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Top 100 : 2012
Shaun Cox, 50 Managing Director, Melbourne Water, Melbourne Civil engineer, University of Queensland IN HIS near 18 months as managing director of Melbourne Water, Shaun Cox has overseen a series of significant developments. In the 2011 financial year in which Cox took the reins of the company, Melbourne Water delivered $753.1 million of capital works and produced a net profit after tax of $157.8 million. In November 2011, Melbourne Water completed construction of its $515 million Northern Sewerage Project, delivering the 12.5km sewer $135 million under budget. Its ongoing $220 million Melbourne Main Sewer Re- placement, which is expected to be finished this year, will triple Melbourne city s sewerage capacity. Earlier in the year, the company increased electricity generation at its Western Treatment Plant to a 100% self-sufficiency level via biogas produced on-site -- an achievement which Cox said will have a notably positive impact on the state s energy consumption rates. "As the plant is one of Victoria s biggest energy users, this is a tremen- dous milestone and a prototype of the approach we need to meet future challenges," he said. Outside of Melbourne Water, Cox is an adjunct professor at the University of Queensland. Zhengrong Shi, 49 Founder, chairman and CEO, Suntech, China Electrical engineer, University of NSW AN ENGINEERING technician who paved his road to prominence with solar panels, Dr Zhengrong Shi is a man whose success is entwined with his engineering knowledge. Solar panel producer Suntech, which Shi founded after establishing an academic and research career in solar technology, has distributed over 20 million solar panels in over 80 countries, with offices in 23 countries. Suntech is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and is the world s largest producer of solar panels. Shi said his engineering background was integral to the foundation of his company. "The knowledge and experience I gained in my engineering studies helped me to see the whole business from the cell straight through to the power it generates," he said. In December 2011, Suntech was awarded the Gigaton Prize for Exem- plary Carbon Emissions Reduction. Shi said the company aims to provide 20 million people with basic electricity by 2020. Merryn York, 47 Chief Executive, Powerlink Queensland Electrical engineer, University of Queensland IN JULY 2011 Merryn York was appointed chief executive of Powerlink Queensland, an organisation in which she has held positions since its inception in 1995. York started her career with the then Queensland Electricity Commission in 1987 in technical analytical roles, modelling the power system to understand its thermal and stability limits and considering harmonics. York said her engineering background has been an invaluable asset in her professional environment, which she stated is now as much about economics and legal matters as technical knowledge. Powerlink owns, operates, develops and maintains Queensland s $6 billion high-voltage electricity transmission network, which in turn services two million customers. Last month the company commenced work on a transmission line and substation project to provide additional electricity to southwest Queensland, which is scheduled to be commissioned in 2013. 57 ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA | JUNE 2012 TOP 100 COVER STORY Industry