Dean's Advisory Council
UNSW Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council is made up of senior executives from a range of industry and government sectors and reflects the breadth of the Faculty’s eight schools. Members are invited to share their expertise to ensure we offer the best education in all Engineering disciplines, productive research opportunities and continuing education programs for Engineers in the workforce.
In addition to ensuring our programs produce graduates with the skills and attributes sought by industry, the council is strongly committed to promoting Engineering to Government and the community by demonstrating what we do and how Engineering is important for Australia's future.
Roles of the Committee
The Committee meets three times each year, and members
Provide strategic advice on direction of UNSW Engineering
Act as advocates for engineering in the broader community
Provide support for resourcing major initiatives
Provide influence on future directions for workforce and technology development
Receive early access to research achievements
Provide clearer pathway for graduates for future employment
There are 14 members on the Dean’s Advisory Council. Membership is determined by the Dean, with industry representatives for each of the Faculty's eight schools. The Chair is appointed by the Dean from the Committee membership.
The Chair oversees the organisation and affairs of the Committee. The Chair makes recommendations to improve the Committee's usefulness to the Faculty and the University.
Dr Peter Tyree CPEng, Hon FIE (Aust.) FTSE, FAICD
Dr Peter Tyree, served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Tyree Group over two decades. Tyree served as Chairman of the Board for MIKOH Corp Ltd and is or has been on the boards of several unlisted Australian companies. He graduated from the University of Technology Sydney and Harvard Business School, Harvard University.
Tyree is currently Chair of the Tyree Foundation, Chair of the UNSW Engineering Faculty Advisory Council and is also on the Advisory Board of the Australian Energy Research Institute based at UNSW. He has been actively involved in supporting building projects at UNSW including the Scientia Building and the Tyree Energy Technologies Building.
Dr John Baxter BE (Hons), PhD, FTSE, FIEAust, FSAEA
Dr John Baxter commenced working for the Australian inventor Arthur Bishop in 1977, while completing his PhD studies in Mechanical Engineering in the field of vehicle dynamics at UNSW. Arthur Bishop’s invention and IP commercialisation business was subsequently corporatized as the Bishop Technology Group Limited in 1985. Baxter’s 33 year career at Bishop involved all aspects of product and process R&D, IP management, marketing of automotive steering technology and international IP licensing. As part of his responsibilities at Bishop, Baxter managed various product R&D teams working in hydraulic power steering design, engine development, advanced sensors, advanced electric power steering design, vehicle dynamics and motorsport steering.
In parallel with this R&D role, Baxter also had responsibility for Bishop’s international patent portfolio of over 350 patents and patent applications, including the writing, filing, prosecution, maintenance and IP litigation. He is the inventor or co-inventor for many of Bishop’s international patents, and has authored and co-authored numerous published technical papers in the field of automotive steering and related vehicle dynamics.
Among his work outside Bishop, Baxter was a member of the Advisory Council on Industrial Property (ACIP) for IP Australia for the period 1994 – 2000. He left Bishop at the end of 2009 and is now Commercial Counsel at Baxter IP Patent & Trademark Attorneys, specialising in IP commercialisation and, in particular, the structuring of patents to maximise the commercial value of the IP. Baxter is a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers Australasia (SAE-A) and the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), and an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia .
Kelly Bayer Rosmarin
Ms Bayer Rosmarin joined Optus as Deputy CEO, Consumer Australia on 1 March 2019. A respected senior executive, Ms Bayer Rosmarin joined Optus following a variety of executive roles including Group Executive, Institutional Banking and Markets at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Raised in South Africa, Kelly earned a scholarship at the prestigious Stanford University in the United States where she attained a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science in Management Science, with an Academic Excellence Award for being the top Masters graduate.
Her career began in Silicon Valley with exposure to start-up and established software companies which developed her business acumen across a variety of disciplines including product development, business development, marketing, M&A and strategy.
Following a stint as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, Kelly joined Commonwealth Bank in 2004 and held a variety of senior roles across the Institutional and Business Banking divisions, before being appointed to the Bank’s Executive in December 2013. Kelly was named amongst the Top 25 Women in Asia Pacific Finance, the Top 10 Businesswomen in Australia, and 50 Most Powerful Women in Australian Business.
She is a board member of the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) and community organisation the JCA, and is a member of Chief Executive Women. Kelly serves on the University of New South Wales Engineering Faculty Advisory Board, the Australian Government’s FinTech Advisory Group and NSW Government Digital Advisory Panel.
Kelly lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.
Professor Herbert Huppert
Herbert Huppert was born and received his early education in Sydney, Australia. He graduated in Applied Mathematics from Sydney University with first class Honours, a University medal and the Baker Travelling Fellowship in 1964. He then completed a Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego, and came as an ICI Post-doctoral Fellow to the University of Cambridge in 1968 for what was meant to be a one-year sojourn. He has not yet left! He has published widely using fluid-mechanical principles in applications to the Earth sciences: in meteorology, oceanography and geology. Author or co-author of approximately 270 scientific research papers discussing applied mathematics, crystal growth, fluid mechanics, geology, geophysics, oceanography, meteorology and science in general, with a total of over 26,000 citations and an h index of 75 (according to Google Scholar).
He has chaired reports for the British Government on how to combat terrorism with science and for the European Commission on Carbon Capture and Storage. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1987. In 2005 he was the only non-American recipient of a prize from the US National Academy, being awarded the Arthur L. Day Prize Lectureship for contributions to the Earth sciences; and the first Australian to win this prize. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Physical Society and the European Academy. He was awarded the Murchison Medal of the Geological Society of London in 2007 and gave the Bakerian Prize Lecture of The Royal Society in 2011.
Dr Robert (Bob) Cameron AO, HonDEng UNSW, BE Min (Hons 1), MBA, GradDip Geoscience, FAusIMM, FAIM, FAICD
Bob Cameron is now a non-executive company director in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. He holds degrees in engineering, mineral economics and business administration.
Bob had a long career as an engineer and senior manager in the coal industry. In 1994 he founded Centennial Coal Company Limited and was its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer until 2011 and Chairman from 2011 to 2018. Centennial grew to become a 20 million tonnes per annum producer and a member of the ASX 100.
Bob held significant roles related to the mining industry, including Chairman of the Australian Coal Association Ltd., NSW Minerals Council, Australian Coal Research Ltd., and ACA Low Emissions Technology Ltd.
In 2002 the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy awarded Bob the Institute Medal “in recognition of his outstanding leadership in the coal industry”. In 2005 he received the Hunter Business Person of the Year award from the Hunter Business Chamber, and, in 2010, the Australian Mining Prospect Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Mining.
Bob’s current roles include Chairman of Hunter Valley Training Company, Pacific Smiles Limited and County International Limited. He was a Trustee of MAAS before joining the State Library Council in 2019.
He is a Trustee of the University of New South Wales Foundation and a member of the University’s Dean’s Industrial Steering Committee for the Faculty of Engineering and the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering Advisory Committee.
Bob was awarded the UNSW Alumni Award for Business and Innovation in 2016.
In 2017 Bob received an Honorary Doctorate from UNSW for his contribution to the University and his profession.
In 2012 Bob was made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia “for distinguished service to the mining industry in New South Wales, through leadership roles with professional organisations, to higher education, and to the community of the Hunter Valley”.
Dr Bronwyn Evans, BE (ELEC), PHD HONFIEAUST, FTSE, CPENG
Dr Bronwyn Evans is the CEO of Standards Australia. She is also the Vice President (Finance) of the International Standards Organisation (ISO), a Director of the Australia-Japan Foundation, a Director of the Digital Health CRC, and a member of the Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum Leadership group. Dr Evans was previously the Chair of MTPConnect (the Industry Growth Centre for Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals).
Dr Evans has over 35 years’ experience in various engineering roles. She is an Honorary Fellow of The Institution of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2014 and 2015 she was recognised as one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers, and in 2016 was recognised as an AFR/ Westpac 100 Women of Influence.
Eva Hanly is Executive Manager of Strategy, Innovation and Technology at Transgrid, the manager and operator of the New South Wales high-voltage electricity transmission network.
Eva joins TransGrid from Transurban Group, where she was General Manager, NSW and General Manager Development. Eva was also previously General Manager, Commercial at Origin Energy.
Aside from roles at Transurban and Origin, Ms Hanly has held leadership positions at some of Australia’s leading construction and infrastructure companies including Thiess, Brookfield Multiplex, Bilfinger Berger Services (now Lend Lease) and Worley Parsons.
She holds an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Engineering and BA (International Relations/Public Policy) from the University of New South Wales.
Dr Adrian Paterson
Dr Paterson has driven a program of positive change and growth. Putting people first, with a focus on diversity and inclusion, underpins the transformation process. This has leveraged outcomes based on the nexus of public science investment and practical innovation with positive impacts on health, industry and the environment.
ANSTO operates the multi-purpose Open Pool Australian Light-water (OPAL) Reactor which provides access to neutrons for science and irradiation services for Australian and overseas users. The Australian Synchrotron was integrated into ANSTO operations in 2016 and is currently undertaking a major capital program for 8 new beamlines. This will extend opportunities for the extensive user communities in Australia, New Zealand and overseas.
Dr Paterson has experience in key policy areas including science and innovation, energy and the nuclear fuel cycle. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE), Engineers Australia (EA), and the Royal Society of New South Wales.
Dr Paterson’s focus on the importance of diversity and equity, particularly in STEM, led to his appointment in 2016 as a Male Champion of Change for STEM.
He was recognised by the Sydney Division of EA as the 2012 Professional Engineer of the Year.
In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree by the University of Wollongong.
Dr Paterson holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cape Town.
Gary Zamel, BE (Min) Hon FIE (Aust), FTSE, F AusIMM, FAICD
Gary Zamel, was the Founder & Director of both MST Global P/L in 1989 and Jellinbah Resources Pty Ltd PCI Coal operations in Qld in 1988 . Zamel has been a private equity investor in technology, mining and industrial ventures for over 30 years as well as many NFP organisations.
Zamel established a number of successful technology start-up companies including Pacific Tunnelling , Park Assist , Group Homes Australia , Benthic Geotech , Nubian Water Systems & Wikistrat & Ringwood Superabrasives .
He currently serves as an Founder & Executive Chairman of CommChain P/L & New Medtek Devices P/L .
He is also a Director of the NFP Outcomes Australia.
Zamel is a Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. In 2007 he was named the Entrepreneur of the Year, Engineers Australia, NSW Division.
Professor the Hon Stephen Martin
Professor the Hon. Stephen Martin has had a long and distinguished background in the Australian Parliament, academia and the private sector. He is currently:
• Chairman, Bank of China (Australia) Ltd;
• Chairman, APPLI
• Chairman, Global Science and Technology Forum, Singapore;
• Chairman, Men of League Foundation;
• Specialist Advisor, Advisian;
• Visiting Professorial Fellow, Sydney Business School, University of Wollongong.
Professor Martin represented the NSW-based electorates of Macarthur and Cunningham in the Australian Parliament 1984-2002. In Government, he served as Speaker of the House of Representatives, Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Chairman of the Inquiry into the Australian Banking Industry. As a member of the Shadow Cabinet, he held Cabinet-level portfolios in Defence, Small Business, and Trade and Tourism.
After retiring from Parliament, Professor Martin held several senior executive roles in academia, including President/Chief Executive Officer of the University of Wollongong in Dubai, Pro Vice Chancellor International at Victoria University, Melbourne and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategy and Planning) at Curtin University of Technology in Perth.
Between January 2011 and April 2017 Professor Martin was Chief Executive, Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).
He has undertaken several strategic and change management roles in the private and public sectors. His interests are in economics, education, politics, corporate governance, financial services, defence and trade policy, and sport.
Richard Lancaster, Chief Executive Officer, CLP Holdings Limited
Richard Lancaster is Chief Executive Officer of CLP Holdings, the parent company of the CLP Group which is one of the largest investor operators in the electricity industry throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Mr Lancaster has more than 35 years of experience in the power industry and in other industrial operations in Asia, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Prior to assuming his current role in September 2013, he was Managing Director of CLP’s operations in Hong Kong, responsible for its electricity generation, transmission and distribution business serving 2.5 million customers in Hong Kong.
Mr Lancaster joined CLP in 1992 and has held a wide range of managerial positions within the company. His experience covers project management, power plant operations, commercial, finance, legal and corporate functions.
Besides serving in various subsidiary companies of the CLP Group as Director, Mr. Lancaster is the Chairman of the Business Environment Council and a founding member of the Advisory Council of The Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong & Macau. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Management Association and a council member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and a member of its Climate and Energy Cluster Board. He is also chairman of the Hong Kong Membership Committee of the UN-accredited World Energy Council.
Originally from Australia, Mr. Lancaster is an electrical engineering graduate of UNSW Sydney.
Kathryn is an experienced chair and board member, and has worked in senior executive roles across a range of industries from resources to manufacturing and logistics, as well as banking and professional services.
Kathryn is Chairman of Boral Limited and is on the boards of listed companies Incitec Pivot Limited and Djerriwarrh Investments as well as the CSIRO. Kathryn was a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 2013 to 2018. In the non-for-profit sector, Kathryn is Chairman of the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) and of the Melbourne Recital Centre, as well as being a board member of the Grattan Institute, the Myer Foundation and the Male Champions of Change. She is the Immediate Past President of Chief Executive Women (CEW), a former Chairman of Parks Victoria and a former board member of the Australian Centre for Innovation.
Kathryn is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. In addition to her engineering degree, Kathryn also holds an MCom in Organisational Behaviour with Honours from the University of NSW, which has also awarded her an honorary Doctor of Business and the Ada Lovelace Medal in 2017 which recognises an Outstanding Woman Engineer. She was a recipient of the University of Queensland’s Inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Alumni Excellence Award in 2013 and the University also awarded her an honorary Doctor of Chemical Engineering.
Trevor Armstrong, Chief Operating Officer, Ausgrid
Trevor Armstrong joined Ausgrid as a cadet engineer in 1986 and earned his engineering degree through the University of Technology in Sydney. Trevor has spent the last 32 years working in various technical and commercial roles including Executive General Manager, System Planning & Regulation, and Executive General Manager, Transmission & System Operations.
Trevor was appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer in October 2012. After Network NSW was dissolved in 2015, Trevor was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer. During his role as Interim Chief Executive Officer he successfully led the organisation through the process transitioning the business to the private sector. At which he returned to Chief Operating Officer when the business was transitioned to ownership of Australian Super and IFM Investors.
Trevor has an Electrical Engineering Degree, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of the Australian Energy Market Commission Reliability Panel, the Chair of CIGRE Australia and a member of the CIGRE (Paris) Steering Committee.
Mr Peter Bailey is Principal of Arup, an innovative global company that offers environmental, facade, mechanical, and structural engineering services, while also providing advisory solutions, project management, and management consulting. He was previously the Director of Sustainable Development of Arup Group, as well as Chair and CEO of Arup Australasia.
Mr Bailey has had a distinguished career in engineering innovation and played a major role in the design of signature projects for the 1988 bicentenary, including upgrades to the Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay. He was responsible for several buildings for the Sydney Olympics including the Dunc Gray Velodrome and the Exhibition Halls at Homebush Bay. Mr Bailey has lead teams that delivered extraordinary projects worldwide, including the Beijing National Aquatics Centre (the ‘Water Cube’) for the Beijing Olympics, the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, the new Sydney Cricket Ground grandstands and the Walsh Bay redevelopment
Mr Bailey was recognised by Engineers Australia in their Top 100 Most Influential Engineers in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He is also a strong advocate for women and continues to act as mentor to young women. He has worked closely with many organisations such as Power of Engineering, Women on Boards, Women in Engineering and Women in Science. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Consult Australia Male Champions of Change in 2013 and was chair from 2017 to 2018.
Mr Peter Bailey holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Engineering Science from the University of Sydney.