Honorary awards

Brendan Hannelly

The title of Honorary Fellow of the University was conferred upon Brendan Hannelly in 2001.


Chancellor, I have the honour to present Mr Brendan Hannelly for the conferring of the title of Honorary Fellow of the University.

Mr Hannelly was educated at De La Salle College, Ashfield, the University of Technology, Sydney and St Paul’s National Seminary. He has been involved with the Australian Computer and Communications Industry for thirty-five years and is currently Chair and Managing Director of an information technology consulting organisation. He has held senior executive positions at Memorex Corporation and Hitachi Data Systems, and was a senior executive consultant to the ANZ Banking Group in the area of Electronic Funds Transfer and Electronic Point of Sale Transactions. In 1987, he founded the N.S.W. Government Computer Industry Training Program, and was Chair of the Australian Computer Society (NSW) for three terms. In 1989, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).

Mr Hannelly’s involvement with The University of Sydney is both extensive and sustained. He was instrumental in establishing the University’s Foundation for Information Technology of which he has been President for the past twenty years. Mr Hannelly facilitated contacts between the Basser Department of Computer Science and a range of leaders in industry and government which led to the CISCO, SYBASE and BT sponsored chairs, the donation of a PC laboratory from NEC, and the Unisys and Compuware four-year sponsorship of the Computer Science Summer School. He also secured industry links for the successful Federal Government Science Lectureship initiative, entitled Building the Internet Workforce and involving the Departments of Computer Science at the Universities of Sydney, Monash and Queensland. More recently he has extended his support to the University’s newly formed Institute of Information Technology and the Knowledge Economy, and to the Faculty of Science generally. He is a true friend of the Department of Computer Science, the Faculty of Science, and The University of Sydney.

Chancellor, may I present Mr Brendan Hannelly for the conferring of the title of Honorary Fellow of the University.