DSTO physicist Mark
McKenzie has been awarded a South
Australian Science Excellence Award for 2013.
He received a trophy and cash prize from the SA Chief Scientist Professor Don Bursill,
during a ceremony in Adelaide on 16 August.
The prestigious award for ‘Early Career STEM Professional – Physical Sciences, Mathematics and
Engineering’ recognises McKenzie’s contribution to a capability which will
allow rotary wing aircrew to be alerted to incoming small arms fire, as well as
accurately determining the direction of the shooter. He contributed to the
development of the hostile fire indication system that can be incorporated into
missile launch detection systems fitted to ADF aircraft.
This technology will enhance the survivability of
Australia’s air assets, and has the potential to save the lives of ADF
In making the presentation, Professor Bursill said McKenzie
was now recognised as an ambassador of science in South Australia.
Presented annually, the South Australian Science Excellence
Awards recognise and reward outstanding scientific endeavour, including its
application in industry and the advancement of science and mathematics