Canberra’s Rear Admiral Colin Lawrence was named Professional Engineer of the Year at the Engineers Australia Pinnacles Awards virtual ceremony. Lawrence is head of Navy Engineering within the Australian Navy, and has driven significant reforms in navy engineering policy. He has also contributed to a safer and more effective aviation capability through his service to aerospace engineering.
Accepting the award, Lawrence said he would like to inspire young people, who are the future of the profession. “Technology is advancing at such a rapid rate that it can be daunting for some of us,” he said. “But I deal with the young folk, and they’re ready to go…They’ll make the world a better place through their engineering efforts.”