Roads Australia has announced two winners of the 2021 John Shaw Medal; Neil Scales OBE and Ray Farrelly OAM.
The John Shaw Medal honours an industry champion who has made a lasting contribution to Australia's roads and is recognised nationally as our industry’s most prestigious honour.
The award recognises Ray's significant contribution to civil engineering and the road construction industry through pavement education and skills training.
Ray was instrumental in establishing the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE), a nationally registered higher education learning and teaching provider offering post graduate qualifications in the fields of Pavement Engineering and Infrastructure Asset Management.
In 2019 Ray was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in recognition of his commitment to advancing the capability of engineers over an extensive period.
Ray also instigated the development of an extensive range of CPEE Short Courses providing training tailored for the road sector delivered in cities and regional centres throughout Australia.
Prior to joining CPEE, Ray championed training and the development of road pavement professionals through his work as CEO of the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) where he established the AAPA Training and Advisory Centre.
"Rays passion, energy and drive to help maintain a depth of knowledge and skills in the pavement industry nationally, over such a long period with AAPA and CPEE is undeniable and inspiring”.
Ray Farrelly was unable to be present in Sydney to receive the award in person - his award was accepted by Geoff Webb, Chair of the CPEE Learning Teaching Curriculum Committee on Ray’s behalf.