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Top 100 : 2011
ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 53 TOP 100 COVER STORY Academia/Research Alex Zelinsky (l) and Michael Dureau go for a stroll at Darling Harbour. PHOTO: IAN BARNES. Alex Zelinsky, 51 Group Executive Information Sciences CSIRO, Sydney Electrical engineer, University of Wollongong In his role as group executive of CSIRO Information Sciences, Dr Alex Zelinsky oversees nearly 1100 science and engineering staff. Answering directly to the CSIRO CEO, he is responsible for a $220 million budget which encompasses the ICT Centre; the Information Management and Technologies; Mathematics, Informantics and Statistics; and Astronomy and Space Science business units. The latter unit last year assumed management and operations responsibilities for the NASA Deep Space Communications facil- ity in Tidbinbilla, ACT. Zelinsky is in charge of the $152 million Australian Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Pathfinder, a 36-dish radio telescope which is currently being built in Merchison, Western Australia. The SKA Pathfinder, which is due for completion by the end of 2012, will be supported by the $80 million Perth-based Pawsey Centre for High Performance Computing for SKA Science, which is also being overseen by Zelinsky. The Pawsey Centre will use a petalflop-scale computer to support the Pathfinder. Zelinsky serves on advisory panels to the Australian Research Council s Centre of Excellence for Vi- sion Science and Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems. Michael Dureau, 70 Executive Director of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, Sydney Chemical engineer, University of Sydney Professor Michael Dureau has led the Warren Centre for Ad- vanced Engineering since 2003. Having recently resigned as its chairman, Dureau continues to serve as the centre s executive director. The Warren Centre is an industry-linked think tank based at the University of Sydney, which aims to foster excellence and innovation in advanced engineering throughout Australia. Dureau is adjunct professor of engineering and president of the Electrical and Information Engineering Foundation at the University of Sydney, the immediate past chairman of RedR Aus- tralia and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia where he is part of the National Committee for Fuels and Energy. Prior to his involvement in the Warren Centre, Dureau was CEO of Alstom Power and also managing director of ABB Power Generation. In 2009 he was awarded Engineers Australia s Peter Nicol Russell Medal, the highest individual award presented by the Institution. He also received the Chemeca Medal in recognition of his service to the chemical engineering profession in Australia and New Zealand. Last year he served as the Engineers Australia ambassador for the Year of Engineering Leadership.