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Hall of Fame

View ACS's honorary list of life members and fellows.  

Recognising those who have made significant contributions to Australia's ICT sector and ACS.

ACS Honorary Life Member

A member that is recognised by ACS for their outstanding contribution may be elected as an Honorary Life Member. 

For information on the eligibility criteria, visit ACS Guidelines for Membership.

 

ACS Fellow

A Fellow of ACS is a person who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of ICT in Australia and is a member of the professional division of ACS.

For information on ACS's Fellows Membership Grade, please refer to ACS Guidelines for Membership.

For Fellow Nominations, please click the links below:

 

For all inquiries about ACS recognition awards, please send an email to acsrecognition@acs.org.au

 

ACS Fellows

2005 - 2006

  • Linda Zeelie

    2006

  • Jeff Whittle

    2006

  • Ian Wells

    2006

  • Tim Turner

    2006

  • Louise Tucker

    2006

  • Nick Tate

    2006

  • Michael Rosemann

    2006

  • Max Rogalsky

    2006

  • San Murugesan

    2006

  • Mark Lloyd

    2006

  • Ralph Leonard

    2006

  • Wayne Knack

    2006

  • Catherine Jaktman

    2006

  • Chris Howells

    2006

  • Evelyn Hovenga

    2006

  • Peter Hoefer

    2006

  • Rick Harvey

    2006

  • Peter Green

    2006

  • Joan Cooper

    2006

  • Paul Campbell

    2006

  • Alan Calder

    2006

  • Graeme Bond

    2006

  • Bronwyn Allen

    2006

  • Greg Whymark

    2005

    Greg Whymark has made a distinguished contribution to the IT Industry by consistently finding ways for technology to improve the quality of life for people. In 1988/89 he implemented an EIS for senior managers in the RAN at a time when EIS were an unknown quantity, and delivered the project on time and under budget with an innovative solution (for the time). He was instrumental in introducing health informatics into CQU, and has gained Commonwealth grants for health informatics projects and a substantial grant from the Meat Research Council. His achievements in curriculum development have been outstanding over many years, and are related to his leadership role at CQU. Achievements include identifying new areas of curriculum required, and encouraging and enabling others within the faculty to develop and deliver the new curriculum. In 2003, Greg Whymark redeveloped the CQU ICT coursework graduate program and as Director resides over one of the largest and fastest growing ICT education programs in Australia (2000 graduate students). During this time the program has expanded by better than 70% whilst similar programs in Australia are in decline. During this time Greg has also developed a hard working team of researchers (Group SolutionS research group) at CQU, finding innovative ways to fund the group. In one project he led a research team placing collaborative technology into primary schools, and working with teachers to show how it helps students develop. He has consistently demonstrated his ability to develop new researchers to achieve quality published work that is highly relevant to the community. He has supervised six completed PhDs and examined 23 research theses. These paragraphs summarize a sustained contribution to the ICT industry over a long period of time. Throughout his career Greg has maintained the highest standards of professionalism, contributing at many levels to the ACS.

  • Steve White

    2005

  • Nat Wheatley

    2005

    Nat Wheatley has made a significant and distinguished contribution to the ICT industry over many years, both as a practitioner and advocate. He was instrumental in Australian Computer Society | Hall of Fame | 2018 Page 54 recognising opportunities and championing the application of computers to emerging domains in the very early history of Australian computing. He was one of our IT pioneers and additionally, played a major role in the ACS' forebears as a participant in the founding of the Victorian Computer Society. Of particular importance was his work in the late 1950s, introducing the potential use of IT within the Department of Defence. Later in the early 1960s, he was a member of the PMG's Department (forerunner of Telstra) teams for feasibility studies, subsequently acceptance testing, then implementation. Other major contributions included the bridges he created to the Accounting Society of the day.

  • Paul Swatman

    2005

  • Jill Slay

    2005

    Dr Jill Slay has been elected a Fellow of the Society in recognition of her outstanding contribution through her work on IT Security and Risk management, including unauthorised use of wireless networks and aspects of forensic computing; and for her leadership in the development of ICT courses in South East Asia. Dr Slay has also developed innovative collaborative relationships both within Australia and internationally with focus on forensic tool usage, cultural models and security architectures.

  • Dharmendra Sharma

    2005

    Dharmendra Prakash Sharma has made distinguished contributions in the field of Information Communication and Technology particularly in the establishment of the Fiji Computer Society and the South Pacific Computer Society in Fiji. These contributions were followed up by a number of practical technology initiatives and academic activities to widely promote and strengthen the use and study of information communication and technology in the South Pacific region.

  • John Puttick

    2005

    John Puttick has made a distinguished contribution to the field of IT in Australia through pioneering many techniques for the successful development of large scale enterprise systems including rigorous project management. John Puttick established Star Systems, now GBST Holdings, which went on to become a leading provider of ICT solutions to stockbrokers and banks. In the process GBST Holdings helped establish world standard solutions which are used by both global and local companies, and has resulted in the company’s platform processing approximately half of all the transactions on the Australian Stock Exchange. Australian Computer Society | Hall of Fame | 2018 Page 55 As Adjunct Professor with the University of Queensland John Puttick has providedadvice on course and product development helping to guide the University’s Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences and Architecture to a premier position in computer science. As Chair of the QUT’s Faculty Development Committee, John Puttick has helped its transition from a department to a school and now a faculty with a first class reputation for providing IT graduates. John Puttick has successfully combined a demanding business career with extensive community involvement and along the way made major contributions to Australian business by harnessing IT to produce realised benefits for enterprises.

  • Jon Patrick

    2005

    Professor Jon Patrick has made a distinguished contribution to the IT industry with his innovative research and developments in the application of computing to areas such as human behaviour and natural language processing. He actively applies his work to the good of both society and individuals within our society. Jon in 2005 won the Australian Computer Society Eureka Prize for ICT Innovation for his development of Scamseek, a language technology computer system for automatic detection of financial scams on the Internet

  • Frank Morrison

    2005

    Frank Morrison worked within the NSW rail industry for over 30 years. Initially he was a programmer/systems analyst, and for the last 20 Years a senior manager with roles including Chief Financial Officer and Group General Manager. His involvement with the development of IT strategies for State Rail continued through his management roles with the subsequently corporatized Rail Services of Australia and Rail Infrastructure Corporation. His distinguished contribution has been success in gaining acceptance of IT as an essential management tool/service vital to the delivery of the railway system's core responsibilities. In an organisation which was for many years managed by career railway personnel, this was an outstandingachievement.

  • Zoran Milosevic

    2005

    Dr Zoran Milosevic has made a distinguished contribution to the field of IT in Australia through the pioneering work he has done in the area of enterprise modelling and software architectures for inter-organisational IT systems. He is recognised both internationally and within Australia as one of the pioneers and leaders in the field of enterprise modelling and his standing is evidenced by his comprehensive publication record both nationally and internationally and the range of government and industry consultancies he has undertaken. Australian Computer Society | Hall of Fame | 2018 Page 56 Some of the original work that Dr Milosevic has done on the definition, integrity and implementation of electronic contracts needed to facilitate business-to-business transactions has been influential in shaping international standards. Dr Milosevic has made other important contributions to the development of the enterprise modelling community not the least of which is the work he did in founding the Electronic Distributed Object Computing (EDOC) Conference which has now become the major international annual conference in thisfield.

  • Clive Mancey

    2005

    Clive Mancey is a prime example of a well-respected and accomplished IT executive who has managed the successful integration of business functions, applications and technical acumen for complex application designs and implementationsfor his employers. He also contributed his knowledge to support community organisations. He has worked his way up through the ranks of programmer, systems analyst, MIS manager to wide executive involvement in his corporate operations and his distinguished contribution to the IT industry has been to successfully manage this continual development and introduce advanced IT systems to a major multi-national organisation.

  • Anne McDougall

    2005

    Dr. Anne McDougall has made many distinguished contributions in the field of information technology within Australia and internationally. Anne is regarded as one of the most experienced and respected academics in the field of teaching and research in educational computing. She has devoted many years to working within the framework of the Australian Computer Society (ACS), where she has held various positions, including chairing the National Computer Education Committee and the Australian representative on IFIP’s Technical Committee in Computer Education (IFIP TC3). During this time she became Secretary (1993-2003) and is currently the Vice-Chair. Anne represents the ACS on the Council of Computing Educations and is a respected member of the editorial boards of several education computing journals. She is currently Associate Professor of Educational Computing and Head of Department at the University of Melbourne. She was awarded a Ph.D in the Faculty of Education, Monash University in 1989. She has published and presented many research papers and has been involved with others in the publication of work relating to computers in education.

  • Craig McDonald

    2005

    Craig McDonald has distinguished himself in the tertiary sector by his innovative research and practical application of knowledge management and expert systems to support the viticulture industry. He is also recognized by his peers in his work on the application of ethics in the Information Communication and Technology industry.

  • Narasimhan Lakshmi

    2005

  • Simon Hackett

    2005

  • Mal Grierson

    2005

  • Shirley Gregor

    2005

    Prof Shirley Gregor hasspent overthree decades in the Information Communication and Technology industry as a practitioner and academic. During this time, she has been a leader in research in which she established sound practical foundations as well as concepts on the strategic use of information and communication technologies, intelligent systems and the human-computer interface. Her work has resulted in a number of publications that have received high praise from all sectors of industry and government. She continues to be a "pillar of light" for women aspiring to exceed in the technology area.

  • Ian Gorton

    2005

    Ian Gorton has made a distinguished contribution to the ICT industry in his work in empirical software architecture research and adaptive middleware technology. His research professional career includes appointments as Senior Principal researcher at National ICT Australia (NICTA) and Information Sciences and Engineering in the USA. A prolific author of research and refereed work, his academic career includes significant educational and research work during his periods as Conjoint Professor at University of NSW and Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney. Ian Gorton has made a notable, recognised and positive contribution to the IT industry in Australia.

  • John Giles

    2005

    John David Giles has made a distinguished contribution to the field of information technology in Australia, particularly with respect to rural development projects in a variety of areas. John has contributed to these rural areas, mainly as a consultant and project manager since 1982 to the present day. The areas of interest include live stock marketing, Australian Computer Society | Hall of Fame | 2018 Page 58 minerals and petroleum, logging, wool marketing, recreational resources, rail, and wild fire management. While most projects were of importance some were of high significance. One of these projects was Electronic Conveyancing, which involved government and external stakeholders. It pushed the boundaries of e-commerce requiring over 280 acts of parliament to revise, plus the ability to handle billions of dollars. This project has been accepted Australia wide and won the 2001 AEEMA Australian Award for excellence in Research and Development. Another project involved the development of an Information Project Fire System. In addition to wild fire management, this system was extended to include such “incidents” as floods, outbreaks of contagious disease, oil spills etc. The emphasis was focussed on the management of resources rather than the management of “incident”. This project received a gold award at the 14th National Technology in Government Awards Dinner

  • Jeff Ferguson

    2005

    Jeff Ferguson has been a member of the ACS since the early nineteen seventies. He has had a distinguished career as an academic in the ICT arena including consulting with overseas universities in course design and implementation with the Asia Development Bank. He also spent time as Managing Director of a successful small software development firm involved in software for the industrial waste industry. This experience was taken into the classroom and provided valuable information forstudents. He was a founding member of the Global Information Technology Group at the University of Western Sydney with Professor Vijay Khandelwal. He published many articles and book chapters and presented at conferences. Because of his outstanding work in this group he was one of few people selected to represent Australia in the International Federation of Information Processing under the auspices of UNESCO. He was also instrumental in the redevelopment of the Systems Analysis and Design track at the University of Western Sydney and principle advocate for the introduction of flexible learning approach. He serves as a Branch executive member for NSW from 1987 to 1988.

  • John Debenham

    2005

    Professor John Debenham has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society for the distinguished contribution he has made to information technology in Australia, particularly in the area of artificial intelligence. John has a long standing research interest in the design of knowledge-based systems. and an international reputation for his research in knowledge-based systems and multi-agent systems. His work on negotiation in e-markets has found application in diverse fields ofindustry Australian Computer Society | Hall of Fame | 2018 Page 59 John is also Chair of the Australian Computer Society’s National Committee for Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems. . He has been a leader in international forums including IFIP Technical Committee TC12, and was the founder of Artificial Intelligence in Australia. He has been a keynote speaker or program chair at many of the major conferences in his field.

  • Bob Cross

    2005

    Dr Bob Cross has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society for a distinguished contribution to information technology in Australia, particularly in the area of ICT policy development. He is an invited member of the WA Information and Communications Technology Industry Development Forum – an advisory group on ICT mattersto the WA Minister for State Development - and it is in this position that he has been effective in raising the level of ICT policy development in WesternAustralia. Dr Cross is responsible for developing improved processes for teaching information technology across the Chinese-English language barrier with the Graduate University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences – the premier teaching and research institution in China. He has built important linkages between IT institutions in Ireland, China, Singapore and Malaysia and the School of Computer and Information Science at Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA.

  • Reg Coutts

    2005

    Professor Emeritus Reginald Paul Coutts has been elected a Fellow of the Society in recognition of his outstanding contribution through his work in digital communications within Telstra, university education and industry. Professor Coutts was a pioneer in the field of digital and mobile communications technologies in Australia and is an internationally recognised authority. He established the Centre for Telecommunications Information Networking (CITN) at the University of Adelaide and has led the development of other major initiatives, including the Smart Internet CRC, m.Net Corporation, and Innovation Lab Australia.

  • Chris Avram

    2005

    Chris Avram has made a distinguished contribution to the field of information technology within Australia and also internationally. He has had over thirty years’ experience in information systems particularly in the development of innovative computer applications for scientific modelling, data Australian Computer Society | Hall of Fame | 2018 Page 60 processing and operating systems, computer systems, and networking operations, and operating management. Chris has made outstanding contributions to the information technology profession as secretary to the Computer Systems and Software Engineering Technical Board of the Australia Computer Society (ACS), Vice President of the ACS Council, member of the Management Committee, and Victorian Branch Chair and Branch Executive Committee. In his academic career Chris has demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of the state of the art technology, particularly in the area of the advance security technologies in assuring confidentiality and privacy. He has exceptional teaching skills which has enabled him to inspirer many postgraduate and independent students and to provide them with a real depth of understanding