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26 April 2018

Australian Research Council welcomes new Executive Director—Dr Robert Mun

Dr Robert Mun will join the Australian Research Council (ARC) as the ARC’s new Executive Director for Engineering and Information Sciences. Dr Mun will join the ARC, from the Department of Defence – Defence Science and Technology Group, on 7 May 2018.

ARC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, congratulated Dr Mun on the appointment.

“Dr Mun has a strong technical background in chemical engineering as a researcher, and building on that, has an extensive career that will bring a wealth of skills and experience from his broad roles in government,” said Professor Thomas.

“Dr Mun’s experience has included being Scientific Advisor to the Royal Australian Navy and to the Defence Materiel Organisation—in high-level and broad roles, as a subject expert advising on high-consequence research.

“His skills and experience also include managing the Department of Defence’s Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program, a grant program for applied research related to innovations in Defence technology.

“I am confident that Dr Mun’s broad engineering experience as well as his extensive practical experience in the Australian Public Service will complement the ARC’s existing team of Executive Directors overseeing the National Competitive Grants Program.”

Professor Thomas said that Dr Mun will join a respected team of Executive Directors—academics drawn from the higher education and research sectors—at the ARC who provide expert advice and guidance across the ARC’s core functions and discipline areas.

“ARC Executive Directors are respected researchers in their fields, with strong Australian and international research networks. They perform a valuable role liaising with the research community and contributing their expertise to inform ARC programs, policies and peer review processes,” said Professor Thomas.

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