Our high achievers

DST scientists and engineers are frequently recognised for their achievements in helping to safeguard Australia with defence science innovation.

You can browse news articles celebrating our recent high achievers below, or filter the list to view recipients of some regular awards such as The Minister's Achievement Award and The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) Scientific Achievement Awards.

Latest recipients

Loris Molent receives AM in the Queen's Birthday honours.
2016 Queen’s Birthday honours
DST Group's Loris Molent has been recognised in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday honours.
Huon received the DST Group Early Career Achievement award at a ceremony in Canberra in December 2015.
DST Early Career Achievement Award
Defence Researcher Huon Bornstein was awarded the DST Group Early Career Achievement Award for his work on Armour Mechanics and Vehicle Survivability.
L-R Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky, Minister's Award winner Dr Mark Patterson, and the Minister for Defence Materiel and Science the Hon Mal Brough MP
2015 Minister's Achievement Award in Defence Science
Dr Mark Patterson has won the 2015 Minister’s Award for his contributions to the protection and wellbeing of Australian soldiers.
Picture of Brian Ferguson, awarded signal processing scientist
Acoustical Society of America’s Silver Medal in Signal Processing in Acoustics
The Acoustical Society of America has recognised Dr Brian Ferguson for his contributions to in-air and in-water acoustic classification, localisation and tracking.
Victoria Pit and Robert Peile received the award on behalf of DST Group.
Best Creative Engagement Strategy Award
Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) was presented with the Best Creative Engagement Strategy Award last week from Knowledge Commercialisation Australasia.
Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky (right) with Mr Peter Hitchiner, past president of the Information, Telecommunications, and Electronics Engineering (ITEE) College
M A Sargent Medal
Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky, has received the prestigious 2015 M A Sargent Medal from Engineers Australia.
Dr Bob Mathews accepting his award at The Hague. Photo courtesy of Henry Arvidsson/OPCW.
OPCW-The Hague award
Defence Science and Technology Organisation's (DSTO's) Dr Bob Mathews has been awarded the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) The Hague award.
Rhys Lehmann with Dr Zelinsky and Air Commodore Noel Schmidt during the awards presentation.
2014 Royal Aeronautical Society’s ADF Aviation Safety Award
Rhys Lehmann has received the 2014 Royal Aeronautical Society’s Australian Defence Force (ADF) Aviation Safety Award for his outstanding contribution to helicopter flight dynamic modelling.
The Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert (right) awards Dr Stephen Burke with the 2014 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science.
2014 Minister's Achievement Award in Defence Science

Defence Science and Technology Organisation's (DSTO's) Dr Stephen Burke has won the 2014 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science.

Three of the developers of the Digital Video Guard, (L-R) John Shield, Mark Beaumont and Brad Hopkins, with SA Premier Jay Weatherill.
2014 Research and Development iAward
A digital encryption technology developed by the former DSTO has won a prestigious South Australian ICT Award.

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