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EOS establishes Chair in laser physics at UniSA

SA Premier Steve Marshall (centre) with (left to right) UniSA’s vice chancellor research enterprise Prof. Marnie Hughes-Warrington, Prof. David Lancaster, UniSA’s Matt Opie and former Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne, who is also a visiting Professor in the UniSA Business school. Photo: via EOS

Electro Optic Systems Holdings Limited (EOS) has established an EOS Professorial Chair in Laser Physics at the University of South Australia (UniSA). The Chair will create two postdoctoral positions and establish 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.

UniSA Professor David Lancaster was announced as the inaugural Chair. his new UniSA Chair joins another permanent Chair that EOS established last year at the University of Queensland (UQ) in the areas of Microwave and Photonic Engineering and Applied Electromagnetics.

“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,” says Dr Ben Greene, Group CEO of EOS.

“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.”

Professor David Lancaster said, “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.”

EOS has contributed significantly to STEM academia, directly funding $20 million in Commonwealth-sponsored research over the past five years. It continues to invest in STEM initiatives, recently partnering 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 creating its EOS Scholarships for Future Excellence in STEM in partnership with the One Giant Leap Australia Foundation, available to high school students, students in tertiary education and recent graduates with a recognised passion or talent for STEM.

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