Who we are

We Are A Gateway To Australia’s Defence Science Capability

With a deep network across Australia’s science and technology landscape, we help build defence science research networks, facilitate collaborations and assemble multi-disciplinary teams including scientists, engineers, and researchers from industry and the academic community.

Our Organisation

The Defence Science Institute (DSI) was established in 2011 within the University of Melbourne and is funded jointly by the State Government of Victoria, the Commonwealth Government’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group and our university members.

Our multi-disciplinary team comprises senior professionals from industry, government and academic backgrounds.

DSI Team

Professor Adrian Pearce 
DIRECTOR
A/Prof Claire Davis
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
A/Prof Toby Murray
DEPUTY DIRECTOR 
Craig Butler
INDUSTRY ENGAGEMENT 
Charlotte Morris
GOVERNMENT ENGAGEMENT
Annette McLeod
CONTRACTS AND BUSINESS ANALYSIS
Ansonne Yap
ADMINISTRATOR
Sebastian Douglass
MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS 

DSI Board Members

Mr John O’Callaghan (Chair)
VICTORIA DEFENCE INDUSTRY ADVOCATE, STATE GOVERNMENT OF VICTORIA
Mr Unni Menon 
ACTING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CAPTURE TEAMS JOBS, INNOVATION AND BUSINESS ENGAGEMENT,  DEPARTMENT OF JOBS, PRECINCTS AND REGIONS
Dr. Maria Athanassenas 
ACTING PROGRAM LEADER, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY COORDINATION, SCIENCE EBGAGEMENT & IMPACT DIVISION, DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY GROUP
Professor Liz Sonenberg
PROFESSOR AND PRO VICE-CHANCELLOER DIGITAL & DATA, THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Ms Laura Anderson
CHAIRMAN, SVI GLOBAL PTY LTD.
Mr Miles Partridge 
DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING, TECTONICA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD.
Dr Tony Lindsay 
DIRECTOR OF LOCKHEED MARTIN STELARLAB, LOCKHEED MARTIN AUSTRALIA
Professor Callum Drummond AO
DEPUTY VICE  CHANCELLOR AND VICE PRESIDENT RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, RMIT UNIVERSITY
Dr Joanna Donagan  

 

DIRECTOR, GLOBAL INNITIATIVES, OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR (GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT)  MONASH UNIVERSITY

DSI Liaison Managers

Dr Navid Mohajer 
RESEARCH FELLOW, MECHANICAL DESIGN STEMS DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
Dr John Besida 
RESEARCH PARTNERSHIPS, RESEARCH AND INNOVATION, RMIT UNIVERSITY
Ms Rosy Calabro 
CENTRE COORDINATOR, SIR LAWRENCE WACKETT CENTRE

rosy.calabro@rmit.edu.au

A/Prof Daniel Lai 
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERING

VU.defence@vu.edu.au

Mr Quin Chang 
 DIRECTOR OF ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT, LA TROBE UNIVERSITY

defence@latrobe.edu.au

Mr James Davern 
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, DIGITAL INNOVATION, DEFENCE AND SPACE, SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Ms Zara Hamon 
PARTNERSHIPS AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR AND VICE PRESIDENT (ENTERPRISE), MONASH UNIVERSITY
A/Prof Shona Sciacca 
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR IN THE SCHOOL OF BEHAVIOURAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES, DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF SPRINT, AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY
Ms Frances Taylor 
RESEARCH CENTRE MANAGER, SPORT PERFORMANCE, RECOVERY, INJURY & NEW TECHNOLOGIES (SPRINT) RESEARCH CENTRE, AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY 
Prof Len Sciacca 
ENTERPRISE PROFESSOR, DEFENCE TECHNOLOGIES, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
defence-technologies@unimelb.edu.au
Mr Aaron Ingram
DEFENCE MARITIME PROGRAM MANAGER, AUSTRALIAN MARITIME COLLEGE, COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA
A/Prof Sean Müller
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF SPORT AND EXERCISE SCIENCE, FEDERATION UNIVERSITY OF AUSTRALIA