While holding down a full-time job at consultancy MWH, Annie Feng earned a PhD in civil engineering from the University of Auckland, and now she can add Young Water Professional of the Year to her titles.
The 31-year-old environmental engineer has worked on a range of water and wastewater projects across New Zealand and Australia, for both government and industrial clients, as well as published several papers and presented at conferences.
The Water New Zealand award judges acknowledged her passion for improving the environmental landscape and the value she has added to the New Zealand water sector overall.
Feng says she's most proud of the work she did for the Cambridge Wastewater Treatment Plant Consenting Project, which will "help to protect the environmental and cultural values of the Waikato River".
So what's next?
"I am now looking to the future and would love to work on some of the really big projects at MWH Global," she says.