Australia — Defence scientists receive international awards

Min­is­ter for Defence Sci­ence and Per­son­nel, War­ren Snow­don, has today pre­sent­ed inter­na­tion­al awards to 13 Aus­tralian defence sci­en­tists whose research has sig­nif­i­cant­ly enhanced Defence capa­bil­i­ties.

The awards are pre­sent­ed annu­al­ly under the aus­pices of The Tech­ni­cal Coop­er­a­tion Pro­gram (TTCP) which brings togeth­er defence sci­en­tists from the USA, UK, Cana­da, Aus­tralia and New Zealand to col­lab­o­rate on tech­nol­o­gy devel­op­ment.

Pre­sent­ing the 2010 TTCP Awards at the Defence Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy Organ­i­sa­tion (DSTO) in Mel­bourne today, Mr Snow­don said the achieve­ments are tes­ta­ment to Australia’s con­tri­bu­tion to inter­na­tion­al sci­en­tif­ic excel­lence.

“I con­grat­u­late these out­stand­ing researchers for pro­vid­ing out­stand­ing sci­en­tif­ic sup­port to improve the effec­tive­ness of the Defence forces,” Mr Snow­don said.

“In par­tic­u­lar, may I con­grat­u­late Loris Molent for win­ning the 2010 Minister’s Award for Achieve­ment in Defence Sci­ence for his work on devel­op­ing solu­tions to deter­mine the fatigue life of air­craft and their struc­tur­al com­po­nents for the past 26 years.

“Loris has also under­tak­en sig­nif­i­cant research in fatigue crack growth in metal­lic mate­ri­als, and in his career has pub­lished more than 100 DSTO sci­en­tif­ic reports, 30 papers in sci­en­tif­ic jour­nals and pub­li­ca­tions and 40 con­fer­ence papers,” he said.

“The TTCP is Australia’s most impor­tant mul­ti-lat­er­al agree­ment in defence sci­ence, and DSTO con­tributes to over 60 tech­nol­o­gy areas.

“While these awards are also made to defence sci­en­tists in oth­er coun­tries, it is impor­tant we hon­our the var­ied sci­en­tif­ic excel­lence that orig­i­nates in Aus­tralia, con­tribut­ing to capa­ble defence forces in mem­ber nations,” Mr Snow­don said.

Details of the win­ners are below.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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