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Meet the team
Our expert staff help you get the most from the state-of-the-art tools and techniques in additive manufacturing.
Associate Professor Gwenaelle Proust, Director

Deputy Director - Associate Professor Gwenaelle Proust

Background
Associate Professor Gwenaelle Proust's research aims to understand the properties of materials and how we can improve their performance, ultimately leading to energy savings and to safer, more efficient devices. It focuses primarily on metals, including aluminium, steel, titanium and magnesium, and how they behave when subjected to an external load. It has applications in the automotive and aerospace industries in terms of making lighter, stronger components of land and air vehicles.

Associate Professor Proust is an academic at the School of Civil Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and is a part of the Australian Centre for Microscopy & Microanalysis.

Renee Barber, Operations Manager

Operations Manager - Renee Barber

Background
Renee has extensive experience in laboratory management and project management. Renee has worked at the University of Sydney since 2014, originally working as part of the laboratory management team for the Charles Perkins Centre and subsequently as a Project Manager for Campus Infrastrucuture Services, overseeing new laboratory fit-outs. More recently, Renee has worked for the Core Research Facilities as a Research Readiness Engineer, overseeing the installation of high-end laboratory instrumentation. 

Role
As Operations Manger, Renee’s role is to manage the overall provision of operational and administrative services and to be a first point of contact for the Sydney Manufacturing Hub.

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Senior Staff Engineer - Katja Eder

Qualifications
PhD in Materials Science, The University of Sydney
MSc in Mineralogy, Universität Tübingen, Germany

Background
Katja is a materials processing specialist with extensive research experience in working across a wide variety of materials. She is very experienced in understanding the microstructural response of metals and ceramics to various processing treatments and an expert in working with microstructural design and characterisation. She is experienced in focussed ion beam techniques, atom probe and electron microscopy.

Originally with a mineralogy background, she has moved from thinking about how nature changes the structure and properties of materials via geological process, to how we can purposefully engineer the properties and performance of materials. Katja received her Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in 2018 and has been working in the additive space since 2019. 

Role 
Katja’s role is to offer support and training to users for our 3D printing, melting/casting, and thermal processes.

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Senior Staff Engineer - Mehdi Eizadjou

Qualifications
Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, 2017, The University of Sydney
M.Sc. Materials Science and Engineering, 2007, Shiraz University
B.Sc. Materials Engineering-Metallurgy, 2002, Sahand University of Technology

Background
Mehdi completed his M.Sc. after studying novel microstructure-property relationships in Al alloys producing by accumulative roll-bonding (ARB) technique. He served as an research engineer on several industry-based R&D projects at Shiraz University. In 2017, he finished his Ph.D. on the design of the thermomechanical processing and materials chemistry for a new advanced high-strength steel. As a Postdoctoral Researcher, he has investigated the influence of processing on AHSS, high entropy alloys (HEA), and hardmetals. He is experienced across a range of materials processing tools and a range of microscopy techniques, inclduing in-situ techniques. 

Role
Mehdi’s role is to offer support and training to users for our 3D printing, melting/casting, thermal processes and thermal analysis facilities.

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Senior Staff Engineer - Zach Stock

Qualifications
Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, Diploma in Engineering Practice with First Class Honours (BE DipEngPrac), 2014, University of Technology Sydney
Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication (Heavy Fabrication), 2013, TAFE NSW
Certificate IV in Civil Construction Design, 2010, TAFE NSW

Background
Zach has a background working with defence customers and leveraging the power of additive manufacturing to design unique products to suit particular needs. This experience was achieved through extensive R&D work in his previous employment at Thales Australia as Hardware Architect in the Vehicles and Tactical Systems and Underwater Systems business lines. 

Role
Zach’s role is to offer support, assistance and training to users for 3D printing equipment, design for additive manufacturing and additive implementations.