March Conversation: Australian Sound Engineering
Online – via Zoom Wednesday 31 March 2021; 4:00pm – 5:00pm AEDT
- Alan Davis – Chief Product Officer, Nuheara
- David McGrath – Principal Member of Technical Staff, Dolby Laboratories
- Colette McKay – Principal Scientist, Bionics Institute
- Moderated by Elaine Saunders – Deputy Chair, Pearcey Foundation Melbourne Branch and Managing Director at Bingarra ScaleUp Solutions
She obtained her PhD in Physics in 1979 followed by the Diploma in Audiology in 1980. Until 2005 she contributed to the development of the cochlear implant at the Department of Otolaryngology. Her work in that period led to two prestigious principal research fellowships. In 2005 she took up a chair position at Aston University in Birmingham UK where she developed a new hearing research programme and the new UK undergraduate course in audiology. From 2007 to 2013 she led the Audiology and Deafness Research Group at the University of Manchester, where she retains an honorary appointment. In 2013 she returned to Australia with a veski Senior Innovation Fellowship. www.veski.org.au/colette-mckay Her current research focus includes objective programming of cochlear implants for infants, the development of fNIRS as an imaging tool to evaluate cross modal plasticity in deafness, and the application of signal processing to new deep brain stimulation devices.
Elaine has led two teams to win the Australian Good Design Award and two companies to sustainability and exit. She has advised many companies through growth, from start-up. Elaine’s recent personal awards include the BioMelbourne Network’s Women in Leadership Award (2015), AFR/Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence (2015), the American Academy of Audiology’s Award for Achievements in Industry (2010) and the ATSE Clunies Ross Medal for Entrepreneur of the Year (2016). In 2004 she was the National Telstra Business Woman of the Year winner in the Govt, Private & Corporate Sector. She was a Churchill Fellow, and is a Fellow of the Academy of technology, Science and Engineering.
Elaine is an Adjunct Professor at Swinburne University, and Chair of its Innovation Precinct Advisory Board. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF),the NFMRI, and a former Non-Exec Director of Alfred Health. She also led the Cooperative Research Centre team that developed a new electrode for Cochlear Ltd.
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