Professor Brian P. Schmidt AC FAA FRS
Vice-Chancellor and President, The Australian National University, 2011 Nobel Laureate Physics
Diversity in STEM
Abstract: The ANU is committed to growing the profile of Science and Technology in the community and attracting more young women to take up careers in STEM related fields. Tech development is not just a numbers game anymore. Creative thinkers who can come up with unique solutions when problems come up need to be part of high tech. Systemic and cultural factors either prevent or encourage young women to become involved in study and work in these fields. We are on a mission to encourage young women to get involved in sciences and maths.
Professor Brian P. Schmidt was appointed Vice-Chancellor and President of The Australian National University (ANU) in January 2016.
Professor Schmidt is the 12th Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU). Winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, Professor Schmidt was an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics before becoming Vice-Chancellor.
Professor Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989, and completed his Astronomy Master’s degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.