Prof Bronwyn Fox

Director, Manufacturing Futures Research Institute | Swinburne University of Technology

Bronwyn Fox is the founding Director of Swinburne University’s Manufacturing Futures Research Institute where her mission is to support transition of Australia’s industries into Industry 4.0 – the fourth industrial revolution. She has demonstrated a sustained commitment to support the growth of the carbon fibre and composite industry in Australia through targeted research and was previously a co-founder of the Carbon Nexus facility at Deakin University.

Leveraging her specific knowledge of materials engineering, Bronwyn builds multidisciplinary teams who work with the manufacturing sector to ensure they are digitally equipped and linked into global supply chains. Bronwyn is an internationally recognised expert on carbon fibre and composite materials and has published more than 150 papers during her career.

Key contributions have been made to understanding the relationship between the molecular structure of polymers and composites and their resulting properties, understanding the carbonization and manufacture of carbon fibres and nanomaterials and their composites.


Prof Michelle Gee

Director Wackett Centre, Aerospace Engineering and Aviation | RMIT University

Michelle Gee is Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Sir Lawrence Wackett Centre (Air, Space, Land, Sea) at RMIT University, leading multidisciplinary research, education and workforce training.  She has worked in both the corporate and tertiary sectors and is passionate about supporting technology sector growth, in close partnership with Government and the Aerospace and Defence industries. She joined RMIT after working in the international Aerospace industry managing and developing R&D partnerships for the Boeing Company.

Professor Gee has an extensive record of university senior leadership, scholarship and education. She is a world leader in intermolecular forces and dynamics in materials systems having published over 100 journal articles, books chapters, industrial reports and conference proceedings. She has more than 400o citations, several patents, awards and distinctions. Professor Gee has sat on international editorial boards, government and tertiary senior committees, and commercial and community sector boards. She continues to contribute in these areas.


Dr Andrew Rider

Aerospace Composite Technologies Group Leader | Defence Science and Technology Group

Dr Andrew Rider is currently the Aerospace Composite Technologies Group Leader in DST Group’s Aerospace Division. He has over 25 years research experience in the areas of composite materials and bonded structure and the application of advanced repair technologies to Australian Defence aircraft.

More recently, the Aerospace Composite Technologies Group has developed research programs in multifunctional composite materials, with the purpose of creating advanced capability for future Defence Aerospace platforms.

Recent research within the group has developed antenna elements that have been directly integrated into composite structure, as well as, energy storage devices that are compatible with traditional composite manufacturing processes.


Mr. Daniel Pichler

Managing Director | CarbConsult

Daniel Pichler has more than 30 years experience in carbon fiber, composite materials, and other high performance materials and components.

He is partner / joint managing director of CarbConsult GmbH – specialists in strategy and technical consulting in precursor, carbon fiber, composite materials, and other specialty materials.

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CarbConsult’s clients include carbon fiber and composites companies, chemical companies, specialty materials companies, investor groups, and other interested parties Worldwide.

Previously, Mr Pichler has functional experience in strategic planning, business development, sales & marketing, engineering management, continuous improvement, operations management, and general management in the US and Europe with Hitco Carbon Composites, Ladish/ATI, SGL Group, AKSA (DowAksa), HC Composite, and others.

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Dr Adrian Gill

Lead Specialist for Blade Structure and Materials | Vestas Wind Systems

Dr Adrian Gill is responsible for Structural Engineering and Materials, Blades at Vestas Wind Systems, the world’s largest user of carbon fibre.

Based in the United Kingdom, he has been at Vestas for 11 years. Prior to this, he obtained his PhD and Masters at Imperial College, London.



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