Young Professional Awards

The AITPM Young Professional Awards are now open.

Each year Institute offers the opportunity for one first year transport graduate, or final year student in a field of study that contains transport elements, from each state to attend the AITPM National Conference.

The aims of the Young Professional Awards are to:

  • enable students or graduates to learn more about the traffic and transport profession by actively participating in a peak industry event;
  • provide the opportunity to meet with other young professionals from other states;
  • provide networking opportunities to meet with a wide variety of professionals; and
  • inspire graduates to pursue a professional career in this very rewarding industry.

The Young Professional Awards include:

  • registration at the AITPM National Conference that year;
  • travel to and from the conference destination;
  • accommodation and meals during the conference;
  • membership of the Institute for one year; and
  • a certificate of excellence provided by the Institute in recognition of this achievement.

2016 Winners

Michael Byrne – Victoria

Michael ByrneMichael is a final year Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Engineering (Civil Engineering – Honours) student at Monash University where he holds an excellence scholarship and has received numerous academic accolades.

Michael’s interest in the transportation industry ignited during his internship at ARRB.  Being able to see firsthand the far-reaching impacts of well-planned infrastructure and policy inspired him to pursue this path.  Michael states that “It is remarkable how crucial transport is in improving people’s lives and opportunities.”

At ARRB Michael has co-authored two Austroads research publications, “ITS Performance and Benchmarking” and “National Steer Axle Mass Limits”.  Michael’s final year project at Monash University involves investigating whether there are links between the minimum vehicle licensing age and youth employment outcomes.  The outcomes of this research is due to be presented to an upcoming Victorian parliamentary inquiry on licensing age laws.

Michael was drawn to AITPM’s Young Professionals Award by the opportunity to attend the National Conference and to gain an invaluable insight and experience into transport-related issues, developments and research in Australia.

Rachel Kohan – New South Wales

Rachel KohanGrowing up Rachel was always fascinated by all things moving; from cars to trains and planes. She remembers learning about the transcontinental railroad, considered one of the world’s most influential transport achievements.  This project demonstrates how transport engineering has been fundamental to the social and industrial development of mankind throughout history.

Rachel’s first taste within the transport field was during a course on Sustainable Transport Systems at UNSW which provided an insight into analysing different modes of transport and the social, economic and environmental costs and benefits of each.  This led Rachel to join Cardno as a Transport Planner while still undertaking her studies.  Her final year honours thesis investigated and developed a model describing the relationship between travel time reliability and land use characteristics.

Rachel considers that the AITPM conference will provide her with invaluable insights and experience into the transport industry and the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge from the papers presented, workshops and discussions, as well as networking with other professionals.

Sharvari Bhuskute – South Australia

Sharvari BhuskuteSharvari is a Graduate Engineer at Mott Macdonald and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Structural) from the University of Adelaide.  She is undertaking a Masters of Engineering at the University of South Australia where her research project is ‘Exploring the factors affecting the use of public transport among the elderly’.  She has committed to presenting this research at the AITPM National Conference in 2017.

Sharvari in particular “noticed Transport/Traffic Engineering provides a human side to engineering. This human factor reflects through analysis and designs which are created for people, irrespective of their choice of mode of transport.”  She believes the face of traffic/transport engineering is changing.  While cars have historically dominated, times are changing and people/pedestrians, buses and bicycles are gaining equal importance in terms of planning, design and preference.

Sharvari states that the Young Professionals Award provides an opportunity to meet peers nationally, broaden her knowledge technically and position her at the forefront to gain valuable insight into the transport industry.  This would further assist her to provide a contribution at a more significant level and to influence the transport dialogue in her own community

Dylan Melsom – Western Australia

Dylan MelsomDylan is in the final year of his Bachelor of Engineering degree at Curtin University and is employed as an undergraduate Transport Engineer at Arup.  His research thesis is investigating the implications of autonomous vehicles for transport planning, with particular focus on car-dominated cities.

Working at Arup has highlighted the significance of intelligent transport decision-making as a tool for shaping the cities of the future.  Dylan is particularly proud of his work on the Perth Daytime Population Study, to capture the number of workers, residents, students and visitors in the Perth local government area on a typical weekday.  This and other projects have allowed Dylan to appreciate the diverse nature of the transport and traffic engineering. No project is the same, and a big-picture approach is invaluable.

Dylan sees that the world of transport is on the cusp of a period of significant disruption, revolutionising travel and the concept of mobility, due to rapid changes in technology and autonomous vehicles.  He is keen to explore the implications of this technology at the 2016 AITPM National Conference.   Attending the 2016 AITPM National Conference would allow him to network with other young professionals from various transport-related industries.

Tim Boxall - Queensland

Tim BoxallTim is a Traffic and Transport Engineer at PSA Consulting with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering with First Class Honours from the Queensland University of Technology.  During his studies, Tim undertook a Second Major in Transport Engineering and Planning.

He was initially drawn to the traffic and transport field after a first year lecture which discussed “The Tragedy of the Commons”. This encouraged him to consider society’s supply of infrastructure and whether it is truly under capacity or rather over used by the public. Tim has worked on a wide range of projects across many facets of the traffic and transport profession. The most significant project he has been involved with has been the Brisbane Airport Domestic Terminal Precinct Traffic Study to develop a strategy for the future development of the landside road network for the Domestic Terminal Precinct for the 20 year period to 2035.

The National Conference program contains a number of sessions of interest to Tim, particularly the sessions relating to ITS.  Tim believes that the introduction of autonomous vehicles, will see a radical change in the traffic engineering profession. “There is the potential to follow in the footsteps of “smart” cars and create “smart” roads that can communicate with cars”.