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Mr Ian McRobert

Technical Services Officer


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Ian McRobert is an instrumentation and systems engineer with a focus on scientific systems for harsh environments. A member of the Engineering and Technology group's Seagoing Instrumentation Team (SIT) since 2014 he develops and operates instrumentation for the Marine National Facility's research vessel, RV Investigator. He has participated in 25 research voyages totalling 500 days at sea, has a strong focus on developing the atmospheric measurement systems for the vessel and has been a leading technical contributor to the development of its Global Atmosphere Watch station - the world's first and only mobile GAW accredited Regional Station.

Ian is currently Acting Ocean Systems Group Leader, which includes the Field Operations and WA Sensor Deployment teams, who develop and manage the RV Investigator deep water mooring, scientific trawling, seabed coring, and subsurface imaging systems, as well as IMOS National Reference Stations and ocean colour moorings.

Since 2020 Ian has been Team Leader of SIT's 10 engineers and technicians who are developing the Facility's capabilities to meet the science community's needs in underwater vision, oceanography, meteorology and biological sampling systems.

Ian has been contributing to science and engineering research since his undergraduate studies at the Australian National University, where he designed radiofrequency electronics systems for remote area non-line of sight data communications. He joined CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science at the Parkes Observatory in 2010, where he contributed to the test platform for the ASKAP Phased Array Feed, developed systems for the Parkes Radio Telescope to enable remote operations, and worked at the Murchison Radio Observatory to install and configure some of the first operational telescopes for ASKAP. Ian spent two years at the Australian Antarctic Division developing bespoke systems for Antarctic research and underway measurement systems for the RSV Aurora Australis, before returning to CSIRO to work on the new RV Investigator.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Seagoing Instrumentation Team

  • Senior Technical Services Officer
    Instrumentation Engineer, Marine National Facility

Academic Qualifications

  • 2004

    Bachelor of Systems Engineering (Hons.), Maj. Electronics and Semiconductor Devices
    Australian National University

  • 2009

    Graduate Certificate of Innovation and Commercialisation
    University of Newcastle

  • 2009

    Certificate IV in Small Business Management
    South East Training Services

  • 2013

    Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)
    HBA Learning Centres

Professional Experiences

  • 2012-2014

    Marine Systems Engineer
    Australian Antarctic Division

  • 2010-2012

    Radiofrequency Systems Engineer
    CSIRO, Astronomy and Space Science

  • 2006-2009

    Electronics Engineer
    Australian National University, College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • 2004-2006

    Radiofrequency Electronics Engineer
    Australian National University, Research School of Physical Science and Engineering

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