We’re thrilled to announce the finalists who will be competing to be named Young Engineer of the Year at our Young+ Innovators Awards on 12 April in Auckland.

The Student Innovator of the Year Award presented by GHD will also be announced on the night. This year’s Young Engineer of the Year finalists are Jenny Chu, Andrew Davidson and Anton Kivell.

The Young Engineer of the Year Award, sponsored by MAS, recognises a brilliant, trailblazing engineer under the age of 30 who demonstrates excellence, as well as leadership qualities and contribution in their community. In short, they’re a future star. We had an incredible selection of nominees to choose from this year, and want to thank all the applicants who threw their hats in the ring– it certainly was no easy task to narrow down the list. 

We’d also like to highlight two nominees who were highly commended by the judging panel for their amazing achievements and the high calibre of their nominations: Harriet-Rose Follas, Associate – Electrical Engineering – Power, Beca and Amber Murphy – Senior Environmental Engineer, Beca.

The judges were impressed by all three finalists’ ability to juggle demanding careers while also focusing time on extensive professional, community and personal achievements. Without a doubt, these finalists are great examples of what’s possible in the world of engineering. Our future is in great hands.

We’re looking forward to the event on 12 April and learning more from each of these amazing young engineers. If you still haven’t purchased your ticket, there’s still time! Click here to purchase.


Jenny Chu, CMEngNZ, CPEng

Jenny Chu, 29, is a young woman who’s going places. Not only is she a Senior Civil Project Engineer at City Rail Link Ltd. working on the massive Auckland rail project, but she’s also an active participant in numerous humanitarian and mentoring projects, including First Foundation, Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute and FutureIntech. Jenny is involved in several professional and engineering bodies, including two which she co-founded, Engineers Without Borders New Zealand and the New Zealand Tunneling Society.

Andrew Davidson, CMEngNZ, CPEng

Christchurch-based Andrew Davidson, 29, currently serves as Senior Structural Engineer/Team Leader at recently merged WSP Opus and has had a part in many significant construction projects spanning the country. As leader of a team of five structural engineers at WSP Opus, Andrew oversees business development, bid winning and providing technical mentoring among other tasks.

Anton Kivell CMEngNZ, CPEng

Anton Kivell, 29, Senior Engineer at Beca knows a thing or two (or 17!) about bridges. As part of a team of structural engineers working on the design of bridges and civil structures across Wellington, he’s had ample exposure to bridge construction over the past six years at Beca, including the 17 bridges for the Mckays to Peka Peka section of the Kapiti Expressway where he played a significant role in the design of the bridges.