Water Services Corporation, Inġ Ryan Xuereb and Mr Carmel Azzopardi were the proud winners of the 12th edition of the Malta Engineering Excellence Awards (MEEA) 2013, hosted by His Excellency Dr George Abela, President of Malta at the Verdala Palace.
Over 270 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. His Excellency Dr George Abela, President of Malta and CoE President Inġ. Saviour Baldacchino presented the awards.
The award for Industrial Excellence was awarded to Water Services Ltd. The company was recognised for its efforts in reducing infrastructural leakages as well as increasing efficiency in its reverse osmosis plants. This has lead to a reduction of 26,000 tonnes per year of CO2 and containment of costs which has allowed water prices to remain stable. The corporation’s research and engineering solutions in water re-use were also a determining factor in the final decision.
The Leadership Award went to Inġ. Ryan Xuereb. Following his graduation from the University of Malta with a B.Eng.(Hons.) degree, Ryan held several positions within the local manufacturing and renewable energy sectors in Malta and Gozo. In a joint project between Econetique Ltd, Alurwind Ltd and with the support of the University of Malta, he spearheaded a new project involving the design and manufacturing of a self-adjusting vertical axis wind turbine product. The design of this new product has been awarded the World International Patent Organization award for innovation in 2013. This was only possible through the leadership skills of Inġ. Xuereb.
Mr Carmel Azzopardi was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Azzopardi started his carrier in the ship repair industry at Malta Drydocks which saw him consolidate his position in the marine industry over the years with roles both locally and in Libya. Eventually he assisted in setting up the Electrical Quality Control section for Malta Shipbuilding . In more recent years, he worked within the Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Electrical Power Department at the University of Malta. Today, he is retired but continues to collaborate as a part time Senior Lab Officer on research and development of hardware for undergraduate and post graduate students’ projects.
During his address, CoE President Inġ. 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. He mentioned that this year's edition brings to a close the celebrations related to the 50th year since the first engineering degree course was introduced at the University of Malta.
In conclusion Dr John Betts, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Malta and H.E. Dr George Abela, President of Malta addressed those present. His Excellency noted that the introduction of the Engineering course coincided with an important milestone of Malta's journey as an independent nation. From the onset it was realised that Malta could only stand on its own two feet if local professional technical skills were developed.
Nominees and winners were congratulated for their high level submissions and were encouraged to continue with their excellent work.
This year’s edition of the MEEAs 2013 was supported by Bank of Valletta and Citadel Insurance.