3 mins read 29 Sep 2021

EOS Professorial Chair in Laser Physics at UniSA announced

EOS has announced the establishment of an EOS Professorial Chair in Laser Physics at the University of South Australia with Professor David Lancaster taking on the role to forge a leading research and teaching group in space domain awareness. 

Professor Marine Hughes-Warrington, Professor David Lancaster, Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall, Matt Opie, Hon Christopher Pyne at the event announcing the establishment of EOS Professorial Chair in Laser Physics at the University of South Australia. Credit: Provided by EOS/UniSA

Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has announced the establishment of an EOS Professorial Chair in Laser Physics at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in September. The inaugural Chair announced to be UniSA Professor David Lancaster, will create two postdoctoral positions and forge a world-leading research and teaching group in areas closely aligned to core EOS capabilities in space domain awareness used to track, classify and characterise objects in space.

“I’m very honoured to be taking up this position. Laser physics is of critical strategic importance for Australia. Doing research in collaboration with industry is something I’ve been advocating for a long time. It really adds an edge to my research,” said Professor Lancaster.

The announcement was made at an event held at UniSA’s museum of discovery (MOD.) hosted by Matt Opie, the Director of Defence and Space at the University of South Australia with South Australian Premier Steven Marshall also in attendance to mark the new partnership.    

The new UniSA Chair joins another permanent Chair that EOS established last year at the University of Queensland in the areas of Microwave and Photonic Engineering and Applied Electromagnetics.  

Dr Ben Greene, Group CEO of EOS said, “This establishment of the EOS Chair in Laser Physics is the next step in a long-term program of EOS engagement with leading Australian universities, to foster collaborations between industry and the tertiary sector in this country.

“We are very pleased to be engaged with the University of South Australia to help build on the excellence in laser physics that the university has grown over the last 20 years. The University is well known for its contribution  to advanced  technology  industry areas such as communications, computing and quantum technologies and we’re happy to build on that through this partnership.” 

UniSA Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington said, “We’re delighted to be partnering with EOS to contribute to a sovereign capability. This is a fantastic opportunity to partner with the biggest Australian-owned defence company to work on technology that has application and need in Australia.”

EOS has directly funded $20 million in Commonwealth-sponsored research over the past five years. They have recently partnered with the Andy Thomas Space Foundation to establish the EOS Space Systems Research Awards (for post-graduate research in advanced satellite engineering and communications topics) and created EOS Scholarships for Future Excellence in STEM with the One Giant Leap Australia Foundation. These scholarships are available to high school students, students in tertiary education and recent graduates with a recognised passion or talent for STEM.