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Dr Anita Hill


Dr Anita Hill is a member of the CSIRO Executive Team and is CSIRO’s Executive Director for the Future Industries Sector, with responsibilities for oversight of the organisation’s manufacturing, health and biosecurity, food and nutrition and CSIRO’s services line of business.

Dr Hill joined CSIRO in 1996 and has progressed from Team Leader to positions of Research Area Leader, Chief Research Scientist, Office of the Chief Executive Science Leader, Chief of Division, and Group Executive.

Dr Hill holds positions as

  • Honorary Professor at the University of South Australia (2012 onwards)
  • Honorary Adjunct Fellow at Monash University School of Chemistry (1998 onwards)
  • Member Australian Research Council College of Experts (2011-2013)
  • Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (2008 onwards, Chair for Victoria 2013-2014)
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2013 onwards).

She holds or has held Board positions for:

  • the Membrane Society of Australasia
  • the Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (Deakin University)
  • the Wark (University of South Australia)
  • the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination (NCEDA)
  • the Victorian Centre for Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing (VCSCM)
  • International Scientific Advisory Committee for the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN University of Queensland)
  • the Australian Centre for Electromaterials Science (ACES)
  • and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Polymer Science.

Dr Hill's work in nanotechnology and electromaterials has been recognised by CSIRO Medals for Research Achievement in 2002 and 2004 with the Nanocomposites Team and Supercapacitor Team respectively, and she has led the CSIRO involvement in the establishment of three ARC Centres of Excellence with focus on advanced materials and processes since 2003. In that time she has been awarded eight ARC Discovery, two ARC LIEF, three SIEF, and three NSF grants.

Her research on the transport of atoms, ions, and small molecules through solids has had profound impact on the design of dense polymer membranes (published in Science 2002, 2007 and most recently in Nature Communications 2015). Her expertise in molecular characterisation of nanoscale structure in materials has been critical to the commercial application of polymeric materials where mass transport, gas storage, and related phenomena are of importance.

Dr Anita Hill was awarded a Bachelor of Engineering in 1985 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1989 in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, both from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA, and was awarded Outstanding Young Alumnus Duke University School of Engineering (1995).

She is a graduate of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) completing the Executive Development Program for Managers (1999) and Executive Management and Development Program (2010).

Dr Hill has held two Australian Academy of Science Awards for Scientific Visits to the USA in 2005 and 2009 at The University of Texas at Austin.

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