Rebecca Brown - Director General, Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation (JTSI).
Jan Drobik - Program Leader, Innovation, Defence Science and Technology
As the Program Lead – Innovation and International Engagement, Jan is responsible for leading the coordination of DST’s interactions with industry, academia, and national and international government agencies.
Russell Potapinski is the General Manager and Head of Intelligent and Autonomous Systems for Woodside Energy, responsible for leading the vision and implementation of these new technologies throughout the organisation.
He joined Woodside in 1998 and has held a variety of roles in areas including engineering, mergers and acquisitions, corporate strategy, business unit leadership, artificial intelligence and robotics.
Russell understands the importance of technology transfer between industries and is leading translational research and development in the areas of space and the resource sector. Russell has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.
Professor Simon Biggs is Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Western Australia. An internationally recognised chemical engineer and pioneer in the field of colloid and particle technology, he was, prior to his current appointment, Executive Dean of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology at the University of Queensland, and was previously the Royal Academy of Engineering/BNFL Chair in Particle Science and Engineering at the University of Leeds. An author of over 270 refereed publications as well as 20 patents, Professor Biggs’ work has led to a substantial number of research partnerships with a wide range of industry bodies. Professor Biggs received the 2005 Beilby Medal from the RSC/IMMM/SCI, was elected as fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2011, and fellow of the Australian Academy for Technological Services and Engineering in 2016. Professor Biggs undertook his undergraduate and doctoral education in the UK at the University of Bristol, where he received a PhD in Colloid Chemistry.
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