Dr Kimberley Clayfield

Executive Manager Space Sciences and Technology

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Dr Kimberley Clayfield is Executive Manager Space Sciences and Technology within CSIRO, a role she has held since 2008. In this role she focuses on space strategy, industry development, and the implementation of new space-related activities within CSIRO. Kimberley is also Technologies and Ground Operations Team Leader within the CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation, which includes a part-time secondment to the Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) as Program Leader of the High Altitude Sensor Systems Program.

Kimberley’s previous experience includes time as the CSIRO SKA Consortium Officer (2014-15), managing CSIRO’s administrative obligations as lead organisation of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Dish Consortium - the largest of the 11 international consortia responsible for designing the world’s biggest radio-telescope.

Prior to joining CSIRO, Kimberley was Assistant Manager of Space Policy within the Australian Government Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research. There she co-authored the policy proposal which led to the four-year $40 million Australian Space Research Program (2009 – 2013).

Dr Clayfield holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons I) and PhD in mechanical engineering, a Master of Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the International Space University, and additional graduate qualifications in space science and public policy.

In 2014 Kimberley received the prestigious Lawrence Sperry Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Current Roles

  • Executive Manager
    Space Sciences & Technology

  • Team Leader
    Technologies and Ground Operations, CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation

  • Program Leader
    High Altitude Sensor Systems, DMTC (part-time external secondment)

Achievements and Awards

  • 2014

    The University of Adelaide James McWha Award of Excellence

  • 2014

    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Lawrence Sperry Award

  • 2013

    International Astronautical Federation 2013 Young Space Leader

  • 2013

    NAB Women's Agenda Leadership Award - Emerging Leader in the Public or Not-for-Profit Sector

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 2012-current

    Member, National Committee for Space and Radio Science, Australian Academy of Science

  • 2015-2017

    Chair, National Committee on Space Engineering, Engineers Australia

  • 2000-current

    Volunteer coordinator/advisor, South Australian Space School & National Space Camp Woomera