The 2015 Professional Engineer of the Year was deservedly awarded to Andrew Skinner, MEA’s Engineering Director. Andrew was chosen from 6000 South Aussie engineers for his exceptional career spanning 40 years. While running MEA full-time, Andrew also completed a Master’s Degree and a PhD in environmental measurement. Andrew was one of the pioneers of the renewable energy industry and MEA has built more than 2,500 systems for wind and solar monitoring, irrigated agriculture and remote weather station networks. MEA has also developed Plexus, their web-enabled radio measurement system for Australian farmers, a novel soil moisture display for African farmers, salinity sensors for farmers in Bangladesh and a new-to-world sensor for getting living plants to talk to irrigators about their state of water stress. He was commended for his innovation and resourcefulness in developing new technology. Of course, we agree, which is why we are always talking about what Plexus and GDots, which Andrew engineered, can do for you.
Andrew went on to represent MEA at the national awards, but was pipped at the post for the crown of Australian Professional Engineer of the Year by the CEO of Cochlear Ltd, the manufacturers of hearing implants. It’s nice to see our staff and technology rubbing shoulders with the best Australian inventions!
|Dr. Andrew Skinner (left), SA's Engineer of the Year!|