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Top 100 : 2010
54 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Stephen Gumley, 53 Chief Executive of the Defence Materiel Organisation, Canberra Mechanical/electrical engineer, University of Tasmania The DMO manages over 200 major projects and more than 120 minor projects, employing around 7400 people in more than 70 locations around Australia and overseas. e workforce comprises both military personnel and public servants. e organisation has an annual acquisition and sustainment budget in excess of $11 billion. Dr Stephen Gumley s re- sponsibilities include over- seeing the con- struction of a eet of Air War- fare Destroyers, coordinating Australia s par- ticipation in the multinational Joint Strike Fighter and "re- mediating" the problematic project to ac- quire Wedge-tail Airborne Early Warning & Con- trol aircra . Gumley is also Australia s national arma- ments director. Over the past 12 months, he has been focused on fostering a more business-like culture at the DMO by implementing measures outlined in the federal government s response to the 2008 Defence Procurement and Sustainment Review. In January, Gumley was appointed an O cer in the Order of Australia for his service to public sector management. Wayne Budd, 49 Head of Counter Improvised Explosive Device Task Force, Australian Defence Force, Canberra Head of Royal Australian Engineers, Australian Army Civil engineer, University of NSW A er returning from Afghanistan, where he commanded the Aus- tralian contingent, in May, Brigadier Wayne Budd was appointed to lead the Counter Improvised Explosive Device Task Force. e group has been set up to develop technical and operational ways to overcome roadside bombs used by insurgents in Afghanistan. " ere is no greater capability challenge we face," Budd said. "My ap- pointment to this role is a logical step for an engineer o c e r ." e task force works closely with similar teams from other Coalition forces. Budd also agreed to resume his role as head of Royal Australian Engineers, which comprises around 2400 full-time and 1000 re- serve troops. " e Royal Australian Engineers is the Army corps responsible for combat engineering (these tasks include providing mobility, counter-mobility and survivability), vertical and horizontal construction, engineering design, multimedia, emergency response and geomatic support within the Australian Defence Force," Budd said. "It is a wide remit with many trade categories." Apart from his civil engineering degree, Budd also holds a master of arts in strategic studies from Deakin University and a graduate diploma in management from the University of Canberra. Mary O Kane, 55 NSW Chief Scientist and Scientific Engineer, Sydney Computer engineer, Australian National University In late 2008, the NSW government appointed Emeritus Professor Mary O Kane to the newly created post of chief scientist and scienti c engineer. In this role she advises the state government on science and innovation matters, and works to improve research in NSW. O Kane is particularly interested in increasing the number of women who study engineering. Her business, O Kane and Associates, carries out reviews for governments, universities and the private sector. A er completing a PhD in automatic speech recognition, O Kane embarked on an academic career, going on to become the founding dean of engineering at the University of Canberra and vice-chancellor of the University of Adelaide. Photo: Defence