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Top 100 : 2010
64 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Michael Dureau, 69 Chairman and Executive Director of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, Sydney Chemical engineer, University of SydneyAs chairman and executive director of the Warren Cen- tre for Advanced Engineering, Professor Michael Dureau is re- sponsible for the running of this national engineering think tank. Recently he has overseen the launch of the second phase of the Professional Performance, In- novation and Risk in Australian Engineering Practice project. Dureau is also chairman of biotechnology company Anaeco, which has developed technology for converting domestic refuse to bioenergy and compost. Last year, he was awarded the Chemeca Medal, the top chemical engineering honour in Austral- asia, and the Peter Nicol Russell Medal, Engineers Australia s highest individual accolade. Engineers Australia has also appointed him ambassador for the 2010 Year of Engineering Leadership. John Carter, 6 Pro Vice-Chancellor of Researc Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty Engineering and Built Environm and Dean of Engineering, Unive Newcastle Civil engineer, University of Syd Prof John Carter provide search leadership and support for the deputy vice-chancellor of re- search at the University of Newcastle. e Faculty of Engineering and Built En- vironment o ers degrees in engineering, computer science, architecture and construction management. Carter said the program in construction management taught entirely online has proven to be very popular. In addition, the faculty provides electrical and mechanical engineering programs in Singapore. e university has acquired research laboratories formerly owned by BHP Billion in Newcastle. " ey will allow us to conduct engi- neering research at pilot plant scale," Carter said. He is president-elect of the International Association for Com- puter Methods and Advances in Geomechanics. 60 ch, Pro of ment ersity of dney es re- Adrian Paterson Chief Executive, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO Materials engineer, University of Cape Town, S Since becoming chief executive of ANSTO in March 2009, Dr Adrian Paterson has worked on res the 50-year-old institution. By focusing on innovation and the development of new partnerships, Paterson believes ANSTO, a the broader community, can make better use of the organisation s strengths in environmental researc materials engineering, neutron scattering, and radiopharmaceutical production and development. e restructure has seen the introduction of a new group called ANSTO LifeSciences that wi develop applications relevant to a broad set of life sciences disciplines. In conjunction with the US and other countries, ANSTO is developing its Synroc technology to treat nuclear waste. A Synroc plant is being established in Australia in a consortium with nationa and international engineering companies. Paterson is a member of the Dean s Industrial Steering Committee within the University of NSW Faculty of Engineering. He holds a bachelor of science in chemistry and a PhD in engineering. n, 544 O), Sydne ey South Afrrica structuring and h, ll o al W Ian Young, 53 Vice-Chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Civil engineer, James Cook University Professor Ian Young has strived to develop Swinburne University of Technology into a top research and teaching institution. Last year the university was listed in the top 500 universities in the world on the Shanghai Jiaotong (SHJT) university rankings for the rst time. In March, Young announced that although the university has been building research expertise by establishing research centres, this approach will now cease. " e next development in the evolution of research at Swinburne will need to involve building the broad base of research outside of the centres," he said. "Similarly, we will continue to build and support our existing centres which are already rising to the challenge of generating a greater percentage of their funding from external sources."