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

CDS Tanya Monro has won the South Australia Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership.
Excellence in Women's Leadership

Chief Defence Scientist Tanya Monro has won the South Australia Award for Excellence in Women's Leadership.

Public Service Medal

Dr Olivia Samardzic has received the Public Service Medal for her contribution to providing the ADF with superior operational capability.

DMTC Early Career Research

DST's Brodie McDonald has been awarded an Early Career Research award by the Defence Materials Technology Centre for his contributions to vehicle survivability.

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.

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