CSIRO this week announced it has appointed Professor Elanor Huntington as its new executive director of digital, national facilities and collections. Professor Huntington joins from the Australian National University, where she is dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
She competed her PhD in experimental quantum optics in 2000, going on to research the control of quantum systems, including the interface between theory and applications.
At ANU, Professor Huntington formed three new schools of computing, cybernetics and engineering and oversaw the creation of purpose built infrastructure and cross sector partnerships. She holds board appointments to Innovation Science Australia, Significant Capital Ventures, Questacon, and is involved in other government scientific advisory roles.
CSIRO chief Larry Marshall said Professor Huntington’s experience solving complex challenges meant she was well placed to lead the multidisciplinary digital, national facilities and collections portfolio.
“Innovation happens at the intersection of people and perspectives, which will be critical as she leads a world-class team helping CSIRO to drive Australia’s recovery and future resilience, including reshaping industries through AI and providing national labs and scientific infrastructure for the nation.”
Professor Huntington replaces Dr Dave Williams, who is retiring after nine years with CSIRO.