The award is named in honour of the late Sir Ian McLennan and recognises his contributions to the application of science and technology to Australia’s industrial development. The Sir Ian McLennan Award was established in 1985 by the leaders of Australian industry and technology to recognise outstanding contributions by CSIRO scientists and engineers to national development.
Selection is based on demonstrated achievement, through effective interaction with industry, that shows potential to benefit the economy or community. Preference will be given to commercial successes with strong economic returns and achievements resulting in significant national and/or community benefits (e.g. through being adopted by public authorities and resulting in substantial benefits to the environment). For interactions with industry, candidates will be judged according to the extent and manner of their cooperation with industry partners. This criterion recognises that commercial or other decisions outside CSIRO’s control may result in an achievement not being adopted; it is the willingness and extent of involvement with industry that will be recognised. This award was first presented in 1985 and is awarded every two years.
- Awarded to the Longwall Automation Research Team for the development of LASC, a mining equipment automation technology based on inertial navigation that has generated significant improvements to the productivity and safety of Australia’s longwall coal mines. CSIRO acknowledges Glencore as a distinguished partner for the LASC Longwall Automation Research Team in their development of LASC. Team members: David Hainsworth, David Reid, Jonathon Ralston, Chad Hargrave, Mark Dunn, Jeremy Thompson, Peter Reid, Ronald McPhee, Alison Sanders, Sarah leary and Zak Jecny.
- Dr Niall Finn for his leadership of the Textor Technologies and CSIRO 3D Nappy Liner Team. This partnership resulted in the development of a three-dimensional composite nonwoven nappy-liner and successful manufacturing process for Textor Technologies. The novel 3D composite structure with its pattern of domed projections was designed to provide space for the fluids to flow into and then allow the liquid to be pulled down into the core of the nappy away from the baby’s skin, while the domes limit the skin contact area. The new material has been commercialised through Textor Technologies and Kimberly Clark for the Huggies brand of nappies, firstly in Australia but subsequently in the United States of America (supplied from Australia). It will be further rolled out globally in the coming months and years. See 3D UltraAbsorb Fabric Technology for Nappy Liners.
- Dr Manh Hoang from the Division of Materials Science and Engineering. For his delivery of breakthrough technologies in emissions reduction, process efficiency and zero waste processes, that have contributed positively to national development and the standard of living while maintaining environmental and resource stewardship.
- Frank de Hoog (Mathematical and Information Sciences). For innovative research into key processes in the manufacturing and mineral processing industries spanning his 30 year career at CSIRO. These included: devising a new approach to coil winding of sheet metal such as steel and aluminium for BlueScope Steel; and the determination of the operating parameters of the Kelsey Jig, a centrifugal machine which separates valuable minerals for the mining industry and has earned Australia billions of dollars in export revenue.
- Geoffrey Smithers (Food Science Australia). For his leadership in project partnerships which have resulted in several ‘world-first’ developments for the Australian dairy industry including: Recaldent™ for application in oral healthcare; a range of milk protein ingredients in partnership with Murray Goulburn; whey growth factor extract in partnership with Bonlac Foods, GroPep Ltd, and most recently TGR Biosciences Pty Ltd. See also Dairy products for improved human health.
- Peter Reid (CSIRO Plant Industry). For his contributions to the cotton industry by the development of some specific and outstanding new varieties. A number of his varieties have been international benchmarks in yield, disease resistance and fibre quality. Key examples are Sicala V-2 for resistance to verticillium wilt; Sicot 189 and Sicala 45 for resistance to fusarium wilt; Sicot 71 for exceptional yield potential; Siokra V-16 for adaptation to rainfed systems; and Sicala 40 for earliness combined with good yield and fibre quality. See also Genetically modified cotton varieties.
- Pathiraja (Thilak) Gunatillake (CSIRO Molecular Science). For his work on the design and synthesis of biostable polyurethanes for medical implants such as the Elast-Eon™ family of polyurethanes, which has received international attention due to unique properties. The polyurethanes fulfil a worldwide void for medical grade materials, insofar as they combine outstanding flexibility with resistance to degradation in the body. See also Elast-Eon™ biocompatible polyurethane.
- Tony Miller (CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences). For his work on the development of algorithms and software for the optimal design of spectacle lenses. These form the basis of a unique set of lens design tools which has enabled SOLA to deliver a wide variety of innovative lens designs, including a full range of progressive lenses, atoric and aspheric single vision lenses, and sun lenses optimised for wrapped frames consultant mathematician with the Lens Design team at SOLA International’s R&D Centre in Adelaide. The impact of this technology on the world spectacle lens market has been significant, with SOLA’s worldwide lens sales being over US$500 million for fiscal year 2000.
- Paul Gottlieb (CSIRO Mineral Engineering). For his predominant role in the development of the QEM*SEM system for mineral analysis the world’s leading image analysis system for mineral samples. The impact of this technology on the Australian minerals industry has been huge in the area of productivity gains and the assessment of new deposits. See also QEMSCAN® mineral analysis.
- Mary Ann Augustin (Food Science Australia). For her work on the chemistry of the milk system that allows modification to develop specialised milk powders and improve the performance of liquid milk products as food ingredients. The most extensively used of Dr Augustin’s innovations is a technology that allows milk powder manufacturers to guarantee that their product will be stable during subsequent processing in the manufacture of recombined products. This technology is now providing a substantial competitive edge for Australian companies.
- Robin Bedding (CSIRO Entomology). For his pioneering work the use of nematodes (unsegmented worms) for the traditional and novel biological control of a range of insect pests. This has had a major impact on national development of the forestry industry and is leading to the establishment of a new export industry. Dr Bedding’s application of his discoveries about the biology and ecology of one kind of nematode has broken the grip of the sirex wasp on Australia’s one million hectares of pine forest. This pest could have caused damage estimated at $1-4 billion in each rotation once it had spread throughout Australia. See also Entomopathogenic nematodes and Sirex wasp eradication.