November 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm #1348
2015 Professional Engineer of the Year.
Adelaide electronics engineer Andrew Skinner was this month named ‘2015 Professional Engineer of the Year’ by Engineers Australia. This high honour is more often awarded to a member of the larger civil engineering sector, so this focus on electronics engineering is applauded by his electronics industry peers.
Dr Skinner is Engineering Director and the founder of Measurement Engineering Australia (MEA). With an engineering career spanning 40 years he established MEA in Adelaide in 1984 to carry out the three-year SA Wind Energy Survey. While running the company full-time, Andrew completed a Master’s Degree and PhD in environmental measurements.
Andrew was one of the pioneers of the renewable energy industry and MEA has built more than 2,500 systems for wind and solar monitoring, irrigated agriculture and remote weather station networks. MEA has also developed a web-enabled radio measurement system for Australian farmers, novel soil moisture displays for African farmers, salinity sensors for farmers in Bangladesh and a new-to-world sensor for getting living plants to talk to irrigators about their state of water stress. This original MEA research will be developed for application in vineyards and orchards and could revolutionize the application of water and nutrients to crops in our water constrained future.
MEA is an excellent example of the successful application of electronics technology in the design and local manufacture of high technology products and systems for the agriculture industry in both national and global markets.
EIDA salutes Dr Andrew Skinner, a quiet achiever in the relatively unknown Adelaide electronics industry.
November 26, 2015 at 5:40 pm #1349
Thanks for your kind words, Ron
To be clear, I won at State level, making me South Australian Professional Engineer of the Year.
So who won the big national prize – the true Professional Engineer of the Year in all of Australia?
This signal honour went to Dr Chris Roberts – a chemical engineer – who headed up the internationally-regarded ASX-listed Sydney-based firm ‘Cochlear’ as CEO for the past 11 years.
Cochlear make very advanced electronic products for those with severe hearing loss.
I figured their annual turnover to be something like 1000 times MEA’s, so I’m out-gunned right there!
- This reply was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by Andrew Skinner.
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