Industry leaders, academics among 25 new ATSE fellows

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) has elected 25 new fellows, including key business leaders and academics, prominent commercial innovators, professional and business leaders and respected public sector figures.

The new fellows include nine women – meeting the academy’s target of electing one-third of its new Fellows from female candidates.

In addition, the academy has elected a Foreign Fellow, Dr Ya-Qin Zhang, a world-renowned scientist and innovation leader in digital video and internet technology.

The new fellows come from a wide array of sectors and specialisations, including renewable energy, robotic vision, transport, aquaculture, materials science, health, engineering, vaccine development, academia, minerals processing, defence science, minerals, contamination remediation, biotechnology, geophysics, biomedical research, telecommunications and science communication.

Eleven fellows are from Victoria, seven from NSW, five from Queensland and two from the ACT.

Dr Julie Beeby FTSE

Chair, Powerlink Queensland

Dr Beeby is an acknowledged leader in the mining and energy industries. In senior executive roles in a range of leading mining companies, Dr Beeby encouraged and managed the development of innovative technology and its implementation into practice in Australian mining operations. Many of these innovations have become common practice. Today Dr Beeby is a sought-after non-executive director. She is Chair of Powerlink Queensland, the State Government electricity transmission system, and a Director of Whitehaven Coal, Oz Minerals and Moreton Bay Colleges.

Dr Lachlan Blackhall FTSE

Chief Technology Officer, Reposit Power

Dr Blackhall is an expert in the control of complex systems as they apply to distributed renewable energy generation and storage. He has established a successful company that has gained international recognition in this field, also fosters outreach programs in developing countries and promotes innovation at the organisational level. In 2015 he won the inaugural Batterham Medal, an early career award which acknowledges a graduate engineer who has achieved substantial peer/industry recognition for his/her work in the past five years.

Professor Peter Corke FTSE

Director, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision

Professor Corke is a pioneer in the development and application of land, aerial and underwater robotics for applications including mining, agriculture, asset and natural environment monitoring. He is recognised for his major contributions in the use of vision to enable robots to interact with the environment without precise prior knowledge or calibration.

Professor Graham Currie FTSE

Professor of Public Transport, Monash University

Professor Currie is a renowned international public transport research leader and policy advisor who has published more research papers in this field than any other researcher. He is founder of the ‘World Transit Research’ clearing house which has consolidated all research in this field into a single accessible source, used by more than 8,000 towns and cities in more than 170 countries. Professor Currie has worked for some of the world’s leading public transport operators and he has managed numerous public transport R&D projects internationally.

Professor Rocky De Nys FTSE

Professor of Aquaculture, James Cook University

Professor de Nys is an outstanding champion of innovation and is the driving force behind ground-breaking innovations delivering significant economic impact in agriculture and food technology, and water and environment. He has facilitated investment of more than $100 million in Australia’s aquaculture industry. He is recognised internationally as an outstanding researcher having delivered the technologies central to the sustainable expansion of aquaculture in the tropics with a demonstrated paradigm shift in production and environmental practices.

Professor Bronwyn Fox FTSE

Director, Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Fox is an outstanding materials science researcher with a passion for research translation for the benefit of the Australian manufacturing industry. She is a recognised industry collaborator with more than 20 years’ experience in composites and advanced manufacturing and a prominent champion of the vision for a carbon fibre composite industry for Australia. She has driven the success of two companies that now employ more than 600 people in Australia and is also a passionate and active supporter of female STEM initiatives.

Dr Steven Frisken FTSE

CEO, Cylite Pty Ltd

Dr Frisken is one of Australia’s most successful inventors and entrepreneurs, with a stellar track record in the generation and commercialisation of intellectual property (IP) for the benefit of Australia. Companies he has founded during his 20 years as an entrepreneur have generated more than $900 million in export revenues. He is globally recognised as a leader in the field of optical communications. Wavelength Selective Optical Switches, based on his inventions, now underpin the internet backbone across the world.

Professor Ewa Goldys FTSE

Deputy Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Macquarie University

Professor Goldys has pioneered a unique, non-invasive label-free fluorescence characterisation for use as a tool for biology and health diagnostics. Her innovative research, recognised in 2016 with a Eureka Prize, uses colour to provide a collective metabolic diagnostic ‘fingerprint’ for a variety of diseases, including cancer. She has established and led research networks to foster interdisciplinary research and to develop linkages between industry and academia and has shown outstanding research leadership in optical characterisation and its applications to materials, devices and biochemical and medical sensing.

Dr Kourosh Kayvani FTSE

Global Director, Excellence and Expertise, Aurecon

Dr Kayvani has played key engineering roles in many award-winning projects across the globe over 28 years. In 2006 he won the prestigious IABSE Prize from the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering for his work on long-span structures worldwide. He was named as one of Engineers Australia’s Top 100 most influential engineers in 2009 and won the prestigious John Connell Gold Medal from EA’s Structural College in 2016. He has held Professorial appointments at the University of Sydney and the University of NSW for the past 10 years.

Professor Mark Kendall FTSE

Professor, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, University of Queensland

Professor Kendall, a biomedical engineer, has been central to the development of the Nanopatch, which potentially will revolutionise global vaccination. He conceived and patented the technology that distinguishes the Nanopatch from other intradermal delivery devices, led the research program to take it to proof-of-concept in the animal model, founded Vaxxas to take the Nanopatch into the clinic as a commercial product, led the R&D program and secured partnerships with Merck and the World Health Organisation for specific product development. The Nanopatch is seen as a potential game-changer for vaccine delivery and vaccine innovation.

Professor Linda Kristjanson AO FTSE

Vice-Chancellor and President, Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Kristjanson is the inspiring leader of Swinburne University of Technology. She has developed, and is implementing, a vision for Swinburne to become a world-leading science, technology and innovation University. She has focused the University’s activities of teaching and research in law, business, health, design, engineering and science towards this vision. Her academic career spans three decades across Australia, Canada and the United States. Professor Kristjanson was formerly Deputy Vice-Chancellor R&D at Curtin University, has had an extensive research career in palliative care and has served on the NHMRC.

Elizabeth Lewis-Gray FTSE

Chairman and Managing Director, Gekko Systems

Ms Elizabeth Lewis-Gray is co-founder and Chairman of Gekko Systems, a world leader in energy efficient gold and silver processing technology. Ms Lewis-Gray is the founding Chair of the Federal Government’s Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) Growth Centre and was previously Chair of Austmine, the $90 billion sector’s peak industry body. In 2012 Elizabeth founded the not for profit CEEC (Coalition for Eco-Efficient Comminution). In 2016, Federation University Australia honoured Elizabeth with a Doctor of the University Honoris Causa degree in recognition of service and contributions to the mining sector, mineral processing, business leadership, and environmental management.

Dr Tony Lindsay FTSE

Director STELaRLab, Lockheed Martin

Dr Lindsay is a world leader in defence science and technology. In a career spanning 30 years, he has contributed to and led the applied research efforts of national and international defence and intelligence communities to realise world-class capabilities for Australia’s defence and national security. His contribution spans advanced technology in electronic warfare, information architectures and intelligence systems. Governments and industry internationally recognise him for his strategic vision for scientific and engineering research, and for his ability to form and lead world-class scientific and engineering teams to deliver technology.

Dr Xiaoling Liu FTSE

Director, Newcrest Mining Limited

Dr Liu is a former President and Chief Executive Officer of Rio Tinto Minerals, is a non-executive Director of Newcrest Mining Limited, non-executive Director of Iluka Resources Limited and Board member of Melbourne Business School. Dr Liu’s previous non-executive roles included Board member of the California Chamber of Commerce; Vice President of the Board of Australian Aluminium Council and member of the University Council of the University of Tasmania. She spent 26 years with the Rio Tinto Group and before joining Rio Tinto, worked as a Research Fellow of City University (London).

Professor John Mattick AO FAA FAHMS FTSE

Executive Director, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Professor Mattick developed one of the first commercial recombinant DNA-based vaccines in the world. He changed our understanding of the human genome, showing that it specifies an RNA (ribonucleic acid) regulatory system that directs development. He established the Institute for Molecular Bioscience and the Australian Genome Research Facility, and was instrumental in the development of the Queensland Smart State policy, which transformed the research base of that state. He established an international human genome sequencing centre at the Garvan Institute and one of the first clinically accredited genome analysis enterprises in the world.

Professor Ravendra Naidu FTSE

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, CRC for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE); Global Innovation Chair and Director, The University of Newcastle

Professor Naidu has led a transformation in the risk-assessment and management of contamination in Australia with wide adoption of more cost-effective and safer remediation practices and policies. He has driven the creation of new consortia linking industry, regulators and community to resolve difficult remediation problems to protect agricultural land; remediate urban contaminated sites; rehabilitate mine sites and prevent groundwater contamination. He is internationally recognised and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Soil Science Society of America and the New Zealand Society of Soil Science.

Dr Tony Peacock FTSE

CEO, Co-operative Research Centres Association

Dr Peacock is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra as well as leading the CRC Association as its CEO. He was previously CEO of the Pest Animal Control CRC and the Invasive Animals CRC after heading the Pig R&D Corporation. He plays a critical role in the CRC program, raising its profile, providing support for existing centres and proponents of new proposals, communicating with governments and the broader community on CRC issues and the innovation and education systems in general. He has played a major role in improving collaboration between industry, universities and research organisations.

Dr Brett Phillips FTSE

Director, Cardno

Dr Phillips, Director, Senior Principal and Water Discipline Leader at Cardno, is a leading water engineer specialising in hydro-environmental studies and stormwater management, recognised for innovative solutions on projects in Australia and South-East Asia. More than 30 of his 350+ projects for public and private clients have received 41 excellence awards. A major contributor to the now-accepted practices of integrated stormwater management and water sensitive urban design, his work has significantly improved the built environment. He is a contributing author to Australian Rainfall and Runoff and he also co-developed water engineering software marketed internationally.

Professor Laura Poole-Warren FTSE

Pro Vice Chancellor (Research Training), University of NSW

Professor Laura Poole-Warren has made outstanding, sustained contributions to the field of biomedical engineering, both nationally and internationally, for more than 25 years. She is an exceptional innovator, mentor and role model for young researchers in science and engineering and holds a string of senior appointments and influential roles. She is on the Board of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, serves on the IFMBE Women in Biomedical Engineering Committee and serves on the Executive Committee of the International College of Fellows Biomaterials Science and Engineering, the ICF-BSE.

Professor Andrew Potts FTSE

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, AMOG Group of Companies

Professor Potts founded the Australian engineering consulting company, AMOG Consulting, over 25 years ago and has since expanded the company across five continents and built a business dedicated to leading-edge engineering technology in oil and gas, mining, transport, renewable energy, and defence. Renowned for his commitment to R&D and innovation, Professor Potts and AMOG have won numerous awards, spearheaded a number of industry-leading joint industry projects, developed patented technology, and presented technical papers at conferences around the globe. He is committed to promoting engineering excellence through partnerships with commercial enterprises, governments and academia.

Mr Michael Quigley FTSE

Adjunct Professor, University of Technology, Sydney

Mr Quigley is a telecommunications engineer and senior industry executive who has made important contributions to the digitisation of telecommunications and the modernisation of advanced network technologies and networks. He played a leadership role in the transformation of the equipment manufacturer Alcatel and established NBN Co, the public telecommunications utility. His achievements in designing commercial telecommunications equipment, supporting technology start-ups, optimising manufacturing processes and leading large telecommunications companies, place him as one of Australia’s foremost telecommunications engineers.

Dr Anthony Radford AO FTSE

Director, IMNIS

Dr Radford is a successful entrepreneur in the Australian biotechnology industry taking an Australian invention to the world market through Cellestis, a company he co-founded in 2000. The tuberculosis diagnostic test he pioneered is now the standard of care for the diagnosis of TB infection in humans. He has been recognised for his work with a CSIRO medal, a Clunies Ross Award and La Trobe University Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a director of a Genetic Signatures Ltd, Ellume Pty Ltd and Nucleus Network and is one of the founding Directors of the IMNIS initiative.

Dr Sarah Ryan FTSE

Director, Woodside Petroleum Ltd

Dr Ryan is one of the world’s most experienced female reservoir geophysicists, whose career started when women were a rarity in geophysics but rose to senior leadership roles in one of the world’s largest service providers in the petroleum industry. Her skill is in using geophysical and geological information to improve understanding of oil and gas reservoirs and efficient and safe development and production. She has had a global career, living and working in more than 10 countries. She is a combination of geologist, geophysicist, researcher, inventor, innovation creator and active marketer of new applications and is a passionate advocate and role model for women in STEM.

Skipp Williamson FTSE

Managing Director, Partners in Performance

Ms Williamson is an exceptional entrepreneur – with engineering qualifications – who founded a consulting firm, Partners in Performance, which is now recognised internationally as a leader in performance, operations and capital improvement. She is MD of the firm, which employs around 500 people and competes directly with the world’s most renowned strategy consulting firms. It operates in Australasia, North and Latin America, Africa and Europe. The firm, founded around 20 years ago, has a track record of working with resources and industrial companies but now also works in the services and public sectors.

Peter Yates AM FTSE

Deputy Chair, Myer Family Investments

Mr Yates is one of Australia’s leading business figures. He has been CEO of one of its largest media organisations (PBL) and Executive Director of a major investment bank. He has a passion for science and technology and his efforts in promoting their public dissemination in Australia through the Royal Institution of Australia and the Australian Science Media Centre (both of which he chairs and co-founded). He raised multi-million dollar sums of money for both these organisations to enable them to pursue their goals. He is Deputy Chairman of Myer Family Investments and a Director of AIA Australia Limited.


Dr Ya-Qin Zhang FTSE

President, Baidu Inc.

Dr Zhang is a world-renowned scientist and innovation leader in digital video and internet technology, with 11 co-authored books, 500 peer-reviewed papers and 60 US-granted patents. His seminal research has profoundly advanced the algorithmic development and commercialisation of the field. He has built the “world’s hottest lab in computer science” (Microsoft Research Asia), and is now leading one of the world’s largest technology companies (Baidu) as its President. As one of the 50 Most Influential Global Leaders, he has provided high-level advice to the UN, policy makers, academics, research organisations and industry leaders worldwide.

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