Category: Thomas William Hopsom Memorial Medal (Members, Non-Members, Groups)
The Thomas William Hopson Memorial Medal is created to grant honour to a member of the Association for distinguished and humanitarian service that made through the application of Engineering Technology. Bill Hopson was a member of the Association for many years. He voluntarily worked to develop devices to aid the physically handicapped. He was awarded the OACETT Merit Award in 1974 and continued his work despite the stress that it placed on his own health, until his death in 1976. It is considered that within the circles that Bill Hopson worked, the engineering technicians and technologists were better recognised because of his humane and professional attributes. The establishment of this award bearing Bill Hopson's name sets a high standard against which we can measure our own individual contributions to the betterment of our fellow human beings.
The award (medal) is granted to a member, non-member, or group to recognise work of a technological nature which is directed towards the service and betterment of humanity. It must be worthy of the accolade “for distinguished service to humanity through the application of engineering technology”. It is not for service to the Association, or for general technical work or non-technical community service.
The work being recognised can be completed on a paid or voluntary basis, as well as singularly or in concert with others. Recognition of the work within the wider community is a major factor in assessing the nominee’s contribution.