2023 Wilson Dai and Sakura Mukhopadhyay

Graduate Engineer Award 2023


Wilson is awarded the 2023 RTSA Graduate Engineer Award. He graduated from the University of New South Wales with a double degree in Civil Engineering (Hons) and Commerce (Financial Economics). Wilson was offered an internship opportunity at SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit and was then promoted to a Graduate Consultant. Wilson is currently working for Mott MacDonald as a Civil Engineer specilising in Track and Alignment discipline. Wilson’s project involvements included Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport Project, Sydney Metro West, Sydney Metro City and Southwest with various roles and tasks such as supporting optioneering discipline, providing early scoping and definition designs, developing concept design for the new alignment, alignment design options investigations. Wilson is an active member within the industry. He and his team won the 2018 RTSA University Challenge and he then helped with the running of the 2019 University Challenge. Early 2023, Wilson was appointed as a committee member for the NSW RTSA Chapter and became the key member in running the RTSA University Challenge Australia wide. Wilson also published papers for conferences such as AusRail and CORE

Sakura Mukhopadhyay is a Railway Electrification Engineer who graduated with a Bachelor Engineering (majoring in Mechatronics) from Macquarie University with first class honours in 2021. Sakura has held roles with Arcadis Rail performing overhead line electrification system design for 1500V DC and 25kV AC in railway projects all around Australia, and was also involved in the external certified design of the Rigid Overhead Conductor Bar (ROCB) for Melbourne Metro Tunnel. Sakura is currently the OHW lead design engineer for the Thornlie to Cockburn line in Perth and is supporting design on the Yanchep Rail extension packages on Metronet. On top of her technical role, Sakura also leads the young professional group of Arcadis for NSW, organising a range of events and initiatives for young professionals, STEM outreach work, early career professional development forums, networking, site visits and technical talks. She is an active member of Engineers Australia, IEEE, Young Engineers Australia and has delivered multiple presentations in technical events, including at universities, promoting the railway industry. Already having achieved so much, Sakura is a worth winner of the 2023 RTSA Graduate Engineer Award.