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Top 100 : 2008
Shireane McKinnie, 51 Head of Electronic Systems Division and Head of Engineering, Defence Materiel Organisation, Canberra Electrical engineer, University of NSW S hireane McKinnie oversees the DMO Electronic Systems Division’s nearly 900 military and civilian personnel, and its $980 million budget. The division’s major projects include replacing the Air Defence Command and Control System with two new systems located at RAAF Tindal and RAAF Williamtown. It is also working on fi tting the Black Hawk and Chinook helicopters and the C-130H airplane with electronic warfare self-protection equipment. The division is working with the US on the Wideband Global Satellite program. Austra- lia has to fund and support one of the program’s six satellites. The fi rst satellite would be operational by the middle of this year. The Australian Defence Force will use the satellites for wideband communication. As part of a high-frequency modernisation project, the division will upgrade 10 naval and air force high-frequency stations. McKinnie would like to see the image of engineering better refl ect the creativity of working in the profession. budget of around $1.7 billion. VicRoads’ current projects include the Monash-CityLink- G West Gate upgrade, the Geelong Ring Road and the Deer Park Bypass. It recently implemented the Arrive Alive 2008-2017 road safety strategy. The past 12 months saw the completion of the $242 million Princes Freeway Pakenham Bypass, the $140 million Tullamarine-Calder interchange upgrade and the Victorian component of the $524 million Hume Freeway Albury-Wodonga Bypass. VicRoads was also part of the alliance that removed a rail crossing on Middleborough Road, a major arterial in Melbourne’s east, in 28 days. Liddle joined Vic Roads’ predecessor, the Country Roads Board, in 1971. He became acting chief executive in 2006 and was appointed chief executive in 2007. Gary Liddle, 55 CEO of VicRoads, Melbourne Civil engineer, University of Melbourne ary Liddle oversees Victorian road authority VicRoads, which employs more than 2700 staff and has an annual Gail Moody, 51 Executive Director, Strategic Projects and Planning, Department of Justice, Victorian government, Melbourne Civil engineer, University of Melbourne G ail Moody oversees strategic and business planning, and a staff of 190. She is responsible for administering and allocating the department’s annual budget. She evaluates and reports on the department’s performance, responds to changes in industrial relations, obtains funding for new programs and supports the overall operation of the Victorian justice system. She has recently secured $475 million for building new infrastructure and $612 million for services. Moody said working with the justice portfolio has been a “massive learning curve”. “My engineering background brings a strong analytical base, project and contract management skills to the job,” she said. “Engineering training ensures that we are numerical, analytical and can develop effi cient processes.” Moody was previously executive director of the Capital Planning and Review Division with the Department of Infrastructure. She began her career as a planner on the Tramways Board and discovered she was good at project management. TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS 63 Book 1.indb 63 Book 1.indb 63 4/6/08 15:17:48 4/6/08 15:17:48