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Avik Halder and Mike Smith awarded Engineering New Zealand Fellowships

Industry leaders in engineering as a career, and road safety


On 26 February two senior experts from Stantec New Zealand (NZ), Technical Development Leader Avik Halder and Principal Transportation Engineer, Road Safety Mike Smith were recognised as industry leaders and awarded as Fellows by Engineering NZ, the country’s professional body for engineers.

Avik was recognised for his work promoting engineering as a career along with his leadership and governance roles on industry boards. Mike was recognised for his work in traffic engineering and advocating for better road safety.

Engineering NZ Fellows have made it to the top of the engineering profession and achieved outstanding results. Avik and Mike along with the other 2021 Fellows were celebrated at a prestigious Fellows’ Dinner at Parliament. They were joined by the 2020 Fellows who could not celebrate in person last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Avik Halder

Avik has been a passionate advocate for engineering as a career since volunteering as an Institution of Civil Engineers UK Schools Liaison Ambassador in 2000. Since then, he has been involved in front line activities like Engineering NZ’s Wonder Project, as well as leadership and governance roles, including being Industry Advisory Group Chair for the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology, and serving on the Standards and Accreditation Board. In 2018, as Nelson Marlborough Branch Chair, he spearheaded the inaugural Nelson Week of Engineering.

Mike Smith

Mike has made a significant contribution to engineering practice both nationally and internationally. He has been a Practice Area Assessor for the Chartered Professional Engineer registration, along with lecturing in traffic engineering and road safety for over 12 years. Through his international work, he has led and advocated for better road safety, developing and applying best practice for the good of society. He has also led the development of new and innovative road safety systems in NZ.

Mike shares his expertise at conferences and also by blogging on

Discovering how "The Emily Test" can offer new—and better—perspectives to design

How to use limited funding to reduce road fatalities and injuries

About Stantec

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Paul Bromiley
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Avik Halder (L) and Mike Smith awarded Fellows at New Zealand Parliament

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