Plenary Speakers

Phil Crothers PhD

ATS Affordability and Tech Integration, Boeing

Phil Crothers has 24 years experience with Boeing, mainly in the research field, including automation and composites development and deployment for which he is a Technical Fellow. He has also served in Europe, setting up BR&T offices in Munich, Germany, and Sheffield, UK. He has a PhD from RMIT University and has co-authored the Australian Robotics Roadmap (Manufacturing).

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Phil Crothers

Heidi Hauf

Regional Sustainability Lead for Asia Pacific, Boeing

Heidi was appointed to the role of regional sustainability lead in January 2021, where she leads Boeing’s advocacy on sustainable aviation policy and develops partnerships in support of aerospace sustainable goals. She supports the Boeing Australia Country President and leaders of Boeing Australia subsidiaries, to help leverage the innovation and enthusiasm of Boeing’s employees.

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Heidi Hauf

Dimitri Mavris PhD

Regents Professor, School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology

For over 30 years, Dimitri has specialised in the integration of multi-disciplinary physics-based modeling and simulation tools. Dimitri's primary areas of research interest include advanced design methods, aircraft conceptual and preliminary design, and non-deterministic design theory.

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Dimitri Mavris

Air Commodore Joe Medved

Director General, Defence Aviation Safety Authority

Air Commodore Medved is an experienced aviation safety professional who holds an undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering and postgraduate degree in aircraft vehicle design, aerospace engineering and business management.

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Joe Medved

Simon Barraclough

Director Systems Engineering within the National Space Programs, Australian Space Agency

Mr Barraclough has over 25 years of experience in spacecraft system, thermal and mechanical engineering. Starting at Auspace Ltd and seconded to the UK, Mr Barraclough worked for over 17 years at Airbus Defence and Space as engineer and group leader for the thermal control systems on 15+ ESA missions, including Rosetta, LISA Pathfinder and Solar Orbiter as well as supporting and leading numerous studies for future ESA missions.

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Dr. Alex Shekhter

Research Leader for Aerospace Platform Systems, Defence Science and Technology Group

Dr Shekhter sits on advisory boards for RMIT’s Sir Lawrence Wackett Defence and Aerospace Centre, DSTG and RMIT’s Structures and Materials Research Program Committee and Monash University’s Materials Science and Engineering Industry Board. Dr Shekhter holds a Bachelor of Materials Science and PhD in Materials Engineering from Monash University where she is also an Adjunct Professor. Dr Shekhter’s research interests include innovative structures and materials technologies, advanced space structures and materials and additive manufacturing.

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Dan Dumbacher

Executive Director, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Dan Dumbacher is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Before joining the AIAA staff in January 2018, Dumbacher was a Professor of Engineering Practice in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, where he taught courses in systems thinking, systems engineering, and space policy.

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