Leadership

Rector - UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Professor Michael Frater is the Rector of the University College of the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Previous leadership roles include Head of the School of Engineering and Information Technology (2009-2010), Head of the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (2007-2009), and Presiding Member of the University College Academic Board (2006-2007).

Michael Frater holds bachelor degrees in electrical engineering and science from the University of Sydney, a Masters in Higher Education from the University of New South Wales and a Doctor of... read more

Professor Harvinder Sidhu

Deputy Rector - UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Harvinder is the Deputy Rector of UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Science (with First Class Honours and a University Medal) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics from the University of Queensland, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Before becoming an Academic, Harvinder taught in a high school in Singapore. Harvinder’s research expertise is in the area of Applied and Industrial Mathematics. He has authored over 190 research articles and has obtained numerous competitive... read more

Mr Mark VanPoppel

Faculty Executive Director

Mark van Poppel is the Faculty Executive Director at UNSW Canberra, having commenced in January 2017. His key responsibilities are the strategic development, implementation and monitoring of business plans while setting key objectives and goals. Mark prides himself in building a strong team culture, motivating customer focused staff to consistently exceed targets. Mark holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Commerce. 

Prior to this role, Mark held multiple management positions at UNSW Canberra across Student Administration and... read more

Associate Dean (International)

David W. Lovell is a Professor in International and Political Studies and the Associate Dean (International) at UNSW Canberra at ADFA. He was born and raised in Adelaide, where he completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees; he went to Canberra in 1981 to write his PhD under the supervision of Prof Eugene Kamenka in the History of Ideas Unit at ANU. He has been a member of the UNSW since 1983, first at RMC Duntroon, and now at ADFA. During the early 1990s, he edited The Political Theory Newsletter, and was managing editor of the Australian Journal of Political Science. In 1992, he... read more

Associate Dean (Research)

Hans Riesen is Professor in Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics (Laser Spectroscopy) at UNSW Canberra. He has been appointed to the position of Associate Dean (Research) in May 2012.

Professor Riesen is a graduate of the University of Berne, Switzerland. He obtained his PhD (Dr. phil.-nat.) in 1987 for research on the optical spectroscopy of exchange coupled binuclear chromium(III) complexes. From 1987 to 1998 he worked at the Research School of Chemistry of The Australian National University as a Post-doctoral Fellow, Research Fellow, ARC Research Fellow and Fellow. In 1998 he joined UNSW Canberra as a Lecturer.... read more

Head of School - School of Engineering and Information Technology

  • School of Engineering and IT, University of New South Wales Canberra, Professor and Head of School, 2015 - Present
  • The University of Arizona: College of Optical Sciences, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Professor, 2009-2015 Associate Professor, 2006-2009
  • University of New Mexico:  Physics & Astronomy and Electrical & Computer Engineering: Optical Science and Engineering Program, Associate Director, 2005-2006; Electrical & Computer Engineering, Associate Professor, 2005-2006; Assistant Professor, 2001-2005
  • United States Air Force:... read more

Head of School - School of Physical, Environmental & Mathematical Sciences

I am an Astrophysicist with significant expertise in star formation, young stellar populations, and stellar evolution. Research highlights include pioneering X-ray/optical/IR studies of young stellar systems, and the discovery of two of the nearest young star clusters to Earth and the subsequent study of their stellar populations. The eta Cha and epsilon Cha clusters (named after their brightest stars) are 5- to 8-million year old systems located 300-350 light years distance from Earth. The eta Cha cluster is remarkable for being the fourth nearest star cluster to Earth... read more

Professor Shirley Scott is the Head of School and a Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra.  

Shirley’s research and teaching focuses on international law as a dimension of global governance, demonstrating the complex interplay between power politics and international law. Shirley has published on a range of subjects including the use of force, climate change, Antarctica, international law and Australian foreign policy, and the nature of United States’ engagement with international law. Shirley is a member of the Advisory Council of the Asian Society of International Law. She is currently undertaking a project joint... read more

Head of School - School of Business

Michael O'Donnell is Professor of Human Resource Management in the School of Business. Prior to taking up this appointment in July 2009, Michael was Associate Professor in the College of Business and Economics at the Australian National University. Michael has also held appointments at the University of Canberra and the University of New South Wales. Michael's research interests include human resource practices and employment relations in the public sector, executive remuneration in the private sector and international employment relations. Michael has acted as a chief investigator on large ARC funded... read more

Director - Capability Systems Centre

Associate Professor Michael Ryan is a Senior Lecturer with the School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales, at Canberra.

He holds Bachelor, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in electrical engineering as well as a Graduate Diploma in Management Studies. In addition, he has completed two years formal engineering management training in the United Kingdom. For the first seventeen years of his career he held a number of communications engineering, systems engineering, project management, and management positions.

Since joining the University of New South Wales,... read more

Director of Public Leadership Research Group-Howard Library

Professor Tom Frame AM joined the RAN College, HMAS Creswell, as a 16-year old junior entry cadet midshipman in January 1979. He served at sea and ashore, including a posting as Research Officer to the Chief of Naval Staff, and completed a PhD at UNSW Canberra in 1992 on the 1964 HMAS Voyager disaster. He resigned from the RAN to train for the Anglican ministry in 1993. After parish work in Australia and England he was Bishop to the Australian Defence Force (2001-2007) and then Director of St Mark’s National Theological Centre (2007-14).

He has been a Visiting... read more

Chair for Space Engineering

Professor Russell Boyce holds the position of Chair for Space Engineering at UNSW Canberra, where he leads the UNSW Canberra Space Research effort. He brings to this role a research approach developed throughout 25 years in the field of hypersonics, coupling computational and experimental research with flight testing, most recently via the SCRAMSPACE scramjet flight experiment program which he led as Chair for Hypersonics at the University of Queensland. Professor Boyce also chairs the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Space and Radio Science, sits on the Executive Council of the Space Industry... read more