QDSA is excited to announce the appointment of Associate Director, Dr Roger Stuckey.
Roger’s appointment marks the end of Dr Jeremy Anderson’s two-year tenure as the DSTG representative in QDSA’s leadership team.
In this article, we introduce Roger and learn more about his plans to continue expand the Defence and science network in Queensland below.
Getting to Know Dr Roger Stuckey
Tell us about your career to date
I am a Senior Research Scientist in the Capability Analysis area of the Defence Science and Technology Group and have been with the organisation for over 25 years. During that time, I held positions in Air, Maritime and Joint domains, as well as placements within several Universities and the Australian Defence Force.
Career highlight to date?
I received the Defence Science Fellowship in 2008, allowing me to undertake a research project at the Center for Autonomous Vehicle Research, Naval Postgraduate School in California, United States of America.
Utilising the facilities and expertise there, I developed a novel approach to Terrain-Relative Navigation for autonomous underwater vehicles which I was then able to test in the field.
I also built networks with other researchers working in related fields that I still benefit from today.
What attracted you to the Associate Director position at QDSA?
The opportunity to make a positive impact on Defence Science in Queensland. I love the prospect of enabling scientists and technologists to turn their ideas and concepts into tangible outcomes, resulting in real capabilities within Defence.
What will your core responsibilities at QDSA be?
The first will be to expand the Defence science network in Queensland and build Defence relationships across the academic and industry sectors to deliver new sovereign science and technology capability for the various Defence requirements.
QDSA is still in its infancy and there are lots of opportunities to
continue to establish and promote Alliance as an innovative and distinctive hub for future Defence-related research.
I am also looking forward to representing QDSA, ADSUN and, DSTG at state, national, and international levels, and promoting further connections through strategic business planning, communications, and network management.
Collaboration is one of the three strategic pillars of QDSA. Not only will my role help build connections between industry, Academia, and Defence within Queensland, but also seek to drive engagement and collaboration across state boundaries working in conjunction with the other ADSUN Associate Directors.
Why are you passionate about the work QDSA does?
I’m excited about taking on this role because it facilitates Defence related research and innovation here in Queensland. QDSA exists to help universities and industry to apply their unique skills and capabilities to areas of interest/need by Defence and create pathways to achieve real outcomes for Defence and everyone involved.
What do you see as the biggest opportunities or areas of impact for the Alliance in the coming years?
I see the biggest opportunity in leveraging the vast talent we already have in Queensland and growing the Defence science network here.
However, QDSA is relatively new and small compared to the other organisations in ADSUN, so our challenge will be to scale accordingly to take advantage of that growing network.
Can you tell us about the areas of expertise or strengths that you bring to the QDSA team?
My background consists of a broad range of areas in Defence science, as well as significant experience in external engagement and collaboration.
My expertise spans several scientific and technical fields including modelling & simulation, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, and big data analytics, along with postgraduate qualifications in engineering and information technology
Can you tell us a little about your hobbies or interest areas outside of work?
When I’m not spending time with my family, I enjoy freediving and spearfishing. I also love making sourdough bread!
Meet Dr Roger Stuckey
Roger and the QDSA team have their sights firmly set on 2023. To stay tuned about upcoming event announcements, networking and funding opportunities check out our News section on our website here or subscribe to our e-newsletter here.
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The Queensland Defence Science Alliance (QDSA) is a university-led initiative to grow and connect an agile Defence innovation ecosystem, leveraging Queensland’s strengths, to deliver trusted solutions to meet Defence requirements.