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Curtin Professor the only WA academic named in Engineers Australia’s Top 100

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3 July 2008

Curtin University of Technology’s Dean of Engineering Professor Moses Tadé is the only Western Australian academic to be given a place in the prestigious Engineers Australia magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in 2008.

The Top 100 engineers list focuses on present influence rather than historic achievement and is compiled each year by an eminent panel of advisors.   Engineers Australia magazine is published by Engineers Media, a subsidiary company of the Institution of Engineers Australia.

Professor Tadé has been recognised as a Top 100 engineer due to his outstanding leadership and advocacy  for Curtin‘s outreach scheme, as well as for his role  in securing a number of industry sponsored scholarships for engineering students.

“As Dean of Engineering, I am focused on attracting more high school students to consider engineering,” Professor Tadé said.

“We are working with other Australian Technology Network universities to target year 9 students in three Western Australian high schools and 12 high schools in other states.

“I am also committed to encouraging a greater number of industry-sponsored scholarships for our students, which enhances our links with businesses in WA.”

Professor Tadé and his colleagues have also secured close to $1 million in grants from the Australian Research Council this year for projects in process systems engineering.

Professor Tadé was appointed Dean of Engineering at Curtin in January this year, prior to this appointment he was Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Personal Chair of Process Systems Engineering from 2001 to December 2007.  Professor Tadé is recognised as being the key researcher on three Australian Research Council grants starting in 2008.  He is a Deputy Program Leader for CRC-CARE (Contaminant Assessment and Remediation of the Environment) as well as being Journal Editor-in-Chief for the Asia Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering published by John Wiley, UK.

Professor Tadé follows Professor Lucey, the previous Dean of Engineering at Curtin who is listed as one of 2007’s Top 100 Most Influential Engineers for his role in the expansion of the Curtin Engineering Faculty and his position as an expert in the field of fluid dynamics.

According to Dr Dietrich Georg, Managing Editor of Engineers Media, their Top 100 list focuses on engineers currently in positions of influence, either as leaders of large organisations or by virtue of their engineering expertise.

“We began compiling the list in 2004 with the aim of disproving the then widely held view that engineers were good at problem-solving but rarely made it into top leadership positions,” he said.

“Australia’s top engineers work in a variety of fields in Australia and overseas, so we classify them into seven different categories – industry, consulting, academia/research, engineering expertise, associations, public service and other,” Dr Georg said.

The 2008 list of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers is the fifth Engineers Australia magazine has produced.  The list includes engineers working in Australia independent of their citizenship, as well as Australian engineers working overseas.  Names are not ranked, as the level of influence in the different areas of activity is difficult to compare.

For more information on Australia’s Top 100 Engineers go to the website
Contact:  Professor Moses Tade, 08 9266 7581, or Lisa Mayer, PR Coordinator, Curtin, 08 9266 1930, 0401 103 755

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Modified: 3 July 2008

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