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Top 100 : 2010
TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS -- COVER STORY Paul Greenfield, 63 Vice-Chancellor, University of Queensland, Brisbane Chemical engineer, University of NSW As vice-chancellor of the University of Queensland, Professor Paul Green- eld sees the development of strong ties with industry and business as one of his leadership challenges. Another recent initiative has been the establishment of the Global Change Institute, which aims to address and anticipate complex and interconnected global-scale problems. "It will bring together expertise from a range of disciplines, with engineering having a signi cant role," Green eld said. He is also proud of the university obtaining $50 million from the federal gov- ernment to go towards the construction of the Advanced Engineering Build- ing, in addition to state government funding the project had already received. e university has over 40,000 students, of which about 4500 are study- ing engineering. Peter Lee, 55 Vice-Chancellor, Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW Chemical engineer, RMIT Professor Peter Lee became chancellor of Southern Cross sity in September 2009. e univ campuses on the North Coast and opened a new campus on the Coast in February. Around 13,000 students are en rolled at the university and many study off-campus via distance education. It does not o er any engineering courses. In March, Lee opened the university s Centre for Tourism, Leisure and Work, which is de- signed to carry out research in the elds of tourism, exercise science, business and commerce. Before joining Southern Cross University, Lee worked at the Uni- versity of South Australia, the University of Queensland, Murdoch University and Curtin University of Technology. Peter Dowd, 63 President of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans Chair of the Group of Eight Engineering Deans and Associates Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Adelaide Mining engineer, University of New England As president of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans, Professor Peter Dowd is monitoring the implementation of changes to engineering education recommended by the Engineers for the Future report published in 2008. e council has also been involved in ranking engineering journals and conferences for the federal government s Excellence in Research Australia program. e initiative aims to evaluate the quality of research, as the publication of papers in more esteemed journals is one of the indicators. Dowd also chairs the Group of Eight Engineering Deans and Associates, which brings together engineering deans from the Group of Eight universities (Sydney, NSW, Melbourne, Monash, Adelaide, Queensland, Australian National University and Western Australia) as well as the universities of Newcastle and Wollongong. e University of Auckland, which joined this year, added an international dimension to the organisation, Dowd said. He is particularly proud of the recent introduction of workshops on research performance, administrative support services, and the design and use of learning and teaching spaces for members of the group. vice- s Univer- versity has of NSW Gold n- y , Geoff Stevens, 55 Pro-vice-Chancellor and President of the Academic Board, University of Melbourne Chemical engineer, RMIT ident of the Academic Board, sor Geo Stevens is responsible olding the academic standards niversity. He has also input into ity policies as member of its su- body, the Council. emains active in engineering as secretary-general of the In- al Solvent Extraction Committee. he university s Particulate Fluids g Centre and is a program leader Cooperative Research Centre for nhouse Gas Remediation, where is responsible for the develop- ent of solvents to recover and ore carbon dioxide. Stevens obtained his PhD in the hydrodynamics of two-phase ow from the University of Melbourne. s presi Profes for upho oftheu universi preme b He re research ternationa He directs th Processing attheC Green hei me sto 65 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010