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DSTO Scholarships encourage career in defence science.

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THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

Friday, 15 August 2008 107/2008


The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) has awarded scholarships with a total value of $47,000 to 19 university students in South Australia, the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP announced today.

Mr Snowdon said the scholarships were aimed at encouraging young scientists and engineers to strive for excellence in the fields of photonics, radar and information technology. The scholarship programs are administered separately by the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia on behalf of DSTO.

”The DSTO scholarships are designed to support tertiary students in their science and engineering studies, and to encourage them to take up a career in defence research and development.

“I congratulate the scholarship recipients and wish them every success as they continue their studies in engineering and information technology,” Mr Snowdon said.

DSTO’s Deputy Chief Defence Scientist (Information & Weapons Systems), Dr Warren Harch said it was important for Australia’s future defence capability that bright minds were fostered.

“DSTO is a major employer of scientists, engineers and information technology specialists in South Australia and interstate. Therefore, it is vital to the organisation that the universities continue to produce high quality graduates,” Dr Harch said.

“The scholarships demonstrate DSTO’s commitment to developing the intellectual capital needed to broaden Australia’s scientific skills base.”

DSTO delivers a capability edge to the Australian Defence Force by exploiting rapid advances in information technology, communications and intelligence gathering, and in the development of new equipment, electronic systems and war fighting concepts.

Media Contacts: Kate Sieper (Warren Snowdon): 02 6766 6998 or 0408 019 537 Julie Bebbington (DSTO): 08 8259 4025 or 0409 780 070 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664