Engineers Australia CEO Dr Bronwyn Evans has been appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to engineering, to standards and to medical technology.
As well as possessing a background in electrical engineering, Dr Evans has been an important figure for promoting the engineering sector and mentoring young engineers.
As noted by Engineers Australia, she has contributed to initiatives in the medical devices sector, including through establishing the Growth Centre for MedTech and Pharmaceuticals (MTPConnect) and in her executive role as Senior Vice President of Quality, Clinical and Regulatory at Cochlear.
She was the CEO of Standards Australia and on the President’s Committee at the International Standards body, ISO, before taking on her current position as CEO of Engineers Australia.
Engineers Australia National President and Board Chair Dr Nick Fleming has congratulated Dr Evans on the recognition.
“Bronwyn is a tireless advocate for engineers and the benefits the engineering profession brings to our community, whether she’s speaking to school children, to politicians or to corporate leaders,” says Dr Fleming.
“Engineers Australia welcomes the recognition of the engineering profession in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List and, in particular, the inclusion of Bronwyn.
“Bronwyn exemplifies the sort of well-rounded engineer that is so valuable in our community, one who combines a track record of technical excellence with skills in leadership, diverse interests and networks, and a thirst for learning.”
Dr Evans is delighted to be recognised, and hopes her award will help encourage others, particularly young girls and women, to forge careers as engineers.
“Australia needs engineers more than ever, in navigating the challenges of climate change, and succeeding in a global environment of rapidly advancing technology,” she says. “The engineering profession is essential to enabling Australia to have a successful, sustainable and safe society, today and into the future.
“We need to draw on the talents of our entire community to develop the best engineering solutions.
“One of my ambitions is for women to make up at least 50 per cent of the engineering profession in Australia, as this currently only sits at 14 per cent.”
The full list of Queen’s Birthday Honours for 2021 can be found here.