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Top 100 : 2008
ENGINEERING EXPERTISE Tristram Carfrae, 49 Principal Director, Arup, Sydney Structural engineer, Cambridge University, UK A s chair of Arup’s Global Buildings Board, Tristram Carfrae oversees some 4000 employees. He is a mem- ber of the company’s global Group Board, and design and technical executive. Carfrae combines these management roles with a wide range of technical interests. He has an affi nity for architecture and experience in integrating multidisciplinary teams on major projects. “What I enjoy the most is being a structural engineer,” he said. Carfrae was part of the team that designed the Water Cube, the aquatics centre for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has also worked on the City of Manchester Stadium, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and the San Nicola Stadium in Bari, Italy. In recognition of his expertise, he was made one of nine Arup Fellows out of the company’s global staff of almost 10,000 staff. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Royal Designer for Industry. PHOTO: ALAN PRYKE Hugh Durrant-Whyte, 47 Research Director at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics, Sydney Nuclear engineer, University of London, UK to pursue a career in engineering. He is now the research director at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) which is based at Sydney University. In this role, he directs strategic and applied research for companies including Patrick Terminals, L3Communications, BAE Systems, and the US Air Force, Navy and Army. He is responsible for 200 C staff including 100 research students and an annual research budget of $12 million. Durrant-Whyte is also an ARC federation fellow, research director for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems, research director for the Rio Tinto Centre for Mine Automation and research director for the DSTO Centre of Expertise in Uninhabited and Autonomous Systems. The ACFR has about 30 different projects in progress, from unmanned air vehicles for defence applications to autonomous subsea vehicles for biological diversity monitoring. Durrant-Whyte’s personal research is focused on how robots inter- pret sensor information and understand the world around them. He has a bachelor of science in nuclear engineering from the University of London. He also has a master of science in engineering (systems engineering) and a PhD in systems engineering which are both from the University of Pennsylvania. Outside of work, Durrant-Whyte devotes time to his four children and a “neverending” house renovation. uriosity about how things work and a desire to create things that make a difference prompted Dr Hugh Durrant-Whyte Anton Middelberg, 41 Director of the Biomolecular Centre at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology at the University of Queensland, Brisbane Chemical engineer, University of Adelaide I n his current role, Prof Anton Middelberg oversees 25 re- search staff and an annual research budget of $1 million. He is responsible for conceiving and executing engineering research projects in biology and chemistry. He is also professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Queensland. He has been researching chemical self-assembly processes and new process technology for the manufacture of vaccines including for avian infl uenza. One of his major achievements was the development of pepfactants, which are biodegradable peptide surfactants that allow the creation of a stable emulsion for specialised applications like drug delivery and water treatment. “The realisation that we could challenge a 100-year-old dogma about what controls the stability of everyday emulsions, establish experimental proof for our hypothesis, and then translate this new science into technology through a spin-out company was immensely rewarding,” he said. He has an honours degree and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Adelaide and a master of arts from Cambridge University. A major highlight in the past year was seeing his son walk for the fi rst time. 58 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2008 49-64 g - top100.indd 58 49-64 g - top100.indd 58 6/6/08 14:12:33 6/6/08 14:12:33