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ICRAR’s professional staff members provide the technical, outreach, education, communications and administration skills that complement ICRAR’s research programs, from telescope and engineering support through to finance and communications.

Mr Mark Boulton

Senior Systems Engineering/IT Manager

E: mark.boulton@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 6744

Completed my Bachelor of Science at UWA in 1989 majoring in Computer Science and Physics.

Worked in defence industry for 22 years before returning to UWA where i worked initially for Physics and ICRAR then later taking up a full time position with ICRAR as the IT Manager plus Senior Systems Engineer on the Science Data Processor for the Square Kilometre Array.

Mr Julian Carrivick

Software Research Engineer, DIA

E: julian.carrivick@uwa.edu.au

Mr Kevin Choung

Senior Research Engineer (SKA)

E: kevin.choung@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7784

Ms Jacqueline Da Gama

Finance Manager

E: jacqueline.dagama@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7737


Mr Markus Dolensky

Technical Leader

E: markus.dolensky@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 5072

Scientific data processing systems
Data-intensive computing
Technical project management

Mr David Emrich

Instrument Engineer, site operations

E: david.emrich@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 9672

– Murchison Wide-field Array radio telescope field equipment
– External instruments integration at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO)
– Electronic systems design, integration and diagnosis / repair
– Low level firmware design for hardware management and abstraction
– Linux computer administration
– Network configuration and administration

Mr Sam Foster

Machine Learning Project Officer

E: sam.foster@icrar.org

P: 0404 751 818

Aspiring game developer and graphics programmer. At ICRAR, I’m working on machine learning with the Data Intensive Astronomy team.

Dr Gordon German

Research Engineer, Australian SKA Regional Centre

E: gordon.german@icrar.org

Mr Charles Gravestock

Research Engineer

E: charles.gravestock@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7784

Mr Callan Gray

Software Engineer

E: callan.gray@icrar.org

P: 0424662251

Mr Scott Haydon

Research Intern

E: scott.haydon@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 7925

Ms Kate Holmes

Administrative Officer, AusSRC

E: kate.holmes@aussrc.org

P: +61 8 6488 4688

Mr Rob Howes

Engineering Project Manager

E: rob.howes@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 7260

Mr Jake Jones

Research Assistant

E: jake.jones@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 9249

Mrs Leah Kalimeris

Outreach and Education Coordinator

E: leah.kalimeris@uwa.edu.au

Mr David Kenney

Project Engineer

E: david.kenney@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 1906

Specialisation: Radio Astronomy Engineering

Mr Paul Luckas

SPIRIT Program Manager

E: paul.luckas@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 5548

Paul has a Masters degree in Physics, specialising in the design and deployment of highly automated robotic telescopes and their use. He manages the SPIRIT telescope initiative at ICRAR (spirit.icrar.org).

His research includes the spectroscopic observation and analysis of exotic stars, including some of the most massive stars in our galaxy.

Ms Yolandie McDade

Executive Assistant

E: yolandie.mcdade@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 1549


Mr Andrew McPhail

MWA Fieldwork Coodinator

E: andrew.mcphail@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 9175

Mx Dev Null

AusSRC Developer

E: dev.null@icrar.org

Mx Null is a nonbinary software developer with a strong drive for solving challenging engineering problems on the cutting edge of computer science. After doing a BSc in Computer Science and Physics, they spent several years as a software development consultant with a focus on quality software delivery through the disciplined use of industry best practices. It is these practices which Mx Null hopes to employ in the development and optimization of the MWA\’s signal processing pipeline as it evolves into one which can scale up to meet the demands of the future upgrades. Mx Null is embedded in the MWA Operations team and funded by the AusSRC project to liaise with scientific and technical stakeholders in developing software solutions focussed primarily on achieving the science goals of the Epoch of Reionisation (EoR) team.

In the long-term, Mx Null will use the insights gained from the MWA development effort to inform the requirements and system architecture of the High-Performance Computing systems for the future Australia SKA Regional Centre.

Ms Tracey O'Keefe

Senior Administrative Officer

E: tracey.okeefe@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7763

Specialisation: Administration

Mr Dave Pallot

Software Engineer and Administrator

E: dave.pallot@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 2568


Ms Clare Peter

Administration Officer (ASTRO 3D)

E: clare.peter@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7759


Mr Nicholas Pritchard

PhD Candidate

E: nicholas.pritchard@icrar.org

Previously a research software engineer working in the Data-Intensive Astronomy team on the Square Kilometre Array Scientific Data Processing system.

Ms Lisa Randell

Administrative Officer

E: lisa.randell@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 1252


Ms Mihaela Safta

Program Manager

E: mihaela.safta@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 1307

Ms Tina Salisbury

Operations Coordinator

E: tina.salisbury@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 4968


Mr Greg Sleap

MWA Data Manager

E: greg.sleap@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 3516

Specialisation: Software development

Ms Ali Smith

HR & Compliance Officer

E: ali.l.smith@curtin.edu.au

P: 08 9266 4669

Mrs Kirsty Snadden

Administration Support Officer

E: Kirsty.Snadden@curtin.edu.au

P: 0892669899

Ms Aoife Stapleton

T&I & MWA Project Lead

E: aoife.stapleton@icrar.org

P: 08 9226 5209

Mr Rodrigo Tobar

Software Engineer

E: rtobar@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 1588

Mr Daniel Ung

Support Engineer, Aperture Array

E: daniel.ung@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 9106


Mrs Melissa Van Dam

Coordinator (SPIRIT)

E: melissa.vandam@icrar.org

P: 08 6488 7770

Melissa has a background in Science education. She now coordinates the SPIRIT program, giving high schools access to research-grade telescopes in order to promote STEM skills and careers in the Astronomy field.

If you are interested in utilising SPIRIT in your school contact spirit@icrar.org.

Mr Luke Verduyn

Technical Specialist – Mechanical Design

E: luke.verduyn@icrar.org

Ms Mia Walker

MWA Project Officer

E: mia.walker@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 9472

Mr Clinton Ward

Senior Technical Officer

E: clinton.ward@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 8845

Mrs Emmaline Yearsley

Manager Translation & Impact

E: emmaline.yearsley@icrar.org

P: 08 9266 5024

Emmaline is an experienced engagement and partnerships specialist within Western Australia’s science and technology sector. Possessing a multi-disciplinary background, Emmaline has worked across a range of institutions including the Western Australian Museum, Curtin University, and Scitech Discovery Centre.

She is driven to create deep, human-centered relationships that inspire productive collaboration. She is passionate about helping organisations and stakeholders develop meaningful connections that strengthen community and enable greater participation in STEM.