Ashley was born in Macon Georgia USA, but has been permanently based in Australia since in 2012. He is 52 years old, enjoys running on the weekends and has a rather noisy dog called Dr Oliver Brown.
Ashley got into engineering because he received a book of inventions and science from his dad as a 5-year-old.
Studied at Georgia Institute of Technology. Started work as a Chemical Engineer for Dow Corning. Worked there for 24 years at was moved to various locations around the world. His projects ranged to include robots and solar panels.
Ashley obtained an MBA, then after moving to Sydney obtained a doctorate of jurisprudence from University of Sydney.
The scale of stealing intellectual property and moving it off overseas is a real issue
It’s very easy for technology to be copied and moved outside the country.
The solution is to create a “….stronger awareness of the value of an idea, protecting that idea and keeping it at home will be more important in the coming decade.”
“All of the technology for an entire multi-billion-dollar corporation… the trade secrets and design and the proprietary information may fit into a very compact piece of electronics and it can be transmitted very rapidly.”
The problem of illegally procuring IP has always existed, so the solutions are varied. Putting good behavioural controls in, IT security as well as physical security are just a few. Need to be very careful how much technology you share.
During this podcast, you will also reflect on:
As an engineer, the most satisfying component for Ashley was when of there was a problem that seemed completely unsolvable, only to be involved in the invention of a completely new solution. Ashley has had several of these over the years and loves that “Eureka moment”.
Ashley no longer considers himself a pure engineer. His role is more of an interpreter between the engineer and industry. A current highlight includes providing live testimony at a parliamentary hearing on innovation.
First role as an engineer was very humble – he was allowed to purchase ladders. This moved to sampling valves which was more technically inclined. Thankfully this was just the start of big things.
The new frontier of chemical engineering is a very exciting space, bio-molecular engineers were introduced into the chemical engineering space and are now looking inside the body and re-engineering on a micro, nano and individual molecule scale.