14 October 2015
The Academy has elected 26 new Fellows for 2015, including 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 – and one Foreign Fellow.
They come from a wide array of sectors and specialisations, including agriculture, engineering, government, water management, biotechnology, ICT, resources, defence, manufacturing, chemicals, photonics, robotics, geotechnics, veterinary and medical research.
All are leaders in their field.
The full list follows:
Dr Allan is regarded as a one of the doyens of aquaculture in Australia, having contributed to its development across a number of sectors. He was a pioneer of prawn farming research, before turning his attention to developing cost-effective aquaculture diets, which led Australia to become a global leader in this field. It is estimated his work has helped the Australian industry grow threefold over 20 years, to a $1billion industry, and has reduced the cost of production to the Australian aquaculture industry by some 10 per cent a year over this period, or some $100 million.
Mr Baitch is an internationally recognised and influential leader in the engineering profession, particularly in field of complex emerging electricity distribution technologies and technical standards. He is one of Australia’s most experienced electrical power system engineers. He has made notable contributions to the development of Australia’s power systems and is an internationally recognised leader in complex emerging electricity distribution technologies. He has made significant contributions to electricity system stability and efficiency and to the advancement of technologies in the fast moving domain of distributed generation. He served as National President of Engineers Australia in 2014.
Dr Cleary is an outstanding talent in computational modelling and has delivered major impact through novel modelling methodologies, software tools and application to numerous industrial applications. His research standing has been built through novel developments in particle-based computational modelling and in using these to create fundamental insights into the flow of particles, fluids, solids and bubbles in complex multiphase systems. His research has had a significant impact on the development and worldwide adoption of particle-based methods for modelling fluid and particles flows.
Professor Frater’s research has had a profound impact on communications technology in civilian and military applications worldwide. He has been a leader in international efforts to establish technologies and standards for video compression and has developed communication systems for military applications as well as underwater communications. He is an authoritative consultant for Government communications authorities in Australia and was communications advisor for the Athens Olympics. Through his leadership of UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy he has developed the Academy into a formidable R&D support base for the Australian military.
Dr Guthrie is recognised as an Australian leader in uranium mining and extraction and nuclear power options and combines this with strong communication skills. She is the Deputy Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) and chairs the MCA’s Uranium Forum. She previously held senior appointments in the minerals and gas industries with Woodside, Alcoa, WMC and Pasminco. A geologist/environmental scientist by training, she has been recognised nationally for her achievements as the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s Outstanding Professional Woman; and Women in Mining UK’s ‘100 Inspirational Women in Mining’ (2013).
Dr Hodge is an engineer and experienced strategic leader of research, technology development and commercialisation with a sustained record of translation into business value and defence capability. Under his leadership, DMTC research has created and sustained Australian industry capability across materials and advanced manufacturing fields through collaborative innovation-based activities. Sixteen years of private and public sector experience in Australia and the US established his international reputation for translating high-quality research into commercial and practical outcomes. He champions collaborative R&D programs across the national innovation system and is recognised for his strategic advice to government and industry at all levels.
Dr Lumley is recognised nationally and internationally for innovative achievements in transforming research discoveries into commercial products, notably in the aluminium, diecasting, and foundry industries. He is a former Principal Research Scientist with CSIRO and has worked in powder metallurgy, developed novel treatments to improve the mechanical properties of cast and wrought aluminium alloys, and discovered a unique method of heat treating aluminium diecastings that can double their strength. AW Bell is the only aerospace-certified foundry in Australasia and is working on the Collin Class Submarine Remediation Program and has gained contracts to export castings for biomedical equipment.
Professor Mackenzie has been a world-leader in virology research for the past 40 years. His work has encompassed research into viral ecology and molecular phylo-genetics, with the major aim of investigating how ecological factors affect the occurrence and natural transmission cycles of specific viruses and influence public health responses. More recently he has made a major contribution internationally, principally through the World Health Organisation, by improving the detection and ability to respond globally to diseases of concern with pandemic potential. He is a former Professor of Microbiology and held a second Chair in Tropical Diseases at the University of Queensland.
Professor Park is an international leader in the pathology and genetics of cereal rust pathogens. Through his personal science and leadership of the world-renowned Australian Cereal Rust Control Program, he has made major contributions to the national effort to control these diseases. His research underpins the estimated $1 billion benefit that resistance breeding contributes annually to the cereals industry. His research group has played a pivotal role in breeding cereal cultivars that carry in-built genetic resistance to stem, leaf and stripe rust, a troika of the most feared cereal diseases.
Mr Pilling has made major contributions to the application of science and technology in the chemicals industry. He has built a relevant Australian-based chemical company through a deeper and broader engagement between BASF’s global organisation and Australia’s research community. In 2014, Mr Pilling led BASF through a major transformation, re-focusing on five key growth industries. He is a Director of PACIA (Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association) which developed a Strategic Industry Roadmap, that outlines how the Australian industry can work with governments and other stakeholders to take advantage of opportunities in the Asian region.
Dr Poole is a world-leading researcher and entrepreneur in photonics over more than 30 years, with achievements covering R&D and the commercialisation of advanced technology, including the promotion of export-competitive Australian industry. He is noted for the successful commercialisation of advanced technology on an international scale. He led the establishment of an export-competitive photonics industry in Australia, with significant contributions in R&D leadership, innovative entrepreneurship and capital-raising. He has founded manufacturing companies in Australia which have generated nearly $800 million in high-value-add export revenues over the past 20 years. He won a Clunies Ross Award in 2013.
Professor Seible is a world leader in the design and construction of structures under extreme loadings. His substantial global contribution has delivered improvements in the capacity of buildings and bridges to withstand earthquakes and bomb blasts. Professor Seible works to explore the potential of new materials across a range of disciplines – including fibre-reinforced polymers where the design, construction and strengthening of myriad structures is able to connect engineering and medicine to discover and create exciting new applications. Professor Seible is a Fellow of the US Academy of Engineering and a Foreign Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering.
Mr Shears is a leading agri-businessman. His national and international contributions include creating high-profile food brands, initiating Australia's 'clean green' image, creating the first commercial organic food consumer product, enhancing water-use efficiency in agriculture, and refining food flavour and freshness technologies. Mr Shears established ICM Australia, a leading privately owned agricultural and pastoral company. He is a former owner and developer of Uncle Tobys brands and Berri Fruit Juices as well as feedlots, horticultural and herbs and spices businesses. He is a former Director of the CSIRO and Member of the Prime Minister’s Science Council.
Professor Simmons is an outstanding innovator, mentor and role model for young women in engineering and has helped shape biomedical engineering in Australia. She is one of the leading experts in Australia and prominent internationally in medical device technology innovation and commercialisation. Prior to her current appointment, she headed the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW. Professor Simmons has had successful careers in both industry and academia. For nearly 20 years with the Nucleus Group, she was involved with the development, commercialisation and distribution of a range of novel medical devices and technologies.
Professor Simmons is ARC Laureate Fellow and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at UNSW. She leads a team of some 180 researchers developing a radical, uniquely powerful, ultra-secure computing technology. As a consequence of both her leadership of the Centre and her own ground-breaking research program in the development of atomic-scale electronics, Australian researchers are now at the international forefront of classical and quantum computing technologies in silicon. Her research has important implications for the semiconductor industry and is anticipated to be transformational in the field of quantum computation.
Dr Stauber is Australia’s foremost ecotoxicologist who has pioneered the development and application of environmental assessment techniques for contaminants for regulators and industry. She is a leading international expert on contaminants in aquatic systems, whose research on metal bioavailability, ecotoxicology and direct toxicity assessment underpins the Australasian water and sediment quality guidelines used for environmental regulation of chemicals. Dr Stauber serves as expert ecotoxicologist on several technical advisory committees for Australian government departments, EPAs and the resources industry on issues as diverse as coal seam gas, hazardous waste, mining, desalination, acid sulfate soils, and water quality.
Mr Stewart is a civil engineer with demonstrated expertise in successfully implementing major government transport and infrastructure projects, using innovative technologies and delivery mechanisms. He has led government agencies, where he has focused on policy development, service delivery and planning and delivering large, complex and challenging infrastructure programs. On several occasions Mr Stewart has been named by Engineers Australia in its Top 100 Engineers listing. He has held roles in industry and government, including with Arup, Costain, Concrete Constructions, Brisbane City Council and Queensland and NSW departments.
Professor Sukkarieh is Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, School of Aerospace Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering; and Director of Research and Innovation at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics. He is a pioneer in the research, development and application of robotics and intelligent systems. He has worked with a range of companies and government organisations to apply these technologies in industrial and civilian applications for Australian and international benefit. He is a world leader in autonomous navigation and mapping for robotic aircraft and in the application of this technology to operational systems in aerospace, biosecurity and agriculture.
Emeritus Professor Taylor is an acknowledged leader of Australia’s engineering profession – in education, accreditation, the participation of women, professional practice, and in humanitarian aid. She serves as a consultant or volunteer to government inquiries, organisations and advisory bodies. She chairs Engineers Australia’s Accreditation Board, RedR Australia and International RedR and chaired the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland. She is a former Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Systems, and later Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health at Central Queensland University and a former President of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans.
Professor Vucetic is recognised as a world leader for her contributions in channel coding theory and its applications in wireless communication systems. Her innovations have had a world-changing impact on technology. She led a team that invented soft output detection and decoding methods that made mobile phones more reliable. She also produced significant achievements in the field of signal processing for multiple-input multiple-output antennas and wireless sensor networks that are leading the next phase of transformational smart infrastructure technologies. She held various research and academic positions in the UK, Yugoslavia and Australia before joining Sydney University in 1986.
Professor White is the world’s leading expert on pipeline geotechnics. His contributions have transformed geotechnical practice in pipeline engineering throughout the offshore sector. He has developed new field and laboratory techniques to measure engineering properties of seabed sediments that are relevant to pipeline design; led joint industry projects that have transformed the geotechnical understanding and design methodology for pipelines throughout the offshore oil and gas sector; and pioneered a revolutionary flume for assessing pipeline and seabed stability during storms. A Cambridge-educated engineer, Professor White is a former ARC Future Fellow and was WA Young Scientist of the Year (2011).
Professor Williams is an international authority in artificial intelligence (AI) and human-robot interaction. Her research has changed design paradigms in intelligent systems and significantly advanced decision-making under risk and uncertainty in open, complex and dynamic environments. The results of her work have been adopted by industry, including IBM, Infosys, Boeing and Visual Risk, and leading international research groups at CNRS France, Stanford University and Carnegie-Mellon University. Her high standing both in academia and industry is acknowledged through numerous awards, invitations, and distinguished appointments.
Dr Wood is recognised internationally as a scientist and commercial R&D leader particularly for his unique discoveries for the diagnosis of human and bovine tuberculosis. As a researcher at CSIRO he was responsible for the discovery of a novel patented technology for diagnosing TB in beef cattle. He moved to CSL to head up its veterinary products R&D. The unique tuberculous technology was developed at CSL for human diagnosis and was commercialised internationally by CSL and subsequently Cellestis. Dr Wood spent four years as Executive Director of Pfizer Animal Health in the US and shared a Clunies Ross Award in 2013.
Dr Woodthorpe has advanced Australia’s ability to derive substantial value from translation of research outputs into tangible outcomes and benefits for scientists, research organisations, governments and industry. She has made substantial contributions to the Australian technology and science translation landscape over the past 25 years. During this time, she has had a significant influence on government policies that now enable and encourage technology-based companies to achieve their potential. She has been a leader at the nexus of industry and academia through her senior governance roles with technology companies, CRCs and NCRIS, UTS Council and University-owned ventures.
Professor Yuan is a distinguished researcher whose innovations in the field of integrated urban water management coupled with a strong industry engagement have significantly increased the efficiency and productivity of Australia’s water industry and its global reputation. He has made major contributions to science and practice of wastewater process engineering, overall systems optimisation, and infrastructure operation and maintenance with an emphasis on sewer corrosion management. His collaboration with Australia’s major water utilities has achieved documented savings exceeding $400 million. He is Future Technologies Program Leader for the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and won a Clunies Ross Award in 2015.
Dr Liu has made outstanding contributions in coal gasification, IGCC, catalysis and olefins production. His influential leadership in shaping modern coal refining technologies spans basic science through to its application, with more than 80 patents. He and his teams have several world firsts: a technology to measure catalyst coking in-situ, a catalyst for production of ethylene, an on-board gasoline processor for fuel cell cars and the world’s largest IGCC plant. In recent years, he led a highly influential team at Shenhua Research / National Institute of Clean and Low-carbon Energy (NICE), tackling reducing emissions from the use of coal.
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