contribution for the growth of many Engineering Professional Societies in the country is highly commendable and unique.

Dr. Rao has also distinguished himself with large number of publications, both in national and International journals, guiding nearly 22 Ph.D. candidates and other large number of Master’s Thesis resulting in over 200 papers, quite a few of them well cited.

He was even honoured by many the Technical University of Dresden in Germany by awarding him a Golden Doctorate, a distinction given to their Ph.D. candidates (Dr. Ing.) after 50 years of their completion. He has received the Fellowship of the Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE) in 1988 and the National Design Award by the Institution of Engineers (India) in 2004.

The Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence – 2017 Award for Building Infrastructures in Africa

The Nacala Corridor Project is the winner of the 2017 Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence.


The Nacala Corridor Project was the biggest railway contract in the last 50 years in Africa with enormous impact in the Eastern Africa Region. With VALE, the 2nd Biggest Mining in the world as client, Mota-Engil has worked with the most demanding quality standards, being recognized by the customer for the level of quality and safety. The completion of the project on time, the excellence of the service gave the opportunity to the customer to deliver the maintenance contract and further new contracts such as in Brazil and Mozambique.

The Nacala Corridor Project was represented by:

  • António Manuel Queirós Vasconcelos da Mota, Chairman at Mota-Engil SGPS SA
  • Ismael Gaspar, Chairman of Mota-Engil Africa during the development of the project
  • João Neto, General Manager of the Nacala Contract

António Manuel Queirós Vasconcelos da Mota is one of the most relevant Portuguese entrepreneurs in the dynamism of the internationalization of the Portuguese economy, namely in several African countries.

He has also been a promoter of the technical and innovation development of his company, with a training center in these countries, promoting the scientific and technical knowledge of Engineering in all Africa as well.

2015 Awards
The WFEO 2015 Awards were presented in Kyoto, Japan at the WFEO Gala dinner on 3 December 2015 during the General Assembly meetings.

WFEO Medal of Engineering Excellence

Prof. Lu Youmei is the winner of the 2015 WFEO Award of Engineering Excellence.

Professor Lu Youmei is renowned Chinese hydropower engineering expert and has devoted his whole career into China’s water dams and hydropower development.

He has taken part and led the construction of many mega-size hydropower projects with a total installed capacity of 25,940 MW, which include the world’s largest water conservancy and hydropower Three Gorges Project.

Mr. Lu has been Vice Minister of the Ministry of Energy of China, President of China Three Gorges Project Company (CTGPC), Chairman of Chinese National Committee on Large Dams (CHINCOLD). He has rich experience in energy development and project management, having huge influence in and out of the industry.

WFEO Medal of Excellence in Engineering Education

Prof. Chan Wirasinghe is the winner of the 2015 WFEO Award of Excellence in Engineering Education.

Chan Wirasinghe is an engineering educator who obtained his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Ceylon in 1968.

He won a US Fulbright Scholarship to Berkeley and completed his Ph.D. in 1976. He moved to the University of Calgary in Canada in 1976 where he is currently a Professor of Civil Engineering. He is also the Academic Director of the Center for Transportation of the Van Horne Institute.

Dr. Wirasinghe became the Dean of the Schulich School of Engineering in 1994, held the post until July 2006, and advanced the School to be one of the best in Canada. In addition to traditional disciplines, the School offers B.Sc. programs in Software, Biomedical, Oil and Gas, Geomatics and Energy Engineering. It is a leader in women in engineering activities.

Dr. Wirasinghe’s research interests are in transportation and mitigation of natural disasters. He has issued over 250 publications and supervised over forty research students.

Professor Chan Wirasinghe is a Fellow of Engineers Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and has received the Alberta Premiers Award of Excellence, a D.Sc. (Honorary) from the University of Moratuwa, the APEGA Centennial Award, and was named Calgary’s Citizen of the Year for 2005.

The Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence

The Jinping Project Team is the winner of the 2015 Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence.

Dr. WU Shiyong, Vice General Manager/Professoriate Senior Engineer Yalong River Hydropower Development Company, LTD is representing the Jinping Project Team.

After endeavors for over a decade, the Jinping Project Team led by Dr. Chen Yunhua overcame numerous world-level difficulties in construction of the super-tall arch dam and deep-buried tunnels and caverns, and successfully built the two world-class huge hydropower projects.

Dr. Wu Shiyong, Vice General Manager of Yalong River Hydropower Development Company, Ltd. represented the Jinping Project Team and received the award.

2013 Awards
The WFEO 2013 Awards were presented in Singapore at the WFEO Gala dinner on 13 September 2013 during the General Assembly meetings.

WFEO Medal of Engineering Excellence

The first presentation of the WFEO Medal of Engineering Excellence was made in September 1989 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, during the 12th General Assembly of WFEO.

The Medal is presented biennially hereafter, helping direct world attention to the practice, theory and public contributions of engineering. The recipient is chosen based on his or her noteworthy contributions to the practice, theory, or public status of engineering. Selection also takes into consideration the appreciable experience in the profession, international standing as well as significant educational accomplishments.

Prof. Chan is the winner of the 2013 WFEO Award of Engineering Excellence for his contributions to the advancement of theory, practice, commercialization of electric vehicles and creative engineering education.

Prof CHAN is one of the foremost international authorities on electric vehicles.

He has made an outstanding contribution to science, technology and industry.

He served as chairman of more than a dozen committees of international professional institutions
His contribution is wide ranging in the international arena and covers academic industrial, professional, educational and public awareness issues.

WFEO Medal of Excellence in Engineering Education

The first presentation of WFEO Medal for Excellence in Engineering Education was made in Madrid, Spain, in November 1999, during the 18th General Assembly of WFEO. The Medal was to be presented biennially hereafter, helping direct world attention to the importance of continuing improvement in the quality, delivery and relevance of engineering education and training.

The recipient is chosen based on his or her noteworthy contributions to the improvement of engineering education. Special consideration is also given to outstanding services rendered by educators to engineering educational institutions, and to those involved in the education of engineers. Selection also takes into account appreciable experience in the profession as well as significant educational accomplishments.

Prof. Xila Liu is the winner of the 2013 WFEO Award of Excellence in Engineering Education.

He served in WFEO for more than 14 years and is currently finishing his term as National Member for China at the WFEO Executive Council.

He is also member of the WFEO committees on Engineering Capacity Building and Education in Engineeringand is a Registered Structural Engineer (First Class) in China and a Chartered Engineer in UK.

His competency in drafting and creating engineering education strategies and programs on national and international scales is highly recognized.

He received many education awards such as the “Beijing Excellence Teacher Award” and “Shanghai Teaching Masters Award”.

He was twice voted as “The Favorite Teacher” by 17000 SJTU students. Since 1987, he advised 37 PhD and 52 Master students.

He is the author or co-author of 5 books and about 400 technical papers.

The Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence

The purpose of this Award is to direct world attention to the role of engineering in sustainable development. The Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC), under the leadership of late Hassib J. Sabbagh, gave the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) responsibility for organizing the Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence.

This Award was instituted in 2002 by the initiative and endowment of late Hassib J. Sabbagh who devoted many years of concern and effort in the area of engineering and construction.

The London 2012 Olympic Park Project Team is the winner of the 2013 Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence.

The London 2012 Olympic Park Project Team were a triumph not just for sport, but a triumph for engineering. Demonstrating the transformational power of civil engineering to act as an agent of change and provide the underpinning infrastructure on which civilizations depends, lifting both body and spirit to new heights.

Record breaking on and off the track, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and LOCOG and their delivery partners conceived, designed, constructed and delivered the most sustainable Olympic and Paralympic facilities ever built, on time and budget to high sustainability standards. The London Olympic Park has delivered sustainability at the systems scale. The Olympic Park is the largest new urban parkland in Europe for 150 years, a 2.5 square-km site featuring a number of waterways and links to surrounding areas via highway, cycle way and rail networks. In the preparation of the site, segregation of waste on site was over 90% against an industry average of 50%.

One million m3 of the excavated materials on the site needed environmental treatment/remediation. Around 69% of all materials were to develop the Park brought in by rail or river, minimizing traffic disruption and with other environmental benefits. The Accident Frequency Rate (AFR) was 0.17 compared to the UK construction sector average of 0.4

All of the civil engineering, landscaping and public realm works at the Olympic Park were assessed and verified using CEEQUAL in 17 separate package assessments, all achieving ‘Excellent’ rate awards.

London 2012 was the first Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to measure its carbon footprint over the entire project term.

The Olympic Park project has not only set a high standard for future large-scale sporting events and infrastructure projects, but has also shown the transformative power of civil engineering to deliver sustainable outcomes at the systems level, while simultaneously transforming the industry itself.

2011 Awards
The WFEO 2011 Awards were presented in Geneva, Switzerland at the WFEO Gala dinner on 8 September 2011 during the General Assembly meetings.

WFEO Medal of Engineering Excellence

Dr. Bill Salmon from the USA, is the winner of the 2011 WFEO Award of Engineering Excellence.

Mr. Bill Salmon has extensive experience in engineering and science policy through his career with the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the Department of State. His professional activities included: having negotiated and managed bilateral science cooperation agreements between the US and over 20 other countries; created the Office of Environmental Affairs; US negotiator on several international treaties, including the International Ocean Dumping Convention, US-France-UK Stratosphere Research Agreement, Law of the Sea Convention; extensive involvement on behalf of the US in the science and engineering programs of UNESCO, IAEA, OECD; contributed significantly to the organization of the 1972 UN Conference on the Environment (Stockholm Conference) and the initial formation of UNEP; created Office of International Communications Policy, and opened communications satellites to US private sector.

He has been active supporter of the American Association of Engineering Societies (AAES) since 1986 and has been an active proponent of global engineering associations, including CAETS – the Councils Academies of Engineering and Technology, UPADI the Pan American Association of Engineering Societies and WFEO – the World Federation of Engineering Organizations.

WFEO Medal of Excellence in Engineering Education

Prof. Wlodzimierz Miszalski from Poland is the winner of the 2011 WFEO Award of Excellence in Engineering Education.

Since 2005 to 2010 President of the WFEO Committee on Education and Training. Prof. Wlodzimierz MISZALSKI has been thesis supervisor of numerous generations of diploma works of numerous generations of engineers and supervisor of doctors’ dissertations. He has been organizer and executor of first postgraduate courses for engineers in logistics and management in Poland.

He is author of postgraduate engineering education programs and curricula. During his term as President of WFEO Committee on Education and Training he organized international conferences and congresses on engineering education and was editor of international journal IDEAS devoted to engineering education. He has created and developed the idea of World University of Technology.

The Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence

Dr. Riad Zakhem from the USA is the winner of the 2011 Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence.

Dr. Zakhem was involved in many Solar Photovoltaic projects from the design phase to the actual construction supervision and finally Commissioning of the system. His innovations included smart easy to build rooftop PV system that blend with the existing structure using the most economical and most efficient building techniques to make the solar system economically viable and resilient.

In the project, based on Which I am nominating Dr. Zakhem, he installed a 99.3 KW PV system on a warehouse in Littleton Colorado. The PV Solar panels were installed on the EPDM roof without any anchoring. He devised a racking system that uses ballasts to overcome the wind load on the PV panels.

He also used the existing ballasting material on the roof (2″ gravel) as ballast for his racking system resulting in an attractive system that blends in with the surrounding. He was also very creative in combining 12 single phase inverters into a balanced three phase grid tied output which made the system very resilient and easy to maintain with minimal cost without compromising quality and safety.

2009 Awards

WFEO Medal of Engineering Excellence

Mr. Seshadri Srinivasan from India, is the winner of the 2009 WFEO Award of Engineering Excellence.

WFEO Medal of Excellence in Engineering Education

Mrs. Yi Qian from China is the winner of the 2009 WFEO Award of Excellence in Engineering Education.

The Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence

Mr. Qifan BAO from China is the winner of the 2009 Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence.

2007 Awards

WFEO Medal of Engineering Excellence

Prof. Guram Kashakashvili from Georgia, is the winner of the 2007 WFEO Award of Engineering Excellence.

WFEO Medal of Excellence in Engineering Education

Prof. Kang Chang Hsin from Hong Kong, SAR of China is the winner of the 2007 WFEO Award of Excellence in Engineering Education.

The Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence

The team M/S Larsen & Toubro ltd from India is the winner of the 2007 Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence.

2005 Awards

WFEO Medal of Engineering Excellence

Dr. C.C. Patel from India, is the winner of the 2005 WFEO Award of Engineering Excellence.

WFEO Medal of Excellence in Engineering Education

Dr. Arcot Ramachandran from India is the winner of the 2005 WFEO Award of Excellence in Engineering Education.

The Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence

Dr. Bernard J. Amadei from the USA is the winner of the 2005 Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Engineering Construction Excellence.

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