Former ITR Director appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor

Former Director of the ITR, Professor Andrew Parfitt, was recently appointed to a senior leadership role at the University of Newcastle.

Former Director of the Institute for Telecommunications Research, Professor Andrew Parfitt, was recently appointed to a senior leadership role at the University of Newcastle.

Professor Parfitt served as Director of ITR from 2004 to 2007 and currently holds the position of Pro Vice Chancellor: Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment here at the University of South Australia. He will assume the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Newcastle at the beginning of 2013.

A specialist in antenna and radio systems and more recently in areas relating to space science and technology Professor Parfitt has pursued fundamental and applied research in areas ranging from radar and communications to satellite systems and radio astronomy technologies.

His appointment at the University of Newcastle continues a diverse career that has included a tenure as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Engineering at Adelaide University, time as Head of the Space and Satellite Communication Systems team at the CSIRO and a period as CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Satellite Systems (CRCSS), the national research group responsible for launching FedSat, Australia’s first satellite in 30 years.

Professor Parfitt has also acted as Head of the School of Electrical and Information Engineering and as Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation for various periods during his time at UniSA.

Current ITR Director, Professor Alex Grant, commended Professor Parfitt’s appointment, “I sincerely congratulate Andrew on his appointment. While he will be sadly missed the enormous contribution he made during his time as Director of ITR went a long way in establishing our position us the largest and most capable university based wireless telecommunications research and development group in Australia.”

UniSA Acting Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Joanne Wright, also praised the contribution made by Professor Parfitt during his time at UniSA, “Andrew has been a valued and highly respected member of our senior leadership for a number of years and has been particularly instrumental, among many other achievements, in building and extending our research capability.”

“More generally, his wise counsel and dedication across the broad range of university activities and his energetic external advocacy of the university will be deeply missed,” she said.

Information about a farewell for Andrew will be communicated shortly.