The Warren Centre brings industry, government and academia together to create thought leadership in engineering, technology, and innovation. We constantly challenge economic, legal, environmental, social and political paradigms to open possibilities for innovation and technology and build a better future.
We advocate for the importance of science, technology and innovation. Our 30 years’ experience of leading the conversation through projects, promotion, and independent advice drives Australian entrepreneurship and economic growth.
Named in honour of Professor William Henry Warren, who became Australia’s first academic engineer at the University of Sydney in 1883, The Warren Centre provides independent advice on technology and innovation to government and to industry. We leap ahead of what people are thinking about today, and focus on the places where technology is taking society.
The Warren Centre promotes excellence in innovation through delivering collaborative projects, supporting and recognising innovators across the profession, and providing independent advice to government and industry.
The Warren Centre Board ensures that the Centre continues to meet the objectives set by the Founders and Founding Donors and preserves the concept and operating approach that have been a feature of The Warren Centre’s success since opening in May 1983.
Mr Richard Kell AM
Ms Kathy Jones (Kathy Jones & Associates)
Professor Michael Dureau AM
Mr Ashley Brinson
Professor Willy Zwaenepoel (Dean of Engineering & Computer Science)
Mr Ian Dart (Logical Technologies Pty Ltd)
Mr Christopher Janssen (GPC Electronics Pty Ltd)
Professor Ron Johnston (ACIIC)
Dr John Lear (JBL Consulting)
Mr Bob Rollinson (Salamander Technologies Pty Ltd)
Ms Fiona Mahony (Telstra)
Mr John Pickhaver (Macquarie Capital)
Mr Ian Oppermann (NSW Data Analytics Centre)
Professor William Henry Warren delivered the first lecture in engineering at the University of Sydney on 27 March 1883. Earlier that month he was appointed the inaugural lecturer in Engineering in the University’s School of Natural Philosophy and the following year was appointed the first Professor of Engineering. He remained Head of the University’s Department of Engineering for 42 years and, in 1919, became the first President of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.
The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering was opened in 1983 to mark the centenary of Warren’s first engineering lecture, a landmark in engineering education in Australia. It was established to foster excellence and innovation in all fields of Australian engineering.
The concept of The Warren Centre was first discussed at a luncheon on 20 September 1979, convened by the then Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney Professor Sir Bruce Williams, Associate Professor Phil Jones (then Dean of Engineering) and Professor Bob Bilger invited several eminent engineers from industry and the Faculty to discuss how to mark the centenary of Professor Warren’s first engineering lecture. This group concluded that, rather than setting up a ‘monument to the past’, the centenary should be celebrated by establishing a forward-looking institute with a ‘need to concentrate on excellence’ and the knowledge that ‘the involvement and close liaison with industry was important’. Over the next several months, the Centenary Committee was formed to develop the concept of the proposed institute, launch a fundraising appeal and plan the 1983 celebration.
Over 30 years later, we are proud of a long list of achievements in many fields as diverse as high-performance computing, building fire and safety engineering, chemical storage, surface mining, underground space, energy management, smart cars, managing the hi-tech enterprise, telecommunications, CAD, value-adding in manufactured products, and the Medical Device Network. These contributions have only been possible because The Warren Centre has responded to real-world issues and needs, and thereby gained the active involvement and support of our diverse constituency from industry, commerce and the professions.
The Warren Centre Innovation Network aims to foster excellence and innovation in advanced engineering and technology throughout Australia, across industry, government and academia. The Network is a group of prominent innovators who believe that innovation will always be key to Australia’s prosperity and well-being. For the ultimate benefit of the nation, the Network advocates for the success and recognition of advanced engineering and technology across all sectors in Australia. Membership to The Warren Centre Innovation Network is by invitation.
Dr Andrew Botros, Director, Expressive Engineering
Mr Steve Winnall, Vice President Product Development, Baraja
Mr Ashley Brinson, Executive Director, The Warren Centre
Professor Ron Johnston, Executive Director at Australian Centre for Innovation
Ms Daneta Crump, Principal, FPA Patent Attorneys
Ms Georgina North, Operations Manager Engineering Excellence Group, Laing O’Rourke Australia
Mr Tim Neal, Director of Engineering and General Manager, Dolby Australia
Mr Bill Simpson-Young, Chief Executive Officer, Gradient Institute
Mr Andrew Scott, Head of Technology, Telstra Chief Technology Office
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