Our high achievers

DST Group 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

Minister's Award for Achievement in Defence Science

Dr Andrew Piotrowski has won the 2018 Minister's Award for Achievement in Defence Science for his innovative work in developing force protection systems.

ADM Women in Defence Award for Engineering

DST's Dr Christine Shanahan has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to Defence in the inaugural 'ADM Women in Defence' awards.

Dr Janis Cocking received the Public Service Medal.
Public Service Medal & 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours

Dr Janis Cocking has received the Public Service Medal and a former DST Board Chairman, Neil Edwards, an Order of Australia award in the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours.

L-R: Professor James McCraw from Melbourne University and DST's Dr Tony Lau.
CIVSEC National Innovation Award

Scientists from Defence and the University of Melbourne have won two innovation awards for disease forecasting.

US Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service

DST's Marcus McDonald has been awarded the US Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.

Minister's Award for Achievement in Defence Science

Internationally recognised Defence scientist, Ms Zenka Mathys, has won the 2017 Minister's Award for Achievement in Defence Science.

South Australian iAwards
DST’s Trustworthy Systems team has taken out three iAwards in South Australia.
Defence scientist Dr James Palmer (right) and team member Simon Palumbo
Stanford Australia Foundation - CSIRO ON Accelerate Scholarship
Defence scientist Dr James Palmer has been awarded the inaugural Stanford Australia Foundation - CSIRO ON Accelerate Scholarship to attend an executive course in the US.
A photograph of Corporal Daniel Keighran VC and DST's Felicia Pradera
DMTC Research Collaboration Award
DST's Felicia Pradera has been awarded a Research Collaboration Award by the Defence Materials Technology Centre.
Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne, the 2016 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science recipient Dr Brian Ferguson and Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky.
2016 Minister's Achievement Award in Defence Science
Defence scientist Dr Brian Ferguson has won the 2016 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science.

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