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Mr Ian McRobert

Technical Services Officer


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Ian has been a member of the NCMI Engineering and Technology Program for ten years, undertaking leadership roles as a Team Leader (2020-2023) and Acting Group Leader (November 2023 – present). His leadership is backed by twenty years of hands-on experience in scientific research and technical development across three leading research organisations, including substantial field experience in remote areas.

As Team Leader of the Seagoing Instrumentation Team’s ten engineers and technicians, Ian led the development of the Marine National Facility's (MNF’s) capabilities to meet the scientific community's needs in deep sea imagery, oceanography, meteorology, atmospheric, and non-extractive biological sampling systems. Throughout this time Ian has built strong connections with stakeholders, and contributed positively to organisational change to improve collaboration and prepare for the challenges ahead.

Whilst acting as Ocean Systems/Marine Technical Operations Group Leader, Ian has also been Chair of the MNF’s Operational Working Group and used this opportunity to reform the Group’s processes to meet the present and emerging issues within its remit, notably the role of the Group to implement operational process changes and culture improvement initiatives.

Ian’s experience as an interdisciplinary systems engineer has focused on scientific instrumentation systems for harsh environments. For the Engineering and Technology Program he developed instrumentation for the Marine National Facility's research vessel, RV Investigator, where he has been a leading technical contributor to the development of its Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) atmospheric research station - the world's first and only mobile GAW accredited Regional Station. Ian’s engineering for this comprises wholistic system design, including electronic, software, pneumatic and mechanical elements, driven by close collaboration with the scientific end users. He has subsequently leveraged this experience to lead the technical development of the RSV Nuyina atmospheric research infrastructure.

Ian’s field experience includes 25 research voyages on RV Investigator totalling almost 500 days at sea, commissioning some of the first operational telescopes for CSIRO’s Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder at the Murchison Radio Observatory in outback Western Australia, and a field trip to Macquarie Island for the Australian Antarctic Division.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Seagoing Instrumentation Team

  • Senior Technical Services Officer
    Instrumentation Engineer, Marine National Facility

  • Acting Group Leader
    Marine Technical Operations

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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