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applied chemistry and a master of applied science in chemical engineering from the University of Adelaide, and a PhD in chemical engineering from McMaster University in Canada. He enjoys playing golf, but his job “has left little opportunity to pursue that activity”. Dale Murphy, 50 Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Higher Education Division, Swinburne University of Technology. During the past year Professor Dale Murphy has been involved in the implementation of significant organsiational change across the university. He said tackling the challenges to higher education posed by the federal government has been a significant aspect of his job. Among his other important activities is the development of major linkages with Chinese universities. Murphy has a bachelor of engineering in electrical engineering from Monash University and a doctor of philosophy (DPhil) in bio- “One of the challenges of the job is persuading mature industries to adopt new technology.” – Jannie van Deventer medical engineering from the University of Oxford. He enjoys travelling. Jannie van Deventer, 50 Dean of Engineering at the University of Melbourne, board member of the CRC for Sensor Signal and Information Processing and of the CRC for Spatial Information. Professor Jannie van Deventer has been dean of engineering at Melbourne University since 2003. About 4500 students are enrolled in the faculty. Defence Clive Rossiter, 49 Head of the Aerospace Systems Division in the Defence Materiel Organisation, Canberra Electrical engineer Air Vice-Marshall Clive Rossiter is the head of the Defence Materiel Organi- sation’s Aerospace Systems Division (ASD), which is responsible for acquiring and sustaining aerospace systems for the Australian Defence Force. ASD employs 1900 people; provides support to 20 in-service aircraft types and associated ground systems with an annual support budget of $900 million; has 34 major capital projects under management with remaining scope valued at $4 billion; and an annual project expenditure of approximately $1.1 billion. One of Rossiter’s career highlights was leading the team of engineers responsible for implementing the Air Force’s new engineering regulatory system, which decentralised its engineering structure and collocated logistics and engineering support with the operational customer. “My goal for the next three years is to con- tinue to build the division’s organisational competence and resilience, and to further develop and harness Australia’s aerospace industry under performance based contracts.” Rossiter’s family occupies most of his non- work time. They are involved in several competitive sports. Other interests include bike riding, gardening, reading, house renovations Van Deventer’s research has been in the de- velopment of geopolymer technology – which converts waste to useful materials – from laboratory experiments to selected large scale commercial applications. He said some of the challenges of the job are overcoming resistance to organisational change, persuading mature industries to adopt new technology, and improving the understanding of what it takes to commercialise new technology. He holds an honours degree in chemical engineering from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, two business economics degrees and a PhD in minerals engineering also from Stellenbosch. In his spare time he enjoys regular exercise and reading on politics, economics, philosophy and the cultural history of civilisations. ■ and “I play ultimate frisbee against 20-odd year olds (but not very well)”. John Monaghan, 50 Chief Information Officer, Department of Defence, Canberra Air Vice-Marshal John Monaghan was the head of the Aerospace Systems Division within the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) before being appointed the Defence Department’s new chief information officer (CIO) last November. “Being given the opportunity to consoli- date the new CIO Group within Defence is an exciting challenge. We are charged with ensuring that Defence has a dependable, secure and integrated information environment to support its business and military operations. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA JUNE 2005 51 49-51 g - academ defen 51 6/2/05, 8:50 PM academia