Industry Advisory Board

The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science is comprised of: the School of Engineering, School of Computing, and School of Cybernetics.

The activities of these Schools span research and research training, postgraduate and undergraduate education, and service to society in general. Close linkages with industry are extremely important in all those areas of activity, and regular communication with industry representatives is essential in order to maintain our education and research programs in alignment with current and future trends and needs.

Professional work is an integral component of our degree programs, and industry can and should play a key role in educating new generations of engineers and computer scientists. As a formal vehicle for ensuring a fruitful exchange of information and to foster collaboration between academia and industry, the College has established two Industry Advisory Boards, one for the School of Engineering and one for the School of Computing. These webpages outlines their general roles through the Terms of Reference (ToR). Although the ToR pay special attention to undergraduate education, they are not restricted to it, rather, it is expected that advice will be given on all areas of activity.


The Industry Advisory Board (IAB) is expected to provide strategic level advice on all aspects related to the Research School’s core activities, as well as promoting industrial outreach of the Research School into the wider community.  This is achieved by:

Providing strategic level advice to the School Director on:

  • ensuring that graduates are meeting the needs of industry
  • industry trends and advising the School on how to position itself for those trends

Advising on, and assisting with, effective collaborations with industry, including, but not limited to:

  • internship programs and work experience
  • career opportunities
  • industry engagement in education  and research activities

Meeting at least twice a year with additional meetings to be agreed by the members.


The IAB will be composed of a mix of industry members external to the ANU and academic members from within the College of Engineering and Computer Science.

ANU Internal Members

  • Director, Research School of Engineering
  • Associate Director (Education), Research School of Engineering
  • Associate Director (Education Development), Research School of Engineering
  • Associate Director (Research), Research School of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering program convenor or alternate


  • Master by coursework student
  • Postgraduate research student
  • Additional members of CECS may attend as observers at specific meetings of the IAB, by invitation of the School Director.

Industry Members (minimum of 6 and maximum of 15 members)

  • Chair, to be drawn, by nomination, from the industry members
  • One member with expertise in professional education and training, and/or professional practice, preferably with links to, or good knowledge of,               relevant professional accreditation bodies
  • One member at the level of Principal of a secondary education institution
  • One member from a local or federal government organisation
  • Several members, with specific expertise in one of the main educational themes, or fields of specialisation, offered by the School

The industry membership should include representatives from companies or institutions that have traditionally been large employers of ANU graduates, but also from those that have good prospects to become significant employers. It is desirable, though not required, that some members are alumni of the ANU, bringing to the IAB their personal experience in applying skills and knowledge learned at the ANU to the industrial world.


The normal term of the membership is for two years, with possible renewal.


The Director of the Research School is responsible for:

  • Receiving nominations for and approving the membership of the IAB
  • Proposing to the Chair of the IAB meeting dates, twice or more as required per year
  • Co-Chairing the meetings of IAB as needed
  • Providing administrative support and facilities for the meetings of the IAB
  • Formulating appropriate topics or questions for the IAB
  • Ensuring that the advice received from the IAB is conveyed to the School
  • Informing the College Executive, and the Dean in particular, of the advice received from the IAB

The Chair of the Industry Advisory Board is responsible for:

  • Chairing the meetings of the IAB
  • Establishing the agenda for the meetings of the IAB, in consultation with the School Director
  • Ensuring that the meetings are minuted and the minutes are a true reflection of the matters discussed, determining any that may be confidential
  • Ensuring that advice is provided to the School Director in verbal or written form, as appropriate
  • Coordinating interactions between the members of the IAB, beyond those occurring at the meetings
  • Suggesting alternative or additional members to the IAB, when positions become vacant

The Associate Director (Education) of the Research School is responsible for:

  • Assisting the Director in all the matters itemised above
  • Reporting to the College Education Committee on items of advice specifically related to education and student-industry opportunities
  • Ensuring that the IAB attends to matters related to the professional accreditation of educational programs, and conveying the advice received from the IAB to the relevant accreditation institutions

The Associate Director (Research) of the Research School is responsible for:

  • Assisting the Director in all the matters itemised above
  • Reporting to the College Research Committee on items of advice specifically related to research and development.


The terms of reference, including the membership, will be reviewed every two years, or at an earlier date if required, with the review triggered by either the College Dean or the School Director.

Photo Biography

Iven Mareels (Chair)

Since Feb 2018, Iven Mareels is the Lab Director for IBM Research in Australia. He is also an honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne. Prior to this he was the Dean of Engineering at the University of Melbourne (2007-2018). He was educated at the University of Gent (Ir) and the Australian National University (PhD in Systems Engineering).

Peter Campbell

Peter leads EY’s Lean capability for the Oceania region across Supply Chain and Operations and Financial Services. Peter has over 18 years of experience as a Lean / process improvement specialist across a series of highly varied environments including: banking, utilities, manufacturing, public sector, retail, health, insurance, telecommunications, logistics, IT, wealth management and defence.

Kerry Grundy 

Principal of Narrabundah College since 2011. Principal ANU Secondary College 2012-2014. Principal ANU Extension 2018.

Andreas Luzzi

Focusing on low-energy buildings and renewable energy technologies, Andreas has held positions as industrial engineer, applied research scientist, consultant, full university professor, institute director and company CEO in Europe, the USA and Australia.

Geoff Patch

Geoff is a Software Engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in the development of real-time embedded signal processing systems, primarily in the areas of radar target detection and tracking systems and high performance digital communications. His current role is related to corporate cyber-security.

Phil Rokic

Phil has 15 years of experience in consulting, legislative reform, and IT project management and business analysis focussing on Business Intelligence.

Phil holds Bachelors in both Mechatronics Engineering and Computer Science (University of Melbourne). He served 5 years as a Marine Engineering Officer - Submariner in the Royal Australian Navy, where he obtained a Graduate Diploma in Marine Engineering Management.

Jon Sibley 

Jon is an energy policy specialist with 18 years experience in energy efficiency renewable energy in a variety of provide and public sector roles. Jon led the development of the ACT’s renewable energy auction program, energy efficiency retailer obligation scheme and the next generation energy storage program as well as a range of industry development and innovation programs with ANU.

Alexandra Sinickas 

Alex leads Arup’s research program for Australasia, as part of the Foresight Research and Innovation team. The research program develops and supports about 80 projects each year, involving our engineers, designers and planners across the region. Each project is aimed at better understanding the challenges facing our built environment, its people and its challenges over the next decade in four areas: Cities, Transport, Energy and Water.

Corinne Wallis

Corinne is an MBA qualified manager with a technical background in electrical engineering and a humanitarian focus at the Business and Performance Consulting group at PwC. 

She also volunteers as a non-executive director for Engineers without Borders and ATEC International; and recently won the ACT Corporate Telstra Business Woman of the year.

Uwe Zimmer

Uwe is a Computer Scientist at heart with a long history in designing, building and experimenting embedded, real-time and autonomous systems (submersibles, airborne vehicles as a few ground systems as well). A Computer Science doctorate has been awarded last century in Germany, then Uwe worked in Europe and Japan for a while before joining the ANU. He currently serves in the role of Associate Director (Education) for Computer Science at the ANU.




Meeting 1 - 12 April 2018, 3.30pm - 5.30pm 

Meeting 2 - 12 July 2018, 2.30pm - 4.30pm 

Meeting 3 - 14 November 2018, 2.30pm - 4.30pm


Meeting 1 - 29 May 2019, 2:30pm-4:00pm CANCELLED

Meeting 2 - 23 July 2019, 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Meeting 3 - 31 October 2019, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Head of School/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing