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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP deputy dean of the School of Graduate Studies. In these senior academic positions he played a key role in infl uencing academic strategy and policy at a university that consistently rates in the very top tier of Australian universities. Stevens has an international reputation in separation technology, solvent extraction, interfacial engineering, soft tissue engineering and cold-temperature waste processing. His recent work on CO2 as part of the CO2 removal from fl ue gas, CRC, is now moving to the demonstration stage. Alandor. His favourite hobby is sailing his 8m yacht Elizabeth Taylor, 52 Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health at Central Queensland University Civil engineer, University of NSW Professor Elizabeth Taylor has implemented in her faculty a pioneering structure and management systems to support staff engaged in innovative curricula and research that “moves beyond existing higher educa- tion assumptions”. The discipline breadth of the faculty, interdisciplinary capability and strong industry partnerships are conducive to meeting the “Changing the culture” challenges set by the 1996 review of engineering education. The faculty has nearly 9500 students including 1600 studying engineering related programs. Taylor is also president of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans and the chair of the Queensland Board of Professional Engineers, the fi rst woman to hold that position. The seven-member board administers the Queensland Professional Engineers Act 2002, which provides for the registration of professional engineers in Queensland. She is deputy chair of the Board of Engineers Media, publisher of Engineers Australia magazine, and a member of the board and international representative of RedR Australia (Registered Engineers for Disaster Relief). Since 2005 she has been a member of the Queensland Manufacturing Leaders Group. In 1996 she was president of Engineers Australia’s Sydney Division and for some years was the coordinator of the National Women in Engineering Committee. In 2004, she was appointed an Offi cer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to engineering education and professional associations, and for her role in enhancing the status of women in the profession. Her main interests are reading, travelling and playing cards with family and friends. Associations Robin Batterham, 66 President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Melbourne Chemical engineer, University of Melbourne Dr Robin Batterham’s role as president at the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) is a part-time position. It involves setting strategic directions and providing advice to the government and the wider community based on input 52 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 from the fellows. The organisation is currently focusing on climate change, energy, water and education and has interacted signifi cantly with Engineers Australia. As president, he chairs ATSE’s Clunies Ross Foundation and the Crawford Fund, and is a member of the Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council. He is a professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne. He is the global practice leader of innovation at Rio Tinto, based in Melbourne, which focuses on delivering technologies through research and development, proof of concept and implementation. Of his achievements in the past year, Batterham is proud of the independent review he chaired of the CSIRO Flagship Program. In the past, Batterham was chief scientist of Australia and president of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. As a chemical engineer, he worked on projects involving process innovation in the minerals industry and metal production. “In all this, my engineering training has given me a sound base in the fundamentals that has allowed me to make judgment calls in all sorts of applications across many disciplines. Engineering allows one to analyse down to the basics and then synthesise back up to a whole systems approach – that is its strength,” he said. Batterham is an organist at the Scots Church in Melbourne and counts Bach and Dupre as being among his favourite composers. He also enjoys skiing and cycling. Ian Young, 50 Vice-Chancellor and President of Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Civil engineer, James Cook University, Townsville Professor Ian Young is vice-chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology, which is a dual-sector university comprising both higher education and TAFE components. Swinburne has over 35,000 full-time stu- dents with approximately 5000 engineering students. It is the most technology focused university in Australia with 48% of its students in science, engineering or technology disciplines. Young has proposed a new method to enhance the university performance of students who underachieved at secondary school. These students can significantly improve their performance by completing a pathway program within TAFE before progressing to degree studies. This concept has formed the basis of a number of new schemes funded nation-wide in the 2007 Federal Budget. He is a fan of many sports and enjoys playing golf. ■ 50-54 g - Top 100.indd 52 50-54 g - Top 100.indd 52 7/6/07 11:52:58 AM 7/6/07 11:52:58 AM academia