Blake wins engineering awards
AFTER years of study and hard work, Rockhampton’s Blake Harvey has been bestowed one of the highest honours in engineering.
This week he was awarded the Engineers Australia’s, Australian Graduate Electrical Power Engineer of the Year 2009.
Blake, 26, was simply overwhelmed.
“It’s a massive recognition – I’m quite overwhelmed,” he said.
“It’s something I’m very proud of and will be something to drive me and keep me inspired in my career.”
Blake graduated from Central Queensland University in 2005 with first-class honours in a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.
Since graduating he has established his credentials as an outstanding achiever and role model for others in the engineering profession, as well as those contemplating an engineering career.
It was on that basis, as well as Blake’s excellent professional skills and enthusiasm for challenging issues, that the chairman of Engineers Australia’s Electrical College Board, Albert Koenig, named him as winner.
Mr Koenig said despite his young age, Blake had already contributed significantly to knowledge within the power generation field through his technical papers.
Blake is employed by Ergon Energy in Rockhampton as the distribution planning engineer for the central third of Queensland.
He said he planned to stay with the company as the electrical industry was going through significant changes that he was excited to be a part of.
“I’m pretty passionate about trying to drive appropriate change,” he said.
“There are a lot of challenges and opportunities ahead for me as an engineer to really make a difference.”
Blake’s contributions also go well beyond Australia.
Before joining Ergon, he spent time working in Switzerland with ABB in developmental power electronics, and he has recently begun working with Rural Integrated Development Services in Nepal, providing technical assistance to aid the development of rural electrification to villages in the Himalayas.