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Sue Keay

Sue Keay

Sue was the Centre’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the effective leadership, management and development of the Centre’s research, education and knowledge exchange programs. During her time with the Centre her achievements included the development of a successful $1.5 million R&D project on humanoid robotics supported by the Queensland Government to explore the vision capabilities of Softbank’s social robot, Pepper; and delivery of A Robotics Roadmap for Australia 2018.

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.

After four-and-a-half years with the Centre, Sue joined CSIRO’s Data61 as the Cyber Physical Systems Research Director from January 2019.

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 serves on the Board of the CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction. She completed her MBA with the UQ Business School in 2018 and mentors female-led start-up companies.

You can read more about Sue’s legacy with the Centre here

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