Each episode of our podcast connects listeners with a UNSW researcher, Defence Industry stakeholder, or Department of Defence member to discuss how academic research can support Australia’s national interests, as well as highlighting the opportunities available for collaboration on Defence projects.
Season one of Defence Research was hosted by veteran podcaster Mick Cook. In season two, Vice Admiral (Ret'd) and DRI Director Paul Maddison takes over the microphone.
In episode one of season two, DRI Director Paul Maddison discusses the future of defence research with Australia's Chief Defence Scientist, Tanya Monro. Paul and Tanya discuss research collaboration, STaRShots and ADSTAR.
In episode seventeen of Defence Research, Mick Cook discusses Defence engagement with UNSW Defence Research Institute Director, VADM (Ret’d) Prof Paul Maddison. Paul and Mick discuss the successes in Academic engagement in research for the Defence sector over 2021, as well as how AUKUS, Climate Change, and regional geopolitics will shape the future needs of the Australian Defence Organisation and increase the role research plays as an instrument of national power.
In episode sixteen of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews Dr Oleksandra Molloy, a Lecturer in Aviation within the School of Engineering and Information Technology, UNSW Canberra. They discuss Oleksandra's research in human factors and how it can provide the ADF with a competitive advantage.
In episode fifteen of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews Dr Edward Obbard, a nuclear engineer at UNSW Sydney. They discuss Australia’s nuclear industry, the prospect of nuclear powered submarines, and UNSW’s unique, Nuclear Engineering education program.
In episode fourteen of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews former Minister for Defence, Professor Stephen Smith . They discuss how a multi-disciplinary approach can accelerate research development for the national interest.
In episode thirteen of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews Professor Andrew Neely, the current Associate Dean (Research Engagement) at UNSW Canberra. They discuss Andrew’s research in hypersonics and the future of high speed vehicles.
In episode twelve of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews Major General Mick Ryan, the current Commander of the Australian Defence College. They discuss the role that academia plays in educating our future military leaders.
In the eleventh episode of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews Dr Melrose Brown. They discuss Melrose’s research in space domain awareness and the capabilities of UNSW Canberra Space.
In the ninth episode of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews Dr Dave Ormrod from Terra Schwartz. They discuss Terra Schwartz’s team approach to threat intelligence, and how collaboration with academia can support the national interest.
In the eighth episode of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews Associate Professor Sean O’Byrne. They discuss Sean’s research in re-entry physics, and how hypersonics education and research can support the national interest.
In the seventh episode of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews Professor Paul Hazell. They discuss Paul’s research in impact dynamics, and how energetic materials education can support the national interest through Defence and the mining industry.
In the sixth episode of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews Capability Systems Centre Acting Director Sondoss El Sawah. They discuss Sondoss’s research in decision science and systems thinking, and how the Capability Systems Centre is supporting Defence through education.
In the fifth episode of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews Clearbox CEO, Jeremy Hallett. They discuss Clearbox’s collaborations with UNSW, as well as Clearbox’s space domain research and development program.
In the fourth episode of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews Professor Russell Boyce, Director UNSW Canberra Space at the School of Engineering and Information Technology. They discuss Russ’s research in Space Intelligence, as well as Space Education at UNSW Canberra.
In the third episode of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews Dr Bianca Capra, the Aviation Program and YoWIE Coordinator at the School of Engineering and Information Technology at UNSW Canberra. They discuss Bianca’s research in Hypersonics, as well as her work with the YoWIE program which encourages women to get involved in engineering.
In the second episode of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews Professor Scott Tyo, the Head of School of the School of Engineering and Information Technology at UNSW Canberra. They discuss Scott’s research on Directed Energy, as well as supporting Defence and Defence Industry’s future engineering requirements.
In the first episode of Defence Research, Mick Cook interviews Vice Admiral (retired) Paul Maddison, the Director of the UNSW Defence Research Institute. They discuss the role of academic research in generating defence capability. Paul highlights the role of communication and trust in developing a strong research and development culture that supports the national interest.
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