Departure of Chief Defence Scientist

After seven years in the role, Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky has announced he will be leaving Defence Science and Technology (DST) to take up the appointment of Vice Chancellor of the University of Newcastle.

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, extended his sincerest gratitude and thanks to Dr Zelinsky, who has led DST since March 2012.

“Dr Zelinsky has transformed DST into a highly successful and valued enabler of Defence capability and the scientific lead for Australia’s national security,” Minister Pyne said.