Dr Lindsay Pender: Jack of all Trades

Dr Lindsay Pender was initially a solid state physicist and is now a marine research veteran helping to build the nation’s next marine research vessel.

  • 7 February 2012 | Updated 13 February 2012

An experienced sea-going researcher and data manager, Dr Lindsay Pender is on the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the Future Research Vessel Project. This project, launched by the Commonwealth Government in 2009, oversees the design and construction of the Marine National Facility's new A$120 million research vessel RV Investigator.

Current Activities

Dr Pender's work with Hobart-based CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research draws on his years of experience in numerous aspects of marine research and information technology.

His work on the new ship involves liaising with the ship's designers, in the interests of the scientists and ensuring the ship design and scientific and IT fit out will be able to handle the demanding scientific requirements specified by the wide range of scientific communities who will use the ship.

An experienced sea-going researcher and data manager, Dr Lindsay Pender is on the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the Future Research Vessel Project.

"The obvious differences in designing equipment and systems for a ship rather than for land use are the salty, corrosive, moving environment. Then when you put things over the side it has to withstand extreme pressures and communicate from remote depths where you can't see what you’re working with. You tend to be working with towing cables, which are generally at high tensions and can be dangerous," says Dr Pender.

Background

Having completed his doctoral studies and two research fellowships in solid state and nuclear physics, Dr Pender transferred to CSIRO as a computer systems developer for marine research.

Initially working on the data logging and processing of the Bunyip ocean turbulence project, Dr Pender then moved into the system development of the SeaSoar oceanographic mapping project, analysis of high resolution dynamic ocean models, developed data acquisition and processing systems and managed a team responsible for providing computing support on board Southern Surveyor.

Academic qualifications

Dr Pender graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Physics) from Monash University in Melbourne, in 1971.

He then completed his doctorate and research fellowship in the electrical properties of polymers at Queens' University Canada in 1976.

He then returned to Australia as a Research Fellow at the Australian National University, Canberra, and was then recruited by CSIRO in 1985.

Achievements

Dr Pender has been awarded a:

  • Inaugural AMSA Technical Award, 2009
  • Research Fellowship (High energy ion/solid interactions) Nuclear Physic Dept, Australian National University, 1979
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (Solid State Physics) Queens' University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 1979.

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