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Robin Batterham, 67 President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Melbourne Chemical engineer, University of Melbourne (ATSE) involves setting strategic direction and providing advice to the federal government and the wider community. The organisation recently made a submission to the Australia 2020 Summit. The submission, among other things, urged students to select science and maths subjects in school. It also suggested methods to improve the delivery of innovation. In the past year, ATSE has contacted academies around the world to discuss ways to speed up the introduction of major new technologies that might address climate change. In his professional life, Batterham now serves as group chief scientist for Rio Tinto where he is currently looking at how to reduce energy use and environmental impact in mining. “The real challenge is how to get there economically and on reasonable time scales,” he said. D Dennis Sheehan, 58 National President of the Association of Consulting Engineers Australia, Brisbane Civil engineer, University of Queensland Peter Taylor, 64 Chief Executive Offi cer of Engineers Australia, Canberra Civil engineer, University of Queensland P eter Taylor is the chief executive offi cer of Engineers Australia which represents the interests of more than 83,000 professional engineers, associates and students nationally. According to Taylor, a major challenge in the past year was being able to infl uence political parties in the run-up to last year’s federal election. He is pleased to see changes which have fl owed from that including the establishment of Infrastructure Australia, the ratifi cation of the Kyoto Protocol, and encouraging signs in education policy which will hopefully lead to more children pursuing engineering careers. A recent highlight was Engineers Australia’s granting of free membership after 40 Engineers Australia (ACEA). The organisation represents over 260 fi rms across a range of engineering fi elds with a total of about 41,000 employees Sheehan continues to be involved with helping members deal with contract conditions which harm them, particularly in government purchasing contracts. He has helped start several programs D which aim to create fairer risk allocation for consulting engineers. One of these is a panel of three private indemnity insurance brokers to assist members in selecting insurance cover for their businesses. Another is a consultant contracts course that teaches non-lawyers how to review contracts, be aware of contractual elements and what to do when claims are made. ennis Sheehan is the national president of the Association of Consulting years of belonging to the Institution, which Taylor described as a landmark decision that was well received by members. Considerable media interest surrounded Engineers Australia’s submission to the 2020 Australia Summit. Among other things, the submission covered productivity, innovation, sustainability and water. Dario Tomat, 56 National President of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia, Hobart Mechanical engineer, University of Tasmania Managers Australia (APESMA) which has 42,000 national members including students and associates. Following the departure this year of John Vines as D CEO of APESMA, Tomat has become more involved in the detail of the organisation’s strategies. Highlights in the past year include working with national associations to discuss issues affecting young technology-based professionals including transportability of qualifi cations, globalisation of companies and climate change affecting engineering and science. This culminated in a conference of the professional and managerial sector of Union Network International in Melbourne in March. TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS 57 ario Tomat is the national president of the Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and r Robin Batterham’s role as president of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering Book 1.indb 57 Book 1.indb 57 4/6/08 15:17:25 4/6/08 15:17:25