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High level projects awarded at Malta Engineering Excellence Awards 2012


Date: 14th December 2012

Professor Joseph Mifsud, Ing. Carmel Cuschieri and Hoter Ltd were the proud winners of the 11th edition of the Malta Engineering Excellence Awards (MEEA) 2012, which was held recently at St John's Cavalier.

Over 250 engineers and guests attended this year’s ceremony, which is organised annually by the Chamber of Engineers (CoE). The MEEAs are an opportunity to recognise the capabilities of engineers in Malta, and is a flagship event of the CoE. CoE President Ing. Saviour Baldacchino and Lieutenant Commander William Woytyra, representing the United States Embassy presented the awards.

The award for Industrial Excellence was awarded to Hoter Ltd, run by Ing. Marco Cremona of Sustech Consulting.  Ing. Cremona has invented, built and tested the HOTER process leading to the development of the world’s first sewage-to-potable water plant for hotels and large commercial buildings.

The Leadership Award went to Ing. Charles Cuschieri. An engineer by profession, Ing. Cuschieri founded his consultancy firm in 1979 together with the late A.G. Camilleri CEng FIEE. In June 1982, he joined the University of Malta as the youngest full time lecturer at the time. He lectured in analogue and digital electronics and later in Power electronics. In 1989 he left lecturing to continue with his consultancy.

Professor Joseph Mifsud was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Prof. Mifsud began his engineering career at Malta Drydocks when he joined the ship repair yard as an apprentice. His academic studies progressed to a Mechanical Engineering degree at Surrey University. Returning to Malta, he joined the Mechanical Engineering Department, where he was promoted to senior lecturer and later to Head of Department, a post he kept until retirement.

During his address, CoE President Ing. Baldacchino noted his satisfaction that the MEEAs give the Chamber the opportunity to recognise engineering excellence in the presence of the largest gathering of professional and prospective engineers. Ing. Baldacchino pointed out that the Awards are publicised both locally and abroad, with the winners given exposure by the European Federation of Engineering Assocations (FEANI) and the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO), of which the Chamber is an active member.

In conclusion, he congratulated both the nominees and winners for their high level submissions and encouraged all nominees to continue with their excellent work. “Every one of them is making us proud of their engineering contributions,” he said.

This year’s edition of the MEEAs 2012 was supported by Bank of Valletta, GO plc, STMicroelectronics Malta Ltd and Arthouse Ltd.