Deputy Champion for the Sydney Nano Grand challenge: "Next generation Materials Discovery", School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney
Andrew is one of Australia's leading experts in nanoelectronics and quantum computing technologies. In 2011, he shared the Australian Eureka Prize for Scientific Research and was elected to a UNSW Scientia Professorship.
Andrew began his PhD and postdoctoral research in the Semiconductor Physics group at the University of Cambridge, before returning to Australia in 1994 to take up a Vice Chancellor's Fellowship, and subsequently an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship, at UNSW.
Andrew collaborated on the establishment of the Semiconductor Nanofabrication Facility (SNF) at UNSW which has Australia's highest resolution electron beam lithography capability. In 2008, SNF became the NSW Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) and Andrew serves as Director of both SNF and the NSW Node of ANFF.
Dr Koribalski obtained her PhD at the University of Bonn in Germany.
She was awarded the Max-Planck Society's Otto-Hahn Medal for her research done in collaboration with colleagues at the neighboring Max-Plank-Institut für Radioastronomie (MPIfR).
In July 1993 she joined CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), now part of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, as a postdoctoral fellow.
Dr Koribalski now leads the HI team at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) and mentors numerous postdoctoral fellows and PhD students based at a range of Australian and international universities.
Dr Koribalski was also for many years the coordinator of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science's graduate student program and project leader for the ATCA 3mm receiver upgrade enabled through the Major National Research Funding (MNRF) program.
Dr Sarah Pearce joined CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) as Deputy Chief in February 2011. Prior to this role, she was Project Manager for GridPP, the UK computing grid for particle physics. Sarah's previous experience includes time as a science advisor in the UK Parliament.
Sarah holds a PhD in X-ray astronomy from the University of Leicester and an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Oxford (Worcester College).
She is currently the Deputy Director of CASS, where she chairs the CASS Executive. Sarah has particular responsibility for CSIRO's role in the Square Kilometre Array project, and manages the CSIRO SKA Centre that coordinates CSIRO SKA activities. She has been Australian Science Director on the SKA Board, and part of the negotiating team for the SKA Convention.
Sarah also leads CASS's new Space Research Programme. This includes the CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation, which coordinates activity in EO across CSIRO and manages CSIRO's share of our new national facility, the NovaSAR satellite.
Dr Williams leads the data-focused research, development and digital capability of CSIRO, and is a member of the Executive Team. He has stewardship of a range of business lines and national facilities including Astronomy and Space Science, the Australia Telescope National Facility, Marine National Facility, Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Australian Collections, Information, Management and Technology and Data 61.
Prior to joining CSIRO in 2014, Dr Williams was Chairman of the European Space Agency (ESA), leading the 20-nation council executive body that oversaw the ESA. During this same period Dr Williams was also Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Space Agency responsible for developing the strategic vision for UK space, securing bilateral arrangements with various countries, and establishing national facilities in Harwell, England.
During 2005 - 2010 he served as Director General of the UKSA’s forerunner body, the British National Space Centre (BNSC), where he transitioned the National Space Centre into an agency structure, and was Head of the UK Delegation to ESA.
His earlier experience includes 10 years as Head of Strategy and International Relations with the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites and work with the UK Natural Environment Research Council, industry and academia.
Dr Williams holds BSc degree and a PhD from the University of Reading, served as a Member of the Global Climate Observing Committee, was elected Member of the International Academy for Astronautics in 2012, and is now a non-executive director of AARNET.