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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP Archie Johnston, 55 Dean of Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney Civil engineer, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Professor Archie Johnston is dean of one of the world’s leading faculties in practice-based engineering education, at the University of Technology Sydney. There are currently 2900 undergraduates and 1500 postgraduates in engineering at UTS. As an advisory professor to Shanghai Jiao Tong University and an adviser to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, Johnston is exploring the participation of the higher education sector in stimulating new and interesting business and industry opportunities in these countries. He is the member of the board of Engineering Australia’s Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management, the Editorial Board of the Indian Centre for Advanced Scientifi c and Technological Research and continues to serve on the ARC Centre of Excellence in Autonomous Systems Board and as an International Expert on the Australian Research Council Panel. In 2006 the faculty celebrated the 25 year anniversary of the UTS’s Women in Engineering Unit, the longest serving unit of its kind in Australia. 14% of the student body in engineering at UTS are female. Johnston has six young children and participates in a range of community activities. Anthony Lucey, 51 Dean of Engineering at Curtin University, Perth Mechanical engineer, Cambridge University, UK Professor Anthony Lucey is dean of engineering at Curtin, a faculty with close to 2000 students. The faculty graduates about 350 each year and supports more than 180 postgraduates. Lucey has a masters degree majoring in mathematics and fl uid mechanics from Cambridge and a PhD in the “Hydroelastic instability of fl exible surfaces” from Exeter University. He sees helping to win the National Carrick award for enhancing the fi rst year experience at Curtin as one of his major achievements in the past year. The faculty has adopted a fi rst-year program which fuses curriculum, student environment, delivery methods and community involvement to create a better student experience, cutting the fi rst-year attrition rate from the 15%-20% national average to just 5%. The faculty has also recently recruited 15 new academic staff to meet an increased demand for engineering courses. He believes one of the greatest challenges for engineering educators is meeting the needs of an ever more diverse student body while satisfying the evolving requirements of employers with a student-centred learning environment. Lucey’s interests and hobbies revolve around creative writing, literature, music and keeping his 1949 Series One Land Rover roadworthy. He also plays faculty soccer and helps to raise three young children. David Skellern, 56 Chief Executive Offi cer of National Information and Communications Technology Australia (NICTA), Sydney Electrical engineer, Sydney University Dr David Skellern is one of Australia’s most successful ICT entrepreneurs, with a strong background in research, education, collaboration, and commercialisation. He became interim CEO of NICTA in May 2005 and was confi rmed for a further 3-year appointment as its CEO in February 2006. Last year NICTA received a second round of federal funding of $251 million under the federal government’s Backing Australia’s ability initiative. NICTA now has 410 staff, 296 of which are researchers. It also provides resources for 252 PhD students. In 1997 he cofounded the Radiata group of companies in Australia and the USA, established to commercialise the results of the WLAN research project that he led at Macquarie University in collaboration with CSIRO.He was appointed to the NICTA board in 2003. His main interests outside work are kayaking and dancing. Tamarapu Sridhar, 57 Dean of Engineering at Monash University, Melbourne Chemical engineer, Madras University, India A Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor, Tam Sridhar has been dean of the Engineering Faculty at Monash University since 2003. The faculty has more than 3500 undergraduate and 400 postgraduate students, boosted signifi cantly by its part in Monash’s Malaysian branch. A chemical engineer with expertise in polymers and reaction engineering, Sridhar has a distinguished research record. His current work includes gas liquid reactions, organic oxidations and polymer rheology. Before his dean appointment Sridhar served as chairman of Monash’s chemical engineering department for 11 years. He was chairman of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in Australia in 2004/2005. He was also president of the Australian Society of Rheology and a founding editor of the Korea-Australia Journal of Rheology. In his spare time he enjoys golf and reading. Geoff Stevens, 52 Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President of the Academic Board at the University of Melbourne Chemical engineer, RMIT Professor Geoff Stevens is the pro-vice chancellor of the University of Melbourne. He is a leading chemical and biomolecular engineer and director of Melbourne University’s Particulate Fluids Processing Centre, an ARC Special Research Centre. He is also a past head of the university’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a past ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 51 50-54 g - Top 100.indd 51 50-54 g - Top 100.indd 51 7/6/07 11:52:46 AM 7/6/07 11:52:46 AM academia