|Chamber of Engineers holds 14th edition of Engineering Excellence Awards|
Enemalta plc, Professor Joseph Cilia and Ing. Paul L. Cardona were the winners of this year’s Malta Engineering Excellence Awards, the annual event held by the Chamber of Engineers. The awards were held under the Distinguished Patronage of the President of Malta, H.E Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, who was also present.
Industrial Excellence Award
The Industrial Excellence Award was presented to Enemalta Chairman Ing. Fredrick Azzopardi, for Enemalta’s project “The Malta-Italy Electricity Interconnector”.
Engineering Entrepreneur Award
Professor Joseph Cilia was awarded with the Engineering Entrepreneurship Award. Professor Joseph Cilia obtained his first degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malta in 1989. He pursued his studies with a Masters and a Doctorate at the University of Nottingham. His doctoral work was presented in international conferences and was awarded the Derek Kirk Prize for the "Best Research Award" and two patents were also submitted on the innovation emerging from his work.
In 1998 Professor Cilia returned as a full time lecturer at the University of Malta and a part time consultant for local industries and authorities where he could use his expertise in electrical drives and industrial power and control applications.
In 2003 he was appointed as Research Director of Abertax Group and in 2010 the Chairman of Abertax executive board. Through his research input, together with a team of professional engineers the company managed to obtain 12 patents some of which have been turned into high quality products.
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Maurice Debono Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Ing. Paul L. Cardona. Ing. Cardona commenced his career when he entered Malta Drydocks Corporation’s apprenticeship scheme in 1966 which later allowed him to read Mechanical Engineering and graduate in 1971. He then completed the Management Trainee programme then operated by the yard. Between 1972 and 1974, he continued with the yard as a Ship Repair Manager.
Between 1974 and 1980, he joined Southern Steamships. In 1977 he was appointed Fleet Superintendent and was based in the company’s offices in London. In 1980, he returned to Malta and opened his Marine Survey and Consultancy Office which he still operates till today.
Ing. Cardona has held and continues to hold appointments by various classification societies, local and overseas underwriters, various flag states and major shipping lines. He has also been involved on various significant marine and oil and gas related projects. Ing. Cardona is also recognised in the international super-yacht industry as a reference point regarding statutory regulation of super yachts.
Ing. Cardona has also contributed significantly to the engineering profession, having been part of the Chamber to lobby for engineers to achieve a legally recognised professional status. He was later appointed to the Engineering Board.
In his address, Chamber of Engineers President Ing. Norman Zammit stated that engineers should endeavour to be the catalysts of change and innovation and be the guardians of quality and integrity within society. “We should be the people who give a spark to the world by making dreams come true through our work. I never tire to repeat that any professional is defined by their actions within the social environment.
With reference to ethics within the profession, the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee of the Chamber conducted a survey regarding ethics within the profession and consequently presented its findings to the Council. A seminar was organised to discuss the findings of the survey and to give more information and guidance to our members on the interpretation of the Code.
Upon recommendations from the Ethics Committee, the Chamber shall start to look into introducing a more ‘user friendly version’ of the code as well as address issues on the ‘modus operandi’ of certain Authorities and where necessary approach Government at all levels to promote better Governance in our areas of competence.
Over the past two years the Council was continuously following up with the Engineering Board, the planned review process for the Engineering degrees issued by the various institutions. The Engineering Board had prepared an international Request for Proposals that was issued with the intent to select competent reviewers for this process where its outcome should be the setting up of a mechanism to ensure equivalence of degrees such that any student who graduates in an engineering degree shall have the possibility to apply for the engineering warrant. The principle to be followed is that all degrees are to be brought up to the same level without compromises and where some degrees lack in the level then bridging study opportunities should be given to all students to ensure a level playing field.
The Chamber, however, notices with great concern that no interest was expressed for this call to select the entity to carry out the planned review process.
The Chamber of Engineers is planning to issue a white paper in relation to the implementation and promotion of Continual Professional Development in our profession. This white paper will set up the framework to be implemented by the Chamber as regards CPD for its members.
In his address, Hon. Joe Mizzi, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure stressed that the engineering community has a fundamental contribution to give in the transport and energy sectors through expert advice, research and development initiatives as well as the application of modern engineering solutions to classical problems. “We are sure that there shall be instances where the ingenuity of engineers shall be looked upon to bring about change that would be beneficial to the economy,” he said.
Minister Mizzi noted the positive synergies that exist between the Engineering Board and the Chamber of Engineers related to ethics and competence. “It is fundamental for a Government constituted body as the Engineering Board to be able to find synergies with NGOs in the same sector and for this matter the Chamber of Engineers and the Engineering Board have kept this collaborative environment that I encourage both parties to sustain.”
I also wanted to note the comment from the President regarding the reviewers’ selection for the evaluation of engineering degrees from the various institutions. Unfortunately we did not have the response we expected in this case but I can assure the President and the Council that we shall be pursuing this important task once again this coming year by issuing a direct call by invitation to competent organisations.
Best Final Year Students’ Projects 2015
During the ceremony, awards were also presented to the Best Final Year Students Projects 2014/2015 from the University of Malta. The best project under the Mechanical Engineering stream was awarded to Kenneth Shaw. Reuben Ferrante was the winner under the Electrical Engineering stream and Brandon Birmingham won under the Computing Science and Computer Engineering stream.
President of Malta’s address
In her address, H.E Marie Louise Coleiro Preca said “As Malta will continue to strive to render a stronger economic environment, it is people like you who are the main actors to offer a country that can boast of a stable economy, research and innovation, and, probably the most important element of all, that of having a diligent and capable workforce.” She congratulated the award winners for the hard work, perseverance and intuition they showed in their endeavours.
Her Excellency also referred to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, currently taking place in Paris. “The global nature of climate change requires the widest possible international cooperation aimed at accelerating the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change,” she said. “Every nation will need to reduce the negative impacts of modern-day activities, and of chemicals which are hazardous for human health and the environment, including through the environmentally sound management and safe use of chemicals, the reduction and recycling of waste and more efficient use of water and energy. It is only through the responsibility and action, of all of us that we can reverse the trend of the losing battle of the earth.”
|Last Updated on Monday, 14 December 2015 08:15|