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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP Academia/Research Martin Betts, 46 Dean of Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Civil engineer, Reading University, UK Professor Martin Betts regards his most significant challenge in the past 12 months to have been the integration of sustainable development and professionalism into the curricula in engineering, design and construction courses at QUT for an undergraduate and postgraduate student body numbering about 5000. He has a background in construction and construction management and has a PhD in construction tendering from the UK Council for National Academic Awards. He rose to prominence in this fi eld in the UK before coming to Australia and was instrumental several years ago in convening the input of seven universities as part of the UK National Centre of Excellence for UK Construction IT Research and Innovation Strategy. He was honoured with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for this work. His interests outside work include spending time with his children and partner, travel and watching sport. Geoff Garrett, 59 Chief Executive of CSIRO, Canberra Metallurgist, Cambridge University, UK 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 scientifi c challenges and opportunities for Australia. This has involved developing stronger partnerships across CSIRO’s innovation system, and growing the organisation’s impact through a unifi ed 50 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 “one-CSIRO” approach. Garrett has been instrumental in setting up the organisation’s flagship programs, initially operating in the six areas of preventative health, energy, water, light metals, food production and marine research. Independently reviewed as “delivering powerful scientific solutions to national problems”, this major program was further extended in the recent federal budget to cover climate adaptation, mineral exploration and manufacturing, as well as alternative, clean transport fuels. A Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Garrett serves on the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. He is a recipient of the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through science. Apart from family, his main interests outside work are tennis and fi shing. Paul Greenfi eld, 60 Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Queensland Chemical engineer, University of NSW Professor Paul Greenfi eld 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. He was recently appointed by Queensland’s Smart State Council to advise the premier on key strategic issues for economic advancement. Currently, he chairs the Scientifi c Expert Panel for the Southeast Queensland Healthy Waterways Partnership, which is fi nalising its next fi ve-year plan to protect and improve the rivers, estuaries and bays in SE Queensland . He is also the chair of an international expert advisory panel to review and advise on technical, health and environmental issues related to using purifi ed recycled wastewater in SE Queensland, chair for the Hazardous Waste Technical Committee and a member of the Clean Coal Technology Project Board. 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. Greenfi eld’s hobbies include blues and jazz music, photography, art and travel. Gregory Hancock, 59 Dean of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney Structural engineer, Sydney University Professor Gregory Hancock is dean of engineering and information technologies at the University of Sydney, a faculty with 4000 students. In addition, he is currently involved with the University Senior Executive to develop the new University of Sydney Faculty Cluster of Engineering and Architecture in his role of executive dean engineering and architecture. Over the past year, he has been working on the integration of the School of IT into the faculty including the development of a fl exible fi rst year program to include both engineering and IT students. He has also been working on the establishment of Engineering Sydney, the University of Sydney engineering faculty’s 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 is also a director of the Australian Steel Institute and the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures He has a PhD and DEng from the University of Sydney and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006 for his work on Australian and International Standards. Hancock enjoys swimming, walking and visiting exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW. 50-54 g - Top 100.indd 50 50-54 g - Top 100.indd 50 7/6/07 11:52:35 AM 7/6/07 11:52:35 AM