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Moses Tadé, 50 Dean of Engineering, Curtin University of Technology, Perth Chemical engineer, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Nigeria cal engineering. He is involved in encouraging industry-sponsored P scholarships for engineering students. “I am still chasing about 10 companies on this initiative,” Tadé said. He also leads the university’s outreach scheme, designed to attract more high school students to consider a career in engineering. One of the programs involves working together with other Australian Technology Network universities to target year 9 students in three Western Australian high schools and 12 high schools in other states. Tadé and his colleagues have secured nearly $1 million in grants from the Australian Research Council for projects in process systems engineering which start this year. Tadé holds masters and PhD degrees from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. reorganisation of the faculty into interdisciplinary groups with a greater emphasis on project-based learning. The faculty has some 4400 students of which about 1060 study engineering-related programs. Taylor began her engineering career A t Central Queensland University Prof Elizabeth Taylor has presided over a Elizabeth Taylor, 53 Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton President of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans Chair of the Queensland Board of Professional Engineers Civil engineer, University of NSW with the NSW Maritime Services Board, leaving after becoming a mother. She studied for a law degree while raising her three children. In her next job at the University of Technology Sydney, she set about changing the curriculum to attract more women into the profession, developing seven non-technical subjects such as engineering practice, communication and economics. According to Taylor, engineering curricula have often been “about constructing docile bodies” for industry. She feels that a purely technical approach inhibits people’s creativity. Taylor is president of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans and chair of the Queensland Board of Professional Engineers. She is also deputy chair of the board of Engineers Media, publisher of Engineers Australia magazine, and on the board of RedR Australia. P rof Ian Young manages a dual-sector institution which contains a TAFE and a university. There are about 3600 engineering students in the university, a number that rises to over 7000 if TAFE courses are included. Overall, Swinburne has about 17,900 university and some 37,000 TAFE students. It is also one of the top fi ve universities in Australia for the number of times its researchers’ publications are cited. Last year Young announced his plan for Swinburne to become a major re- search university. The university is currently investigating ways of attracting and retaining outstanding staff. It has also embarked on a $250million capital investment program. The plan calls for Swinburne to build the largest structural research laboratory in Australia and increase its budget from $330 million to $550 million over seven years. Young has published three books and more than 100 research papers on coastal and ocean engineering. Ian Young, 51 Vice-Chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Civil engineer, James Cook University TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS 55 rof Moses Tadé became dean of engineering in January. Previously he was the university’s head of chemi- Book 1.indb 55 Book 1.indb 55 4/6/08 15:17:17 4/6/08 15:17:17