[ASC-media] Alan Finkel to head ATSE

Bill Mackey Bill.Mackey at atse.org.au
Mon Mar 12 22:10:10 CET 2012

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

ATSE is an independent body of 800 eminent Australian engineers and

driving technological solutions for a better Australia



13 March 2012


Alan Finkel to head technology Academy


Dr Alan Finkel, a prominent Australian engineer, entrepreneur and
philanthropist, will be the next President of the Australian Academy of
Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).


Dr Finkel, Chancellor of Monash University, will take up his new role on
1 January 2013, succeeding former Australian Chief Scientist Professor
Robin Batterham, who completes his term at the end of 2012.


Dr Finkel will lead the ATSE Fellowship of more than 830 members - one
of the nation's four Learned Academies - with a strong focus on
achieving improved public discussion and policy on key national issues
where applied science and technology offer solutions.


Dr Finkel, a former member of the Academy Board, will rejoin the Board
and become its chair from 2013. He was elected by the Academy's
Assembly, which represents the broad Academy Fellowship and includes the
Board and leaders of ATSE's divisions and topic forums.


Professor Batterham, announcing Dr Finkel's election, said it had been a
great privilege to serve in the role.


"Alan Finkel will do a wonderful  job as President of the Academy and
will bring a range of skills, experience and commitment that will
enhance its activities and its impact," Professor Batterham said.


"His commitment to education - which he backs with strong personal
involvement - has been the key to developing our own STELR program in
high schools across the country.


"And his understanding of science and technology policy and the ability
of our nation's scientist and technologists to contribute to building a
better Australia will position him to make a great contribution to the
work of the Academy and the advice it provides to government and


"His unique combination of engineering, entrepreneurship, innovation and
management in Australia and overseas will serve the Academy well."


Dr Finkel said he was honoured to succeed Professor Batterham as the
Academy's eighth President and join the group of distinguished
Australians who had led the Academy.


See below:

List of ATSE Presidents

Alan Finkel biography


Note to Media

Dr Finkel is available today between 9.30am and 11.00am and 11.30am and
noon on (03) 9829 0400



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ATSE Presidents


Sir Ian McLennan KCMG KBE FAA FTSE (1975-1983)

Sir David Zeidler AC CBE FAA FTSE (1984-1988) 

Sir Rupert Myers KBE AO FAA FTSE (1989-1994)

Sir Arvi Parbo AC FTSE (1995-1997)

Mr M A Besley AC FTSE (1982-2002)

Professor John Zillman AO FAA FTSE (2003-2006)

Professor Robin Batterham AO FREng FAA FTSE (2007-2012)



Dr Alan Simon Finkel


Dr Alan Finkel AM FTSE is an engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist
and has served as Chancellor of Monash University since January 2008. 


Dr Finkel received his Bachelor of Engineering in 1976 and Doctorate in
Electrical Engineering from Monash University in 1981, following which
he worked for two years as a neuroscience research fellow at the John
Curtin School of Medical Research, located at the Australian National


In addition to his role as Chancellor, Dr Finkel is also the Chief
Technology Officer of Better Place Australia, a company that will
provide clean energy to run Australia's future fleet of electric cars.


Previously, for 20 years Dr Finkel was CEO of Axon Instruments, an
ASX-listed American company that made electronic instruments used by
pharmaceutical companies in the discovery of new medicines.


Between running Axon Instruments and joining Better Place Australia, Dr
Finkel established two magazines. The first, Cosmos magazine, promotes
science awareness and the second, G magazine, promotes environmental


Dr Finkel has a passionate interest in education. He established the
Australian Course in Advanced Neuroscience to provide advanced training
to early career scientists. He also established a secondary school
science program named STELR, administered by ATSE, which is currently
running in nearly 300 secondary schools around Australia.


Dr Finkel currently serves as the Chairman of the Australian Centre of
Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics, a research consortium that is
preparing to analyse the data from the world's largest radio telescope
that will be built by the end of this decade.






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