Professor Susan Pond AM FTSE has been appointed Director of AINST, the Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at the University of Sydney. Her appointment is for 12 months initially on a part-time basis.
The university describes AINST – which incorporates the $150 million Sydney Nanoscience Hub – as its latest step in the creation of flexible, interdisciplinary institutes that are devoted to bringing the best people and infrastructure together in the support of frontier research.
The Institute, comprised several flagship initiatives, hosts some of the capabilities of the Australian National Fabrication Facility and of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility – both co-funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).
Professor Pond is a senior leader in business and academia with a distinguished record in executive positions including appointments as Chair and Managing Director of Johnson & Johnson Research Pty Limited.
She is an Adjunct Professor in Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney and Director of both Biotron Limited and Vectus Biosystems Limited.
She is Chair of the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology and has served on many significant Australian Government boards and committees, most recently on the Board of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
Professor Pond has been consistently recognised for her significant national and international contributions in biotechnology and medicine. In 2013 she was named as one of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac Top 100 Women of Influence. She is a former Director of ATSE and was chair of its Audit and Risk Committee.
Professor Pond’s new role replaces the interim appointments of the three AINST initial directions – Professor Thomas Maschmeyer FAA FTSE, Professor Simon Ringer and Professor Zdenka Kuncic.
Professor Maschmeyer is Professor of Chemistry and Founding Director of AINST, Director of the Laboratory of Advanced Catalysis for Sustainability (School of Chemistry), and heads the Sydney Energy Storage Research Network.
Professor Ben Eggleton FAA FTSE, who is an ARC Laureate Fellow and Professor of Physics, Director of the ARC Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), heads the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS).
Professor Pond chairs the Steering Committee of the NSW Smart Sensing Network and Professor Eggleton is Co-Director.
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