Programs & awards

Batterham Medal

Michael Milford accepts his award from Iven Mareels

Professor Michael Milford accepts his award from Academy Director, Professor Iven Mareels FTSE.

Professor Michael Milford from the Queensland University of Technology has won the 2019 Batterham Medal for Engineering Excellence.

Professor Milford’s pioneering transdisciplinary research spans biology, neuroscience, robotics, machine learning and computer vision to create new technologies for autonomous vehicles and robotics.

His team has achieved world-first advancements in translating abstract neuroscience concepts and theories into rugged technology that is being trialled in real-world commercial applications.

Professor Milford’s internationally renowned contributions to his field of engineering have resulted in major research and industry funding, many prestigious international and national awards, and high-profile collaborations and projects with end-users including Caterpillar, the US Air Force, the Queensland Government, Google Deepmind and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The Batterham Medal

The Medal is an early career award for a graduate engineer who has achieved substantial peer/industry recognition for their work in the past five years.

The Awardee will have:

  • demonstrated excellence, innovation and impact in a field of engineering
  • clearly demonstrated a signature contribution to engineering in the five years prior to their nomination
  • advanced the standing of the engineering profession

The Academy administers the award on behalf of the Group of Eight Deans of Engineering and Associates.

Past winners

2018 winner: Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran, RMIT University

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2017 winner: Professor Nick Birbilis, Monash University

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2016 winner: Associate Professor Andrew Fleming, University of Newcastle

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2015 winner: Dr Lachlan Blackhall, Chief Technology Officer of Reposit Power

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