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Inspirational Ashfaque earns 'Young Engineer' award

Inspirational Ashfaque earns 'Young Engineer' award

Published:05 December 2017

TOP: CQUni Mechanical Engineering lecturer Ashfaque Chowdhury. BELOW: Pictured receiving his Central Region Young Engineer of the Year award.

Early career academic Ashfaque Chowdhury has been recognised for motivating young people to take up engineering-related careers while coaching other young engineers who are serving local industries.

The CQUniversity Mechanical Engineering lecturer recently accepted the Central Regional Young Engineer of the Year 2017 Award from Engineers Australia, during a forum and awards dinner held in his home city of Gladstone.

Ashfaque has maintained his community and industry engagement while progressing research in the fields of energy and thermodynamics; specifically in passive cooling and biofuels.

The Engineers Australia individual awards honour local practising engineers who have demonstrated great achievement and leadership within the engineering profession, who have set the pace for others in their organisation, who have worked consistently achieving high-quality outcomes, and who are perhaps undertaking work ahead of their years.

"I'm very pleased and proud that my efforts in the Gladstone region have been recognised at this level," Ashfaque says.

"I was in good company with the Central Regional Project of the Year 2017 Award going to NRG Gladstone Power Station in partnership with Siemens Australia for the Turbine Rotor Replacement Project and the Central Regional Engineer of the Year 2017 Award going to Andrew Fulton, Director, Planning and Development, Bundaberg Regional Council."

Ashfaque is very active within Engineers Australia’s regional and divisional groups and served Rockhampton Regional Group (2007 - 2010), Young Engineers Australia Queensland (2011 - 2012), EA’s College Of Leadership and Management Queensland (2012 - 2013) and Gladstone Regional Group (2015 to date) in different capacities to promote excellence and leadership in the profession. He was the 'week three' winner of Engineers Australia’s ‘make it so’ national campaign.