New Zealand’s best en­gi­neers recog­nised with fel­low­ships

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Twenty New Zealand en­gi­neers have been recog­nised for their sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sion be­ing named as Fel­lows and Dis­tin­guished Fel­lows by En­gi­neer­ing New Zealand.

In to­tal, seven­teen en­gi­neers have been awarded Fel­low­ships, and three have been made Dis­tin­guished Fel­lows, demon­strat­ing their sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion and role in ad­vanc­ing the en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sion. The new Fel­lows’ work spans a broad range of en­gi­neer­ing prac­tice, from in­no­va­tive new tech­niques such as us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to ex­tract in­for­ma­tion from mi­cro­scopic images or im­prov­ing the na­tion’s seis­mic re­silience by ad­vo­cat­ing for bet­ter earth­quake en­gi­neer­ing.

Peter Smith, Bob Hodg­son and Ja­nis Swan have been made Dis­tin­guished Fel­lows.

Peter Smith was recog­nised for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to struc­tural en­gi­neer­ing, par­tic­u­larly his with the New Zealand So­ci­ety for Earth­quake En­gi­neer­ing, as an in­de­pen­dent spe­cial­ist for the Royal Com­mis­sion into the Can­ter­bury earth­quakes and as the pub­lic face of the Kaik­oura earth­quake, ex­plain­ing tech­ni­cal sub­jects sim­ply and clearly to me­dia.

Bob Hodg­son is a recog­nised ex­pert in im­age pro­cess­ing, in­for­ma­tion, hu­man fac­tors and sys­tems en­gi­neer­ing. His academia ca­reer in­cludes a strong record in re­search and de­vel­op­ment, in­ter­ac­tion with in­dus­try, schol­ar­ship and teach­ing, and ad­min­is­tra­tion and aca­demic lead­er­ship in en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy.

Ja­nis Swan has been a cham­pion for qual­ity en­gi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tion and the en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sion. She has held lead­er­ship roles with the Meat In­dus­try Re­search In­sti­tute of New Zealand and the Univer­sity of Waikato, be­com­ing the first woman to be ap­pointed As­so­ci­ate Dean En­gi­neer­ing in 2005. She sits on the Earl Fel­low­ship Trust Board and runs the trust’s schol­ar­ship pro­gramme to at­tract young women into en­gi­neer­ing. In 2009 Ja­nis re­ceived a Royal Hon­our for her ser­vice to en­gi­neer­ing.

En­gi­neer­ing New Zealand Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Free­man- Greene says this year’s new Fel­lows and Dis­tin­guished Fel­lows have a wealth of ex­per­tise and knowl­edge in the in­dus­try.

“This year’s co­hort are the top of the en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sion, and are be­ing recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tion to the in­dus­try. These ta­lented lead­ers of the en­gi­neer­ing sec­tor work tire­lessly to make New Zealan­ders’ lives bet­ter for our com­mu­ni­ties through their con­tri­bu­tions to in­fra­struc­ture and tech­nol­ogy.”


Peter Smith has made an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to struc­tural en­gi­neer­ing and en­gi­neer­ing prac­tice. He has held lead­er­ship roles in the Struc­tural En­gi­neer­ing and Tim­ber De­sign So­ci­eties, and is cur­rently Pres­i­dent of the New Zealand So­ci­ety for Earth­quake En­gi­neer­ing. He has rep­re­sented En­gi­neer­ing New Zealand and the pro­fes­sion on nu­mer­ous Stan­dards Com­mit­tees and ad­vi­sory bod­ies. Dur­ing 2011 and 2012, Smith was en­gaged by the Royal Com­mis­sion into the Can­ter­bury Earth­quakes to pro­vide in­de­pen­dent spe­cial­ist struc­tural en­gi­neer­ing ad­vice, and has sub­se­quently been on En­gi­neer­ing Ad­vi­sory Pan­els for MBIE. He has also con­tributed to en­gi­neer­ing prac­tice through his work with the Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers Ad­vance­ment So­ci­ety (CEAS), the As­so­ci­a­tion of Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers, and had a six- year term on the Board of En­gi­neer­ing New Zealand.

Dur­ing his 40 years in pri­vate prac­tice, Smith has men­tored a large num­ber of young en­gi­neers, both within Spencer Holmes Lim­ited and the wider En­gi­neer­ing Pro­fes­sion, many of whom are now en­gi­neer­ing lead­ers in New Zealand and in­ter­na­tion­ally. Smith has been an un­selfish ad­vo­cate for the En­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sion con­sis­tently through­out his ca­reer. He be­came the pub­lic face for en­gi­neers fol­low­ing the Kaik­oura earth­quake, en­gag­ing with the me­dia and ex­plain­ing com­plex tech­ni­cal con­cepts sim­ply and clearly.


Bob Hodg­son is a recog­nised ex­pert in im­age pro­cess­ing, in­for­ma­tion, hu­man fac­tors and sys­tems en­gi­neer­ing. Hodg­son’s im­pres­sive academia ca­reer in­cludes a strong record in re­search and de­vel­op­ment, in­ter­ac­tion with in­dus­try, schol­ar­ship and teach­ing, and ad­min­is­tra­tion and aca­demic lead­er­ship in en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy. Hodg­son served as the Head of In­sti­tute In­for­ma­tion Sci­ences and Tech­nol­ogy at Massey Univer­sity from 1998 to 2005, and as Di­rec­tor of the Massey school of En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy from 2005 to 2007. He was a found­ing mem­ber of the New Zealand Coun­cil of En­gi­neer­ing Deans.

In ad­di­tion to his aca­demic work, Hodg­son was in­volved in a start- up sci­ence and en­gi­neer­ing com­pany that has won world­wide recog­ni­tion for us­ing AI to ex­tract in­for­ma­tion from mi­cro­scopic images. He has

made an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to En­gi­neer­ing New Zealand, hav­ing served on nu­mer­ous Boards and com­mit­tees, En­gi­neer­ing New Zealand and NZQA ac­cred­i­ta­tion pan­els, and six In­ter­na­tional Wash­ing­ton Ac­cord Pan­els. As the New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive and then Pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of En­gi­neer­ing Ed­u­ca­tors in South East Asia and the Pa­cific, Hodg­son re­vi­talised that or­gan­i­sa­tion. He has also worked with the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific, in an un­paid Ad­junct Pro­fes­sor role, to sup­port its work to­wards en­gi­neer­ing ac­cred­i­ta­tion.


Ja­nis Swan has been a cham­pion for qual­ity en­gi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tion and the en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sion. Swan has held lead­er­ship roles with the Meat In­dus­try Re­search In­sti­tute of New Zealand and the Univer­sity of Waikato. She helped lead the de­vel­op­ment and pro­mo­tion of Waikato Univer­sity’s School of En­gi­neer­ing, suc­cess­fully bring­ing to­gether dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines to en­sure a com­pre­hen­sive en­gi­neer­ing pro­gramme, with a strong cul­ture of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and mo­men­tum. In 2005, she was the first woman to be ap­pointed As­so­ci­ate Dean En­gi­neer­ing. Work­ing with quiet per­se­ver­ance and vi­sion, Swan has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to our next gen­er­a­tion of en­gi­neers. She has served on the Stan­dards Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Board, the Min­is­te­rial Sci­ence Task Group for Crown Re­search In­sti­tutes, the com­mit­tee of the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Branch of En­gi­neer­ing New Zealand, and MBIE’s Sci­ence Board. Swan chaired the Mars­den Fund Panel for En­gi­neer­ing and In­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary Sci­ences, and was on the Board of the So­ci­ety of Chem­i­cal En­gi­neers. She sits on the Earl Fel­low­ship Trust Board and runs the trust’s schol­ar­ship pro­gramme to at­tract young women into en­gi­neer­ing. In 2009 Swan re­ceived a Royal Hon­our for her ser­vice to en­gi­neer­ing.


A for­mer di­rec­tor of the Tonkin + Tay­lor Group, David Leong is cur­rently the Group’s prin­ci­pal wa­ter re­sources en­gi­neer and a lead­ing ex­pert on hy­drol­ogy, hy­draulic struc­tures, and dam break hazard. He has pre­sented ex­pert ev­i­dence many times and has also led de­sign teams on large in­fra­struc­ture projects. He is par­tic­u­larly recog­nised

for his ground­break­ing work on a risk- cost ap­proach for op­ti­mis­ing Auck­land’s bulk wa­ter sup­ply sys­tem.


Dr Gre­gory De Costa is cur­rently a con­sul­tant at the Open Polytech­nic of New Zealand. He is also Vice Pres­i­dent of the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Hy­dro En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­search Asia Pa­cific Di­vi­sion. He has led many in­ter­na­tional re­search teams in­ves­ti­gat­ing cli­mate change, sea level rise and its im­pact on coastal wa­ter re­sources and ad­ja­cent land.


Cur­rently Bid Man­ager – Trans­port Ser­vices for Downer New Zealand, Julie Raine has man­aged a wide range of trans­porta­tion en­gi­neer­ing projects through­out the United King­dom, Mid­dle East and New Zealand. She has been a driv­ing force be­hind the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Women in Con­struc­tion and cham­pi­ons di­ver­sity. Raine has been recog­nised as one of New Zealand’s Top 50 Women of Achieve­ment, and was a fi­nal­ist in the West­pac Women of In­flu­ence Di­ver­sity cat­e­gory.


Dr Kelvin Walls is in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised for his ex­per­tise on the built en­vi­ron­ment and pub­lic health, par­tic­u­larly build­ing safety in re­la­tion to wind, earth­quake and fire- safety de­sign. He has made a sig­nif­i­cant and sus­tained con­tri­bu­tion to En­gi­neer­ing New Zealand, in­clud­ing serv­ing on the Board, the Auck­land Branch com­mit­tee and In­ves­ti­gat­ing Com­mit­tees, and de­vel­op­ing the PS1 Prac­tice Note.


Lisa Roberts’ ca­reer so far has fo­cused on in­fra­struc­ture as­set man­age­ment and life­lines dis­as­ter plan­ning. She is na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised for her ex­per­tise in or­gan­i­sa­tional re­silience, and has de­vel­oped widely used guid­ance on best prac­tice as­set man­age­ment. She is an ac­knowl­edged life­lines ex­pert and has helped share and grow knowl­edge to de­velop New Zealand’s ca­pa­bil­ity and re­silience.


Mur­ray Robert­son com­menced his ca­reer in geotech and sur­vey­ing, moved to civil de­sign, and then into con­tract and project man­age­ment. In re­cent years, Robert­son has ex­celled in se­nior busi­ness man­age­ment and strate­gic plan­ning. Cur­rently Gen­eral Man­ager Trans­port Tech­nol­ogy at Downer, he has an un­re­lent­ing can-do at­ti­tude and takes an in­no­va­tive ap­proach to prob­lem solv­ing.


Richard Cuth­bert’s early ca­reer fo­cused on plan­ning and fea­si­bil­ity of trans­port schemes in Eng­land and in­ter­na­tion­ally. He went on to se­nior man­age­ment, lead­er­ship and gov­er­nance roles with Atkins and then Mouchel – both large, multi- dis­ci­pline, in­ter­na­tional en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tan­cies. On re­lo­cat­ing to New Zealand in early 2013, he was ap­pointed Gen­eral Man­ager of Spi­ire NZ (orig­i­nally Duf­fill, Watts & King). He is also chair­man of Ergo elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tants.


Rosalind Archer’s ca­reer com­bines tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise in geo­ther­mal and pe­tro­leum en­gi­neer­ing, and lead­er­ship roles in academia and in­dus­try. She has served for five years as Head of De­part­ment of the De­part­ment of En­gi­neer­ing Sci­ence at the Univer­sity of Auck­land. She holds a pro­fes­so­rial chair sup­ported by Mer­cury and a non- ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor­ship of New Zealand Oil & Gas. Archer has been a key part of teams rais­ing re­search fund­ing from the Govern­ment and from in­ter­na­tional sources.


Shayne Cunis is a recog­nised leader in the wa­ter ser­vices sec­tor in the Auck­land re­gion. Cur­rently Gen­eral Man­ager – Ser­vice De­liv­ery at Water­care, he has im­proved the qual­ity and re­silience of ser­vice, and de­vel­oped a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of young en­gi­neers into fu­ture lead­ers. He has been on the Board of Wa­ter New Zealand and is cur­rently an in­ter­na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Board of the Wa­ter Re­search Foun­da­tion.


Dr Tony Enright is at the fore­front of in­ter­na­tional per­for­mance- based fire en­gi­neer­ing. He is a Char­tered Pro­fes­sional En­gi­neer in both Aus­tralia and New Zealand and is a Fel­low of En­gi­neers Aus­tralia. Enright has delivered ma­jor projects across the build­ing and ad­vi­sory sec­tors: most no­tably as lead fire en­gi­neer for the new AUD2.1 billion Royal Ade­laide Hos­pi­tal. He has won project- based and aca­demic awards, most no­tably the in­au­gu­ral Na­tional Fire Pro­tec­tion As­so­ci­a­tion in­ter­na­tional scholar in fire sci­ence.


Joachim (Joe) Pott spe­cialises in hy­draulic tur­bines, plant per­for­mance and dam safety. He is a part­ner in Hy­dropower En­gi­neer­ing, and has been in­volved in a wide va­ri­ety of projects in New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Canada, Chile, Fiji, Laos, Nepal and the United King­dom. He is a reg­u­lar pre­sen­ter on hy­dropower tech­nol­ogy and dam safety cour­ses, and a men­tor to younger en­gi­neers.


In his 37 years of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in New Zealand, Aus­tralia, the UK and Sin­ga­pore, Phil Gaby has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to a port­fo­lio of high- pro­file, award- win­ning in­fra­struc­ture projects. Cur­rently Project Di­rec­tor at Holmes Group, he en­joys men­tor­ing and train­ing, and shares his knowl­edge and ex­per­tise through aca­demic papers, pre­sen­ta­tions, guest lec­tur­ing and an ac­tive in­volve­ment in in­dus­try bod­ies and so­ci­eties.


Si­mon Fleisher served as ma­rine en­gi­neer in the Bri­tish and New Zealand navies be­fore chang­ing sec­tors to the elec­tric­ity sup­ply in­dus­try. In 2013, he be­came Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Welling­ton Ca­ble Car and has over­seen sev­eral com­plex tech­ni­cal projects. He is also a Di­rec­tor of Waipa Net­works and a Mem­ber of the In­sti­tute of Di­rec­tors. In 2014, Fleisher be­came a Welling­ton City Coun­cil Civil De­fence Con­troller. He has served on a num­ber of En­gi­neer­ing New Zealand- re­lated com­mit­tee and boards.


Cur­rently Dean ( Aca­demic) Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing, Univer­sity of Can­ter­bury, Dirk Pons has per­sis­tently en­cour­aged en­gage­ment be­tween the pro­fes­sion and the teach­ing in­sti­tu­tions. Through his re­search and En­gi­neer­ing New Zealand com­mit­tee work, he has con­tributed to de­vel­op­ing a con­struc­tive align­ment be­tween ped­a­gogy and prac­tice.


John Mackie re­lo­cated to Christchurch fol­low­ing the Can­ter­bury earth­quakes and is cur­rently Head of Three Wa­ters and Waste for Christchurch City Coun­cil. He has been the city’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Board of SCIRT and acted as a Civil De­fence Con­troller dur­ing ma­jor emer­gen­cies. Mackie is the Chair of the North­ern South Is­land branch of IPWEA, and is on the boards of IPWEA and Wa­ter New Zealand.


Onno Mul­der has more than 30 years in the en­gi­neer­ing con­struc­tion and main­te­nance in­dus­try. He is CEO of Ci­ty­care Group, a role he has held for 12 years. Un­der Mul­der’s lead­er­ship, Ci­ty­care Group has grown from a small re­gional con­tract­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion to one of New Zealand’s largest main­te­nance com­pa­nies, pro­vid­ing ser­vices to many of New Zealand’s largest coun­cils and pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions.


Richard Holyoake is a Se­nior Prin­ci­pal in Beca, lead­ing the In­fra­struc­ture Busi­ness in the South Is­land. He has delivered ma­jor projects in­clud­ing large scale de­mo­li­tion, land de­vel­op­ment, ir­ri­ga­tion schemes, fea­si­bil­ity for ports and hy­dro- elec­tric and fea­si­bil­ity through to con­struc­tion of many air­port run­way re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion projects. Holyoake is pas­sion­ate about en­gi­neers con­tribut­ing to so­ci­ety and is ac­tively in­volved in pub­lic art, health and safety fo­rums, the New Zealand Air­port As­so­ci­a­tion, a school Board and chairs a com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion.

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