26 October 2016
The Academy has elected 25 new Fellows for 2016, including key business leaders and academics, prominent commercial innovators, professional and business leaders and respected public sector figures.
The new Fellows include seven prominent women – almost achieving the Academy’s target of electing one-third of its new Fellows from female candidates.
They come from a wide array of sectors and specialisations, including agriculture, bionic vision, biotechnology, cyber security, defence, engineering, geotechnics, ICT, manufacturing, medical research, neurosurgery, photovoltaics, resources, robotics, shipbuilding, structural dynamics and water.
The Board of the Academy has recognised the special role of General David Hurley, Governor of NSW and former Chief of Defence, in the promotion of science and technology by electing him an Honorary Fellow, an honour not bestowed since 2006.
The Academy has additionally elected a Foreign Fellow, Professor Robin Grimes, Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Eight Fellows are from NSW, five from Victoria, four from WA, three each from Queensland, SA and two from the ACT.
They include the WA Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken; CSIRO’s CEO, Dr Larry Marshall; Australian Meat & Livestock Chair, Dr Michelle Allan; Textor Chair, Mr Phillip Butler; and Geoscience Australia CEO, Dr Christopher Pigram.
All are leaders in their fields.
The full list follows:
Dr Allan’s outstanding achievements arise from her ability to lead commercially successful technology-based organisations within the rural sector. She is a food industry and agribusiness specialist with academic credentials in biomedical science, technology management and commercial law. Dr Allan complements this background with her exceptional ability for strategic leadership in complex organisations.
Professor Biggs is internationally acclaimed for his research in particle, colloid and interface engineering. Prestigious awards and applications of his cutting edge technologies attest to his impact on industries in the chemical, minerals and nuclear sectors. He is skilled in the processes of innovation and engagement with end users, and is championing the offering of entrepreneurship and innovation experiences to engineering, science and ICT students. He is a national leader in commitment to inspiring female engineering students.
Mr Butler is recognised for his national leadership in SME manufacturing, having transformed Textor into textile company manufacturing components for diapers, femcare and incontinence products and becoming a global exporter to 18 counties. He is an advocate for all innovation-ready Australian manufacturers via mentoring and leadership across industry, industry associations, State and Federal Government initiatives.
Dr Cannon is a world-leading naval architect transforming naval ship building and safety nationally and internationally. He is the Royal Australian Navy’s trusted advisor on warship technology and approaches to improve the performance of warships and submarines, to ensure their safety and cost effectiveness. He has deployed theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience in naval architecture, structural engineering and systems analysis to solve challenging naval architectural problems.
In a career exceeding 20 years, Dr Craig has led the applied research effort of local and global defence and intelligence communities to create cutting-edge capability for Australia’s defence and national security. Her contribution spans digital imagery data collection and exploitation, space and unmanned systems, electronic warfare, and cyber security and operations. Defence and industry projects of great national importance have relied on her research and leadership.
Dr Dornan is a speech pathologist and the founder, former Clinical Director, now Executive Director of Hear and Say, which enables deaf children to listen and speak by optimitising the application of technology such as cochlear implants. She is a tireless campaigner to improve the hearing outcomes of deaf children and actively contributes through her clinical and research work. She is recognised nationally and internationally for the impact of her work.
Dr Doyle is an esteemed business leader who has built her career primarily in industrial companies drawing on a foundation of a doctorate in mathematics/statistics. She is actively engaged in promoting technological innovation in the companies in which she is involved. She has played a key role in governance of research institutions. She has been a business angel for many years and is committed to the economic and social development of the Hunter Region in New South Wales.
Professor Elizur has applied advanced science and technology to the aquaculture industry to secure sustainable production and tackle the issues surrounding reproduction in captivity, which is a major bottleneck in the domestication of aquaculture species. She has been involved in varied projects – from spawning the southern bluefin tuna, a world first for this endangered species, to controlled spawning of the pearl oyster enabling precise management of mating, a key to implementation of genetic programs.
Dr Fairley is the Chief Executive Officer of Starpharma, an Australian-based biotechnology company, listed in the ASX300, which is a world leader in the development of dendrimer (a type of synthetic molecule) products. For the past decade, she has led the company as it has developed and commercialised its products. She is a member of the Commonwealth Science Council and a leading spokesperson for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
Over 20 years Professor Glover has initiated and nurtured major projects linking academia to industry and end-users. These projects have directly impacted technological sciences and engineering and innovation, fostered collaboration and driven local economic development. As vice-chancellor of two universities he has championed STEM education particularly for indigenous and disadvantaged students. Currently as Chair of Universities Australia he has contributed significantly to the innovation debate and is leading UA’s policy response.
Professor Hao has made ground-breaking contributions to the advancement of knowledge and practice of structural dynamics. His results have been included in design codes and textbooks, and applied in engineering practice worldwide providing safe and robust civil infrastructure against natural and man-made dynamic loads. His strong international standing is evident in his publications and his leadership positions in professional committees and services to many government agencies and industrial organisations globally.
Dr Hatton is known for his significant individual contributions to the development of technologies and their application to natural resource management and outstanding leadership in the development of water, marine and energy technologies and their application to management and influence on public policy. He chairs the Environmental Protection Authority of Western Australia. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Western Australia and a former member of the CSIRO Group Executive.
Professor Haymet is a former Chief of Marine and Atmospheric Science at CSIRO and later Director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. His leadership at CSIRO and Scripps focused on building marine and climate science capability, initiating globally significant collaborations, and strengthening national and global research partnerships. He co-founded Australia’s Integrated Marine Observing System, the Western Australian Marine Science Institution, CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans Flagship, and the Quantitative Marine Science Program with the University of Tasmania.
Professor Heiser is a pioneer in the development of formally verified secure computer operating systems, which underpin the protection of computer systems from cyber attack and the development of dependable systems in applications from robotics to medical devices. He led the team that developed the mathematics to allow large-scale verification of operating systems, developed the first secure microkernel, and led its deployment in defence robotics systems. He was a founder of Open Kernel Labs in 2006, which was sold to General Dynamics in 2012.
Peter Klinken is an outstanding medical scientist with many publications in leading international journals. His work has led to the granting of several current patents relating to tumour suppression, sumoylation control, transcription modulation and hormone disorders. He has led the establishment of the Western Australian Medical Research Institute. In 2008 he named WA Citizen of the Year and in 2014 he was appointed Chief Scientist for Western Australia where he has displayed great leadership in developing science policy.
Professor Langridge’s research on molecular genetics has been translated into breeding technologies that are widely applied in public and private cereal crop improvement programs around the world. He has published six patents and more than 280 papers in refereed international journals. His papers have been cited more than 15,000 times. The impact of his work has been recognised through invitations to join editorial boards, to speak at scientific meetings, and to join many international science advisory committees, review panels and boards.
Dr Marshall has a passion for translating science and technology to products and value. He has more than 25 years of experience in the US commercialising his laser inventions into nine successful products and then using his experience to develop a venture capital firm. Since becoming the Chief Executive of CSIRO in 2015 Dr Marshall has positioned it as Australia's innovation catalyst, provided influential input to the Government's National Innovation and Science Agenda, including establishing the $200 million CSIRO Innovation Fund to co-invest in spin-offs and start-ups from publicly funded research agencies and universities.
Professor Nebot is a pioneer in the development and application of navigation and automation technology for robotics. He is recognised for developing key ideas in high integrity navigation, localisation and mapping, safety systems, and the development of automation systems for mining and automotive industries. He has a leading record working with companies and government organisations in applying and commercialising these technologies, and introduced new mining safety technology that has been deployed in mines around the world.
Dr Paris has translated deep knowledge in computer science to solving real-life problems in the social sciences. She has developed an understanding of how people communicate, how they interact within information environments and make sense of big data. This has major impacts in social science and the digital economy. One application developed by Dr Paris and her team is enabling government departments to monitor views of the services provided. Another is helping emergency services to use social media messages to identify unexpected events and unfolding disasters.
Dr Pigram has made an outstanding contribution to a range of national strategic issues through his leadership in the field of geoscience, including major achievements in marine geoscience, minerals and energy exploration, groundwater management and natural hazards. This work has included a major contribution to the evidence base for Australia’s Marine Jurisdictional claim at the United Nations. He has an extensive knowledge and experience of Australian geology and the use of science in support of wide-scale policy development.
Professor Reid is deputy director of the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision. He has substantially shaped the world of robot navigation, using computer vision techniques to map a robot's environment so that it can operate autonomously in complex, urban situations. His work has been acknowledged as outstanding with the award of an ARC Laureate Fellowship. He has patented and translated his ideas into practical applications, guiding industry in manufacturing, solving referee issues in sport, and contributing to the analysis of historical art.
Professor Rosenfeld is a leader in neurosurgery, surgical research and the impact of engineering on neuroscience and medicine. He was Foundation Director of the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering, which is focused on the development, translation and commercialisation of innovative health technology. His work with interdisciplinary researchers, industry participants and community groups delivers innovations that include bionic vision, advances in brain computer interfaces with direct brain electrical stimulation and trauma treatment. He is a Major General in the Australian Defence Force.
Professor Trupke has made outstanding contributions to the field of photovoltaics (PV) and solar cell technology through his pioneering research breakthroughs and their subsequent translation to industry. In particular, his photoluminescence imaging (commercialised via BT Imaging, of which he was a co-founder and is the (CTO) has been revolutionary, with PL now a standard method used in virtually all PV research laboratories. It has been central to the significant acceleration in PV R&D.
Geological, geochemical and geophysical data sets are fundamental in attracting significant mineral exploration company investment and hence the development of new mineral resources. As Assistant Director, Geoscience Mapping (GSWA), Dr Tyler is strategically involved in the scientific design and implementation of WA’s $130 million Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS), focused on acquisition and rapid publication of high-quality, digital geoscience, deep seismic, geochemical and isotopic datasets relevant to exploration in underexplored areas. His impact is that this effort has resulted in more than 20 new mineral discoveries.
Dr Wonhas’ high impact-achievements include the development of a widely used reference carbon abatement cost curve for Australia, a “blueprint” for legislation that enabled Queensland coal seam gas developments to proceed and management of the formation of an array of successful spin-off companies. Dr Wonhas has been instrumental in shaping a number of nationally and internationally relevant projects, including development of the Australian National Outlook 2015 and establishment of the Future Grid Forum.
Professor Robin Grimes FREng is an acclaimed authority in the area of materials for energy applications, especially nuclear. His pioneering work on nuclear fuel performance overturned scientific thinking about fission product behaviour and has had a major impact on the nuclear energy sector both in the UK and internationally. He led the UK delegation to the International Atomic Energy Agency 58th General Conference and currently serves as Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
General Hurley had a distinguished military career over more than four decades retiring in 2014 as Chief of Defence. He became the 38th Governor of New South Wales in October 2014 with a five-year commission. He has advocated for innovation and scientific research and STEM education and has supported public debate on the future of society at both state and national levels. He promotes NSW industry, especially innovation and scientific research, STEM education, through a “futures” program with an annual Forum which he hosts at Government House.
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