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Top 100 : 2010
33 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS -- COVER STORY By Dietrich Georg Managing Editor Engineers are influential in many fields This is the seventh annual list of Australia s 100 most influential engineers. It is designed to draw wider attention to the many engineers who fulfil influential roles in society -- as business leaders, drivers of innovation, politicians and in other fields. Since its inception the list has grown in prestige and those included are valuing this distinction. Mention of it can often be heard when speakers are introduced at conferences. The list is compiled and published by Engineers Australia magazine and sponsored by the Institution of Engineers Australia. To be eligible for selection, candidates must have an engineering degree. Included are engineers who are based in Australia, independent of their nationality, as well as Australians who work and live overseas. As the list intends to provide a snapshot of present influence, only current positions are being considered, rather than historic achievements. This ensures that the list remains a dynamic reflection of influential engineers in each year. This year there are 31 new entries compared with last year. The changes came about mainly due to new appointments, resignations and retirements. For instance, the retirement of one engineer opened up the opportunity to include another one, who might have just missed out previously. This demonstrates the depth of the pool of engineers in leadership positions in this country. In the selection process I was again assisted by an advisory panel made up of five retired engineers, who all had distinguished careers in various fields, and one well-known leadership consultant (see page 34). To be able to reflect the wide range of areas in which engineers are involved, we again divided the list into seven categories -- Industry, Consulting, Public Service, Associations, Academia/Research, Politics/Others and Innovation/Expertise. In determining the influence of each candidate we started with a number of measurable criteria. This provided us with an objective base for the selection process. In the Industry category we first looked at the size of the organisation the