Congratulations to our Fellows

Order of Australia Honours 2023

26 January 2023


ATSE Fellow recognised today for their inspiring contributions to science, technology, and engineering.  

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) is proud to announce that one of our esteemed Fellows has been honoured today for their outstanding service and contributions.

ATSE Fellow Emeritus Professor Alexander McLean AO FTSE has received an honour for his contributions to the advancement of road safety. 

ATSE President, Dr Katherine Woodthorpe AO FTSE said, “I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Professor McLean who has been recognised in today’s Honours. This is a testament to the significant and inspiring work being done by our Fellows across the fields of science, technology, and engineering.” 

“His contributions have had profound impacts within Australia and globally, and we are incredibly proud of his achievements.”

Professor Alexander (Jack) McLean AO FTSE is a renowned road safety researcher who has made significant contributions to the understanding of the causes and prevention of motor vehicle accidents.

He has been instrumental in changing attitudes towards drink driving and played a key role in the enforcement of random breath testing. Additionally, his research has been pivotal in lowering urban speed limits to 50km/h, which has helped in reducing the national road toll from accidents.

Throughout his career, Professor McLean has dedicated himself to improving road safety and reducing the number of accidents on our roads, making a significant meaningful impact on the community.

There are 736 awards in the General Division of the Order of Australia, with 48 per cent for women and 45 per cent for service to local communities.

“Congratulations to the outstanding Australians recognised in today’s Honours List. The recipients have had a significant impact at the local, national and international level and are, quite simply, inspiring,” the Governor-General said.

“They go above and beyond, are from all over the country, and contribute every day in every way imaginable. These are the people who see us through good times and bad. They’re the first to show up and the last to leave.

“They’re almost always humble to a fault but I urge recipients, for today, to put aside that humility – it’s important they know how much they are valued.”

ATSE congratulates our Fellow on his well-deserved recognition and acknowledges his work to address the nation’s most pressing challenges. 

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Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) 

Alexander McLean stands in front of a teal wall and is looking at the camera smiling.
Emeritus Professor Alexander (Jack) John McLean AO FTSE

Elected to ATSE 2004

For distinguished service to road safety research, particularly to the causes and prevention of motor vehicle accidents.