President , Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineers (ATSE)
Dr. Robin Batterham combines chemical engineering, sustainability practices and a fascination with minerals to guide government and industry in how they act on and carry out basic research. From 1999 to 2006, Dr. Batterham was Chief Scientist of Australia and advised major governmental bodies on a wide range of scientific programs, and produced a widely accepted blueprint for how the Australian government could support research in the early years of the twenty-first century. In tandem, he served as Chief Technologist for the multinational mining company Rio Tinto, where he greatly improved and further developed their industrial technology processes and equipment. Throughout his career, Dr. Batterham has worked intimately with minerals, developing a number of novel processes which are still used today in the mineral sector across the world. Today, Dr. Batterham is Kernot Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne and the President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE). Dr. Batterham received his PhD from the University of Melbourne. He is also an accomplished organist and has performed in major cities around the world.