Educational commitment garners IPENZ honour

11 April 2017

Former Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering tutor and Designer in Residence Colin Nicholas, who retired in 2016, has received IPENZ’s Turner Award for Professional Commitment.

The award is presented annually to someone who recognisably upholds the ideals of the profession through their actions, which often involves an extraordinary contribution to a body of knowledge, mentoring young engineers, and is actively involved in bettering the community.

Mr Nicholas has been involved with preparing the University’s undergraduate structural engineering students for their lives as professional engineers for over 30 years. This has in turn contributed to the programme – and the University’s – excellent reputation, with leading consultant engineers nationwide suggesting that the breadth and depth of knowledge that our students possess make them preferred employees.

His biggest teaching contribution is perhaps CIVIL 713: Structures and Design, the department’s flagship course. As a highly respected member of our academic staff, his commitments have additionally earned him student-nominated Top Teacher Awards for three consecutive years.

Before his position at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mr Nicholas was also a Principal with Booth, Sweetman and Wolfe Consulting Engineers.

Read more about the awards here.