Dr Christine Scala

    Dr Christine Scala is a distinguished scientist with a high level of achievement throughout her forty-five year career in science and technology. She has strong capabilities in scientific strategic planning and review, is a highly-experienced specialist in advanced materials science and an internationally-recognised expert in nondestructive evaluation.

    As a Research Leader in the (now) DST Group, Christine led a large multi-disciplinary branch, delivering innovative scientific developments in advanced materials across the air, maritime, land and enabling research sectors. Her research programs leveraged off strong linkages she established with universities and industry, and resulted in significant technology advances being transitioned to Defence. Following retirement from Public Service, Christine established a successful strategic scientific advisory business, which focusses on delivering strategic and technical program review to universities, Defence and industry

    Awards and Qualifications

    • B.Sc. (1st class Hons. Physics), Ph.D. (Physics), Monash University
    • Graduate, Defence Industry Study Course
    • Diploma, Australian Institute of Company Directors
    • Certified Materials Practitioner
    • Honorary Fellowship Victoria University
    • Academia NDT International Inductee
    • Australian Institute for Nondestructive Testing ETRS award
    • The Technical Cooperation Program Personal Achievement Award
    • Defence Materials Technology Centre Award for Leadership
    • Defence Commendation, Defence Support Services Gold Level

    Career History

    • Associate, aadi Defence Pty. Ltd.
    • Director, Christine Scala Management Pty. Ltd.
    • Research Leader, Maritime Division, DSTO
    • Head, DSTO Program Office Melbourne
    • Director, DSTO Program Office (Maritime)
    "You are internationally recognised as having demonstrated Science and Technology achievements of the highest order in materials science” - Chief Defence Scientist Gold Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding contributions to the Department of Defence
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