Monash University Chancellor, Dr Alan Finke, has been appointed as the new President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).


Dr Finkel, a prominent Australian engineer and technology entrepreneur, will take up the role on 1 January 2013, succeeding former Australian chief scientist Professor Robin Batterham.


Dr Finkel said that as president of ATSE, he would be focusing on improving public discussion and policy on key national issues where applied science and technology can offer solutions.


Dr Finkel currently holds the roles of Chief Technology Officer of Better Place Australia and Chairman of the Australian Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics. He has been the Chancellor of Monash University since January 2008.