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ASSOCIATIONS Julie Hammer, 53 President of Engineers Australia, Canberra Aerosystems engineer, Loughborough University of Technology, UK A s the fi rst female president of Engineers Australia, Julie Hammer is proud to represent the interests of its 83,000 members. Hammer is leading Engineers Australia’s Year of the Engineering Team which is being driven by the Engineering Team Task Force and promoted through the colleges, technical societies and special interest groups. An action plan is being implemented to improve membership value for technologists and associates. In her engineering career, she was head of the Department of Defence’s communications and IT systems, commanding officer of the electronic warfare squadron and her rank on retirement was air vice-marshal. Chris Champion, 55 President of the International Federation of Municipal Engineering, Sydney Civil engineer, University of Technology Sydney ternational Federation of Municipal Engineering (IFME) which is an organisation with 14 members – UK, Canada, Italy, San Marino, Israel, Netherlands, South Africa, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, C Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, and Australia. Champion is also the national chief executive offi cer of the Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia (IPWEA). At IFME, he is encouraging wider international exchange of skills and experience. The organisation has attracted interest from Scandinavian countries and Sweden is now sponsoring study visits to Australia. IPWEA is sponsoring a study tour visit to Finland, the US and the UK this year. Denmark and New Zealand are joining IFME and Champion is assisting the Baltic countries to join as well. IPWEA is leading a national rollout of industry-based tools and guidelines for the sustainable management of infrastructure which is attracting international interest. 56 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2008 hris Champion is president of the In- Bill Crews, 63 National President of RSL Australia, Canberra Civil engineer, Sydney University A s national president of Australia’s largest veterans’ welfare and ex-service organisation, Major-General Bill Crews is responsible for maintaining relations with governments and external stakeholders, and public representation on behalf of the organisation’s 195,000 members. He was recently involved with the launch of Operation Life, which is a suicide prevention program, and the At Ease program, which increases awareness of mental health. These programs are part of the organisation’s efforts to improve mental health support to ex-servicemen and veterans. Crews retired from the military in 1999 and was deputy chief executive of Engineers Australia until 2003. Barry Grear, 70 President of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations Electrical engineer, University of Adelaide A s president of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations, Barr y Grear guides 15 million members in 90 countries to meet the organisation’s mission of sharing engineering knowledge globally and advising national agencies. While the organisation’s head office is in Paris, he is based at his home in Adelaide. Grear came from a family of engineering tradespeople and followed his father and two brothers to become an electrical fi tter apprentice. He then completed an engineering diploma under a scholarship from the South Australian Railways which he upgraded to a bachelor of technology degree in electrical engineering from University of Adelaide. He credits his engineering training with giving him the skills to understand a problem, work logically through it and propose a solution. He was the president of Engineers Australia in 1997. Book 1.indb 56 Book 1.indb 56 4/6/08 15:17:20 4/6/08 15:17:20