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Dr Sarah Cannard FIEAust

Deputy Industry Director, SmartSat CRC


Dr Sarah Cannard is an experienced Senior Engineer and Project Manager with over a decade of experience working for Nova Systems in the defence and space industry. Sarah is currently the Deputy Industry Director for the SmartSat CRC and Project Director for Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth (AROSE.org.au).

She has a Bachelor of Engineering, a Bachelor of Science (Physics) and holds a PhD from the University of Adelaide. Sarah is also a Fellow with Engineers Australia, an Amelia Earhart Fellow, a Graduate of the AICD, SADILP alumni, Industry Leaders Fund (ILF) alumni, hold a directorship as chairman for a public company, and is currently completing her MBA.

Sarah has been involved with many complex defence, space and civil programs including the JAXA Hayabusa I Spacecraft re-entry, hypersonic rocket launches, Woomera Test Range trials and activities, the Joint Navy/DTSG Autonomous Warrior 18 activity, and the Hunter Class Frigate Program.

Sarah has a deep passion for space and growing a sovereign Australian industry through cross-sector collaboration. She is also passionate about STEM and creating opportunities for future generations.

Sarah can be contacted at [email protected]