Composed of a number of industry professionals and leading academics, SMART’s Scientific Advisory Committee met for the first time on Tuesday, 24 November 2015.

Working alongside the SMART Advisory Council, the Scientific Advisory Committee has been instituted with the purpose of providing advice on research strategy and scientific direction for the facility’s executive team.

Members of the committee have the opportunity to support the growth of SMART’s research portfolio, encourage scientific excellence and visibility, and give insight into industry demands.

This initial meeting enabled members of the committee to meet each other, as well Professor Pascal Perez, SMART’s Director, Tania Brown, Chief Operating Officer, Andrew McCusker, Director of the Rail Logistics Laboratory and Professor Chris Cook, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences.

“SAC members bring a broad range of professional experience (practitioners and academics) and domain knowledge (from transport and utility infrastructure to supply chain) that provides a rich fabric to support analyses and decisions made by SMART’s executives,” explained Professor Perez.

Committee member, Professor Nick Tyler, said he thinks the group is “a great mix of open-minded academics and industry professionals”.

“This will enable us to provide SMART with advice that is objective in both academic and wider matters,” he continued.

Speaking of his role on the committee, Professor Tyler said, “I think my involvement is to provide objective and innovative advice on research activity, outputs and outcomes, including educational issues pertaining to the future leadership in infrastructure and city issues around the world.”