The University of Newcastle, Australia

Young Alumni Award

2018 Finalist - Peter McArdle, Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) 2009

Peter McArdle’s work with the Red Cross has been invaluable to many developing communities affected by natural disaster or conflict. Travelling to places including Vanuatu, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Nepal, and Yemen Peter puts his engineering expertise towards Water, Sanitation, and Habitat engineering.  Peter’s professional life starts at Hunter Water, where he was a Civil Engineer, but he soon moved to apply his expert knowledge to help those in need.

He has since worked extensively in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. The technical and social problems Peter has had to overcome can be exemplified by his most highly regarded contribution managing the Red Cross Ebola treatment centre and burial team in Sierra Leone in 2015. Not only was he faced with demanding work, but he was forbidden from making any physical human contact. In 2017, his efforts were recognised with the Red Cross International Service Medal.