CUAVA shortlisted for Australian Space Awards 2021

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CUAVA has been named as a finalist in the Space Connect Australian Space Awards 2021 for the following categories: 

Academic of the Year: Professor Iver Cairns, CUAVA – The University of Sydney

Academic of the Year: Dr Elias Aboutanios, CUAVA – University of NSW

Engineer of the Year: Dr Xueliang Bai, CUAVA – The University of Sydney

Rising Star of the Year: Dr Xueliang Bai, CUAVA – The University of Sydney

Space Education and Outreach Program of the Year: CUAVA – The University of Sydney

The Australian Space Awards recognises the leading individuals and businesses driving the development of Australia’s space economy and sets itself apart for acknowledging all stakeholders within the space industry, from the major listed organisations and corporates servicing Australia’s space economy to SMEs, start-ups, academic institutions and associations.

The finalist list, which was announced on 3 May 2021, features over 115 high-achieving professionals within the space industry, across 16 submission-based categories.

Joe Vince, head of strategy at Space Connect, said, “The number of nominations and submissions received this year just reinforces the importance of the awards for the Australian space sector and we’re incredibly happy that we can provide a platform for all of these outstanding individuals and businesses to be recognised.”

“The awards have been backed by our Principal Partner KBR plus the Australian Space Agency and the Space Industry Association of Australia (SIAA) as supporting partners, and this is testament to the collective drive of the sector to realise a vibrant and globally-competitive domestic space industry.

“The increased number of submissions from the first year, plus the ongoing and continued support of our of partners and judges, is an air of confidence for Australia’s space industry and representative of the depth of talent we have in our sector – I would like to thank all of those who nominated and each entrant for their submissions, and I wish everyone the best of luck on the night.”

Professor Iver Cairns of CUAVA at The University of Sydney said he was humbled to be recognised and proud that CUAVA is named as a finalist in the Australian Space Awards 2021.

“CUAVA’s recognition for our excellent contribution to the Space industry reinforces the strength of our service and dedication to progressing Australia’s space economy,” he added.

The winners of the awards will be announced at a black-tie dinner on Friday, 4 June, in Sydney.