IChemE Trustee awarded prestigious Chemeca Medal

IChemE Trustee awarded prestigious Chemeca Medal

14th October 2022

Andrea Hosey, Vice President Member Engagement at the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), has been awarded the prestigious Chemeca Medal for outstanding contributions and leadership in chemical engineering.

Hosey, an IChemE Fellow, has more than 30 years’ experience in process design and project delivery in the energy, chemicals and water market sectors through numerous senior technical and management positions in Australia, Southeast Asia and the UK.

She was presented with the highest honour from the Australian and New Zealand Federation of Chemical Engineers (ANZFChE) at the Awards of Excellence ceremony during the Chemeca conference on 26 September in Melbourne, Australia. As part of her award, she presented a plenary lecture entitled, ‘How many chemical engineers does it take to save the planet? The power of our profession to achieve change for good.’ In this she explained her route into chemical engineering and the importance of volunteering and student engagement.

Many other chemical engineers were awarded during the Awards of Excellence at the conference.

Among them was Paul Taranto who received the Jubilee Medal for more than 25 years of voluntary contributions to IChemE in Australia. This includes as Treasurer to IChemE’s Australian Board, being a longstanding member of the Joint Chemical Engineering Committee (JCEC) of IChemE and Engineers Australia, and his extensive participation in IChemE’s accreditation and qualifications activities as a member of the Education Accreditation Forum.

A joint submission from dairy company Fonterra and engineering consultant Beca for their collaboration on process safety improvements in ammonia and organisational safety won them the IChemE Safety Centre Prize. Winners of this prize are also automatically entered as a finalist in the Process Safety category of the IChemE Global Awards to be held in Manchester UK in November 2022.

The Woodside Energy Australia and New Zealand Student Design Prize was awarded to Isaac Tiney, Simon Jupp, Helen Ho, Isabella Newman, Ruby Thomas, and Ziying Li of the University of Adelaide. They won the prize because of their final year project, a design for a lithium recovery plant. The judges commended their design, including the calculations and realistic commercial analysis of supply and demand considerations.

Plus, the University of Melbourne’s student team, The Future Shapers (made up of Neil Acuna, Yuji Chichibu, Michael Fasulakis, Quang Huy Pham, Sin Sieng Sim, and Jacqueline Zhu), won the first-ever Student Hackathon competition during the Chemeca conference.

They won the contest with their net zero carbon fuel infrastructure solution of a power to liquid technology that converts hydrogen produced using renewable electricity and waste carbon dioxide to diesel, which they pitched to a panel of energy industry experts at the conference.


Andrea Hosey (right) being awarded the Chemeca Medal by former IChemE President Russell Scott


For more information please contact:

Rachael Whittles, Communications Executive and PR Lead, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435
e: rwhittles@icheme.org

Claire Shepherd, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534457
e: cshepherd@icheme.org

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