Peter Cockbain AM, Co-Founder of Ampcontrol, is the recipient of the 2021 Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence in the University of Newcastle Alumni Excellence Awards. The Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence recognises outstanding leadership, knowledge, and professional practice - the highest honour of the University’s Alumni Excellence Awards. Peter is a distinguished innovator, entrepreneur, industrialist, philanthropist, and one of Australia’s most highly regarded and influential engineers.
In 2010, Engineers Australia named Peter one of Australia’s 100 Engineering Leaders of the past century. In 2015 he became a Member of the Order of Australia for his significant services to engineering. Under Peter Cockbain’s leadership, Ampcontrol has maintained strong ties with the University of Newcastle’s College of Engineering, Science and Environment, including supporting undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships, internships, lecturing and tutoring, and funding of a Chair in Power Engineering. Peter acknowledges that the University of Newcastle has been extremely important to his career and to the growth of Ampcontrol.
On winning the Alumni Medal for Professional Excellence, Peter Cockbain AM said, “It is a great honour and surprise to receive a University of Newcastle Alumni Excellence Award, amid the hundreds of thousands of members of the Alumni. I sincerely thank the University of Newcastle for this acknowledgement.” The long list of high profile national, state and regional awards Ampcontrol has received for its innovation, design and technology is a testament to Peter’s founding philosophies set down in 1968 on the dirt floor of the shed in suburban Jesmond, when Ampcontrol was originally established.