The Standards and Accreditation Board (SAB) is appointed by the Governing Board and is responsible for overseeing key Engineering New Zealand standards-setting functions, including:

  • Overseeing all aspects of the accreditation of New Zealand engineering qualifications using international benchmarks (Washington Accord, Sydney Accord and Dublin Accord)
  • Determining the standards required for different classes of Engineering New Zealand Membership and CPEng registration
  • Overseeing the professional development Partner programme
  • Monitor strategic issues impacting on engineering education in New Zealand
  • Ensuring that Engineering New Zealand satisfies all responsibilities under international Accords and Agreements

Strategic Priorties

Ongoing Strategic Priorities

  • Engineering Education Accreditation: Continue addressing requests for engineering programme accreditation (including developing accreditation of postgraduate programmes in engineering)
  • Professional Standards: Ensuring that New Zealand Government’s Occupational Regulation legislation support and enhances (or at least does not detract from) the professional standards and competencies of practicing engineers

2023-2024 Strategic Priorities

  • Improving constructive alignment of programme design, delivery and assessment with Graduate Attributes
  • Development of a roadmap and plan to adopt the 2021 version of the IEA Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies*
  • UK Masters / NZ BE (Hons) alignment
  • Developing Lessons learned from the pandemic, including consideration of virtual and hybrid approaches to accreditation visits (including learning from international organisations)
  • Completing our review of accreditation documentation and incorporating updates based on experience of its use during 2020/21
  • Addressing impending challenges to maintain our international educational accord signatory status, including:
  1. Resolution of continuous versus periodic review model
  2. Advent of Te Pūkenga and the single service provider model
  • Innovation in engineering education

2024 and beyond Strategic Priorities

  • Support Engineering New Zealand’s review of the SAB terms of reference
  • Implementation of the plan for adopting the 2021 version of the IEA Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies*
  • Consider development of model for accreditation of Engineering Geology qualifications?
  • Review / redesign of Engineering New Zealand’s Professional Development Partner model

Note: * Endorsed by SAB as a key priority

SAB Board Members

Craig Price, DFEngNZ, CPEng, IntPE, CFInstD, BE(Hons)

I am a Chartered Professional Engineer, Distinguished Fellow and Past President of Engineering New Zealand. As Chief Technical Officer for Beca Group Ltd, I am responsible for leading the professional practice of Beca and guiding the development of Beca’s technical capability globally, across eight countries, 23 offices and more than 3,500 staff. I am strongly committed to the engineering profession and passionate about supporting the advancement of engineering education and professional standards through my work on the Standards and Accreditation Board. I support the objectives of the International Engineering Alliance to achieve internationally bench-marked standards for engineering education and competence for engineering practice through my role as the Deputy Chair of the International Professional Engineers Agreement. I am a Chartered Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and my governance experience includes commercial entities, industry and professional associations.

Board Members

Kaye Clark, FEngNZ, NZCE (Civil), BE, MBA

I'm currently enjoying a work-free lifestyle although have a background in municipal and transport engineering with over 40 years’ experience in central and local government; most recently with Waka Kotahi in executive engineering management roles. I have previously served on various committees and boards including Co-Chair of the Road Controlling Authorities Forum, Engineering NZ, and Canterbury University Advisory Board. I’m currently on the University of Auckland Civil advisory board. As an NZCE/BE mid-career graduate, I have a passion for ensuring we continue to grow great engineers that meet the needs of an industry that meets our social and environment responsibilities. We need to maintain robust and varied training and career pathways to accomplish this. In support of diversity and inclusion I celebrate and encourage all who identify as engineers!

Avik Halder, FEngNZ, C.Eng (UK), MICE, MSc., B.Eng (Hons.)

I am Stantec’s Technical Development Leader for our New Zealand Water Business Centre responsible for ensuring technical excellence and showcasing our technical capability. I’m a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand. I’ve been involved with Engineering New Zealand for several years, currently as a Chartered Professional Engineers Board member, Fellowship Panel member and Wonder Project Ambassador. I was previously involved locally with the Nelson Marlborough committee for six years, including three serving as branch Chair. I am also the Industry Advisory Chair for the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

I’m passionate about promoting engineering as a career and committed to ensuring that the engineering education sector is held in high regard both within New Zealand and overseas, producing high quality engineering graduates from all pathways, fully equipped to enter the profession. I have been involved with several accreditation assessments for ITPs and Universities across the country.

Mark Milke, CMEngNZ, CPEng, PhD

I am a Professor in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury. I completed my degrees in U.S., and started teaching and research at UC in 1991. My professional focus is in environmental engineering, particularly solid waste management and groundwater quality. I maintain my engineering practice through peer review work. I provide service to a number of NZ organisations, and am a Gold Shovel member of WaterNZ. I have been increasingly active in teaching of professional skills in recent years with teaching of communication, critical reflection, systems, professional development, and integrated design. My active research in systems is reflected in a current technology project with Ngai Tahu on water impact exchanges, and my service as Co-Editor-in-Chief to the international research journal Civil Engineering and Environmental Systems. I maintain membership in engineering education associations and read on a wide variety of education topics.

Dale Carnegie, FEngNZ

I'm a professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Te Herenga Waka, Victoria University of Wellington. I initially joined the University in 2005, and within a few years became the founding professor of Electronic and Computer System Engineering in the newly established Engineering Faculty. Since then I have served as Deputy Head of School, Head of School, and most recently, 8 years as the Faculty’s Dean. I hold adjunct positions with the University of the South Pacific and the University of Waikato and am on the Engineering Stakeholder Advisory Group for the Open Polytechnic.

My research interests are multidisciplinary, spanning Engineering Education, Mechatronics, Sensors, Optics, and an engagement with the New Zealand School of Music that has resulted in us developing a world-leading research group in musical mechatronic devices. I'm passionate about the student learning experience and have been awarded multiple teaching awards including the Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award for sustained excellence in tertiary teaching and learning.

Julie Nottage, FEngNZ

I’m a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Fellow of Engineering New Zealand. I’m the Past Chair of Engineering New Zealand, Auckland Branch – only the 3rd woman in 100 years to hold this position. I’ve worked in the engineering industry for over 30 years in the UK and Middle East. My discipline is traffic and transportation, including highway design, and I specialise in tenders and procurement. I’m heavily involved with Engineering New Zealand – I’ve been on the Auckland Branch committee for 10 years, the Fellowship Panel for 5 years, I’m on the Standards and Accreditation Board and a supporter of Engineering New Zealand wellbeing and mental health initiative during COVID. I was also the winner of the Auckland Luminary Award 2022 for exceptional contribution to engineering in Auckland. I’m an advocate for the Diversity Agenda and as a professional speaker, I speak and train across the engineering and contractors’ industry on diversity, leadership, networking, communications and presentation skills.

Garry Miller, FEngNZ, FICE, MAPM, CEng(UK) BSc, MBA, PhD

I’m the Director of the Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Auckland, with responsibilities for our postgraduate programmes. I’m a Civil / Structural Engineer, and started my career as a design engineer in one of the structures teams for consulting engineering firm Arup. I've had a varied career in public and private sectors, for contractor, consultant and client-side organisations. My focus is now on advancing engineering education and enabling people with an interest and aptitude for engineering to embark on learning pathways for entry into the profession. This includes the ongoing development of knowledge and skills for working professionals. I’m passionate about teaching, student learning, and enabling every student to achieve their full potential. I believe in the importance of professional standards, in diversity and inclusion, and in the value of education as means for advancement of society.

Mathew Thomas, PhD (Engineering), MBus (Management), MSc (Civil), B.E (Hons), MEngNZ

I earned my civil engineering degrees and worked for five years. Then, in 2010, I started teaching and researching. In 2022, I helped develop the Bachelor of Engineering Technlogy (Civil Engineering) (BEngTech) programme at the Open Polytechnic. This model focuses on part-time students in civil contracting and consulting. I'm now teaching in the program. I'm a Principal Academic Staff Member in Civil Engineering. Before joining, I developed online learning for underrepresented part-time students in the industry. My role was to ensure the program met industry needs. We used an approach that combined different engineering fields, which helped industry learners. I also designed a curriculum and materials to keep learners engaged. This work was part of my PhD in Engineering Education at the University of Waikato from 2012 to 2017. I'm driven by my passion for teaching road and highway engineering and sharing my knowledge. My research covers part-time delivery models. It also covers responsive engineering curriculum, technology and engineering education, engineering literacy and discourse development, and STEM outreach and planning. I am passionate about equity for all learners and the need to develop and explore the integrative nature of engineering aligned with international accords