Impressive career leads to national recognition for Tawonga man
“We added the study of biochemistry to the course, and that really got the girls in.
“By 1980 we had 38 per cent female students, and in 1997 we hit 50 per cent.
“That’s something I feel really proud of.”
When Professor Wood was chair of IChemE, he and his colleagues set out to make it a global body.
Professor Wood focused on China and Vietnam, particularly Tianjin University.
He helped the university revamp its chemical engineering course, upgrading it to modern standards, particularly improving safety.
“Tianjin University’s course was the first Chinese course to be accredited by a western professional organisation,” he said.
In 2001 Australia hosted the World Congress of Chemical Engineers, which Professor Wood said was the most successful ever at the time, and led to the launch of a World Council of Chemical Engineers.
Now aged 80, Professor Wood has only recently given up active participation in his profession.
“I am retired, but will always act as an advisor if asked,” he said.