Engineer Arthur Robert Ashan Amputch was named an Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List earlier this month. Arthur Amputch is currently working as a Technical Director with Riley Consultants Ltd. overseeing civil and environmental engineering projects. The ONZM recipient has over 25 years of experience, over 30 awards and recognition, and five fellowships attached to his name.

Mr Amputch came to New Zealand 40 years ago and studied BSc in Pure and Applied Mathematics, Bachelors in Engineering (Civil) and later Masters of Engineering (Civil/Environmental) from the University of Auckland.

He started his career as a lecturer in engineering and mathematics. Had he remained in academics, he would have been a professor, but fate took a different turn for him, and he moved into civil engineering as his next job at Tonkin & Taylor.

In the span of over 25 years, Mr Amputch contributed to several major civil projects including  Northern Motorway Extension – Albany to Puhoi commonly known as the Northern Gateway or the Toll Road, Vector Tunnel which conveys electricity from the Penrose substation under the Southern Motorway Newmarket and to Auckland’s CBD, The Western Ring Route or Waterview Connection, The Canterbury Regional Landfill commonly known as Kate Valley etc.

Mr Amputch is a Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand, elected for his contribution to the advancement of engineering practice, with special recognition for his contribution to major award-winning solid waste and environmental protection projects in which modern technology has been adopted, and for his part in documenting good practice guidelines for landfill design and management.

Some of the five fellowships he received are Fellow of Engineering New Zealand (FEngNZ), International Professional Engineer (IntPE), and Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (M.ASCE).

“We all know the sacrifices our parents made to enable our generation and future generations to have better lives and as importantly for us to continue to make worthwhile contributions to the societies and communities we live in.

“The biggest thanks for all goes to my amazing wife, Roshni, for her love and support, and for the motivation and strength she affords me to carry on,” Mr Amputch told The Indian Weekender acknowledging the honour received.

Mr Amputch says he believes in imparting knowledge to the next generation is very important as they are the future of the country.

“A legacy is the transfer of knowledge between each generation of engineers for the benefit of all future generations and this is an ethical imperative for every engineer.  I believe that mentoring, coaching, and practising engineering in a way that gives back to the industry and the wider community is the best way to achieve this imperative,” Mr Amputch said.