Media Release - Kelvin Ross Amongst New ACS Fellows

The following media release is courtesy of the Australian Computer Society.

ACS Welcomes New Fellows in Queensland

Tuesday 22 November 2011

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has welcomed the election of six members to the prestigious status of Fellow, recognising their substantial and enduring contributions to the Australian ICT industry, at the annual ACS Queensland Fellows Lunch held on Friday 18 November. ACS CEO Alan Patterson had the opportunity to meet and welcome these new Queensland Fellows.

 ACS Fellowship Dr Kelvin Ross     

“The ACS is looking forward to working closely with these Fellows who have made a distinguished contribution to the Australian ICT industry. 


“It is important for ACS Fellows to see the benefits of continued contribution to the Society, and the ACS would like to have more of our Fellows actively involved in ACS initiatives,” said Mr Patterson.


“ACS Queensland congratulates our new Fellows and we are pleased to see our members continue to play important roles to shape the Australian ICT sector in a significant way,” Dr Greg Allen, ACS Queensland Branch Chair.

Dr Michael Blumenstein

Associate Professor Michael Blumenstein has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia in a number of fields, particularly in ICT education leadership and ICT research. Michael is a nationally and internationally recognised expert in the areas of Pattern Recognition, Document Analysis and Artificial Intelligence. He was named as one of Australia’s Top 10 Emerging Leaders in Innovation in 2009.

He has been instrumental in securing substantial research funding for Griffith University.


Trevor Henderson

Trevor Henderson has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia. His career in ICT spans 30 years and includes working in high technical roles through to senior managerial roles, and most significantly, establishing a business which delivers ICT infrastructure solutions to clients in the SME, government and education sectors across Australia.

Trevor’s key career achievements include: project managing multi-million dollar infrastructure implementations and upgrades; managing large technical teams; developing extensive business applications for the Department of Defence and the design, implementation and support of large LAN/WAN infrastructures.

Trevor established Downs MicroSystems which was rated in the top 400 privately-owned businesses in Queensland, acknowledging its performance in the broader business sphere.


Kon Kakanis

Kon Kakanis has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia through his strong and effective leadership. Kon is currently Managing Director of Sundata, a Queensland-based IT company which he co-founded in 1986.

Kon was joint founder of Software Queensland, an association that addresses the needs of more than 50 Queensland-based software development companies and promotes their skills and expertise to corporations and governments Australia-wide. Kon is also a founding member of the ICT Industry Workgroup. The ICTIW provides a single voice to Queensland Government for 11 ICT associations.

Kon was awarded the Queensland Pearcey State Award in 2005.


Maureen Klinkert

Maureen Klinkert has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia through her sustained leadership and achievement in both the private and public sectors across four industries for more than three decades. She has inspired and mentored many ICT professionals to consistently exceed benchmarks and transform their organisations.

In the past fifteen years, she has successfully overseen major ICT project implementations in both the Government and Higher Education sectors on the Sunshine Coast.

During her time as a local government CIO the services that her ICT group delivered were three time more cost effective than the best performing Queensland Government agency.

Through her involvement with the Clever Networks Project she has played a leading role in bringing broadband to Australia’s fastest growing university (University of the Sunshine Coast) and to the Sunshine Coast region  and is a recipient of a Sunshine Coast Business Woman of the Year Award.


Dr Kelvin Ross

Kelvin has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia, particularly in the field of software testing. He is founder of K. J. Ross & Associates, currently employing over 60 specialist software testing consultants, and a NATA accredited testing laboratory. In 1991, Kelvin undertook a PhD in safety critical software engineering, focusing on Defence Systems, and then moved to software testing in Banking, Insurance and Government “commercial” software applications.

Since 1995, Kelvin has been instrumental in building the software testing community in Australia, including active participant and coordinator of SIGs, conferences, and technical committees. He regularly conducts research and presentations, including publication of Australian Industry Software Testing benchmarks, and is actively engaged in University teaching and research.


Paul Strooper

Professor Paul Strooper has made a distinguished contribution to ICT in Australia particularly in the area of software engineering research. He is the Head of The University of Queensland School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and is one of Australia’s most accomplished and internationally recognised researchers in software engineering.

Paul has been involved in a number of industrial research projects aimed at finding practical applications for some of his research results. This has resulted in the production of a number of prototype software tools that are used in research, teaching and industry.

Paul also is a valued consultant to major corporations in the area of software verification and validation.