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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon. Robert Hill Minister for Defence Leader of the Government in the Senate

 

01 Jul 2002 MIN 305/02

 

MEDIA RELEASE

SA SCIENTIST WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR GLOBAL HAWK

 

South Australian scientist Dr Jackie Craig has today been awarded a national science award recognising her pivotal role in the success in deploying the Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.

Defence Minister Robert Hill today presented Dr Craig with the 2001 Minister’s Achievement Award for Defence Science at the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) laboratories at Edinburgh, north of Adelaide.

Senator Hill said Dr Craig received the award for her substantial national and international contribution in defence imagery research and development.

"One of DSTO’s most valuable achievements in 2001 has clearly been the success of Global Hawk," Senator Hill said. "Dr Craig was a key motivator who led the team to adapt the Global Hawk’s land reconnaissance system for maritime surveillance."

Several hundred of Dr Craig’s colleagues attended the award presentation at which Dr Craig received a plaque and a winner’s cheque.

Senator Hill also presented international awards for excellence in defence science to a large group of DSTO researchers.

"These prestigious awards recognise work that contributes significantly to the technological edge of the Australian Defence Force," Senator Hill said. "This technology impacts on everything from the uniforms our troops wear in Afghanistan to their vehicles which have been modified for mine detection."

The annual awards are presented as part of The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) - Australia’s most important collaborative agreement in defence science involving the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

"The TTCP allows our defence scientists to gain important national and international recognition and to benchmark their work against the world’s best, especially where the work is security sensitive," Senator Hill

said.

Senator Hill congratulated the recipients of 50 awards that were presented for work undertaken by Australian Defence researchers during 2001.

The awards are for successes in the fields of radar technology, electro-optic sensors, human factors, sonar technology, paint technology, simulation and modelling and rocket motors.

Awards were presented to:

Mr Richard Lindop and Dr Stephen Howard for their significant contribution in extending emitter identification capabilities to military radars. ●

Dr Michael Skinner for contributing to the development of an integrated suite of Human Factors Engineering tools based on theoretical models of human behaviour. ●

Dr Terry Moon and Mr Graeme Murray for identifying and addressing critical technologies and key issues related to future coalition operations for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. ●

Mr Ian Cox for his contribution to low-cost rapidly deployable underwater acoustic sensors. ● Dr Lindsay Wake for the development of ship exterior coatings that reflect a large proportion of incident solar energy while maintaining all the desirable qualities of existing paints. ●

Dr Poh Lian Choong and Dr Douglas Kewley for their contribution to advanced radar system modelling and simulation. ●

EO Sensor Systems and the Surveillance from Space Based and High Altitude Platforms Action Group (40 members) for their significant contribution in collecting multi-sensor/multi-spectral data to support national and joint programs in detection and classification in heavy clutter.

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Dr Sook Ying Ho for her analytical techniques to predict the service life of solid rocket motors. ●

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DR JACQUELINE (JACKIE) CRAIG

WINNER OF 2001 MINISTER’S AWARD FOR ACHIEVEMENT

Before joining DSTO Dr Jacqueline Craig worked at the Royal Signals and Radar Establishment in England. In 1990 she emigrated to Australia and took up a post as a Senior Research Scientist within the (then) Optoelectronics Division at DSTO, Salisbury.

In 1991 Dr Craig was promoted to Principal Research Scientist and became Head of Optical Physics Group. She then went on to head the Optoelectronic Systems and Technology Group within Electronic Warfare Division. In February 1998 Dr Craig was promoted to Research Leader, Surveillance Assessment within the Surveillance Systems Division (now the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Division ) - a position that has evolved to become Research Leader, Imagery Systems.

Dr Craig has over 50 publications in the scientific literature and is holder of several patents. She has represented the UK and Australia at several international forums, including The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP). During a remarkable 13-year career with DSTO, Dr Craig has consistently demonstrated a high quality of leadership and innovation, which has won her the respect of her scientific and military peers.

Over the past four years Dr Craig has made a substantial and unique contribution to the development of the Australian Defence Organisation’s imagery capability. Dr Craig has had a major influence on DSTO’s imagery research and development program as well as the wider Defence community, both nationally and internationally. A particular strength of Dr Craig’s contribution has been her focus on imagery as a total capability as distinct from individual sensor technologies or specific platforms/systems. The other key strength of Dr Craig’s contribution has been her incessant emphasis on scientific rigour and technical excellence. She has motivated a large team as well as making significant contributions in her own right.

Her achievements have included:

International collaboration ● JP129 risk mitigation studies ● Global Hawk Australian deployment ● Space based surveillance studies ●

Development of Imagery and Geospatial Information R&D Plan ● Development of architecture for imagery dissemination ● Development of sensing technologies ●

Global Hawk Australian Deployment

As the Australian Project Director for the Global Hawk deployment Dr Craig was a key figure in its success. She developed a strong rapport with both the US Project Director and the prime contractor. Her personal contribution resulted in a letter of recognition from a senior Vice President of Northrop Grumman. The

Australian deployment required substantial effort to adapt a system designed for land reconnaissance to an evaluation of its potential role in maritime surveillance. Dr Craig was a key motivator for the large Global Hawk team as well as making fundamental contributions to the overall planning and development of evaluation strategies in her own right.

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