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Top 100 : 2009
TOP 100 AUSTRALIA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS – COVER STORY Alan Morrison, 67 Electrical engineer, Macquarie University Alan Morrison travels between Australia and the central secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland. Twice a year, he attends the meeting of I the ISO Council in Geneva. He is planning to attend ISO’s 2009 General Assembly which this year takes place in South Africa. Th is year, ISO’s 161 national members will work together to develop international standards to support global trade while maintaining high levels of safety and good practice. Morrison said the economic downturn illustrates the need to restore confi dence, to promote good business and governance practice, as well as the need for better risk management and ensuring business continuity. Its most important initiative for this year is its ISO Strategic Plan 2011-2015. Th e organisation is planning to publish a brochure “ISO International Standards – Today’s state-of-the-art global solutions for CEOs” which aims to convince top executives why international standards have to be on the leadership agenda. Morrison chose to study engineering over medicine. In addition to his engineering qualifications, he has a bachelor of science from Edinburgh University and a PhD in public policy from the Australian National University. Outside of work, he enjoys golf, swimming, reading and good company. Peter Godfrey, 53 National President, Engineers Australia, Melbourne Civil engineer, University of Melbourne I n his first six months as president of Engineers Australia, Peter Godfrey has visited fascinating places and witnessed the possibilities of engineering. “Being caught up in the Bangkok airport closure protest was haunting, climbing a coal stacker/reclaimer at the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal was awesome, taking the external construction elevator to the 100th fl oor of the Hong Kong International Commerce Centre tower was spine-tingling, and seeing water buff alo wallowing in rainwater pools at the Gove bauxite mine was surreal.” He said visiting remote indigenous com- munities and seeing how engineering can help people has reaffi rmed the value he sees in the profession. Presiding over the Institution’s 90th anniversary, he recently took part in a tree planting ceremony at the Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens that mimicked the Institution’s tree planting in 1926. His last holiday was a celebration of his 30th wedding anniversary on the Tahitian island of Bora Bora. ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2009 63 Barry Grear, 71 President, International Standards Organisation, Canberra n his position as president of the International Standards Organisation (ISO), Dr President, World Federation of Engineering Organisations, Adelaide Electrical engineer, University of Adelaide arry Grear has been president of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) since 2007. Th e organisation’s latest membership count stands at 15 million from 90 countries. According to Grear, a focus for the or- B ganisation this year will be to create greater infl uence on climate change, sustainability and alternative energy options. It is also set to publish a handbook for capacity building in developing countries and will increase its commitment to engineering mobility and support for younger engineers in the international market. In the past year, Grear has been involved with brokering a framework agreement with UNESCO which will support greater collaboration with WFEO and the United Nations Educational, Scientifi c and Cultural Organization. “I have been able to get the resources of the standing committees to be working together and have obtained greater recognition of WFEO at the United Nations,” he said. Although he travels a lot internation- ally, his last holiday was in South Australia at Middleton.