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Top 100 : 2011
COVER STORY -- TOP 100 62 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | APRIL 2011 Mary O'Kane, 56 Chief Scientist and Scientific Engineer, NSW Government, Sydney Computer engineer, Australian National University As NSW chief scientist and scientific en- gineer, Professor Mary O Kane continues to lift the profile of the State s science and research base. A key role is acting as broker between government, business and the research sector, particularly the State s universities. In May 2010 she was appointed chair of the Australian Centre for Renewable En- ergy (ACRE). Since then, she has presided over a number of significant developments in renewable energy policy including the release of ACRE s Strategic Directions, the Emerging Renewables Program and Renewable Energy Venture Capital Fund. "This is exciting work which underlines the ACRE vision for future national energy markets delivering competitively priced renewable energy sourced from a diverse range of technologies," O Kane said. Her company O Kane & Associates advises governments, universities and the private sector on innovation, research, education and development. She is also chair of the Development Gateway and the Development Gateway International, chair of the Cooperative Re- search Centre for Spatial Information, and a director of PSMA, Business Events Sydney, and the Australian Business Foundation. O Kane was recently appointed to the Defence Science and Technology Advisory Board. She was founding dean of engineering at the University of Canberra and vice- chancellor of the University of Adelaide. David Stewart, 47 Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Government, Brisbane Civil engineer, Queensland University of Technology David Stewart heads the Department of Transport and Main Roads, which has an operating budget of $4.46 billion and a capital budget of $3.93 billion for 2011/12. It employs around 8900 people. A huge reconstruction program has begun to restore transport and road systems damaged by the recent floods and Cyclone Yasi. "We have also learnt a great deal from the recent events and we are currently looking at improving our resilience," Stewart said. In addition, the department is deliver- ing capital projects such as the Gold Coast Rapid Transit, the Houghton Highway duplication, and upgrades to the Ipswich Motorway, and the Northern and Eastern Busways. Stewart s team is also involved in planning for future projects like the Cross River and Moreton Bay railways, and policy development in areas such as road safety. Stewart is a board member of the Trans- Link Transit Authority, which provides public transport in southeast Queensland. Les Wielinga, 57 Director-General, Transport NSW, NSW Government, Sydney Civil engineer, University of NSW Les Wielinga was appointed director-general of Transport NSW in July 2009. It is the main agency for public transport and roads in NSW, with responsibility for policy, planning and coordination, infrastructure delivery and asset management. Transport NSW has been designed to bring together all the bodies responsible for transport in that state, including both public transport and roads. The "super agency" numbers some 30,000 staff and manages assets with a written down value of $110 billion. He has recently overseen the rollout of 300 new buses, a new taxi licens- ing regime and the duplication of the Cronulla rail line. The Transport Man- agement Centre has also been expanded to manage incidents and communicate with the public. Wielinga was previously chief execu- tive of the Sydney Metro Authority and the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority. He also holds a graduate diploma in technology management. Public Service