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Professor Elanor Huntington

Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Australian National University

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I'm the first female Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University and still one of the few in the world. I'm committed to growing the profile of Engineering in the community and am passionate about attracting more young women to take up careers that draw on STEM skills.

In June 2014, I was appointed the Dean of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science and prior to that was the Head of the School of Engineering and Information Technology with UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

I am excited to be leading a project to reimagine a new type of engineering and computing, fit for the middle of the 21st century, which is all about understanding and shaping large-scale systems of people acting and interacting with each other through their digital and physical environments.

I have a PhD (2000) in experimental quantum optics from the ANU and my current research interests are in the control of quantum systems, with a particular interest in the interface between theory and applications. I am also a program manager in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.

I'm an enthusiastic but not particularly effective soccer player. I can usually be found on Sundays somewhere in the frozen wastelands of a Canberra soccer pitch, playing the old ladies league.