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100 TOP external links organisation which brings industry and students together. Hancock balances his dean position with duties as the Bluescope Steel professor of steel structures. He has a PhD and DEng from the Univer- sity of Sydney. Hancock enjoys swimming, walking and visiting exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW. David Skellern, 55 Chief Executive Officer of National Information and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA), Sydney Dr David Skellern has a strong background in research, education, collaboration and commercialisation in ICT. He was appointed CEO of NICTA in May last year and his contract was recently extended for a further three years. Skellern said NICTA and its business model can contribute to the Australian ICT sector being a global player. In the past year he has been involved in harnessing ICT talent to build Australia’s ICT capabilities. Over the next three years, he plans “to oversee the first phase of the commercialisation of research, further establish Australia’s ICT research on the global stage, and continue to build a dynamic culture where people seek to work”. In 2005 he was named Professional Engineer of the Year by Engineers Australia’s Sydney Division. Skellern began his career in 1974 at the University of Sydney where he worked on the Fleurs Synthesis Radiotelescope, one of Australia’s pioneering giant radiotelescopes. Skellern also spent significant time working in industry as a visiting researcher, including over two years at Hewlett Packard Laboratories. In 1997 he cofounded the Radiata Group, building a successful company with a team of 65 staff. Radiata was acquired by Cisco Systems in 2001 for $565 million. Skellern received degrees in computer science and mathematics, and electrical engineering, as well as a PhD, all from the University of Sydney. He enjoys choral singing, guitar and dancing. Peter Lee, 51 Pro Vice-Chancellor Academic at the University of South Australia, Adelaide Professor Peter Lee is currently the Pro ViceChancellor Academic at the University of South Australia. The university has nearly 2000 engineering students and 2300 in IT. An author of three books and over 240 papers, he also has a consultancy practice in the feasibility, development and application of process control methods. Lee has worked in process control for the last 25 years, both in academe and industry including time at ICI Australia. He is also a consultant to the United Nations Industry Development Organisation. His involvement in the education sector has included senior positions at Curtin University of Technology, Murdoch University and the University of Queensland. Lee was educated in Melbourne and has an engineering degree from RMIT and a PhD from Monash University. Tamarapu Sridhar, 56 Dean of Engineering at Monash University, Melbourne Professor Tam Sridhar has been dean of the engineering faculty at Monash University since 2003. It is a faculty that now boasts 4250 engineering students. When Sridhar was recognised as a Sir Monash Distinguished Professor he viewed the award as acknowledgement of the Monash engineering faculty which “continues to perform extremely well, due to the work and dedication of the faculty staff and the support of the university”. Sridhar, a chemical engineer with expertise in polymers and reaction engineering, has a distinguished research record and current research includes gas liquid reactions at high pressures and temperatures in organic oxidations and polymer rheology. Sridhar was chairman of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in Australia in 2004/2005. He has a near 30-year association with Monash, where he was awarded his PhD, having previously studied at Madras University and the Indian Institute of Science. In his spare time he enjoys golf and reading. Ian Young, 49 Vice-Chancellor and President of Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Professor Ian Young is vice-chancellor at Swinburne University of Technology, which has both higher education and TAFE components. Swinburne has over 30,100 full-time equivalent students with the engineering faculty being responsible for 13% of these students. Young has led Swinburne to be one of five universities in Australia to be recognised by the federal government for the Award of Excellence of Learning and Teaching under the Learning & Teaching Fund, worth approximately $3 million. Under his reign the university has also had growth of 30% in the number of commencing international students. Young has been instrumental in Swinburne’s expansion in Melbourne and Malaysia. A major building redevelopment of the university’s Melbourne campus valued at $120 million has been financed by a partnership between the university and private investors. The expansion of the university’s campus in Sarawak, Malaysia, included being granted autonomous status by the Malaysian government and an investment of $35 million by the state government of Sarawak. Young is a director of IDP Education, Aus- tralia, a global not-for-profit organisation with more than 69 locations in 31 countries. Young holds a degree in civil engineering, a masters of engineering science and a PhD in coastal engineering, all from James Cook University, Townsville. ■ ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 43 39-43 g - consult academ 43 6/1/06, 8:34 PM consulting academia