Flinders’ Emeritus Professor Andrew Downing has been inducted to the Engineers Australia SA Hall of Fame, recognising his outstanding professional achievements and significant contribution to the local community.
Emeritus Professor Downing’s 45-year career has focused on biomedical engineering, education, research, disability, ageing and rehabilitation.
As Foundation Professor of Engineering at Flinders from 1992-2007, he drove Work Integrated Learning and the development of students’ professional and communication skills before becoming Emeritus Professor of Engineering at Flinders in 2015.
His numerous honours include the 1985 Institution of Electrical Engineers Prize for Helping Disabled People, two 1995 Equal Opportunity Awards for Seniors-on-Line, a 2006 Staff Award for Outstanding Contribution to Flinders University, the 2009 Engineers Australia David Dewhurst Award, and the 2011 Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal, the most prestigious award conferred by Engineers Australia.
He has also been a key figure in utilising technology to enhance the wellbeing of older people and those living with disability, co-founding Technology for Ageing and Disability SA Inc and Seniors-on-Line, serving as a Board member of Novita Children’s Services (including 7 years as President), and taking on the roles of President of Tutti Arts Inc and public speaking coach for Rostrum.