Dr Naomi Mathers
Appointed 24 November 2015 for three years
Dr Naomi Mathers is a leader within the Australian Space Industry. She has a technical background in Aerospace Engineering with experience in research, industry, education
and policy development, and extensive experience representing Australia in regional and
international forums. As Industry Liaison Engineer at the ANU Advanced Instrumentation
and Technology Centre (AITC), a national facility for the assembly, integration and test
of astronomical instrumentation and space systems, she is applying these skills to the
establishment of a sustainable Australian space industry and to connect Australia with
opportunities in the international market.
Dr Mathers was a member of the Australian Government Space Industry Innovation
Council from 2010 to 2013. The primary function of this Council was to contribute to the
development of the Australian Satellite Utilisation Policy.
Dr Mathers has extensive experience in international collaboration, in particular in the
Asia-Pacific region. For the past eleven years she has represented Australia at the Asia
Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) where she worked with her Asia-
Pacific colleagues to establish the Kibo-ABC, a program that facilitates access to the
International Space Station for countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Between 2009 and
2012 she represented Australia on the International Space Education Board, facilitating
collaboration with the education directorates of the world’s major space agencies
including NASA (USA), ESA (Europe), JAXA (Japan), CSA (Canada), KARI (Korea),
CNES (France) and SANSA (South Africa).
Dr Mathers has been an active member of the peak international body in the space
industry, the International Astronaltical Federation, since 2005. She is currently the Chair
of the Space Education and Outreach.
In 2014 Dr Mathers was awarded two Women in Industry awards for Industry Advocacy
and Excellence in Engineering.