21 October 2014
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC FTSE heads an impressive list of science and technology leaders elected as Fellows of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.
The 2014 new Fellows include 25 key business names, leading academics, prominent commercial innovators, professional and business leaders and high-ranking public sector figures.
The new Fellows include eight prominent women – sustaining again the Academy’s policy of electing one-third of its new Fellows from female candidates.
They come from a wide array of sectors and specialisations, including agriculture, engineering, aviation, astronomy, marine science, government, vulcanology, sustainable systems, innovation management, water management, biotechnology and medical research.
All are leaders in their field.
The full list follows:
Professor Ian Chubb AC FTSE
Chief Scientist of Australia
Professor Chubb is recognised internationally for outstanding leadership in higher education. His contributions over 30 years cover university governance, administration, education, research and science policy. He championed the strategic role of STEM in meeting social and economic challenges and created structures linking science to national policies, to education and to social awareness of science.
Professor James Dale AO FTSE
Queensland University of Technology
Professor Dale is Director of QUT’s Centre for Tropical Crops and Biocommodities and is internationally recognised as an agricultural biotechnologist who has applied and commercialised his research, nationally and internationally. His work on bananas over the past 30 years has resulted in eliminating diseases and boosting nutrients.
Dr Rosalind Dubs FTSE
Director, Aristocrat Leisure Limited, ANU Enterprise Limited, ASC Pty. Ltd
Dr Dubs has led international engineering businesses in Europe and Australia and served at senior executive levels of two universities as well as Airservices Australia. She has driven the inclusion of Australian products in global supply chains and has contributed significantly to strengthening university/industry engagement. She chaired the Space Industry Innovation Council 2010-2012.
Mr Michael Edwards FTSE
General Manager, Boeing Research and Technology Australia
Mr Edwards has a broad industry experience and knowledge and knows how technology and innovation add value to business. He spent 11 years in senior roles with CSIRO and as General Manager of Boeing Research and Technology has focused on maximising impact for industry from R&D investments. Boeing Research and Technology Australia has grown to be Boeing’s largest international research centre outside the US.
Professor Geoffrey Fincher FTSE
University of Adelaide
Professor Fincher, as Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls, leads major national research programs giving critical insights into the structure and biological significance of carbohydrates and enzymes in cereal crops, notably wheat and barley, with commercial applications in plant breeding, food processing, human health and renewable fuel production.
Professor Anne Green FTSE
University of Sydney
Professor Green is Professor of Astrophysics at Sydney and has been a trailblazer for women in physics and, as the first female Head of the School of Physics, was a strong influence on research excellence. She has outstanding achievements in astronomy and telescope technology and made a significant impact on planning for the Square Kilometre Array.
Mr John Gunn FTSE
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Mr Gunn is CEO of AIMS, with 34 years of achievement in marine science supporting policy development, R&D, management and the sustainable development of marine industries, especially fisheries. His expertise has been recognised in his appointment to many national and international science committees, review panels and boards.
Professor Mark Hoffman FTSE
University of New South Wales
Professor Hoffman, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at UNSW, has made significant contributions to industry in the field of materials design and technologies for structural integrity and reliability, covering a range of disciplines in light metals, thin films, nanomechanics and polymers. He contributes strongly to engineering education and bridging the fields of science and engineering.
Mr Colin Jensen FTSE
Brisbane City Council
Mr Jensen is CEO of Brisbane City Council, the largest council in Australia, serving a population of 1.1 million. He is a civil engineer with responsibility for major local and State infrastructure projects – significantly influencing and improving city and state infrastructure and driving organisational change and improvement.
Dr Andrew Johnson FTSE
Dr Johnson, a CSIRO Group Executive, is a globally recognised researcher and research leader who has made significant contributions to the sustainable development of rural and regional Australia. Dr Johnson has excelled in the field of natural resource management and has delivered substantive outcomes to industry, government and the wider community.
Dr Marlene Kanga AM FTSE
Director, IOmniscient Pty Ltd
Dr Marlene Kanga is a significant engineering leader and a former National President, Engineers Australia. As Director of iOmniscient she led the development of world-class Australian video analytics technology which is being implemented globally. She is a passionate advocate for engineering and has implemented frameworks to make the engineering profession more diverse and inclusive.
Dr Anna Lavelle FTSE
Dr Anna Lavelle, CEO of Ausbiotech, has played a pivotal role in biotechnology and healthcare innovation and increased investment into the industry. Her greatest recent contribution to the innovation/technology sector has been championing and delivering the R&D Tax Incentive to fund product development and increase foreign direct investment.
Professor Jocelyn McPhie FTSE
University of Tasmania
Professor McPhie is a world leader in the application of volcanology to the exploration for mineral deposits. She has developed techniques to unravel the complex geology of volcanic terrains that have been adopted world-wide. As Head of Earth Sciences at the University of Tasmania, she is internationally recognised for providing high-quality volcanology education to both students and industry geologists.
Mr Barry Murphy FTSE
Flinders University Centre for Marine Bioproducts Development
Mr Murphy is a chemical engineer and leading industrialist who has achieved outstanding transformative public and private sector outcomes in oil, coal, electricity, airports, rail and biofuels over more than three decades, influencing public policy outcomes. He participates actively in public policy debate on Australia’s future energy supplies, transport infrastructure and greenhouse science and responses and chairs the Flinders’ CMBD Advisory Board.
Scientia Professor Deo Prasad AO FTSE
University of New South Wales
Professor Prasad, CEO of Co-operative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living at UNSW, is a passionate advocate of sustainable development and has demonstrated national and international leadership through his work as an architect, academic and expert with organisations like the UN Environment Program. He has served as President of the Australia New Zealand Solar Energy Society and Chair of the UN Global Civil Society Forum (Asia-Pacific).
Professor Nils Goran Arne Roos FTSE
Advanced Manufacturing Council
Professor Roos is one of the founders of modern intellectual capital science and a world expert in this field. He contributes in the areas of strategy, innovation management and industrial and innovation policy. He is chair of the SA Advanced Manufacturing Council, a member of the SA Economic Development Board and holds several academic positions in Australia and overseas.
Professor Craig Simmons FTSE
National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training
Professor Simmons is recognised for major national and international contributions to groundwater science, education and policy reform. Director of the NCGRT at Flinders University, he is one of Australia’s foremost groundwater academics and has been a significant contributor to global advances in the science of hydrogeology for many years.
Dr Lorraine Stephenson FTSE
Founder and Principal Consultant, Lightning Consulting Services
Dr Stephenson is widely recognised as a leading industry expert working at the nexus of policy, strategy and innovation across energy, climate change and sustainability. She has held senior executive roles and current Board positions and, as founder of Lightning Consulting Services, advises governments on the development and financing of low-emission technologies.
Professor Jose Luis Torero Cullen FTSE
University of Queensland
Professor Torero Cullen, Head of the School of Civil Engineering at UQ, is an international leader in fire safety engineering who has influenced architectural, structural, aerospace and environmental safety practices worldwide and deeply influenced engineering education, research and practise. His influence has extended into sanitation, food security, structural, environmental and bio-engineering.
Professor Alan Trounson FTSE
President, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Professor Trounson was the scientific force behind the development of invitro fertilisation (IVF) and embryo biopsy as standard therapies for human infertility and inheritable monogenetic diseases. President of the CIRM, and formerly a long-term Monash University researcher Professor Trounson led the development of the National Stem Cell Centre in Melbourne.
Professor Anthony Weiss FTSE
University of Sydney
Professor Weiss, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology at Sydney, is an outstanding scientific leader. He founded biotechnology company Elastagen to promote national and international technology development of his discoveries. He has an outstanding record of scientific achievement together with an impressive patent portfolio, a combination recognised with an array of national and international awards and prizes.
Professor Tony Wong FTSE
CRC for Water Sensitive Cities
Professor Wong, who heads the CRC, is an international thought-leader on urban water management and contributes globally to government and industry efforts in delivering sustainable and resilient urban water systems. Professor Wong’s contributions as a civil engineer have forged innovative bridges between theory and practice and have won him many awards.
Dr Elizabeth Woods OAM FTSE
Deputy Director-General, Agriculture
Dr Woods is recognised nationally and internationally for her leadership in innovative agricultural research. Her commitment over 20 years has had a lasting impact on the development of new capabilities and approaches to ensure that science contributes to the profitability of Australia’s farmers and addresses hunger and poverty in the developing world.
Professor Xinhua Wu FTSE
Professor Wu is a world-renowned metallurgical engineer who is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Design in Light Metals and is making a major impact on advanced manufacturing technologies for the aerospace industry. She has established two research centres, has facilitated a start-up company and is leading the creation of a new ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub in additive manufacturing.
Adjunct Professor Jimmy Yun FTSE
HG Energy & Envirotech Pty Ltd Singapore
UNSW Adjunct Professor Yun is Founding Director and CEO of HG Energy & Envirotech and has for 25 years been a pioneer of the development and commercialisation of technologies based on principles of process intensification and sustainability. He has successfully developed and commercialised high-gravity reactive precipitation technology that enables reductions in size of process plant up to three orders of magnitude.
Professor Dennis Liotta FTSE
Emory Institute for Drug Development
Dr Liotta is the inventor behind 95 per cent of the world’s prescriptions for HIV AIDS and is now collaborating to develop novel cancer drugs in Australia. Executive Director of the US Emory Institute for Drug Development, Dr Liotta is known worldwide for discovering two crucial antiviral drugs, lamivudine and emtricitabine, used in almost all HIV drugs, with annual sales exceeding $1 billion.
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