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Top 100 : 2006
100 TOP Geoff Garrett, 58 Chief Executive of CSIRO, Canberra Since joining CSIRO as chief executive in January 2001, Dr Geoff Garrett and his team have been seeking to achieve greater focus on the major scientific challenges and opportunities for Australia. This has involved developing stronger partnerships across CSIRO’s innovation system, and growing the organisation’s impact through a unified “oneCSIRO” approach. Garrett has been instrumental in setting up the organisation’s Flagship Programs, operating in the six areas of preventative health, energy, water, light metals, food production and marine research. With undergraduate studies and a PhD in metallurgy from Cambridge, Garrett enjoyed 15 years in academic life before joining South Africa’s national science agency, CSIR in 1986. He subsequently became president and CEO in 1995. In 1998 he was named South Africa’s Engineer of the Year. Garrett serves on the Prime Minister’s Sci- ence, Engineering and Innovation Council. Apart from family, his main outside interests are tennis and fishing. Paul Greenfield, 59 Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland Professor Paul Greenfield is responsible for the financial performance and strategic direction of the faculties and institutes of the University of Queensland. He has been in his current role since 2002. Currently, he chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee overseeing the $5.2 million Moreton Bay and Brisbane River Wastewater Management Study. He is also chair for the Waste Technical Working Group, Basel Convention and is a director of several university companies including UniQuest. Greenfield’s research is recognised interna- 42 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 39-43 g - consult academ 42 6/1/06, 8:33 PM tionally for its capacity to attract funding, including $6.3 million in competitive grants. He still supervises PhD students and is credited with more than 180 journal publications, 120 conference publications, three patents and more than 20 invited international addresses. Last January Greenfield was appointed an officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to science and engineering. This recognised his research in the areas of chemical engineering, biotechnology, wastewater and environmental management. He graduated and completed a PhD in chemical engineering at the University of New South Wales. In 1975 he joined the University of Queensland as a lecturer in chemical engineering and a decade later became Head of Department and then Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Physical Sciences and Engineering before being appointed an inaugural Executive Dean in 1997. Archie Johnston, 54 Dean of Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney, President of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans Professor Archie Johnston is dean of engineering at the University of Technology Sydney, one of the world leading faculties in practice-based engineering education. There are currently 3550 students studying engineering at UTS. In the past year Johnston addressed the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council working group on enhancing relationships between Australia, India and China in the area of engineering education. In his role as president of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans, Johnston is involved with engineering staff and students in every Australian university and talking with government, the community and industry on how best to serve their various needs. Johnston is a member of the Steering Committee for the federal government’s Science, Engineering and Technology Skills Audit. He was recently appointed an advisory professor to Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and external adviser to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India. Johnston received a PhD and science degree from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Brendon Parker, 62 Dean of Engineering at the University of New South Wales, and Chair of the GO8 Deans of Engineering. Professor Brendon Parker is dean of engineering at UNSW, the largest school of engineering in Australia with 7300 students in engineering and 1800 students in IT. It was recognised as the leading school in Australia and 16th in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement in 2005. Parker is guiding the school toward a new curriculum which will increase the emphasis on design and creativity. He is also keen to see a stronger involvement of industry in research and professional development programs. He is chair of the GO8 Deans of Engineer- ing representing the 10 most research intensive engineering faculties in Australia. Gregory Hancock, 58 Dean of Engineering at the University of Sydney Professor Gregory Hancock is dean of engineering at the University of Sydney, a faculty with 3200 students. He is currently in- volved with the University Senior Executive to develop the new University of Sydney Faculty Cluster of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology. In the past year, Hancock ran an Interna- tional Workshop on cold-formed steel structures with the leading researchers in the field from Australia and India at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras. He has also been working on the establishment of Engineering Sydney, the University of Sydney Engineering Faculty’s consulting academia