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Chris Nicol, 41 Chief Technology Offi cer (Embedded Systems), National ICT Australia (NICTA), Computer engineer, University of NSW systems which represents about a quarter of the organisation’s t research is fed into spinout company OK Labs. Recently he secured $4.8 million in federal funding to transfer a silic C design team at LSI Australia to the NICTA team developing 60GHz g less chips. This project aims to provide wireless links that can car gigabits per second of data for high defi nition television products. He is on the NICTA Research Strategy Group responsible for mil- lions of dollars of research allocation every year. He is a member of the Innovation Australia Board IT&T Committee which oversees the federal Commercial Ready and Commercial Ready Plus programs. He is also chair of the Embedded Systems Australia industry cluster which has over 60 companies. Philip Venton, 60 Principal of Venton & Associates, Bundanoon, NSW Chemical engineer, University of Queensland Australia. The work he typically receives involves pipeline process design, optimised replacement P cost/design, pipeline safety study facilitation and specifi c assignments such as pipeline fracture control plans. A recent challenge and highlight was leading the committee revising the Australian Standard for Oil & Gas Pipeline Design and Construction. Among his achievements are working as a principal engineer with Slurry Systems in the design, construction and commissioning of one of the world’s fi rst high-pressure ironsand slurry pipelines, at Glenbrook in New Zealand. This was followed by one of the world’s fi rst successful sand bypassing systems installed at the Nerang River Entrance on the Gold Coast. Both of these pipeline systems are still in service and have proven to be highly successful. Venton began his career with Associated Pipelines as a pipeline engineer, then moved to consulting work in the developing fi eld of high-pressure, long-distance slurry pipelines. Chris Vonwiller, 65 Chief Executive Offi cer of Appen, Sydney Communication & electronics engineer, Sydney University to major international software companies. He is in charge of 100 staff from disciplines of computer science/engineering and linguistics. Vonwiller fi nds the engineering challenge in researching, creating and applying ad- C vanced technology to be satisfying. The company recently delivered software products for text analysis and content extraction to US government agencies, after winning the contract against international competitors. He has a bachelor of science and an honours degree in communications and electron- ics engineering from Sydney University and a master of business administration from Macquarie University. Previously he served in senior executive positions with Telstra. Away from work, Vonwiller enjoys spending time with family, walking in national parks and learning about the diversity of international cultures. TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS 59 hris Vonwiller has been developing world-class computer-based speech and language technology. Appen, of which he is the chief executive offi cer, supplies the technology hilip Venton is a consulting engineer specialising in high-pressure oil and gas pipelines. He has played a leading part in the design of most major pipelines in hris Nicol is the chief technology offi cer for embedded systems at N Australia (NICTA). He is responsible for the research direction in embedded Book 1.indb 59 Book 1.indb 59 4/6/08 15:17:32 4/6/08 15:17:32