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29 June 2015

Professor Archie Johnston named in Australia's top 100 engineers
Professor Archie Johnston named in Australia's top 100 engineers

The University of Sydney's Professor Archie Johnston has been named as one of Australia's most influential engineers by the profession's peak industry body, Engineers Australia.

The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies was recognised for his contribution to the engineering through education and research particularly on the international stage.

"I am privileged to be in a leadership role here at the University and able to nurture and support both the development of our students, academic and research staff."

"I am delighted to be acknowledged amongst a group of high achieving and influential individuals," Professor Johnston said.

In the past year Professor Johnston has played a pivotal role in the establishment of two world first centres at the University - the Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) academy for high school teachers and the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership which develops high calibre project leaders.

He also spearheaded the expansion of Australia's international engineering education and research reach into China securing landmark educational and research alliances with two of China's top universities.

"Our biomedical engineering alliance with Shanghai Jiao Tong University involves information exchange and academic mobility in one of the fastest growing disciplines at the University," says Professor Johnston.

"Our Tsinghua University alliance is founded on the transformational research and development of energy network projects involving energy service providers and resource companies in both Australia and China," he says.

His expertise has been recognised internationally with appointments in a number of countries including in Latin America where he is Senior Evaluator and Board Member of the 'Chilean New Engineering for 2030' initiative of the Ministry of Economy of the Chilean Government where he is reviewing the strategic plans of the top Engineering University schools in Chile .

Also an active researcher Professor Johnston has been an invited speaker at a number of international forums in the past year including the recent Malaysia-hosted conference Sustaining a Strong Curriculum Foundation in Engineering Faculties, Building a World Class Engineering Faculty.

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