School of Engineering, The University of Western Australia
Emeritus Professor James Trevelyan is an engineer, educator, researcher and has recently become a start-up entrepreneur.
He is CEO of Close Comfort, a tech start-up introducing new energy saving, low emissions air conditioning technology to Australia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and other countries with a large potential global market.
His research on engineering practice helped define the current Engineers Australia professional competencies for chartered engineers. His book “The Making of an Expert Engineer” and advances in understanding how engineers contribute commercial value are influencing the future of engineering education in universities and workplaces. Another book, “30 Second Engineering”, is helping to build greater awareness of the key importance of engineering and will reach a global audience. His latest book “Learning Engineering Practice” is helping graduates transitioning to professional practice.
He is best known internationally for pioneering research that resulted in sheep shearing robots from 1975 till 1993 and for the first industrial robot that could be remotely operated via the internet in 1994. He received the leading international award for robotics research in 1993, the Joseph Engelberger Award for Robotics Science and Technology development, equivalent to the Fields medal in mathematics.
In 2018 he was awarded West Australian of the Year in the professions category in recognition of his achievements.