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Top 100 : 2011
ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2011 57 TOP 100 COVER STORY Beverly Ronalds, 53 Group Executive Energy, CSIRO, Perth Civil engineer, University of Melbourne Dr Beverly Ronalds has been group executive of En- ergy at CSIRO since 2007. She also served as division chief of Petroleum Resources between 2003 and De- cember 2009, following which the division amalgam- ated into the new CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Engineering division. As Energy group executive, she manages an annual research budget of $140 million. Ronalds is currently participating in several federal govern- ment and state-based initiatives including the Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, Innovation Australia, the National Carbon Capture and Storage Council and the Queensland Clean Coal Council. She is a member of the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance, a joint venture between the CSIRO, the University of Western Australia and Curtin University of Technology. In 2003 she was awarded the Prime Minister s Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in Civil Engineering. She holds a masters of science and a PhD from Imperial College, London. Peter Lee, 56 Vice-Chancellor, Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW Chemical engineer, Monash University, Melbourne Professor Peter Lee has served as the vice-chancellor of Southern Cross University since 2009. The university has over 17,000 students distributed across campuses in Lismore, Coffs Harbour, the Gold Coast, and off-campus distance education. In an effort to accommodate increasing demand, the university is conducting a capital expansion program on its recently established Gold Coast campus, in addition to other developments at the Coffs Harbour and Lismore campuses. The university does not currently offer any engineering courses. Before joining Southern Cross University, Lee was deputy vice-chancellor at the University of South Australia, and also held positions at the University of Queensland, Murdoch University and the Curtin University of Technology. In his spare time he enjoys learning classical guitar and playing golf. Ian Young, 54 Vice-Chancellor, Australian National University, Canberra Civil engineer, James Cook University, North Qld After serving as vice-chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology for seven years, Professor Ian Young accepted the opportunity to lead the Australian National University in March. "I felt this would be an exciting possibility to build on the outstanding position which the university holds and further develop its international standing," he said. Since joining ANU, which is home to about 17,700 students, he has been developing a new strategic plan for the university which will result in the consolidation of existing staff and a major recruitment campaign aimed at both domestic and international academics and researchers.