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Top 100 : 2010
COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Zhengrong Shi, 47 Founder, Chairman and CEO, Suntech, China Electrical engineer, University of NSW Dr. Zhengrong Shi is the founder, chairman and CEO of Suntech, one of the world s leading producers of solar panels. In 2005, with Shi at the helm, Suntech listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), becoming the rst private, China- based company to ever list on the exchange. Suntech has since grown exponentially as the company s total shipments have nearly doubled year-on-year, from 67MW in 2005 to a projected 1250MW for 2010. Globally, Suntech employs more than 12,000 people and has altogether provided more than 9 million solar panels to thousands of cus- tomers in more than 80 countries. Today, Shi is considered one of Austra- lia s wealthiest citizens and an active philan- thropist. In 2009, the Shi Family Charitable Foundation donated $2 million to install a roo op solar system on the Sydney eatre Company s Wharf eatre. A fellow at the Australian Academy of Technological Sci- ences and Engineering (ATSE), Shi remains active in Australian solar research through Suntech s long-standing research partner- ship with UNSW and collaboration with Swinburne University of Technology. Shi is optimistic about the future. "Sun- tech is powering a future where everyone has reliable access to nature s cleanest and most abundant energy resource," he said. Rob Skin Managing Director, Melbourne W Civil engineer, Mel As managing director of Melbourne Water 2005, Rob Skinner has been at the helm duri the planning and implementation of a mult faceted response to the city s 13-year drought e approach to securing water supply fo a growing population of 3.8 million in the face of declining rainfall has resulted in the completion of two major projects in the past 12 months -- the $95 million reconnection of Tarago Reservoir to Melbourne s water supply and construction of the $750 million Sugarloaf Pipeline. Melbourne Water also undertook the feasibility study for a new desalination plant, with the construction now being managed by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment. "Something the corporation is proud of is the progress we re making in reaching our target of zero net carbon emissions by 2018. By last year we had cut greenhouse gas emissions by 46% since 2000, with 58% of energy needs generated by our own renewable sources," Skinner said. Melbourne Water is owned by the Victorian government and manages $8.4 billion worth of assets. It is responsible for Melbourne s major water supply and sewerage systems as well as major waterways, drainage and oodplains. nner, 60 Water, Melbourne bourne University since ing i- t. r e e 48 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 Stephen Ludlam, 56 Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, ASC, Adelaide Mechanical Engineer, Royal Naval College, Greenwich, UK As Australian submarine and shipbuilder ASC opened its new $120 million shipyard in Osborne, South Australia, it also welcomed a new managing director and chief execu- tive o cer in Stephen Ludlam earlier this year. He was previously president submarines for Rolls Royce (UK). In addition to the ongoing maintenance and design upgrades of the Collins Class submarines, Ludlam will oversee the construction and consolidation of Australia s Hobart Class air warfare destroyers, described as one of the most complex engineering projects ever undertaken in this country. As shipbuilder for the AWD Alliance, ASC will be intimately involved in the overall program, together with the Defence Materiel Organisation and Raytheon Australia. While Ludlam acknowledges ASC s "world-class facilities and world-class people", he has recognised that e ciency improvements are necessary. As a result, ASC is undertaking a program focused on applying lean methods to the production environment in submarine maintenance. e company has set itself a target of improving labour e ciency by 35% over ve years. Revenue for ASC in the 2008/09 financial year was $367 million and was projected to grow to $490 million in 2009/10. ASC s work- force now numbers 1500, with an additional 300 required to con- struct the Hobart Class air warfare destroyers. Ludlam is an avid rug- by fan and bushwalker.