North American Alumni

The University of Queensland UQ alumni have a broad and significant impact on the world. Among them, close to 8,000 alumni live in the US and Canada. Our alumni include graduates as well as study abroad and exchange students.

Some prominent UQ alumni in North America include:

  • Ms Lis Wiehl, Legal Analyst, Fox News
  • Mr Geoffrey Rush, Actor and winner of Triple Crown of Acting (King’s Speech, Pirates of the Caribbean)
  • Dr Gary Roubin, Physician-in-Chief, Continuum Health Partners and inventor of the first FDA-approved coronary stent
  • Dr Michael McRobbie, President, Indiana University
  • Dr Sam Hawgood, Chancellor, University of California – San Francisco
  • Dr Vijay Kuchroo, Principle Investigator for Center for Neurologic Disease, Harvard Medical School

Alumni Profile: Andrew Liveris


Andrew Liveris’ 34-year Dow career has spanned manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, and business and general management. He has spent the bulk of his career in Asia, where he was general manager for the company’s operations in Thailand, and later President of all Asia-Pacific operations. He began his Dow career in 1976 in Australia.

He has been a member of Dow’s Board of Directors since February 2004, CEO since November 2004 and was elected as Chairman of the Board effective April 1, 2006.

Andrew was born in Darwin and attended The University of Queensland, graduating with a Bachelors degree (first-class honors) in Chemical Engineering. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in science by UQ as well as being named Alumnus of the Year for 2005. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of The Institute of Chemical Engineers, as well as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

Andrew serves on the board of directors of IBM and Citigroup. He is president of the International Council of Chemical Associations, vice chairman of the US Business Council, a member of the executive committee of the US Business Roundtable, a member of the US President’s Export Council, the US-India CEO Forum, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the American Australian Association, and a trustee of Tufts University.

In 2011, The University of Queensland in America, Inc. received its 501(c) (3) non-profit organization status. It is dedicated to supporting the mission of the University and its students through fundraising and promotional programs. Andrew is the Chair of the University of Queensland in America, Inc. Foundation.