Deputy Executive Director / International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
John Curtin Distinguished Professor Steven Tingay is the deputy executive director of ICRAR and leads the Curtin University node of ICRAR. He is an expert in astronomy and astrophysics, in particular radio astronomy. His areas of expertise encompass building and using radio telescopes, as well as astrophysical interpretation. Prof Tingay likes designing challenging and novel experiments to answer fundamental questions about the Universe. He has been at Curtin University since 2007 and prior to that, he was at Swinburne University of Technology, CSIRO, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. He has a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the Australian National University and an Honours degree in Physics from The University of Melbourne. Prof Tingay was on secondment in Italy for 18 months, as director of the INAF Instituto di Radioastronomia in Bologna and head of section II of the INAF Science Directorate. He was also the director of Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) project, the only fully operational precursor telescope for the Square Kilometre Array. He has authored or co-authored over 200 papers in international refereed journals and has attracted over $100m of research funding as principle or co-investigator. Prof Tingay is a finalist in the Scientist of the Year award at the 2020 Premier’s Science Awards.