Dr Peter Stepien Awarded Engineers Australia Professional Engineer of the Year - Newcastle Division

Congratulations to ResTech’s Dr Peter Stepien who has been awarded the Engineers Australia, Newcastle Division, Professional Engineer of the Year at the Sally Chapman Memorial Dinner on September 6, 2019.

Completing his degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Newcastle in 1987 and his PhD with the University of Sydney, Peter has worked in a number of academic and research positions. Commencing as a cadet at the Electricity Commission of NSW, Peter went on to become the Engineering Manager at the Centre for Industrial Control Science at the University of Newcastle.

Since joining ResTech in 2007, Peter has also held a number of academic positions including Visiting Lecturer at the Harbin Institute of Technology in China, and is currently a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. Throughout his professional career Peter has been involved in numerous projects, including Orbtrack, a satellite tracking system for earth stations and UNAC, an advanced control system.

Peter is also an active participant with the Newcastle Division of Engineers Australia and is the current Chair of the Electrical Branch Committee, who support Continued Professional Development (CPD) activities through monthly presentations in person and online via webinar.

We wish Peter the best of luck as he progresses to the national award later this year.

(L-R) -Michael van Koeverden, Director CQT Services, Helen Link, General Manager - Newcastle Engineers Australia, Peter Stepien - ResTech, Joe Townsend, 2019 Division President

(L-R) -Michael van Koeverden, Director CQT Services, Helen Link, General Manager - Newcastle Engineers Australia, Peter Stepien - ResTech, Joe Townsend, 2019 Division President

ResTech's Pierre Gouhier Honoured at Engineers Australia Centenary Dinner

Congratulations to our very own Pierre Gouhier who was honoured for his role with the Newcastle Division Education Sub-Committee at the Engineers Australia Centenary dinner on May 23, 2019.

Members of the Education Sub-Committee were recognised for their volunteer work & contribution to Engineers Australia’s Tomorrow's Engineers STEM strategy. A key part of the strategy is providing teachers with CPD opportunities, tangible resources and valuable links between Engineering Studies teachers, industry and the Engineering profession.

To find out more head to the Engineers Australia website.

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Pierre Gouhier (left) pictured with Paul Reynolds - two members of the Engineers Australia's Newcastle Division Education Sub-Committee

Engineers Australia - Electrical Branch Division 2019 Program

ResTech's Peter Stepien is Chair of the Engineers Australia Newcastle Division Electrical Branch Committee. This committee support  Continued Professional Development (CPD) activities through monthly presentations in person and online via webinar. 

The 2019 program is outlined below (as at 9/7/2019)

  • February 13/02/19 - Generation Facilitating Large Scale Uptake of Renewables - Sara Johnston and Clare Paynter

  • March 13/03/19 - Advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Systems - Dr KC Wong

  • April 10/04/19 - Is Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiting (REFCL) Technology the Correct Choice? Dr Bill Carman

  • May 8/05/19 - Newcastle Light Rail: Overhead Live Wiring versus On Board Energy Storage - Patrick Lehane

  • June 12/06/19 - Concentrated Solar Thermal: A Case Study

  • July 10/07/19 - Embedded Systems Smorgasbord - Brenton Schulz

  • August 14/08/19 - Forecasting in the National Electricity Market

  • September 11/09/19 - Is Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiting (REFCL) Technology the Correct Choice? - Dr Bill Carman

  • October 9/10/19 - Micro Grids in Remote Communities - Vi Garrood

  • November 13/11/19 - Could the Electricity Network withstand an Earthquake? (including Annual Meeting)

To find out more about an upcoming CPD session or to register, check out the  Engineers Australia events page.

Engineers Australia - Newcastle Division Electrical Branch Program 2018

ResTech's Peter Stepien is Chair of the Engineers Australia Newcastle Division Electrical Branch Committee. This committee support  Continued Professional Development (CPD) activities through monthly presentations in person and online via webinar. 

The 2018 program is outlined below (as at 16/05/2018)

  • Feburary 14/02/18 - The Evolution of Ampcontrol: From Start Up to Success and Beyond Peter Cockbain, AM

  • March 14/03/18 - Microsatellites Professor Andrew Dempster

  • April 11/04/18 - Building a Wind Farm: The Australian Context Bruce Rummins

  • May 9/05/18 - Construction of an Electric Vehicle: A Case Study Jon Eggenhuizen

  • June 13/06/18 - High-Power Battery Charging James Kennedy

  • July 11/07/18 - A Different Way of Looking at Our Power Systems Dr Terrence Summers

  • August 8/08/18 - Alternative Generation Options in the Balance

  • September 12/09/18 - Advanced Nuclear Reactors Tony Irwin

  • October 10/10/18 - DC System and Power Electronics: A Friend of Foe?

  • November 14/11/18 - Energy Storage: Opportunities and Challenges Beyond the Hype (incorporating AGM) Dr Glenn Platt

To find out more about an upcoming CPD session or to register, check out the  Engineers Australia events page.