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New Curtin R&D chief

ANDREA TCHACOS

Curtin University’s new Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Development plans to boost key research ventures across the university.

Professor Graeme Wright began his career at Curtin in 1991 as a lecturer in spatial sciences.

Professor Graeme Wright

After obtaining his PhD in the same discipline, he was appointed Head of Spatial Sciences in 2004.

He went on to work in several senior roles at the university including Executive Dean of the Faculty of Resources an Environment, and Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research Training.

Professor Wright said he welcomed his new role which will include the oversight of all research, research training, and commercialisation and knowledge transfer activities at Curtin.

He said the role would involve directing a team of senior research managers engaged with key researchers across the university.

“This team is essential for enhancing the planning and decision making capabilities needed to boost research endeavours within Curtin, and at the same time, contributes to the development of an integrated structure to achieve our research goals and deliver enhanced research performance,” Professor Wright said.

“A large portion of my work will also closely focus on developing and maintaining both internal and external research networks, as well as monitoring and responding to government research policy.”

Professor Wright is a Curtin representative on several research centre boards, including the Rio Tinto Centre for Materials and Sensing in Mining, and the Centre for Exploration Targeting.

He is also a non-executive director of the C0operative Research Centre for Spatial Information.

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