More than a quarter of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering's 2013 Fellows are University of Queensland academics and alumni.
Seven of the 26 ATSE Fellows for 2013, including two of eight new female members, have strong UQ links. These include Ms Kathryn Fagg (alumna), Professor Christopher Greig (alumnus and staff), Professor Robert Henry (alumnus and staff), Professor Ross McAree (staff), Adjunct Professor John McGagh (adjunct), Dr John Ness (alumnus) and Ms Catherine Tanna (alumna).
Congratulating all the new ATSE members, UQ President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said their election to the academy indicated intellectual achievement and positive social, environmental and economic influence.
According to Professor Høj, UQ's strong presence in this distinguished league reinforces the fact that their people make exceptional contributions to society, the environment, the economy and multifactor productivity. He added that such people contribute to UQ's strengths as a top 100 global university, enabling UQ to partner with outstanding Queensland, national and global companies, government agencies, philanthropists and not-for-profit groups.
UQ aims to further improve the positive impact of their research by doubling UQ's income from non-government sources by 2020.
Professor Høj said women traditionally had been under-recognised for their contributions to technology and engineering; therefore it is particularly pleasing that eight of the new members are women, and that two, Kathryn Fagg and Catherine Tanna are UQ alumni. Both women are also members of the Reserve Bank board.
ATSE fellowships recognise Australia's leading minds in technology and engineering, and are awarded to people who apply technology in smart, strategic ways for social, environmental and economic benefit. Fellows are drawn from academia, research, government and industry.
The ATSE fellowships announcement follows a similar announcement in March, when the Australian Academy of Science included five UQ scientists among its 20 new Fellows for 2013.
More than 120 UQ staff (including honorary and adjunct appointments) and professors emeriti are fellows of Australia's learned academies, which include the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.