3 November 2022
The contribution of Defence scientists has been celebrated at this year’s Defence Science and Technology Achievement Awards, held at a ceremony in Edinburgh, South Australia.
Scientists were recognised for contributions such as leadership in autonomous cyber operations, technical expertise in the effects of ageing on munitions, and collaborative research in emerging learning trends.
Joanne Culpepper, Neal Winter, Tony Shao and Noel Richards were recipients of the award for Science and Engineering Excellence for their project Mirage, a world-leading capability that brings together technical artistry and innovative science to create a visible signature evaluation tool, delivering probability of detection estimates for maritime targets.
Throughout the development of the project, the team continuously improved research techniques and the incorporation of new data, and invested in the STEM pipeline through hosting and mentoring university students.
The ceremony also included eight awards under the auspices of The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP), Australia’s most significant multilateral program of international science and technology collaboration with the United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada and New Zealand.
Chief Defence Scientist, Professor Tanya Monro AC, said the awards recognised outstanding contributions made by Australian Defence scientists locally and overseas.
“Australia’s future defence capability depends on a successful science and technology research program that supports Defence’s ability to remain at the technological cutting edge, and today we are celebrating the people who are delivering this,” Professor Monro said.
“The range of awards, both in Australia and within the Defence-related laboratories of our partner nations through the TTCP, are testament to Australia’s contribution to international scientific excellence.
“It is wonderful to celebrate the ingenuity and the impact of Australian scientists both at home and afar, across a range of collaborations involving over 1000 defence scientists from the member countries.”
Award categories and recipients are detailed below:
TTCP Awards 2022
DSTG Achievement Awards for 2022
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