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COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Brian Forbes, 68 Manager, Major Dams Projects, GHD, Brisbane Civil engineer, University of Cape Town, South Africa Brian Forbes is the manager, major dams projects, for GHD. He has 45 years inter- national experience in investigation, spillway modelling, design, documentation, costing and construction of all types of dams for hydroelectric and water supply projects. As principal engineer or reviewer for eight of the rst nine roller compacted concrete (RCC) dams built in Australia, Forbes is considered to be instrumental in bringing RCC dams here. He is an internationally recognised consultant on the design and construction of RCC dams and has been closely involved on more than 50 projects in 22 countries. Over the past seven years he has been involved with three large hydro/irrigation projects on the Indus River in Pakistan. e Daimer-Basha and Dasu dams both exceed 200m in height and together will generate nearly 10,000MW. e former is 272m high and will contain 16Mm3 of RCC making it the highest RCC dam in the world. Forbes joined GHD in 1979, on arrival from Rhodesia via South Africa. He and his family of four daughters and six grandchil- dren all enjoy life in Brisbane, thanks "to that big move emigrating thirty years ago". Max Lu, 47 Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Foundation Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Functional Nanomaterials, University of Queensland, Brisbane Chemical engineer, Northeastern University, China As the deputy vice-chancellor (research), Professor Max Lu is responsible for the enhancement of the University of Queensland s research performance and linkages with industry, business and other organisations the world over. Lu is renowned for his work in synthesis and molecular engineering of nanomateri- als such as inorganic nanoparticles, nano- porous materials and membranes. He and his colleagues have developed many inno- vative applications of new materials in clean energy and environmental technologies. "We have a large portfolio of patented technologies with good potential for com- mercial exploitation, some of which have been licensed into start-up companies", Lu said. Lu has published 400 journal pa- pers. He has been recently recognised by ompson Reuters as an Institute of Scienti c Information (ISI) Highly-Cited Researcher in Materials Science, with over 7500 citations, and h-index of 44. is puts him into the top 0.5% research scientists in the world. Lu said: " is shows our work is having a signi cant scholarly impact and puts us well and truly in a world leading position." In 2003, he was awarded his rst ARC Federation Fellowship, which was followed by a second awarded in 2008. John McGagh, 53 Global leader for Innovation, Rio Tinto, Brisbane Chemical engineer, University of Bradford, UK John McGagh is Rio Tinto s head of in- novation. His experience covers business units, corporate o ce and remote location mine-sites with assignments spanning Europe, Australia and the US. McGagh s current role is to lead the establishment and implementation of the Rio Tinto in- novation initiative. e initiative aims to add business value through the identi cation, development and implementation of step-change and value-accretive technologies in the areas of surface mining, ore body knowledge, underground mining and mineral recovery. Working with and through a global network of academic and industry partners under the "mine-of-the-future" program, new technologies are being introduced into Rio Tinto operations and delivering step changes in performance. Early output from the program was the commissioning of an autonomous surface test mine in the Pilbara in 2008. New rapid underground mine construction technologies were also announced earlier this year. Rio Tinto is working with CSIRO on au- tomation and remote operation technology with the goal to establish a fully automated remotely controlled mine. "Our vision will take years, substantial R&D investment and a broad collabora- tive network involving original equipment manufacturers and leaders in automation," he said. McGagh is married, has one son and two daughters and lives in Brisbane. 58 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010