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Top 100 : 2010
COVER STORY -- TOP 100 AUSTRALIA S MOST INFLUENTIAL ENGINEERS Dr Alex Zelinsky, 50 Group Executive Information Sciences CSIRO, Sydney Electrical engineer, University of Wollongong As group executive of CSIRO Information Sciences, Dr Alex Zelin- sky oversees a budget of some $220 million and 1085 scientists and engineers. He is responsible for the Astronomy and Space Science; the Mathematics, Informatics & Statistics; the ICT Centre; and the Information Management & Technologies business units, as well as development and adoption of advanced information technologies across the entire CSIRO. He has oversight of the scienti c research, business development, commercialisation and technology transfer activities, including major business transactions for the information sciences portfolio. He has executive responsibility for the $111 million Australian Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Path nder, a radio telescope made up of 36 dishes that is currently under construction in Murchison, Western Australia, and the $80 million Pawsey Centre for High Per- formance Computing for SKA Science. e centre, being built in Perth, will have a peta op-scale computer to support the SKA Path nder. Earlier this year, the CSIRO took over the direct management and operations of the NASA Deep Space Communications facility in Tidbinbilla, ACT. It is now part of the Astronomy and Space Science business unit. Zelinsky is a member of the federal government s IT Industry Innovation Council. He is on the board of Seeing Machines, a listed company on the London Stock Exchange that he cofounded, and Epicorp, a venture capital and start-up incubator company. In 2009 he was named Professional Engineer of the Year by the Sydney Division of Engineers Australia. Beverly Ronalds, 52 Group Executive, Energy and Division Chief of Petroleum, CSIRO, Perth Civil engineer, University of Melbourne Dr Beverly Ronalds oversees some 600 researchers working in areas of energy and petroleum. She has particular expertise in structural reliability of o shore platforms and has worked in engineer- ing roles in Melbourne, London and San Francisco. "In CSIRO Energy s $180 million/year research portfolio, we are working with governments, in- dustry, researchers and the community to help accelerate large-scale greenhouse gas emission cuts while ensuring a smooth transition to a new energy future," she said. "In addition to developing a suite of energy technology solutions, we are developing sophisticated models to help paint a picture of our energy future, and working with community groups to encourage individuals to be informed and empowered about carbon dioxide mitigation options." She is a member of the National Low Emissions Coal Council and the boards of the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, Innovation Australia, Australian National Low Emissions Coal R&D and the WA Energy Research Alliance. Ronalds has a master of science and a PhD from Imperial College, London. Gerard Sutton, 67 Vice-Chancellor, University of Wollongong Electrical engineer, University of NSW Professor Gerard Sutton has been the vice-chancellor of the University of Wollongong since 1995. He was a naval research scientist before moving into senior administrative roles. e university recently signed a partnership agreement with Inti Education Group, which oper- ates several universities in Malaysia. e University of Wollongong also has a campus in Dubai. Sutton is a member of the federal government s Steel Industry Innovation Council. He is a past chair of Universities Australia and its predecessor organisation, the Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee. He was appointed O cer in the Order of Australia in 2008. He is also the recipient of a Australian Centenary Medal for contributions to education. In addition to undergraduate and postgraduate quali cations from the University of NSW, he holds a PhD from the Catholic University of America. 66 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2010