Sydney Division

Serving our members and the engineering profession in Sydney.

About Engineers Australia Sydney

Engineers Australia Sydney currently serves over 22,000 members in metropolitan and regional New South Wales.

We facilitate over 40 Technical, Special Interest and Regional Groups, covering all disciplines of engineering. Engineers Australia Sydney conducts numerous events throughout the year to provide professional development and networking opportunities to members and the public, whilst also encouraging young students to consider the profession.

The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards Sydney 2016 is the premier event of the year hosted by Engineers Australia Sydney aimed at inspiring engineers to achieve wold’s best practice through teamwork, innovation and technical excellence.

The people of Engineers Australia's Sydney Division

Michael Myers FIEAust CPEng EngExec OAM

Michael began his career as a Mechanical Engineer specialising in the design and manufacture of aluminium structures for the aerospace, automotive and shipbuilding industries.

In 1982 Michael established CONCENTRIC Asia Pacific which became Australia's leading supplier of Engineering Technology to the Automotive, Aerospace, Defence, Mining and Consumer Goods industries.

In 1998, Michael founded the Re-Engineering Australia Foundation which is focused on attracting students into careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Michael is a Governor of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering and has held numerous roles on government advisory bodies.

The Sydney Division President can be contacted via email:

Julie Mikhail MIEAust
Deputy President

Julie currently works for the Department of Defence (DMO) as the Sustainment Operations Manager for Navy communications equipment, and has worked for the department for 13 years in various roles. Julie holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Sydney University and a Masters in Engineering Science (Telecommunications) from UNSW. Julie is also the Chair of Sydney Women in Engineering group.

Bruce Howard FIEAust CPEng
Past President

Bruce Howard is an Electrical Engineer and has built his career working with NSW power utilities. He is a past President of Sydney Division. Bruce has been a member of National Congress since 2001. Bruce was elected to Council in 2002, and has held a number of portfolios including Public Policy, Marketing/Communication and being elected as Councillor Responsible for Finance (and Chair of Engineers Australia’s Audit and Risk Committee) for a number of years.

Christine Chen MIEAust

Christine currently works as a Senior Systems Engineer in the Secure Communications & Information Systems (SIX) business unit at Thales Australia. She is working on the Integral Computing System (ICS) project under the Land 121 Phase 4 Hawkei program.

Christine is a multi-scholarship recipient with a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from Taiwan and the US, and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Sydney University. She has been awarded the 2015 NSW Young Professional Engineer of the Year from Engineers Australia, NSW Young Achiever Award from the Australian Industry & Defence Network, and in 2014, received the Young Alumni Award from the University of Sydney Engineering & IT.

Christine is currently Chair of Young Engineers Australia Sydney, Committee Member at the Australian Society for Defence Engineering, and a Board Member at the Innovation Advisory for the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, with a focus on facilitating collaborative relationships and promoting the engineering profession to our next generation.

Katharina Gertsmann FIEAust CPEng

Katharina has Australian and international experience in engineering consulting operations. She has a comprehensive understanding of leading and motivating high performance teams, and possesses excellence in technical delivery.

Katharina is the Market Segment Lead Rail for Beca and provides strategic direction and management of teams for Beca’s transport clients. In her role she has to ensure that Beca maximises available opportunities within the market and achieves business plan objectives.

Katharina was elected as the first female Executive Chair of the Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) (September 2012 to November 2014) and was wholly responsible for the operational and fiscal oversight of the RTSA’s activities for its members.

Marcus Moore MIEAust

James Phillis FIEAust CPEng

James has over 27 years of experience as a director, senior executive and manager with large private and public engineering consultants in Australia and NZ and has operated throughout Asia, the Middle East, North and South America and the UK. James led engineering businesses with turnovers in excess of $250M and grown and developed numerous international engineering businesses and opportunities across a wide range of countries in both the developed and developing worlds.

James has been involved with engineering institutions including Engineers Australia since the mid-1990's. During 2012-14 James was he Chair for the Centre of Engineering Leadership and Management (CELM) Sydney.

Julia Ratnayake MIEAust

Julia has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Engineering, majoring in Process, Control and Automation Engineering with over 22 years' engineering experience in managing a diverse range of maintenance, bridge infrastructure and business-improvement projects.

Since 2006 Julia has been working for Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW. She started as a Project Analyst, overseeing the overall management of Service Delivery projects: both RTA internally as well as multi-agencies. In 2009 She took on my current role as a Sydney Harbour Bridge Project Manager for the Roads and Maritime Services. Julia is responsible for the development and delivery of specific project works across all aspects of the bridge maintenance, infrastructure improvements, capital and urgent work requests.

Ian White FIEAust CPEng

Over the past 40 years, Ian has gained a wide experience in a variety of engineering fields. This has covered bulk materials handling, evaluation of vehicle modifications, running computer simulation studies of bulk handling ports, preparation of manufacturing drawings for crusher wear liners, preparation of P&IDs for water treatment plants, and documenting a major herbicide manufacturing plant and a food additives plant to name a few.

Ian has served Engineers Australia as the Chair of the Mechanical Branch over the recent past.

EA Sydney Partners

Engineers Australia Sydney greatly appreciate the commitment of our sponsors who are taking a leading role in supporting the value of engineering.

NSW Government
The NSW Government, through the Office of the Chief Scientist & Engineer is proud to sponsor the Bradfield Award presented to the overall winner of Engineering Excellence Awards Sydney 2016.

Fostering and encouraging a lively state innovation system by promoting productive links between business, the engineering profession, universities and government, the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer consults widely with industry and government to ensure knowledge and research can be adapted and used to benefit the people of NSW.

Asset Standards Authority
The Asset Standards Authority (ASA) is a key strategic branch within Transport for NSW (TfNSW). Its purpose is to develop, promote and enable safety and asset assurance for Transport. To do that, ASA is providing products and services to both the Transport cluster and Transport’s industry by creating and managing the governance models, documents and processes which fulfil TfNSW requirements for asset stewardship and safety assurance. To do all of this ASA focuses on four primary tasks:

  • Managing an Authorised Engineering Organisation program
  • Creating standards to assure safety, innovation and fit for purpose Transport assets
  • Improving Transport’s asset management
  • Collaborating with industry through robust engagement.

Hilti offers high quality, leading-edge products, systems and services aimed at improving productivity and safety standards in the construction and energy industries. Active in more than 120 countries, we operate our own production facilities and R&D centres, as well as being involved in various international technology partnerships.

Hilti stands for exceptional innovations, outstanding added value, high quality and direct customer relationships. Some two-thirds of Hilti’s 22,000-strong global employees work in direct contact with our customers. Our 200,000 daily customer interactions drive the inspiration for the development of new products and services.

The Hilti Group is headquartered in Schaan, Principality of Liechtenstein, where the company was founded in 1941 by brothers Eugen and Martin Hilti. Still privately owned, all company shares are held by the Martin Hilti Family Trust, ensuring the long-term continuity and advancement of the company.

Hilti (Aust.) Pty Ltd is a fully owned subsidiary of The Hilti Group. Since being formed in Adelaide in 1960, local operations have expanded considerably with headquarters in Sydney and representation in all major cities and regional areas.

SMEC and Surbana Jurong have joined forces to provide global consultancy expertise in urban, infrastructure and management advisory.

Our new partnership provides a talent pool of 13,000 dedicated people working across a network of 95 offices in 40 countries throughout Asia, Australasia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, making SMEC and Surbana Jurong one of Asia’s largest urban and infrastructure consulting companies.

SMEC’s strength in major infrastructure projects, coupled with Surbana Jurong’s expertise in urban planning, industrial development and management advisory enable us to provide critical value chain services to clients around the world.

SMEC’s origins date back to the iconic Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme in 1949. Today SMEC is consistently recognised for technical excellence and design innovation by the world’s leading engineering bodies. Striving to deliver service excellence across a range of industry sectors, SMEC has developed and refined a core service offering covering the lifecycle of a project. SMEC’s projects help to generate economic wealth and provide essential infrastructure services in some of the world’s fastest growing economies.

UNSW Engineering
As Australia’s top engineering faculty with a strong international reputation, UNSW Engineering is the destination of choice for a quality engineering degree.

Focused on preparing our graduates to think and solve tomorrow’s problems, our internationally transferable degrees offer a countless range of dynamic career pathways.

All of our engineering degree programs incorporate a strong emphasis on design and problem solving. Students benefit from first-hand practical experience by participating in exciting and innovative student-led projects in state-of-the-art facilities.

As the largest and most diverse engineering faculty in Australia with the widest range of degrees, we are the number one choice in NSW for the brightest students. Our graduates are globally sought after and command the highest salaries.

The University of Technology Sydney Engineering and IT is an innovative and research intensive faculty with a strong reputation for its practice-based learning programs and industry engagement.

Our goal is to produce impact-driven, user-centred research outcomes and to incorporate this into our students’ learning. We have a strong focus on collaborative research with the aim of improving individual lives and society as a whole, not just in Australia but around the globe.

Georgiou prides itself on delivering first class building and civil engineering services to a diverse client base Nationwide. With a focus on achieving excellent results for its clients and pursuing innovating solutions, while remaining focused on first class safety outcomes, Georgiou boasts close to 40 years’ experience.

Specialising in earthworks, roadworks and bridges, water infrastructure, precast, building construction and land development, Georgiou is responsible for the execution of recent iconic projects including:

  • Gateway WA - Perth Airport and Freight Access Project;
  • ALDI’s first WA Distribution Centre;
  • Moorabbin Airport Precinct 4 project in regional VIC;
  • The design and construction of an at-grade 2,500 capacity car park for the Brisbane Airport Corporation in QLD;
  • Construction of Building 410, the medical teaching building, at Curtin University's Bentley campus in WA; and
  • Aubin Grove Train Station and Russell Road Upgrade.

Headquartered in Western Australia and with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Georgiou has a workforce of more than 800 people and aims to be ‘the best people to work with’.

The University of Wollongong
The University ofWollongong’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences is committed to advancing our understanding of the natural and technological worlds, and using this knowledge to improve our environment and society.

The Faculty has a world-class reputation for excellence in research and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. With a place in the Group of Eight Engineering and Associates, UOW has one the top engineering faculties in Australia. The faculty members are driving relevant and cutting-edge research in a wide range of areas focused on providing innovative solutions to global issues.

Our strong links with industry deliver mutually beneficial and innovative outcomes. These partnerships foster the exchange of ideas and the development of innovations that transform markets and industries.

Sydney Division groups

Sydney Division awards

The Australian Engineering Excellence Awards (AEEA) Sydney 2016 program seeks to identify, recognise and reward outstanding achievement in the practice of engineering and service to the profession.

View the 2016 winners here



Engineering Excellence Awards Exhibition

The annual Engineering Excellence Awards exhibition is a collaboration between the Powerhouse Museum and the Sydney Division of Engineers Australia. The exhibition showcases innovative Australian engineering projects that have been developed for both local and global markets.

All awards have been peer reviewed by a panel of judges established by the Sydney Division. The panel comprises practitioners and academics from the engineering community.

Each year, the most outstanding project receives the Bradfield Award, named after the Australian John Job Crew Bradfield (1867-1943), the Chief Engineer for the Metropolitan Railway Construction and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Supported by:

The 2015 Displays

Fibre Optic Manometry - A 21st Century Approach to In-Vivo Diagnostics

CSIRO (Principal entrant)

Flinders University, Flinders Medical Centre & Griffith University (Joint entrants)

  • Bradfield Award
  • Excellence Award (Welfare, Health & Safety)
  • Excellence Award (Innovations & Inventions)
  • Sir William Hudson Award (highest award at the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards)

To find out more about Fibre Optic Menometry - A 21st Century Approach to In-Vivo Diagnostics visit the Powerhouse website.

One Central Park

Robert Bird Group (Principal entrant)

Arup, WSP & Kennovations (Joint entrants)

  • Excellence Award (Buildings & Structures)

To find out more about One Central Park visit the Powerhouse website.

Green Materials – Novel Processes to Transform Waste Automotive Glass and Plastics into Value-added Materials

Centre for Sustainable Materials Research & Technology, UNSW (Principal entrant)

OneSteel & Brickworks Building Products (Joint entrants)

  • President's Award
  • Excellence Award (Research and Development)

To find out more about Green Materials – Novel Processes to Transform Waste Automotive Glass and Plastics into Value-added Materials visit the Powerhouse website.

Project Caramello

LX Design House (Principal entrant)

Excellence Award (Software & Embedded Systems)

To find out more about Project Caramello visit the Powerhouse website.

Illawarra Flame House

University of Wollongong (Principal entrant)

TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute (Joint entrant)

  • President Award
  • Highly Commended (Environment & Heritage)

To find out more about the Illawarra Flame House visit the Powerhouse website.

Schools Programs

This week long live-in program is aimed at year 11 NSW and ACT students. The students visit 5 engineering universities, industry site tours and are provided with the opportunity to talk one-on-one with engineers at a careers expo.


Katrina Meggitt
Engineers Australia Sydney
Level 3, 8 Thomas Street
Chatswood NSW 2067
Phone: 02 9410 5613 Fax: 02 9410 0000

This week long program is aimed at year 11 Sydney students. The students visit 4 engineering universities, industry site tours and are provided with the opportunity to talk one-on-one with engineers at a careers expo.

Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering, 10 - 13 April 2017

Applications are now open for the 2017 Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering. 
Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering is an initiative organised by Engineers Australia, Sydney Division, ‘Engineering’ Universities and participating Rotary Clubs. The objective of  is to give Sydney metropolitan area high school students a better understanding of what engineering is and how it works in everyday life.

The Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering will bring together 50 Year 11 and 12 Students from Sydney Metropolitan Area and who are facing choices which will influence their future careers.

Engineers cultivate creative, enquiring minds, a strong interest in mathematics, science and the environment, and want to contribute to improving the quality of life for everyone. Within each engineering discipline there are many career paths from management to research and teaching, from construction and maintenance to sales and marketing. Engineering is a prestigious profession and is essential for a nation’s future development, creating wealth and employment which increases living standards throughout our societies.

Throughout the program the students will meet and interact with professional engineers employed by government, private companies, researchers and academics in a wide range of engineering disciplines. The students will attend lectures/demonstrations at participating NSW universities, and participate in industrial visits, providing students with the opportunity to see the different engineering disciplines at work.

Students may visit some the following universities during The Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering:

  • University of Sydney
  • University of NSW
  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • Macquarie University

 In addition the students will visit three engineering sites (site tours) and attend a careers day with engineering professionals, providing the students with the ability to ask an engineer details questions to assist them in their future studies.

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Engineers Australia Autumn School is proudly sponsored by Cochlear

Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions. Around the world, Cochlear helps hundreds of thousands of customers to connect to family, friends and the world of sound. Cochlear is recognised in industry as an in novative company and a unique employer. In 2014 Cochlear was recognised as one of th e Top 10 Most Respected Companies in Australia. For information on Cochlear, go to

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If you have any questions please contact:

Katrina Meggitt, Events Manager NSW/ACT
Engineers Australia, Sydney Division
Phone: 02 9410 5613
Fax: 02 9410 0000

Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering 2015

This program is aimed at year 10 and 11 students. The day consists of hands on engineering activities, presentations from student and professional engineer.

The Discover Engineering Day program presents an opportunity for students to be exposed to engineering as an industry and as a profession. The day consists of hands on engineering activities, presentations from student and professional engineers. It is a fun and interactive day where students can learn about what a career in engineering is all about.

Students will also be given the opportunity to meet with the engineering faculties from some of Sydney's big universities and gain a great insight into what their future might hold as an ENGINEER.

Download the brochure

Contact us

If you would like to get involved or find out more information, please email Patrice on

This program is a fun and interactive program designed to help students achieve key learning outcomes in science, technology and mathematics. Students work in teams, at their own pace, applying their problem solving skills to unravel exciting engineering projects.

Visit the EngQuest website

Great Engineering Challenge by UNSW Engineering is an fun-filled day of hands-on activities for high school students in years 10 and 11. The day consists of a number of exciting real-life challenges and guest speakers with a wealth of knowledge. The students are encouraged to apply a lateral thinking approach to solving the challenges.  They work as teams and compete against other schools to win some great prizes!

The Engineers Australia Great Engineering Challenge sponsored by UNSW Engineering is an fun-filled day of hands-on activities for high school students in years 10 and 11. 

The day consists of a number of exciting real-life challenges and guest speakers with a wealth of knowledge. The students are encouraged to apply a lateral thinking approach to solving the challenges.  They work as teams and compete against other schools to win some great prizes!

This is a free event, registration is essential to attend.

Please direct any enquiries to


The organisers of the Great Engineering Challenge would like to thank the Major Sponsor University of New South Wales, also Transgrid & Encompass for their support. Without their support and dedication to engineering this program would not be possible.


UNSW Engineering is Australia’s top-rated engineering faculty offering the widest range of degrees to the brightest students from NSW and beyond. We promote practical, industry-relevant courses, with strong links and opportunities to work with business, and the most highly regarded student-led projects of any Australian faculty (eg SUNSWift, RoboCup).

We have world-class research facilities and equipment as well as leading centres of excellence and international collaboration on research.

Our graduates are sought after globally, commanding the highest salaries and are leaders in industry and innovation.

Please visit UNSW website at

Rail Track Association Australia (RTAA)

The Rail Track Association Australia, (RTAA) is dedicated to “pursuing and promoting the interests of track infrastructure within the Australian rail sector”. With a proud history which began in 1973, the RTAA brings together members come from all walks of the industry and include individuals and corporate bodies.

Our main endeavour, the sixth rail industry Field Days event will be held on 26/27 February 2015. This huge outdoor display of rail infrastructure, construction and maintenance equipment demonstrates the latest technology as well as the pride of the Australian rail industry. Participation is open to anyone with an interest in railways.

Please visit RTAA website at


Encompass Credit Union is a Financial Institution, but we are different from a bank. Encompass are a mutual organisation which means we are owned and controlled by our members, not external shareholders. This allows us to offer our members fairer fees, competitive interest rates and exceptional customer service. Encompass have been providing banking and financial services to the transport industry, their families and the wider community since 1953. We offer our members  savings accounts, term investments, general insurance products, personal loans and home loans; and we embrace the core belief of the mutual credit union movement of people helping people.

Please visit Encompass website


Trying to decide what and where to study can be overwhelming. Visiting university campuses, talking to academics and attending as many events as possible will help make the right choice of degree and university for you. 

Visit the UNSW website

Students interested in studying engineering, project management and information technologies can get involved in a number of activities run by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Learn more about the University of Sydney

What is Engineering? It’s a common question we want you to discover the answer to. Come explore the possibilities of engineering at UTS plus get to know our new home, purpose-built to give you an all-rounded education.

Learn more about the University of Technology, Sydney

Facilities booking

Engineers Australia Sydney Division offers spaces for hire with areas suitable for your next workshop, presentation or meeting. These include a Ground Floor Auditorium and two Meeting Rooms at Level 3.

Venue Capacity Configuration
Auditorium 130 Theatre Style
Boardroom 20 Boardroom Style
Chairman's Room 10 Boardroom Style

Click here for auditorium hire information (PDF)

Click here for meeting room hire information (PDF)

Engineers Australia Sydney Division is situated in Chatswood, easily accessible via Pacific Highway and a short walk from Chatswood Railway Station.

Parking available at Victor St Car Park, Mandarin Centre Car Park, Chatswood Westfield Car Park and The Concourse Car Park

For any enquiries or advice on hiring a venue please contact:

Engineers Australia Sydney Division

Phone: 02 9410 5600


Contact us

Sydney Office Location and Address

Level 3
8 Thomas Street
Chatswood NSW 2067

Postal Address:

PO Box 1389
Chatswood NSW 2057

Phone: 02 9410 5600
Fax: 02 9410 0000

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Hours: Monday - Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm


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