Engineering
Heritage Publication

Celebrating 100 Years of Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia will publish two heritage books in 2019 to mark our centenary. The two books will be complementary – the first focusing on the great achievements of our forebears and the second on the engineers behind them.

  1. Wonders Never Cease – 100 Australian Engineering Achievements, is complete and will be launched in May 2019.
  2. Engineering Heroes – 100 Australian Engineering Achievers, launches in August 2019.  We are calling for your suggestions for this book. This book will attempt to represent the engineers we admire and seek to emulate –  from all eras; all disciplines; all work areas, all backgrounds and across all of Australia.

What we need from you:

The committee is calling for nominations from Engineers Australia members. Each nomination submitted should be in the form of a two-page document containing around 800 words, an image of the nominated engineer and a second image representing a major work or interest of the nominated engineer.

Nominators are restricted to a maximum of 10 nominations each.

The closing date for nominations is 28 February 2019.

Criteria for nominations:

  1. Engineering quality, acknowledged by peers.
  2. Contribution to society and the profession in various fields such as invention; construction; education; leadership; military; IEAust etc.
  3. An exciting story worth telling, easy to understand and with good supporting material.
  4. WOW factor.

For further information on the selection criteria please click below.

Selection Criteria

Selection of the 100 entries for the book.

The project will be managed by the Centenary Book Committee of Engineering Heritage Australia which will undertake the initial design of the book including the selection of the 100 entries.

When you are ready, click on the below button to send your nomination.

Submit Nomination

Changing Lives:
Cochlear Hearing Implant

Using a beach shell for inspiration, Professor Graeme Clark led a worldwide race to develop a bionic ear and bring sound to the profoundly deaf

A breathtaking solution decades in its development, the Cochlear implant gives the severely or profoundly deaf a degree of hearing. It is important to note that complete, clear hearing is not the outcome; rather, the implant bypasses the defective elements in the ear and stimulates the auditory nerve to send messages to the brain. It is especially relevant to profoundly deaf, for whom hearing aids typically cannot overcome a hearing system that is defective, damaged or absent. Hearing aids amplify sounds, particularly in the lower or higher frequency ranges, where a hard-of-hearing patient may need assistance, but the ear must be capable of transmitting those sounds to the brain. This is where the brilliance of the Cochlear solution, a surgical procedure which has provided the gift of hearing to more than 180,000 people worldwide, was – and is – so evolutionary.

To understand its impact, it’s essential to understand how hearing ‘works’. Sounds waves enter the ear and travel along the ear canal to the ear drum, the movement of which makes tiny bones in the middle ear vibrate. These vibrations are transmitted to a fluid-filled part of the inner ear, known as the cochlear.

Bringing a Country Together:
Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme

No Australian engineering project has been so ambitiously grand in scale yet superbly executed as the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme of the mid-20th century.

Has there been a more lasting, impactful engineering project in Australian history than that of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme? The answer will belong to the responder’s perspective, but there is no argument this was by far the largest engineering project ever undertaken in this country, and indeed one of the most complex hydro-electric schemes ever attempted in the world.

Put simply, the Scheme is designed to collect water from melting now and rain in the Snowy Mountains of NSW. It stores that water and diverts it via long tunnels through the Great Dividing Range, generating electricity in multiple power stations and – using the inland Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers – delivers water to Adelaide and the important irrigation areas in NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Boom Time for Travel: Scramjet

The evolution of scramjet technology is unfolding in outback Australia as engineers seek to seemingly conquer physics.

Next stop? London in two hours.

If the idea of flying from Sydney to London is two hours seems fanciful, it is worth considering the development of aircraft – with particular reference to speed – since Orville & Wilbur Wright’s Wright Flyer 1 took to the air at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on 17 December 1903. The Wright brothers’ longest flight that historic day covered 260m and took 59 seconds.

It’s average speed? 16 kmh.

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