Excellence in engineering

Achievers: Justin Gavranich, Division President David Sparkes, and Barry Hancock

Achievers: Justin Gavranich, Division President David Sparkes, and Barry Hancock

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Two Newcastle men have been acknowledged as professional engineers who have reached a high level of  achievement and involvement in engineering and the community.

Justin Gavranich from Res Tech Pty Ltd won the Young Professional Engineer of the Year category and Barry Hancock from GHD took out Professional Engineer of the Year. 

The awards were announced at the recent Sally Chapman Memorial Dinner hosted by Engineers Australia Newcastle Division.

Candidates were judged on:

  • contribution to the well-being of people and communities;
  • resourcefulness in the planning and solution of design problems;
  • pioneering in the use of materials and methods;
  • use of sustainable engineering practices; and
  • innovative design, construction and aesthetic values.

Mr Gavranich graduated from Griffith University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering with First Class Honours and has since achieved success in the hazardous areas industry.

He is currently a Research and Development Engineer in Embedded Systems at ResTech Pty Ltd; previously he was with Connexa Pty Ltd as an Electronic Design Engineer, and later as Certification/Design Engineer.

Engineers Australia said that Mr Gavranich has a passion for all areas of technology with a strong foundation in hazardous area (explosion protected) electronic design. He has taken an active involvement in the development of technical standards in both national and international forums.

Mr Hancock is a Principal Roads and Highway Engineer, and Project Director for GHD based in Newcastle.

During his 30-plus year career, he has had key roles in numerous critical infrastructure projects for the region, leading project development, concept and detailed design for projects such as Woolgoolga to Ballina, Tourle Street to Kooragang Island, Central Coast Road upgrades, Hunter Expressway, Sapphire to Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour Bypass and Brunswick Heads to Yelgun.

Engineers Australia said Mr Hancock was passionate about giving back to the engineering profession and his community. He is an active member of Engineers Australia and served for many years on the Hunter Business Chamber Regional Infrastructure Committee.

The winners from each of Engineers Australia’s nine divisions will compete for the national title later this year.

Dinner guests were also privy to the ground-breaking science behind the search for MH370, with guest speakers Peter Foley and Duncan Bosworth from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau providing an insight into the investigation.