Engineering Science Graduate wins Australian Professional Engineer of the Year Award

Dr Jane Sargison, a post-graduate of the Department of Engineering Science (Jesus College, Oxford, 1998) and currently working as a Senior Engineer with international engineering environmental consultants, BMT WBM, in Australia, recently won the National Australian Professional Engineer of the Year Award.

Dr Jane SargisonThis national award, supported by Engineers Australia, is made annually to a practicing professional engineer, judged against specific criteria which consider competence and significant achievement in community affairs, proficiency in the use of communication skills in engineering projects and a demonstrated understanding of the role and purpose of the engineering profession within society. As well as Jane's considerable achievements, the judges noted the inspiration that she has been to many young engineers and potential engineers, particularly women in engineering.

Dr Jane Sargison was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Tasmania and a Director of JSA Consulting Engineers until June 2011 when she joined BMT WBM as Senior Mechanical Engineer. Jane specialises in turbines and energy systems. She has 15 years’ experience across University, R&D and industry sectors. She was the 1998 Rhodes Scholar for Tasmania and completed her DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2001.

During her career, Jane has been involved in the development of cutting edge technologies including her film-cooling hole design for gas turbines, which has been patented and utilised by Rolls-Royce in their aero-engines to reduce fuel usage and improve longevity. Jane has recently applied her skills to the Rainbow Bee Eater project, a scheme that will generate energy from biomass and result in carbon sequestration with negligible cost, creating job opportunities in rural Australia.

Tony McAlister, Managing Director of BMT WBM said: “One of Jane's many strengths is her ability to extend her academic achievements and world class research skills into practical engineering application and these attributes are delivering considerable added value to BMT WBM and its customers".

Jane said:  "It is fantastic to be recognised by my peers in this way. The acknowledgement will assist me in moving forward the projects I am working on. I also hope it will show young people (particularly women) that an engineering degree is an opportunity to have an impact in making the world a better place”.

Jane’s supervisor at the Department of Engineering Science was Professor Martin Oldfield, who commented: “Jane was one of the brightest DPhil students I ever supervised. It is great to know that she has gone from success to success since then”.

Jane was also awarded Professional Engineer of the Year at the Tasmania Division Engineering Excellence Awards in 2011.

Acknowledgement: BMT WBM, a subsidiary of the BMT Group Ltd – the international engineering, maritime and risk management consultancy.