Andrew Harris is a Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The
University of Sydney, and the Australian director of Laing O’Rourke’s future
engineering and innovation consultancy, the Engineering Excellence Group.
Laing O’Rourke is Australia’s largest private engineering and construction
business, with local turnover of ~$3 bn p.a.
Andrew received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2002 and is a
Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers
(IChemE) and Engineers Australia (IEAust).
Throughout his career he has worked at the interface between industry and
academia. He is an expert in disruptive innovation, with deep experience of
most of the technologies likely to impact all industry sectors in the future,
including IoT, robotics and automation, big data, digital, augmented and
virtual reality, biomimetics, smart cities and AI.
Andrew is a non executive Director of Hazer Group (ASX:HZR), a listed clean
tech and serves on the board of the Australian Research Council Centre for
He was recognised as one of Australia’s 50 most innovative engineers by
peak body Engineers Australia in 2016.