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A young engineer who has a passion for community, thrives on leading others and their work and makes New Zealanders’ lives better.

To be envied

  • Demonstrated excellence in the nominee’s career to date, including notable achievements, and involvement in any significant projects.
  • Dedication to the development of the nominee’s career as an engineer, including leadership potential, goal-setting, and positive contribution to their professional community.
  • Finalists will be interviewed by the judging panel as part of the judging process and must show great communication skills.


  • Entries are open to individuals
  • New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • A qualified engineer from any of the broad fields
  • Aged 31 or younger on 1 July 2022
  • Have not been a recipient of the award previously under the Engineering New Zealand or IPENZ awards
  • Finalists must be available for an interview with the judging panel
  • Does not have to be an Engineering New Zealand member

Judging criteria

  • Vision – concept, opportunity and creative idea​
  • Design – creative and technical process
  • Delivery – technical achievement
  • Impact – value and how it's made a difference
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