Genevieve Bell announced as Engineering Fellow

26 October 2018

The Australian National University's Distinguished Professor Genevieve Bell has been elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE).

"Although I am an anthropologist by training, my father and both of my grandfathers had a strong connection to engineering and I'd like to imagine they would be very proud, and I know my mother always is," Professor Bell said.  

"This is also a wonderful recognition of the important work that we are doing at the 3A Institute at the Australian National University, in building a new branch of engineering.

It is an extraordinary privilege and pleasure to join the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering," she said.

Among her many hats at the ANU, Professor Bell is the Director of the ANU Autonomy, Agency and Assurance Innovation Institute (3Ai) which is a world-leading initiative to help equip society to manage a future that will be characterised by artificial intelligence at scale.

Professor Bell is currently applying her decades of expertise putting humans at the centre of engineering design in Silicon Valley to the development of a new applied science that focusses on the multi-disciplinary challenges of an expanding artificial intelligence presence in society.

Professor Bell's work at 3Ai is the flagship of an ambitious program to reimagine engineering and computer science for the 21 century that College of Computer Science Dean Professor Elanor Huntington is leading at the ANU.

"Engineering is about making things that make lives better. It's about identifying the right problems and then solving them. And these skills are needed more than ever, as we contemplate what it means when our engineers are building the machines that have us inside them.

"I am extremely proud of this recognition for Professor Bell. It demonstrates the willingness of ATSE to think outside traditional parameters and realise that what makes the academy effective now and into the future is very different.

"It is also validation of the direction we are heading with 3Ai and the Reimagine Project at ANU. Universities are uniquely placed to support the rapid advancement of technology we are seeing, but will also need to rethink how they research, educate and collaborate in years to come" said Professor Huntington.

Professor Bell is the second ANU Entrepreneurial Fellow to join the Academy. Dr Lachlan Blackhall, is engineer and successful entrepreneur, having founded Reposit Power, a successful technology company that designs systems for grid-deployed energy storage.

ATSE is a not-for-profit that brings together leading thinkers in engineering and technology from academia, government and industry to apply technology for the social, environmental and economic benefit.