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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:


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ACS Fellows

2023 - 2024

  • Professor Ryan Ko


    Professor Ryan Ko has made a distinguished contribution to ICT through his influence and development of significant Australian and International Cyber Security standards, and curricula development. He was a principal co-contributor to the development of the Cyber Security Certification Australia standard SMB1001 for small and medium businesses, and also led the development of the global ISO/IEC 21878 standard. He is renowned for his trailblazing approach to the research and teaching of Cyber Security, encompassing multi-disciplinary expertise from computer science, criminology, business management, risk and compliance, policy studies, and psychology. He recognised the need for youths to develop cyber skills through gamification, and in 2022 co-founded the highly successful Oceania and International Cybersecurity Challenges, establishing Australia’s reputation as a leader in Cyber Security innovation. In recognition of his Cyber Security education expertise, he was appointed to Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Australia for accreditations that review computer science, IT and cyber security academic programs in Australia.

  • Mr Jason Garland


    Mr Jason Garland has made a distinguished contribution to the ICT industry as a catalyst and long-term advocate for the development of ICT activity and educational opportunities in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast region. He was a founding member of the Sunshine Coast Tech Industry Alliance which works to encourage and support local ICT industries, and is on various other local committees with similar aims . His belief in the value of education and the need to remain abreast of emerging technologies is modelled for the employees of his own company, and led him to establish a certified exam centre in the Sunshine Coast, which is one of only two in Queensland outside Brisbane. This enables regionally based staff from all companies to gain and maintain their industry certifications. He works closely with the University of Sunshine Coast, local TAFE colleges, and ACS to provide career opportunities and pathways for their ICT graduates.

  • Mr Johnny Smoes


    Johannes Smoes has made a distinguished contribution to the ICT industry by initiating a cultural shift towards greater inclusivity and diversity, and by providing small and medium sized businesses with a practical pathway towards this in ‘An Introduction to Diversity and Inclusion and Implementing Diversity and Inclusion – A Reference Guide’. He has provided practical examples of the advantages and innovations that result from embracing diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and volunteers his time as a guest speaker, mentor and advisor on the topic. His belief in the value of education and positive encouragement led him to personally fund awards for Excellence at the University of Melbourne in both Programming and Software and Information Systems Strategy and Governance. He is renowned for his tireless dedication to the advancement of the ICT profession including actively taking ownership and driving the completion of multiple publications and policy submissions for ACS and other organisations.

  • Mr Peter Maynard


    Peter Maynard has made a distinguished contribution to ICT by developing the first useable, understandable, and non-technical hybrid cyber security framework designed specifically for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs), enabling improved security practices among SMBs in Australia at a time when this was a significant national risk. This framework was adopted as the ISO/IEC TS 27110:2021 standard several years later. He co-authored Australia’s first multi-level cyber security Certification process specifically for SMEs, for which the certification is offered online via one of the many innovative companies Peter has founded. He also holds patents and provisional patents in this area. He is an Industry Fellow at the University of Queensland, helping to transition academic research and discovery into usable practice, and provides his expertise as a member of the cyber risk leadership committees for the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), and the Tech Council of Australia.

  • Mr Paul Gampe


    Paul Gampe has made a distinguished contribution to ICT by creating opportunities for employment and skills in the latest high technology hardware and software platforms, and by proving that Australia can be globally competitive in these areas with awareness, education, and support in emerging technologies. He is credited with establishing one of the three non-US based Red Hat Research facilities in Australia and transferring the Internet address registry (APNIC) for the Asia-Pacific region to Brisbane. His work with Standards Australia in establishing the use of ISO/IEC 27001 for data centres in Australia played an important role in the 2020 Covid epidemic, and he has since successfully expanded this work into using software interconnectivity methodologies globally. He has served on boards and committees for the Open-Source Industry Australia, the Linux Foundation, CoderDojo, and the IT/MM advisory board for the University of Queensland, and has played a significant role supporting young entrepreneurs as Chair of the Queensland Pearcey Foundation.

  • Professor Alan Liew


    Professor Alan Liew has made a distinguished contribution to ICT by advancing fundamental knowledge in Computer Science, particularly in the field of computer intelligence with pioneering work in novel unsupervised learning that led to a US patent and later adoption by industry. He is recognised worldwide for his academic scholarship but also as a researcher who encourages the best from his colleagues and allows them to develop and shine in their own right. This leadership led to a significant uplift in the ranking of the Computer Science discipline when he was Deputy Head of School (Research) at Griffith University and hence the ability to attract grants and researchers to the discipline. He has not only contributed to the profession as an academic but also as a members of Standards Australia AI committees, by promoting IT to high school students and helping ACS Queensland with its Gold Coast chapter activities.

  • Mr Geoff Augutis


    Geoff Augutis has made a distinguished contribution of ICT via his leadership in volunteering, specifically with his advocacy and practical programs to ensure a high standard of ICT education in schools and his work to ensure that areas in regional Queensland have access to ICT training and technology. His work, both in his professional life and volunteer activities, is credited with making a significant contribution to the growth of the ICT industry in Queensland. He has served on the reference and Advisory Boards of both CQU and QUT universities, as well as for the Queensland government and CSIRO. He is an active volunteer for ACS, serving as Chair for the ACS Bundaberg chapter, and is an accredited columnist on ICT matters for the Bundaberg press. His voluntary work has made possible the donation of over 1000 used computers that are repurposed for those in need in the community.

  • Professor John O'Callaghan


    John O’Callaghan has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia through his very early recognition of the potential of high-performance computing (HPC), in particular for vision and image processing; his collaborative and successful leadership of research teams developing the application of HPC to the areas of remote sensing, mapping and Geographic Information Systems; and his ability and drive that motivated governments, funding agencies and universities to recognise HPC's strategic nature. He played a pivotal role in the establishment, management and success of Australia’s first HPC network which has evolved into the Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) and the National Computer Infrastructure (NCI) and makes HPC facilities available to Australian research organisations. Much of the strategically important success from collaborations between universities, government, researchers and commercial enterprise in HPC is attributed to the foundations created by his work. He has also encouraged young Australians through his support of the Olympiad program.

  • Ms Marissa Shipley


    Marissa Shipley has made a distinguished contribution to ICT as an active trailblazer for the important contributions that neurodiverse people make to the profession. She has demonstrated this with a stellar career in ERP security and governance, a discipline in which she has world renown, but also by publicly sharing her journey to overcome the challenges that she has faced. She has worked with a wide variety of organisations where both her technical and leadership abilities, together with her ability to successfully manage unconscious bias, has allowed her to provide concrete examples to encourage and motivate others, so that they may follow more easily. She is actively involved in a number of industry groups that foster the development and support of women in the ICT industry and Neurodiversity in Technology, including the Girls in Schools Program, Women in Tech, She Leads Tech, Women in IT, and the QUT Mentor initiatives.

  • Mrs Sharon Singh


    Sharon Singh has made a distinguished contribution to ICT through her evidence-driven advocacy, which has led to ground breaking improvements in ICT and STEM education in Australia, and internationally. Her work has been incorporated in the IFIP Zanzibar Declaration, and is found in digital curricula across the world. She discerned the problems in ICT and STEM curricula, particularly for girls, and designed and innovatively tested and proved the suggested improvements. This enabled her to provide data that showed when and how the suggested changes worked. Under her leadership, the ACS ICT Educator’s Committee commissioned the first ever survey of ICT education in Australian schools; work that has provided such valuable data to government, educators and policy makers, that such surveys will continue. Her status as a successful innovator is illustrated in the award-winning STEM Design Centre at St John’s Anglican College, which is a model now used by schools globally.

  • Dr Vikram Sharma


    Dr Vikram Sharma has made a distinguished contribution to Australian ICT both as an outstanding researcher in the evolving field of security defences in a quantum computing environment but also from the notable achievement of commercialising his research such that the IP, associated technology and skilled employment stays in Australia. Dr Sharma is one of the few Australians to have his name on several patents in ICT related subjects and, as a result of his leadership and technical ability, has ensured that his active research into the quantum computing security results in practical and useful implementations. He has contributed significantly to government consultations on cyber security and is a member of the National Quantum Advisory Committee. In academia he has developed partnerships with the Centre for Excellence in Quantum Computing and Communication Technology, the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre, The Australian National University, The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the University of Newcastle and the University of Queensland.

  • Mr Chris Jeffery


    Christopher Jeffery has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia by making it possible for marginalised groups in our society to access and use ICT technology successfully. He has used his skills across ICT hardware and software platforms on a voluntary and pro bono basis to assist a wide variety of such groups, including remote and isolated communities, the Syrian Mosaic Community in Brisbane, menALIVE Ministries, the Invictus Community College that supports disengaged and disadvantaged youth, and a number of Seniors groups. He is particularly recognised for his work in upskilling educators in both the secondary and VET (Vocational Education and Training) sectors enabling them to maintain industry currency and to provide and deliver authentic learning experiences to their students. He is involved in the community as a judge for awards, a member of ACS course accreditation panels, mentoring students, and presenting on ‘staying safe online’.

  • Dr Maria Milosavljevic


    Dr Maria Milosavljevic has made a distinguished contribution to Australian ICT by revolutionising the way data is aggregated and used in large organisations. Using cutting edge research, she has pioneered the use of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics across applications that range from modelling thermodynamic processes, the one stop services provided to citizens, international money laundering, whole of government cyber security and in the defence department. The information revealed by the techniques that she has made possible has enabled previously unobtainable functionality and outcomes in these application areas. Her ability to innovate and lead has been demonstrated by her appointments as the first Chief Data Officer in two organisations where she has defined the role and built teams able to deliver these often world first applications. Dr Milosavljevic chaired the ACS Cyber Security committee for 5 years and is an Honorary Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the Australian National University.

  • Professor Jie Lu


    Distinguished Professor Jie Lu has made a hugely significant contribution to Australian ICT by developing Machine Learning and Fuzzy Systems algorithms such that they can be used on the disparate and evolving data that are found in real world applications. Her ground-breaking ‘fuzzy latent feature’ can work out which of several sources of data is the best to use to reach specified outcomes and also react to the changes that often occur in the data over time. This is useful in applications that make predictions based on conflicting and incomplete data sets such as is often found in streamed data. Her methods have been successful commercialised and used in applications ranging from predicting the occupancy of train carriages, business strategy success, telecommunication loads, mortality rates and recently, to analysing genome sequences. Distinguished Professor Jie Lu is renowned for her leadership in research and for her activities as a role model to women in STEM.

  • Professor Dian Tjondronegoro


    Professor Dian Tjondronegoro has made a distinguished contribution to the ICT industry as a recognised expert in transdisciplinary research in artificial intelligence, information systems, and mobile technologies with specialised knowledge in computer vision, multimodal sensors analytics, and eHealth. Hundreds of cancer survivors have used his work on eHealth systems for women's wellness promotion. His AI-enabled mobile apps have improved young people’s mental health and supported children with chronic pain. Dian’s research has led to the design, implementation and comprehensive evaluation and benchmarking of novel image analysis techniques that use cutting-edge AI and machine learning techniques for visual analysis applications across sectors. His work on multichannel content delivery projects has developed new technologies which has transformed and brought competitive advantage to the traditional media industry by tracking and analysing emerging information across digital platforms in real time. Professor Tjondronegoro was a finalist in the ICT Researcher of the Year category in the 2018 ACS Digital Disruptor Awards in recognition of his transformational research outcomes.

  • Ms Lynn Warneke


    Lynn Warneke has made distinguished contributions over three decades of leadership of enterprise ICT transformations and emerging technology innovations in several sectors, and as a role model for women. Lynn led digitisation of the student experience in higher education, including pioneering a digital Centre-of-Excellence and award-winning Smart Campus program. She has been recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative CIOs, for an innovative ways-of-working blueprint and workplace transformation for state government. As a non-executive director of not-for-profit and social enterprises, Lynn applies her deep ICT and transformation expertise, to support governance of cyber and technology risks and the development of new organisational capabilities and solutions essential for success in the digital era. Lynn has made a sustained contribution to technology diversity and inclusion advocacy, and volunteers as a start-up founder mentor, providing expertise to help grow early-stage Australian technology companies.

  • Mr Johnny Serrano


    Johnny Serrano has made a distinguished contribution to the ICT industry as an exceptional leader and a fervent advocate of innovation, diversity and inclusion. Johnny firmly believes that innovation comes out of diversity, and is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion, particularly for international students and professionals. As CIO of GroundProbe, he successfully harnessed augmented reality to change the business model of operations and maintenance and solve issues where engineers who were not physically able to visit sites. GroundProbe has been awarded recognition of its successful adoption of this innovation. He has been an active member of the ACS National Diversity and Inclusion Council and has established an internship program with leading universities to create career pathways and provide organisations with access to the best talent. He was awarded the ACS President’s Award in 2021 in acknowledgement of his leadership through the adoption of emerging technologies and promoting a culture of innovation, diversity and inclusion.

  • Professor Trina Myers


    Trina Myers has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in the field/s of higher education and research in emerging new technologies. She recognised there was an immense gap in what is now known widely as Work Integrated Learning. She helped to pioneer this important area of higher education and graduate employability movement. Trina has been an active member of numerous working groups that aimed to shape ICT higher education, including the Chief Scientist, Dr. Alan Finkle’s, “closing the gap working group” (2017) and the ACS “CBOK refresh” working groups. Trina has played an integral role on the Australian Council of Deans of ICT (ACDICT) that aims to promote and advance ICT education, research and scholarship on behalf of Australian universities. Her work in longitudinal learning to create design thinking graduates earned her multiple L&T awards nationally and internationally.

  • Mr Paul Herring


    Paul Herring has made a distinguished contribution to ICT as an educator, creating pioneering initiatives to take new and innovative digital technologies into the community by engaging with senior school age students and their parents. This work encompassed technological innovation in software and infrastructure. He is recognised for setting up the first internet connections into Queensland schools via satellite and then demonstrating the value of this then new tool, to enhance the curricula. He went on to influence the course structures of senior level digital courses over many decades as a member of the Technologies Learning Area Reference Group and as a Lead Confirmer for the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank Digital Solutions subject. This work emphasised how adopting new technologies can lead to the development of new enterprises and applications. He modelled this by creating an application for school fund raising that was spectacularly successful for the schools that used it.