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New Direction for Dr Karen Lee-Waddell

We're excited to announce the appointment of CSIRO Astronomer, Dr Karen Lee-Waddell to the position of Director at the Australian Square Kilometre Array Regional Centre (AusSRC).

As the centre's first Director, Karen will lead the Australian effort to design and build computing and data intensive research capability to support astronomers using Australian SKA precursor telescopes (ASKAP and the MWA), and eventually the SKA.

Karen has been working in the ASKAP team for the past five years, helping to develop and enhance the telescope and its processing software. She is also Project Scientist for the WALLABY survey science team, where she's been coordinating a collaboration of 150 international researchers and playing an instrumental role in producing new science results.

Karen will take up her new position in September, based in Perth at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and CSIRO.

The AusSRC will be part of an international network of SKA Regional Centres that will come online this decade to support the global flow of data and processing needed for the full SKA Observatory.

The AusSRC is funded by the Australian Government and CSIRO. The program is led by ICRAR and CSIRO in collaboration with the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, the MWA, the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, Astronomy Australia Limited, and the international SKA Regional Centre Steering Committee.

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Added by Annabelle Young on 2020-07-17

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