Professor Rosalind Archer, Head of the Department of Engineering Science, has been presented with the inaugural Energy Engineer of the Year award at the 2016 Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards last night.
Professor Archer sees her win as “a wonderful surprise – the award also recognises the energy and support of a large cast of staff and students at the University whom I have the pleasure to work with. It raises the profile of the University in the energy sector, which is helpful for many of us.”
This is the first time that the University of Auckland has been featured in the awards. Faculty of Engineering Deputy Dean Professor Margaret Hyland states, “we in the faculty know how great Rosalind is, and it’s wonderful to see it acknowledged by the industry she works with. This prestigious award recognises her position as an inspiration and model to us all – she demonstrates that engagement with industry and research excellence go hand in hand. It’s clear that her contributions are making a significant positive impact for New Zealand’s energy sector.”
The Energy Engineer of the Year award is presented to standout engineers working in New Zealand who are “defined by their achievements” – this certainly applies to Professor Archer, who in addition to her responsibilities as Head of Department also holds the Mighty River Power Chair in geothermal reservoir engineering and is director of the Geothermal Institute. She was named a Distinguished Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) last year.
The Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards are presented to people who are recognised for their excellence and achievements across the electricity, gas, petroleum and transport energy industries. Read more about the awards here.