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Sue Keay

Sue Keay

  • Centre Advisory Board, Chief Operating Officer, Roadmap Chair

  • Queensland University of Technology

Sue is the Centre’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the effective leadership, management and development of the Centre’s research, education and knowledge exchange programs. A university medallist and Jaeger scholar, Sue has more than 20 years experience in the research sector, managing and ensuring impact from multidisciplinary R&D programs and teams. She has a PhD in Earth Sciences from the Australian National University and was an ARC post-doctoral fellow at The University of Queensland, before escaping the lab and moving first to science communication and then into research management, research commercialisation and IP management. She has managed national investments in water recycling research for a Centre of Excellence funded by the Department of Environment, and was the Director of UQ Business School Commercial. Sue has worked with physical scientists, engineers, social science researchers and economists and loves the challenge of managing research across distributed sites. Sue is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chairs the IP and Commercialisation Committee for the Board of the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction. She is currently completing her MBA with UQ Business School and mentors three female-led start-up companies.

In 2017, Sue was named as one of the first Superstars of STEM by Science & Technology Australia, announced by the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO. As part of the program, these women will learn how to speak about their science and inspire others to consider a career in STEM.

Sue is also Chair of the Robotics Roadmap for Australia, which was launched on the 18th June at Parliament House in Canberra. The Roadmap is available for download here

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