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Paul Greenfi eld, 61 Vice-Chancellor, University of Queensland, Brisbane Chemical engineer, University of NSW to identify key research areas, to improve the experience of undergraduate students, and to foster closer ties between the university and alumni, industries and schools. The university has 37,200 students, of which 3300 study engineering. This year the univer- P sity will start offering summer research semesters to undergraduate students, giving them a glimpse of working in a lab. Greenfi eld also wants to increase the number of students going on exchange overseas by offering more scholarships and streamlining the application process. Greenfi eld helped establish the fi rst Australian Centre of Excellence in Geothermal Power Generation with funding from the Queensland government. He has also chaired the River symposium and the Scientifi c Committee of Healthy Waterways for the Queensland Water Commission. Gregory Hancock, 60 Dean of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney Structural engineer, University of Sydney A side from managing the faculty with some 3000 engineering students, Prof Gregory Hancock is the executive dean of a cluster comprising the engineering and architecture faculties. In this role he encourages the faculties to work together more closely. Hancock has been involved in developing a new double degree in civil engineering and architecture which will start next year. It is aimed at students who are interested in both artistic and technical aspects and at employers who want graduates with skills in both disciplines. One of Hancock’s major achievements has been integrating the school of IT into the engineering faculty. This year the faculty started offering a fl exible fi rst year program to both IT and engineering students. Hancock has also established a graduate school of engineering and IT, doubling the number of postgraduate enrolments. Archie Johnston, 56 Dean of Engineering, University of Technology Sydney Civil engineer, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK faculties are reorganising into fi ve schools to “build a critical research mass”, he said. Johnston said his job sometimes requires him to be “a bit of a show- P man” and engage people such as government ministers. He is interested in how education can be a conduit for new businesses. For example, he said the university’s Chinese engineering students could help Australian companies expand into China. The faculty has links to China and Johnston is an adviser to Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is also chair of Engineers Australia’s Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management. He believes interpersonal skills are particularly important in a globalised world where most engineers would spend some time working overseas. Engineers need to understand the politics of a country or a company, he said. Last November, Engineers Australia’s Civil College named him the Sir James Holland Civil Engineer of the Year. TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS 53 rof Archie Johnston is currently overseeing the merger of the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Information Technology. The two rof Paul Greenfi eld became vice-chancellor of the University of Queensland last January, having worked at the university since 1975. He said his priorities in the new role are Book 1.indb 53 Book 1.indb 53 4/6/08 15:17:10 4/6/08 15:17:10