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Top 100 : 2011
30 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 COVER STORY -- TOP 100 side with those of smaller manufacturers of high-tech products. In the Consulting category we used revenue and staff numbers as well as other distinctions. In the Public Service category we looked at the seniority of each candidate and the range of their responsibilities. In Academia/Research we looked at uni- versities and other research organisations, and considered seniority within the entire institution, rather than just the faculties of engineering. The Politics/Other category covers en- gineers in senior positions in politics and other areas. In Innovation we captured engineers who are not necessarily in managerial leadership positions but are drivers of in- novation through their expertise and en- trepreneurship. Under Associations we considered those ones with the largest memberships as well as their international coverage. Generally we selected only the most senior engineer from each organisation, except where subsections of the same organisation are large in their own right and operate with some autonomy. We did not rank the names in accordance with the perceived level of their influence, as the task of making comparative judg- ments about engineers operating in different industries or sectors would have been very difficult and subjective. For easy identification, shown under all names are the positions for which the engineers were selected, the city they are living in, the engineering degree they are holding and the tertiary institution where they obtained it. Inevitably the selection process has an element of subjective judgment and we don t image everyone will agree with our choices. However, we are confident that the list is comprehensive and representative of the great contribution engineers make to society in their respective leadership roles. Advisory Panel Chemical engineer Dr Maurice Allen retired from the position of Engineers Australia s director for education and assessment last year. Prior to that appointment he had a career in academia. Following his military career, civil engineer Major-General Bill Crews was deputy chief executive of Engineers Australia and national president of the RSL of Australia. He retired from the latter in 2009. Mechanical engineer Peter North is a director on the board of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, a past chair of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering at Sydney University and a former director of Leighton Holdings and Cochlear. He had a career in the automotive industry. Civil engineer Dr John Nutt is a former chair of consulting engineer Arup in Australasia and a past vice-president of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Electrical engineer Dr Mike Sargent currently is a non-executive director on the board of the Australian Energy Market Operator. He had a career in the utilities sector and is a former president of Engineers Australia. Maurice Allen Bill Crews Peter North John Nutt Mike Sargent