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Top 100 : 2010
62 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Greg Co Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, Minister A for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Federal G Mining engineer, Greg Combet comes from a wine making family, growing up at Penfold s Minchinb cellars in the western suburbs of Sydney. In early 2009, he was appointed the parliamentary secretary for climate change and in mid-2009 minister for defence personnel, materiel and science, and minister assisting the minister for climate change. e federal government extended the latter role to include energy e ciency earlier this year, giving Combet direct responsibility for closing the home insulation program and implementing the new renewable energy bonus scheme. In his address last March to the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Aus- tralian Defence Force, Combet said a number of current defence procurements and future projects relied on a good relationship with the US. Earlier this year, he met with key o cials within the government in Washington DC. "Without access to US capabilities, technology and training, the ADF simply could not be the advanced force that it is today, and must be in the future." In addition to his mining engineering degree, Combet holds a bachelors degree in economics and a graduate diploma in labour relations and law. He is a keen student of Australian labour history. He is married with three children. Rod Eddington, 60 Chairman, Infrastructure Australia, Melbourne Mechanical engineer, University of WA Sir Rod Eddington is the chair of Infrastructure Australia, which recently released its dra national ports strategy. He chairs a 12-person board responsible for advising the federal government on coordinating and funding infrastructure in Australia. He is also a current director of News Corporation, CLP Holdings and John Swire & Son, and a non-executive director of Rio Tinto and JPMorgan Australia and Ne w Zealand. He is a former chief ex- ecutive of British Airways, executive chairman of Ansett Airlines and managing director of Cathay Paci c Airways. Eddington was recently ap- pointed chair of an emergency committee to decide on a can- didate for the International Cricket Committee. Between New Zealand former ANZ CEO Sir John Anderson and Australian former prime min- ister John Howard, Eddington voted Howard for the 2012 committee. He was awarded knighthood in 2005 for his services to civil aviation. Eddington is married with two children. t, 52 et ombee Minister e Assisting th Canberra t, Governmentor Charlton fo Member fof NSW o University bury e r Ken Michael, 72 Governor of Western Australia, Perth Civil engineer, University of WA Dr Ken Michael is the gov- ernor of Western Aus- tralia, sworn in at Govern- ment House, Perth, in 2006. As governor, he is Patron of more than 180 Western Australian charitable and community organisations. In his role, he has been particularly keen to pro- mote initiatives that sup- port sustainability and extend the viability of communities throughout the state. He said creating sustainable solutions for the future will continue to be a challenge. "We need to develop new concepts and new technologies to ad- dress critical issues such as climate change, environmentally friendly energy and water sources. Science, technology and engineering, in my view, will play a critical role in nding solutions and ways to meet these challenges." He has initiated a series of successful Governor s Science Forums, including a recent one on Youth, Science and Sustainability, to bring scientists and the community together to discuss science-related is- sues, including energy and water supplies. As well, he takes a close interest in indigenous a airs, education and health. Michael is married with two children and ve grandchildren. His interests include philately, reading, golf and tennis.