E-news Issue 7
Wednesday, 08 September 2021
Charles Darwin University
E-news
CDU graduate Daly Kelly takes home Young Professional Engineer of the Year Award following his wife Jacinta’s win last year.
CDU graduate Daly Kelly takes home Young Professional Engineer of the Year Award following his wife Jacinta’s win last year.

Engineering graduate named Young Professional Engineer of the Year

Engineering graduate and Mechanical Engineering advisory group member at Charles Darwin University (CDU), Daly Kelly, has won the Young Professional Engineer of the Year Award from Engineers Australia.

Mr Kelly completed a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at CDU in 2008 and has since been working in the oil and gas industry and more recently in drone research and development.

In fact, CDU turned out to be a special place for him, as he met his wife Jacinta while they were both studying here.

The couple has since been a power duo with Jacinta winning the same award last year. They now have five young children together in Darwin.

Mr Kelly is now part of a Darwin-based start-up researching and developing drone technology to enable people to remotely control drones and enjoy sceneries, known as “live remote tourism”.

“We want people to be able to fly drones in picturesque locations, especially during the COVID-19 times when the likelihood of traveling is very low,” he said.

“Live remote tourism gives people immersive experiences of adventure and travelling. Through drones, people get to see from a different point of view.”

Although he said the technology was not to replace the physical experience of travelling, it could offer a new kind of tourism that breaks down the barrier of travel restrictions.

“People can look up a travel destination and do research by flying a drone around the location, during which they can pick the best spot to visit in person,” he said.

With recognition from the award, Mr Kelly is enjoying the new chapter of his career.

“The new drone technology and remote tourism can put the Northern Territory on the map.”