An ASKAP antenna at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. Image Credit: Ant Schinckel, CSIRO.

      

 

 

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Prof Rachel Webster

Chair and Director

Appointed 20 November 2015 until 2018 AGM

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Doctor of Philosophy

Prof. Rachel Webster is a Professor at The University of Melbourne in the School of Physics where she leads the Astrophysics research group.  She has had a stellar career teaching and researching astronomy for over 20 years. Originally gaining her doctorate thesis at Cambridge University, she has spent productive years honing her skills in Canada at the University of Toronto, both teaching and doing research. Her work has been internationally recognized with internationally prestigious scholarships. She was also the inaugural AIP Woman in Physics Lecturer. She is a key member of an international consortium involving Australian, American, Indian and New Zealand astrophysicists to help design and build a new low frequency radio telescope (Widefield Array) at Mileura in Western Australia aiming to detect the first luminous sources in the universe. Rachel is a member of the International Astronomical Union, and a Fellow of the Astronomical Society of Australia, the Royal Society of Victoria, and the American Astronomical Society. Rachel is a member of innumerable committees, including The University of Melbourne Council, and the University College Council.

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Dr Rosalind Dubs

Deputy Chair and Director

Appointed 20 November 2015 until 2018 AGM

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Docteur ès Sciences

FTSE, FAICD

Dr Rosalind (Ros) Dubs is a professional company director, currently serving on the boards of ASX100 company Aristocrat Leisure Limited, government shipbuilder ASC Pty Ltd, and ANU Enterprise Pty Ltd.   Her diverse business career has spanned a range of industries in publicly listed, private and government companies in Germany, France and Australia. For Thales SA, she was managing director of a company delivering state-of-the-art navigational aids to 65% of the global aviation market, served as COO of the world’s largest exporter of air traffic management systems, and sold mission-critical software and communications systems to the Australian Defence Force. At Airservices Australia, as director of operations support, she was responsible for all engineering operations across Australia. Dr Dubs was appointed to CSIRO’s senior executive service in 1983. Within universities, she was Registrar of the ANU from 1985-91, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Relations) at UTS from 2007-09. Dr Dubs chaired the Australian Space Industry Innovation Council during 2010-12, served on the Australian Astronomical Observatory Advisory Committee during 2011-15, and was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering in 2014.

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Prof Matthew Bailes

Director

Appointed 20 November 2015 until 2018 AGM

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Doctor of Philosophy

Prof. Matthew Bailes is an ARC Laureate Fellow at Swinburne University of Technology and leads the Centre of Astrophysics and Supercomputing’s pulsar group. His main scientific interests concern the discovery and high precision timing of millisecond radio pulsars and the discovery of extragalactic fast radio bursts (FRBs). He is the theme leader of the Dynamic Universe for the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and the chair of the advisory board for the Collaboration for Astronomical Signal Processing and Electronics Research (CASPER). He collaborates extensively with MPIfR, the University of Manchester, the Cagliari Radio Observatory, Caltech and the CSIRO. Matthew is leading the redevelopment of the Molonglo Radio Observatory's correlator so that it can time pulsars and search for FRBs. He is the Australian lead of the Breakthrough Listen project to search for Alien transmissions with the Parkes radio telescope and leading the pulsar timing project on the South African Square Kilometre Array pathfinder the MeerKAT.

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Prof Karl Glazebrook

Director

Appointed 18 November 2016 until 2019 AGM

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Doctor of Philosophy

Karl Glazebrook is a Distinguished Professor at Swinburne University of Technology and Director of the Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing. His career has spanned the U.K., U.S. and Australia including Professorships at Johns Hopkins University and Swinburne and the award of a prestigious Packard Fellowship. His most notable scientific accomplishments are the development of the 'nod and shuffle' spectroscopic technique, characterising the bimodal colour and environmental distributions of local galaxies, the study of the morphological and spectroscopic evolution of galaxies across cosmic time using Gemini, Hubble and Keck telescopes and the development of innovative cosmological techniques such as 'Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations'. He is an official ISI “Highly Cited Researcher” and has won the Muhlmann Award for his work on instrumentation. His most notable current service roles are Chair of the International Facilities Working Group of the Australian Astronomy Decadal 2016-2025 Plan and member of the Australian Research Council College of Experts. He has also served on the Keck Scientific Steering Committee, the Gemini Science and Technology Advisory Committee and the GMT Instrument Development Advisory Committee.

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Dr Ben Greene

Director 

Appointed 18 November 2016 until 2019 AGM

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

Doctor of Philosophy (Physics)

 

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Prof Naomi McClure-Griffiths

Director

Appointed 18 November 2016 until 2019 AGM

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Doctor of Philosophy  (Astrophysics) 

Naomi McClure-Griffiths is a Professor at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) at The Australian National University. Prior to this Naomi spent 13 years at CSIRO holding various roles, including OCE Science Leader and Head of National Facility Science for the ATNF. Naomi’s area of research is in the structure and evolution of gas and magnetic fields in our own Milky Way and the nearby Magellanic System. Her research group uses radio telescopes, including the Australia Telescope Compact Array, Parkes Radio telescope and Green Bank telescope. Naomi co-leads the Galactic ASKAP survey, GASKAP, and the Polarisation survey, POSSUM and has roles in SKA science planning, including membership on two SKA Science working groups (HI and The Galaxy), the SKA Science and Engineering Advisory Committee, Australia New Zealand SKA Coordination Committee (ANZSCC) and ANZSCC's Science Advisory Committee.  Naomi completed her PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN USA.

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Prof Chris Tinney

Director

Appointed 18 November 2016 until 2019 AGM

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Doctor of Philosophy   

GAICD

 

 Chris Tinney is a Professor at the University of New South Wales in the School of Physics. He is Associate Dean (Research) for UNSW’s Faculty of Science and heads the Exoplanetary Science at UNSW research group. He obtained his PhD from the California Institute of Technology, and has been an active researcher in the field of exoplanets and brown dwarfs for over 20 years. He has has worked in both the research infrastructure and University sectors, spending almost 12 years with the Anglo-Australian Observatory as a Research Astronomer (where he headed the IRIS2 instrument project) and then as Head of Astronomy, before moving to UNSW as a Professorial Fellow.

 

Staff 

AAL Mark McAuley

Mr Mark McAuley

Chief Executive Officer

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Master of Arts

Master of Business Administration 

Mr Mark McAuley is Chief Executive Officer at Astronomy Australia Limited and has been the senior executive employee since its incorporation in 2007. Previously he was the Executive Officer of the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility (2004-2006) and Education Officer of the Royal Observatory Edinburgh (1993-1995). He has also worked in the private sector, including six years within the R&D division of a computer-aided engineering firm (1996-2001). He has served on a number of national and international astronomy committees which have given him considerable experience in developing strategies and priorities for our national astronomy infrastructure.

AAL Mita Brierley

Dr Mita Brierley

Program Manager

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor of Science (Astronomy & Mathematics)

Post-Graduate Diploma Science

Doctor of Philosophy (Astronomy) 

Dr Mita Brierley joined the Astronomy Australia Ltd team in April 2012, first as Project Officer and now holding the role of Program Manager. She comes from a background in astronomy, having obtained her PhD (2010) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, where she continued on as a lecturer in undergraduate physics and astronomy (2010 - 2011) until her move to Melbourne in late 2011.

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Dr Robert (Xiaobin) Shen

Program Manager

QUALIFICATIONS:

Doctor of Philosophy (IT)

Dr Robert (Xiaobin) Shen joined the Astronomy Australia Ltd team in September 2016 as Program Manager. He has worked in a range of eResearch project management/program coordination roles, including software lead&integration support at the Australian National Data Service (March, 2009 - August, 2016) and Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne (April, 2006 - March, 2009).

AAL Sue Russell

Mrs Sue Russell

Finance Manager and Company Secretary

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor of Science

Master of Science

Graduate Diploma Business (Acc)

CPA 

Sue Russell commenced as Finance Manager and Company Secretary at Astronomy Australia Ltd in April 2012. Previously, she has been the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary at the Foundation for Young Australians, Director of Operations at the Education Foundation, General Manger Finance & Business Improvements/Corporate Services Manager at the National Transport Commission and has worked in other not for profit organisations.   Prior to working in finance she worked as a Research Assistant in medical research at the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and the University of Melbourne at St Vincent’s Hospital.

AAL Libby Armstrong

Mrs Libby Armstrong

Project Administrator

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor of Arts

Master of Business 

Libby Armstrong has worked at Astronomy Australia Ltd since February 2013, after a previous role as Office Manager in 2009 before going on maternity leave.  Previously she worked at RMIT University  as Office Manager in the Research and Development Unit  and as Project Office in the Faculty of Business.

AAL Catherine Andrews

Mrs Catherine Andrews

Office Manager

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor of Arts (Hons)

CSA (Cert) 

Catherine Andrews commenced as Office Manager at Astronomy Australia Ltd in 2010.  She previously worked in administrative roles in both the public and private sector, including 18 months at the Natural History Museum in London in 2003/4 and most recently at a global technology firm.