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Within the ANZ region, we’re fortunate enough to be involved in the construction and retrofit of some of the most challenging and sustainable buildings in the world. Young building services engineers rely heavily on experiences gained through their studies at university, including the opportunity of internship, to face the real-life challenges within the workplace.

It’s extremely important for the industry to focus on nurturing talent within students and young engineers in the ANZ region for the future of the industry. With that in mind, CIBSE ANZ are working in collaboration with a number of universities and consultancies, and are about to launch the training and development program, which will pave a pathway to Chartership for our engineers.

One bright young graduate, Baoying Tong, Graduate Electrical Engineer at AECOM based in Sydney has recently propelled himself into the limelight and will be representing the ANZ region, for the prestigious 2017 CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year.  The annual Award is one of the industry’s most sought-after accolades. The first prize includes a trip to the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago, to which the award winner is a guest of honour, and is invited to take part in the meeting as an Ambassador of CIBSE. All eight, shortlisted finalists, are invited to provide a five-minute presentation on a topic provided to the judging panel and audience of 150 peers at the IMechE in London on 12 October 2017.

Baoying, lives the Australian way, “working hard, but playing hard too”. When he graduated in 2015, Baoying was awarded not one, but two bachelor degrees in electrical engineering, one from Harbin Institute of Technology, China and the other from the University of Sydney – which he received a first class honours.  During his studies, he received several scholarships and recognitions, including the Dean’s List, and was also a finalist for the John C Harsanyi Graduate Medal at the University of Sydney.

There was no holding back for Baoying, as he further went on to present and publish papers in LED technology at the IES (Illuminating Engineering Society), North America and Australia/New Zealand branches respectively.  After his education, he gained extensive experience, being exposed to a number of electrical projects, during an internship at Steensen Varming, Sydney. As an electrical engineer at AECOM, he’s a team player who assists in the design of a variety of projects in the Government, Commercial, Education and Data Centre sectors.



Baoying’s desire to keep learning and being exposed to fresh challenges outside of the workplace has seen him recently being involved in the industry standardisation process, as part of the Young Leaders Program, operated by Standards Australia. He also finds time to be a STEM Ambassador, helping schools organise activities to promote building services engineering, as a potential career to the next generation.

It’s fantastic opportunity and testament to his hard work, determination and efforts for Baoying to feature in this prestigious international competition and CIBSE ANZ are pleased to provide a $500 bursary to Baoying, as recognition for his achievements and to assist in his travel. Everyone in the CIBSE ANZ region wishes him the very best of luck and hopes he enjoys the experience.

The 2018 CIBSE ANZ Young Engineers Awards will launch in November with its own Graduate of the Year Award – the winner being whisked straight through to the finals of the international competition.  Further announcements about the awards will be published soon at www.cibse.org.au