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Top 100 : 2009
TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS – COVER STORY “Th e type of research that we do is very interesting to me,” he said. Th e organisation makes a signifi cant diff erence to people’s lives through its work on medical radioisotopes and climate research, he added. Although ANSTO is synonymous with Adrian Paterson, 53 Chief Executive, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Materials engineer, University of Cape Town, South Africa D r Adrian Paterson said he decided to come to Australia and head ANSTO be- cause he saw it as an opportunity to expand the reach of nuclear science and technology. the Lucas Heights reactor in Sydney, Paterson is keen to expand its activities in other parts of the country. He wants the organisation to lead Australia’s nuclear research through partnerships with universities that operate accelerators, such as Melbourne and the Australian National University, or study fusion. ANSTO is also looking to collaborate with the University of Queensland in radiochemistry and “future energy systems”. The federal government has allo- cated $62 million for capital expansion at ANSTO, including replacement of the ANTARES particle accelerator. Prior to his appointment to ANSTO in March, Paterson was general manager of business development and operations at the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor Company in South Africa. Archie Johnston, 57 Dean of Engineering and IT, University of Technology Sydney Civil engineer, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK L ast year, under Professor Archie Johnton’s leadership, the Faculty of Engineering and IT at the University of Technology Sydney unveiled its expanded Remote Laboratory containing equipment that students can use remotely via an internet connection. Since then, the university has received funding from the federal government to expand the remote laboratory concept to other engineering schools in Australia and possibly the world. Th is is known as the National Support for Laboratory Resource Sharing program. Johnston is also chair of Engineers Aus- tralia’s Centre for Leadership and Management. He is an adviser to Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India. Johnston chaired the judging panel for the 2009 Australian Construction Achievement Awards. In 2007 he was named Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year by Engineers Australia and Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year by the Business and Higher Education Roundtable. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA |ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009 JUNE 2009 53 Peter Lee, 54 Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of South Australia, Adelaide Deputy Chair, South Australian Certifi cate of Education Board Chemical engineer, RMIT P rofessor Peter Lee has been appointed vice-chancellor of Southern Cross University, a role that he will take up in September. Th e university has campuses on the North Coast of NSW and the Gold Coast. It does not off er any engineering courses. In his current role as deputy vice- chancellor at the University of South Australia Lee is responsible for all the university’s academic programs. He said that the overhaul of the curriculum he initiated, known as Step 2010, is in its final stages. The idea is to produce work-ready graduates through greater emphasis on practice-based learning. Lee also took part in developing a new curriculum for the South Australian Certificate of Education, which students pursue in their last two years at high school. The new certificate will take effect next year. Lee has been responsible for determining how the certificate will be used for entry to university. He has looked at how the tertiary entrance rank will be calculated and what subjects will count for the mark.