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Top 100 : 2011
ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 55 TOP 100 COVER STORY John Beynon, 58 President, Australian Council of Engineering Deans Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Industrial Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Metallurgist, University of Sheffield, UK Professor John Beynon is the president of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans. He has led the council in its efforts to participate in the development of the Global Engineering Deans Council, strengthen collaboration with the Australian Council of Deans of Science and other deans councils, and contribute to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes project. Beynon has been the dean of faculty of engineering and industrial sciences at Swinburne University since 2005. Originally a denizen of Britain, he spent much of his academic career at Sheffield University in the UK before assuming his current position. In 2009 Swinburne appointed him the principal investiga- tor for the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AusAMRC), a collaborative research initiative between the university and multinational aerospace company Boeing. He is also an honorary professor at Deakin Uni- versity in Geelong. Hugh Durrant-Whyte, 50 CEO, National ICT Australia (NICTA), Sydney Nuclear engineer, University of London, UK Internationally recognised as one of Australia s leading robotics researchers and innovators, Hugh Durrant-Whyte assumed the role of CEO at the Australian information and com- munications technology research institute NICTA in December 2010. NICTA currently employs over 700 staff, supports over 250 research students and receives its funding from the federal government. During his time at NICTA, Durrant- Whyte has refocused the organisation towards the dual goals of research excellence and wealth creation. In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and named NSW Scientist of the Year. Ian Cameron, 62 Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Queensland, Brisbane Chemical engineer, University of NSW As professor of chemical engineering at the University of Queensland, Dr Ian Cameron is one of Australia s premier engineering educators. He is a Senior Fellow of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and is the recipient of the 2003 Prime Minister s Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year. In addition to his academic position, Cameron is a director and principal consultant for industrial software and service company Daesim Technologies, where he specialises in dynamic modelling, simulation and risk management of process systems. Cameron previously served as a process engineering consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation in Argentina and Turkey, and taught as an associate professor at the Universidad Nacional del Sur in Argentina. Cameron obtained his PhD from Imperial College in London.