2021 Andrew Tay and Sanaya Kerawala

Young Railway Engineer 2021


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Andrew Tay

Andrew Tay is a Chartered Engineer with 10 years of experience in Overhead Line Engineering. He is currently working as a Senior Overhead Line Engineer and director for ELITE Overhead Wiring Solutions. Andrew has a Bachelor of Engineering (civil) degree and Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering.

Andrew started his career with GHD as a design consultant and worked on various construction projects with EM-Rail / Rhomberg Rail Australia. In 2020, Andrew has founded Elite Overhead Wiring Solutions with his co-founders and continue to provide his technical capacity to the Australian railway electrification development. He has made significant contributions to many key rail projects in Western Australia such as Perth City Link, Butler Extension Project, and many METRONET projects.

Andrew is an active member of RTSA and has volunteered his services to the WA Chapter since 2014 and awards sub-committee since 2016. He has organised various railway professional events which benefited many members, in particular the young generations in railway industry.


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Sanaya Kerawala

Sanaya Kerawala is a Principal Rail Engineer and Chartered Civil Engineer at Mott MacDonald, with ten years of experience in the delivery of conventional, metro and high-speed rail schemes globally, specialising in permanent way and multi-disciplinary design management.

Sanaya started her career in the UK, working as a Track Engineering Lead where she managed a team of engineers responsible for an 80km-package on the High Speed 2 project, Europe’s largest infrastructure project. After relocating to Australia, Sanaya is the Track and Alignment Lead for Sydney Metro West and is responsible for delivering the alignment design for 24km of track, including nine new stations and a depot. Sanaya is also the Design Lead for a major tunnelling package on Sydney Metro West, leading a multi-disciplinary team responsible for the tunnelling and station box excavation design in the centre of Sydney and supporting the Early Contractor Involvement phase.

Sanaya is an enthusiastic advocate for young people and women to enter engineering and has supported a range of events and initiatives, such as STEM outreach work, early career professional development forum, and knowledge sharing presentations.

Sanaya Kerawala accepting the 2021 Young Railway Engineer  in Melbourne, June 2023 at CORE2023 (also pictured Roy Unny, National Executive Chair of the RTSA and Amy Lezala-Zahr, Chief Engineer, Victoria Department of Transport and Panning)