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Top 100 : 2011
ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 29 TOP 100 COVER STORY Engineers are influential in many fields There are 34 new names in this year s list of Australia s 100 most influential engineers, with fresh ones appearing in each of the seven categories. This is an indication of the breadth of leadership talent in the engineering profession in this country. Now in its eighth year following its in- auguration in 2004, the list has grown in recognition and prestige over the years, and the career profiles of many of those who have been on the list now include a mention of that distinction. The list was initiated and is compiled by Engineers Australia magazine, with spon- sorship from the Institution of Engineers Australia. The aim of the list is to showcase the wide variety of areas where engineers are holding influential roles in leadership or through their technical expertise. The focus is on present influence rather than achieve- ments in the past. Therefore only current positions are considered which ensures that the list remains a dynamic representation of influential engineers in each year. The list is the result of an extensive search of all areas of society -- from industry and consulting to public service, academia and politics. Engineers can be found everywhere, even among playwrites and the clergy, al- though no-one from these latter groups was included this year. To be eligible for selection, candidates must have an engineering degree and must be either based in Australia, independent of their nationality, or Australians working and living overseas. In the selection process we were again as- sisted by an advisory panel consisting of five retired engineers who all had distinguished careers in various fields of engineering and are still sought-after for their knowledge and experience (see page 30). By having seven categories we are ensuring that engineers in all areas of activity can be captured. The categories are Industry, Con- sulting, Public Service, Academia/Research, Politics/Other, Innovation and Associations. In determining the influence of each candi- date we started with a number of measurable criteria which provided us with an objective base for the selection process. In the Industry category we first con- sidered the size of the organisation the candidate is responsible for, measured by revenue and staff numbers. We then looked at the significance of that organisation in the context of its industry sector. That way we were able to incorporate organisations of different sizes, so that for instance leaders of huge construction companies could be side by by Dietrich Georg Managing Editor