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.
Senior Systems Engineering/IT Manager
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.
Industry Engagement Manager
P: 08 9266 4792
– Mapping ICRAR’s capabilities to different domains and use cases
– Acting as an interface between technical and commercial worlds
– Managing partnerships between academia and industry
– Deep knowledge of Government incentives schemes for collaborative R&D
Instrument Engineer, site operations
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
SPIRIT Program Manager
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.
Mx McElhinney 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 McElhinney 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 McElhinney 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 McElhinney 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.
Outreach and Education Coordinator
P: 08 6488 7769
Gregory has a background in science communication, education and outreach. He has worked as a high school physics teacher in Queensland, worked for CSIRO Education and Outreach throughout the country, and holds a Masters in Science (Astronomy).
He has been the Cosmos Consultant at ICRAR since March 2016 and took on the role of Education and Outreach Coordinator in September 2021.
Outreach Coordinator (ASTRO 3D)
P: 08 9266 9896
Teresa has an BSc and honours degree in physics, specialising in astrophysics, from Curtin University. Her honours degree was completed under the supervision of A/Prof Cathryn Trott on simulating and estimating ionospheric parameters above the Murchison Widefield Array.
Teresa’s science communication experience spans over a decade, but her favourite job before this one was working for Scitech, in the Scitech Planetarium. Teresa loved taking audiences for a journey through the observable Universe, and the challenge of never knowing what questions she would be asked or places that would be requested.