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100 TOP The institute has a role in fostering research and raising awareness of combustion research for emissions control, energy efficiency and alternative fuels in stationary and propulsion systems. Haynes explained that “one of our goals is to broaden the audience and engage strongly with research institutions in China and India where combustion of fossil fuels is set to grow enormously in the next 10 years and beyond”. In the past year, he is most proud of having successfully demonstrated a miniature integrated steam-methane reformer that operates at very high efficiency converting water and natural gas to hydrogen. Haynes has special research interests in combustion and energy utilisation, with a current focus on improving the efficiency and environmental performance of energy-intensive chemical processes. He is currently working to develop microstructured chemical plant in which all the process elements are integrated into scaleable modules. Haynes holds a degree and PhD in chemi- cal engineering from the University of NSW. He is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Sydney. Chris Smallbone, 59 President of the International Institute of Welding (IIW), Executive Director of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia (WTIA), Sydney Chris Smallbone is only the second representative from a southern hemisphere member country to be appointed president of the IIW. The institute formed in 1948 and is the global body for the science and application of joining technology providing networking and knowledge exchange among 48 member countries. Through the IIW, Smallbone has initiated and actively supported a number of technology networking initiatives in countries throughout the world, aiming to improve quality of life through better, appropriate welding technologies. As executive director of the Australian IIW member society WTIA, Smallbone has led a recent National Diffusion Networks Project assisting industry to source welding technologies for improved global competitiveness. The project has had a return on investment of over 20:1. Since its commencement in 2003 it has in- fluenced more than 9000 people in the welding and related industries in Australia. Smallbone is a mechanical and interna- tional welding engineer trained at Aston University, Birmingham and North Staffordshire Polytechnic. He enjoys soccer, gardening, walking, animals and nature. John Vines, 56 Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA), Melbourne John Vines is the longstanding CEO of the 42,000 member APESMA organisation. He has played a central role in creating novel and highly successful membership services, including a standard-setting Management Education Program. Vines has been an influential figure in en- gineering and science policy development in Australia having been a member of numerous government bodies, including the Prime Minister’s Science and Engineering Council. He is currently the chair of the Chifley Business School Board and the Innovation and Business Industry Skills Council and was previously the deputy chair of the federal government inquiry into leadership and management skills. Vines was appointed executive director of the Association of Professional Engineers Australia (APEA), the organisation that through successive mergers became APESMA, in 1984. He was awarded an Order of Australia medal in 2001 in recognition of his contribution to the engineering and science professions in Australia. Vines holds a diploma in civil engineering from Swinburne University, a degree in economics from LaTrobe University, and a master of business administration through APESMA/LaTrobe. He enjoys current affairs and fishing. Peter Taylor, 62 Chief Executive of Engineers Australia, Canberra With more than 80,000 members Engineers Australia is this country’s premier association representing professional engineers, engineering technologists, associates and students. Peter Taylor became Engineers Australia’s chief executive in February 2004. He presented the Infrastructure Report Card for Australia at the National Press Club in September 2005, an event that was broadcast nationally on ABC TV. Since then governments around Australia have announced significant new infrastructure initiatives. Taylor has also been at the forefront of Engineers Australia’s efforts to highlight shortages in the engineering skills base and to propose remedial measures. Taylor is a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon and the Indian Defence Services Staff College. He holds an honours degree in civil engineering from the University of Queensland. Apart from spending time with his two new grandchildren, he enjoys photography and listening to live and recorded music. ■ Professor Brian Haynes is the first nonUS president of the Combustion Institute, which aims to raise awareness of combustion research for emission control, energy efficiency and alternative fuels. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2006 47 46-47 g - associations 47 6/1/06, 8:38 PM associations