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Top 100 : 2007
100 TOP the global network of facilities, and aligns the global business. In his home garage Hyde has a 1976 Chevrolet Corvette that he likes to drive around the Mornington Peninsula with his wife. Doug Maconochie, 57 National leader for tunnels, PB (Parsons Brinckerhoff), Brisbane Civil engineer, University of Melbourne Dr Doug Maconochie has contributed to the geotechnical and tunnelling fields of engineering since the late 1970s, when he completed his PhD at the University of Newcastle on Tyne, UK on geotechnical studies for the Channel Tunnel. He led the design of the tunnel movement joints for the subway in Bangkok to allow for the continuing settlement of the city. He also championed the limit state approach to the use of permanent rock bolts in major civil tunnels and implemented monitoring procedures to ensure their safe use. Maconochie has helped implement safe support procedures for rock bolting and shotcreting in major civil tunnels in NSW. Away from work Maconochie is an in- ventor. Chris Nicol, 40 Chief Technology Offi cer (Embedded Systems), National ICT Australia (NICTA), Sydney Computer engineer, University of NSW Dr Chris Nicol has been working on building and sustaining a worldleading integrated circuit research group and chip design team in Australia. Pioneering products developed under his technical and business leadership are deployed in mobile network infrastructures across the US and in mobile phones around the world. Nicol holds 17 US patents. He is currently responsible for embedded systems development at NICTA and is part of the Research Strategy Group that is respon- Francis Rose, 58 Chief Scientist at Platform Sciences Laboratory, DSTO, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, Sydney University Dr Francis Rose, the 2007 AGM Michell Medal winner for contributions to mechanical engineering, is an expert in fracture mechanics and in structural health monitoring. His work on crack bridging now forms the basis for the design of bonded repairs to aircraft structures known on the Rose Model. His theory of transformation toughening in partially stabilised zirconia ceramics has provided new insights into its strength and toughness, for which he has received international acclaim. He has also carried out extensive research in laser-generated ultrasound which has become a standard reference in the emerging fi eld of laser ultrasonics. Rose is an adjunct professor at three universities and is currently the chairman of the National Committee of Mechanical Sciences of the Academy of Technical Sciences and Engineering. Jim Patrick, 50 Chief Scientist and Senior Vice-President of Cochlear, Sydney Electrical engineer, Melbourne University Jim Patrick is chief scientist and senior vice-president of Cochlear, which develops implantable hearing technology. Patrick was part of the research team that designed the company’s sible for hundreds of millions of research dollars, supporting about 50 ICT research projects undertaken by over 400 research staff and 250 PhD students. He joined NICTA to further his vision of “economic growth via national core competency in embedded systems”. Nicol lives on a small acreage on the fringe of Sydney. He has set up a pottery wheel and a gas-fi red kiln that he looks forward to fi ring up this year. fi rst clinical implant system. He infl uenced the company to incorporate neural response telemetry into its products. This assists the fi tting of cochlear devices on young children. He is the joint inventor of the MP3000 coding strategy, which is currently under clinical evaluation in Europe as part of research into more advanced signal processing. Patrick currently leads a research and applications group which is conducting 60 collaborative studies to improve recipient performance. He is also leading long-term research into improving the interface between electrodes and the auditory nerve, and the use of nanotechnology in future implantable technologies. Patrick’s fascination with electronics began when he received his fi rst crystal set. Outside work he still enjoys using an amateur radio along with reading and spending time with family. Lincoln Wood, 56 Director of Engineering and Product Assurance, BAE Systems Australia, Adelaide Aeronautical engineer, UNSW Director of engineering and product assurance at BAE Systems Australia, Dr Lincoln Wood holds technical accountability over 900 engineers and 600 high-end technicians with an order book in excess of $1 billion for complex, software-intensive, integrated military systems. His model of engineering operations and governance has been adopted by BAE Systems in the UK, where he is also working with BAE Systems and Cambridge University to develop a new postgraduate program in the fi eld of support and service engineering. In 2006, Wood conceived the establishment of a Master of Military Systems Integration program at the University of South Australia which inserts industry integration processes directly into the curriculum. He also conceived the “concept-to-creation” high school program in socially disadvantaged areas of northern Adelaide. In his spare time Wood enjoys outback travel to locations often difficult to reach including the central deserts of WA and Arnhem Land. ■ ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2007 59 56-59 g - Top 100.indd 59 56-59 g - Top 100.indd 59 7/6/07 11:55:19 AM 7/6/07 11:55:19 AM engineering expertise