AE Smith National Engineering Manager, Leigh Graham has credited his passion for customer collaboration and his commitment to the professional development of those around him as the reason behind being named the 2013 Queensland Young Professional Engineer of the Year.

The title was awarded to Leigh this month by Engineers Australia, after he was chosen from amongst a pool of experienced engineers who made up the competition.

On announcement of the award Stuart Lister, Chair of the Queensland Division Excellence Awards judging panel said, ”This year’s judging panel were impressed with Leigh’s commitment to an excellent level of service and to the professional development of those around him, giving him the edge over a strong group of candidates."

Upon learning he had won the award, Leigh said, “It’s such a great recognition. More so because it’s across all engineering disciplines in Queensland, including civil, mechanical electrical and structural. Over the last couple of years the infrastructure boom in Queensland has meant there’s more engineers here than ever before with lots of experience. So to be awarded from amongst all that talent in the market is very humbling.”

Steve Jackson, National General Manager of Construction at AE Smith and Leigh’s boss said of they were extremely proud of Leigh and his commitment to his team, the company and his customers.

“This award is a deserved recognition of Leigh’s professionalism and his unwavering willingness to work with and assist customers, suppliers, consultants and the various departments within AE Smith to ensure we deliver the very best result. People like Leigh are the reason why AE Smith are leaders in the industry," said Mr Jackson.

Leigh’s Young Professional Engineer Award will provide him the opportunity to represent Queensland in the National Young Professional Engineer category at the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards in November this year.