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High level projects awarded at Malta Engineering Excellence Awards 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.

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 HOTER process meets all the 1st class and 2nd class water needs of a hotel, safely and reliably, with the product water from the process meeting and exceeding EU Drinking Water standards.

Apart from being ground-breaking from an engineering point of view, the HOTER research project was also a success when it came to promoting Malta’s innovative prowess in the international scene. Furthermore, in January 2013, a leading hotel in Malta will have the first commercial HOTER sewage-to-potable-water plant in the world. This first large-scale installation was made possible through a Malta Enterprise ERDF Innovation Actions Grant (Environment) Scheme.

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. After working for a short period with Enemalta and Bortex, he then joined Delta Electronika (Holland) as a design electronics engineer until June 1982, when 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.

Ing. Cuschieri was also responsible for commencing research in the field of inverters, variable speed drives and variable speed constant voltage generators mainly for wind turbines. In 1989 he left the University to continue with consultancy. He still maintains his position as managing director of one of the most qualified and experienced teams of engineers and autocad draughtsman in Malta.

Professor Joseph Mifsud was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Prof. Mifsud began his engineering career at Malta Drydocks when he joined theship repair yard as an apprentice. Following academic studies at Portsmouth Technical College, he became one of the first lecturers at St. Joseph Technical School at Paola. In 1962 Professor Mifsud attended Reohampton Teachers Training College and successfully followed a teachers training course, then furthering his studies when he read for a Mechanical Engineering degree at Surrey University.

Returning to Malta, he joined the Mechanical Engineering Department, which at the time was part of MCAST as lecturer in Vibrations and Control Theory. Profs Mifsud was promoted to senior lecturer and later to Head of Department. Under his leadership, the Mechanical Engineering Department moved to the University of Malta, where he was also granted a professorship.

In 1987, the President of the Republic of Malta, Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici, awarded him the Order of Merit for services rendered to the Nation.

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.

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Last Updated on Monday, 17 December 2012 20:45