Professor Archie Johnston

Dean, Engineering and Information Technologies

J12 - The School of Information Technologies
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

As Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, Professor Archie Johnston's career has followed a natural progression from active researcher to academic leader, setting the agenda for engineering and technical education and policy at Australia's leading engineering faculty.

From 2004 to 2009 Professor Johnston was cited as one of Australia's 100 most influential engineers and in 2007, was honoured as the Sir John Holland Civil Engineer of the Year and Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year of the Business and Higher Education Roundtable.

He is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Engineers Australia, the Institution of Civil Engineers (London) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As well as being Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, Archie is also Chair of Health Sciences Divisional Board at the University of Sydney.

In addition to being Chair of the Education Forum of ATSE, he is an Advisor to the Reliance Group of India, Advisory Professor to Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Advisor to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, and, is past National Chair of the Centre for Leadership and Management (Engineers Australia).

Currently a director of the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, Smart Services CRC and CRC for Advanced Composite Structures, Archie is also an independent expert for the Cooperative Research Centres Selection Round (2011).

A former President of the Australian Council of Engineering, Archie has been Dean of Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney and is an Emeritus Professor at that institution.

He has been Peer Reviewer for the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia, a member of the Judging Panel of 2010, 2011 and 2012 Prime Minister's Science Prizes and Chair of the Judging Panel for the 2009 Australian Construction Achievement Awards.

Research interests

Building on a distinguished career as a civil engineer specialising in environmental fluid mechanics and water quality, Professor Johnston now guides the educational development of world-class graduates with both technical and interpersonal skills that are required by industry and prepares them for national and global leadership roles.

"My aim is to provide graduates of the University of Sydney with a globally competitive edge in innovation, research and leadership. This involves identifying and addressing the major issues facing contemporary engineering and technical education - particularly with respect to industry needs - and modifying our programs accordingly to develop the appropriate interpersonal and emotional intelligence characteristics of our graduate engineers and technologists. Through such research we believe we are now better preparing graduates for the local, national and global engineering and IT marketplaces.

"I've been an active researcher throughout my professional life, so it has well suited my career path to move from design applications within industry to addressing issues in a broader social, political and environmental context. My university-based research essentially still addresses a wide range of industry-related problems and their solutions.

"Being Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney has given me the opportunity to guide the development of world-class education and research programs with a unique group of talented staff and students. It has also allowed me to clearly communicate to the broader community both the benefits of a strong academic engineering profession and the value to Australia of having a premier world-leading engineering faculty."

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Mainali, B., Ngo, H., Guo, W., Pham, T., Johnston, A. (2011). Feasibility assessment of recycled water use for washing machines in Australia through SWOT analysis. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 56(1), 87-91. [More Information]
  • Pham, T., Ngo, H., Guo, W., Dang, H., Mainali, B., Johnston, A., Listowski, A. (2011). Responses of community to the possible use of recycled water for washing machines: A case study in Sydney, Australia. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 55(5), 535-540. [More Information]
  • Mainali, B., Ngo, H., Guo, W., Pham, T., Wang, X., Johnston, A. (2011). SWOT analysis to assist identification of the critical factors for the successful implementation of water reuse schemes. Desalination and Water Treatment, 32(1-3), 297-306. [More Information]
  • Nguyen, T., Ngo, H., Guo, W., Johnston, A., Listowski, A. (2010). Effects of sponge size and type on the performance of an up-flow sponge bioreactor in primary treated sewage effluent treatment. Bioresource Technology, 101(5), 1416-1420. [More Information]
  • Ngo, H., Chuang, H., Guo, W., Ho, D., Pham, T., Johnston, A., Lim, R., Listowski, A. (2009). Resident's strategy survey on a new end use of recycled water in Australia. Desalination and Water Treatment, 11(1-3), 93-97. [More Information]
  • Shon, H., Vigneswaran, S., Ngo, H., Johnston, A., Kim, I., Cho, J. (2006). Performance of Flocculation and Adsorption Pretreatments to Ultrafiltration of Biologically Treated Sewage Effluent: the Effect of Seasonal Variations. Separation Science and Technology, 41(16), 3585-3596. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Johnston, A. (2008). Accreditation and Standards. Business/Higher Education Round Table and Australian Council of Engineering Deans, Australia: Australian Council of Engineering Deans.
  • Johnston, A. (2008). Building Tomorrow's Engineers. Business/Higher Education Round Table and Australian Council of Engineering Deans, Australia: Australian Council of Engineering Deans.
  • Johnston, A., Lowe, D. (2008). Engineering Admission Criteria: Focusing on Ultimate Professional Success. World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE), Australia: Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN).
  • Johnston, A. (2008). Industrial Engagement: Promise and Practice. Engineering Education Futures Forum, Australia: ACCESS Group.
  • Johnston, A. (2007). Advances and applications of renewable energy in Australia. International Strategic Technology Alliance (China) 2006 Conference, China: International Strategic Technology Alliance.
  • Johnston, A. (2007). The Future Requirements of the Profession. Business/Higher Education Round Table and Australian Council of Engineering Deans, Australia: Australian Council of Engineering Deans.
  • Johnston, A. (2006). Australia's future in global education industry. Engineering Australia 2006, Australia: Engineering Australia.
  • Johnston, A., Fitzmaurice, M., Watt, R. (2005). Oil Spill Containment: Viscous Oils. 2005 International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC 2005), United States of America.

2011

  • Mainali, B., Ngo, H., Guo, W., Pham, T., Johnston, A. (2011). Feasibility assessment of recycled water use for washing machines in Australia through SWOT analysis. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 56(1), 87-91. [More Information]
  • Pham, T., Ngo, H., Guo, W., Dang, H., Mainali, B., Johnston, A., Listowski, A. (2011). Responses of community to the possible use of recycled water for washing machines: A case study in Sydney, Australia. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 55(5), 535-540. [More Information]
  • Mainali, B., Ngo, H., Guo, W., Pham, T., Wang, X., Johnston, A. (2011). SWOT analysis to assist identification of the critical factors for the successful implementation of water reuse schemes. Desalination and Water Treatment, 32(1-3), 297-306. [More Information]

2010

  • Nguyen, T., Ngo, H., Guo, W., Johnston, A., Listowski, A. (2010). Effects of sponge size and type on the performance of an up-flow sponge bioreactor in primary treated sewage effluent treatment. Bioresource Technology, 101(5), 1416-1420. [More Information]

2009

  • Ngo, H., Chuang, H., Guo, W., Ho, D., Pham, T., Johnston, A., Lim, R., Listowski, A. (2009). Resident's strategy survey on a new end use of recycled water in Australia. Desalination and Water Treatment, 11(1-3), 93-97. [More Information]

2008

  • Johnston, A. (2008). Accreditation and Standards. Business/Higher Education Round Table and Australian Council of Engineering Deans, Australia: Australian Council of Engineering Deans.
  • Johnston, A. (2008). Building Tomorrow's Engineers. Business/Higher Education Round Table and Australian Council of Engineering Deans, Australia: Australian Council of Engineering Deans.
  • Johnston, A., Lowe, D. (2008). Engineering Admission Criteria: Focusing on Ultimate Professional Success. World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE), Australia: Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN).
  • Johnston, A. (2008). Industrial Engagement: Promise and Practice. Engineering Education Futures Forum, Australia: ACCESS Group.

2007

  • Johnston, A. (2007). Advances and applications of renewable energy in Australia. International Strategic Technology Alliance (China) 2006 Conference, China: International Strategic Technology Alliance.
  • Johnston, A. (2007). The Future Requirements of the Profession. Business/Higher Education Round Table and Australian Council of Engineering Deans, Australia: Australian Council of Engineering Deans.

2006

  • Johnston, A. (2006). Australia's future in global education industry. Engineering Australia 2006, Australia: Engineering Australia.
  • Shon, H., Vigneswaran, S., Ngo, H., Johnston, A., Kim, I., Cho, J. (2006). Performance of Flocculation and Adsorption Pretreatments to Ultrafiltration of Biologically Treated Sewage Effluent: the Effect of Seasonal Variations. Separation Science and Technology, 41(16), 3585-3596. [More Information]

2005

  • Johnston, A., Fitzmaurice, M., Watt, R. (2005). Oil Spill Containment: Viscous Oils. 2005 International Oil Spill Conference (IOSC 2005), United States of America.

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