What makes an engineer influential? Engineers Australia magazine publishes the top 100 for 2012
Engineers Australia magazine has published its list of the Top 100 most influential engineers in Australia for 2012. The list appears in the June 2012 issue of the magazine and is also available online.
The list is divided into categories including academia/research, associations, consulting, industry, innovation/research, politics and public service. The list was compiled with the assistance of eminent retired engineers from a range of candidates nominated by readers of Engineers Australia magazine and editorial staff at the publication. The Top 100 is sponsored by the Centre for Engineering Leadership and Management.
The people on this year’s list were asked the question “what makes an engineer influential?” The responses covered the standard skills of an engineer, logic and analytical ability, through to people and management skills.
Communication is a key factor in the ability to influence and engineers that are able to see the big picture, understand the true needs of a community and convey complex topics easily, are likely to be more influential.
Some of the factors that separate the top 100 from other influential engineers are self-awareness, calculated risk taking, a capacity to anticipate problems and sheer passion for what they do.
An innovation in this year’s list was the introduction of videos by some of the Top 100 outlining their thoughts on what makes an engineer influential. Look for the video icons and click on them to activate the video.
For more information about the Top 100 – Australia’s most influential engineers, view the online publication or contact the Managing Editor, Tim Kannegieter, at Engineers Media.