by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Top 100 : 2010
COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS 34 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 Margot Cairnes is the director of leadership consultant Zaffyre International in Sydney. Mechanical engineer Peter North is the immediate past chair of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at Sydney University, and a former director of Leighton Holdings and Cochlear. Advisory panel Civil engineer Dr John Nutt is a former chair of consulting engineer Arup in Australasia and currently a vice-president of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Dr Maurice Allen retired from the position of Engineers Aus- tralia's director education and as- sessment earlier this year. Prior to this appointment he had a career in academia. Major-General Bill Crews retired from the position of national president of the RSL of Australia last year. Electrical engineer Dr Mike Sargent is a former president of Engineers Australia. He is currently a non- executive director on the board of the National Electricity Market Management Company (NEMMCO). candidate is responsible for, measured by revenue and number of personnel. We then took into account the industry sector the candidate's organisation is operating in to achieve a wide spread of activities. For instance we included leaders of smaller companies which are market leaders in their field, who might not have made it onto the list purely by size of their organisation. In the Consulting category we used revenue and staff numbers. In the Public Service category, we looked at the seniority of the candidates and the range of their responsibilities. Under Associations, we considered membership numbers as well as international coverage. In Academia/Research we looked at universities and other major research organisations, and considered seniority within the entire institutions rather than just the faculties of engineering. The Politics/Others category covers engineers in politics and other areas. In the Innovation/Expertise category we captured engineers who are not necessarily in managerial leadership roles but are drivers of innovation and experts in particular fields. Generally we selected only the most senior engineer from each organisation, except where subsections of the same organisation are large in their own right and operate with some autonomy. We did not rank the names in accordance with their level of influence, as the task of making comparative judgements between different positions or areas of activity would have been very difficult and subjective. For easy identification, under each name the list shows the position of influence the engineer currently holds, the city he or she is based in, as well as their engineering degree and the tertiary institution where they obtained it. Inevitably the selection process contained some subjective elements and we don't imagine everyone will agree with our choices. But based on the feedback in previous years, we are confident that the list is comprehensive and representative of the contribution engineers make to society in their respective leadership roles.