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Top 100 : 2012
Selection Criteria To be eligible for selection, candidates must have an engineering degree and must either be based in Aus- tralia, independent of their nationality, or Australians working and living overseas. The candidates do not necessarily have to be in an engineering role or directly affect engineers -- the prime criterion is that they are influential. Only current positions are considered which ensures that the list remains a dynamic representation of influential engineers in each year. In the selection process we were assisted by an advisory panel consisting of four retired engineers who all had distinguished careers in various fields of engineering and are still sought-after for their knowledge and experience (see below). We did not rank the Top 100 in accordance with the per- ceived level of their influence, as the task of making comparative judgments about engineers operating in different industries or sectors would have been very difficult and subjective. Rather, we have grouped candidates into broad categories, identified over the years, and each of these categories we have developed that assisted us in the selection process. The crite- ria are as objective as possible but inevitably are a mixture of qualitative and quantitative data. In the Industry category we first considered the size of the organisation the candidate is responsible for, measured by rev- enue and staff numbers. We then looked at the significance of that organisation in the context of its industry sector. That way we were able to incorporate organisations of different sizes, so that for instance leaders of huge construction companies could be side by side with those of smaller manufacturers of high-tech products. In the consulting category we used revenue and staff numbers as well as other qualitative distinctions such as the individual s reputation in the industry. In the Public Service category we looked at the seniority of each candidate, the size of their departments, the operational and capital budgets under their control, and the range of their responsibilities. In Academia/Research we looked at universities and other research organisations, and considered seniority within the entire institution, rather than just the faculties of engineering. The Politics category covers engineers in senior political posi- tions and again examines the size of their portfolio. In Innovation we captured engineers who are not necessarily in managerial leadership positions but are drivers of innovation through their expertise and entrepreneurship. Awards were taken into consideration in this category. Under Associations we considered those ones with the larg- est memberships as well as their international coverage. Many of the associations are related to engineering but some are not. Generally, we selected only the most senior engineer from each organisation. If engineers occupied board positions as well as senior operational roles we have tended to select the operational role -- so a CEO would be selected over a Chair of the board. Advisory Panel Maurice Allen Chemical Engineer Dr Maurice Allen retired from the position of Engineers Australia s director for education and assessment two years ago. Prior to that he had a career in Academia. Paul Dougas Paul Dougas joined Sinclair Knight Merz in 1978 and was CEO from 1996 to 2011. He currently holds non- executive Director Board roles with ConnectEast, Mount Gibson Iron, Beacon Foundation, and Epworth Healthcare. He is also Professorial Fellow in the Engineering School of the University of Melbourne. Prof Michael Dureau A chemical and environmental engineer, Mike Dureau is Deputy Chair and past Executive Director of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering. He is the Chair of EA s National Fuels and Energy Committee. Previously he held CEO roles in water and power industry. He also a Member of the Order of Australia (AM). Mike Sargent Dr Mike Sargent, an electrical engineer, is a Member of the Clean Energy Regulator, Director of the Australian Energy Market Operator and a Director of the Australian Solar Institute Ltd. Previously he was Chief Executive of Tr a ns eld Energy Group, and before that was Chief Executive O cer of ACTEW Corporation. 29 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012 TOP 100 COVER STORY