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NASA JPL engineer joins SmartSat CRC

NASA JPL engineer joins SmartSat CRC

The Australian research group has appointed a senior engineer from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to support its space program.

SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (SmartSat CRC) has appointed Dr Carl Seubert as chief research officer, effective from May.

Dr Seubert joins SmartSat from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he has served as senior aerospace engineer since 2012.

During his time at JPL, the new appointee was involved in high profile NASA space missions, including the landing of the Perseverance rover.


In his new role at SmartSat, Dr Seubert has been tasked with accelerating the organisation’s R&D program by fostering innovation in the space sector and bolstering collaboration between Australian companies and global space organisations.

 Dr Seubert, a local graduate from the University of Sydney, said he was looking forward to contributing to the evolution of the space industry in Australia.

“I am thrilled to be joining the SmartSat team. It will be a privilege and an honour to apply my NASA space engineering and leadership experience back home,” Dr Seubert said.

“I look forward to engaging with world-class academic and industry partners and forging research collaborations to develop technology for Australia's future space missions. 


“I am passionate about extending Australia's reach into space and for us to become a renowned space-faring nation.”

SmartSat CEO, Professor Andy Koronios, said Dr Seubert’s appointment would be a “game-changing move” for the organisation and the sector more broadly.

“We are absolutely delighted to appoint Dr Seubert as SmartSat’s chief research officer. I am particularly pleased to welcome an Aussie back home to help build our space industry,” Professor Koronios said.

“Dr Seubert’s impressive career has seen him lead key missions for NASA JPL and win numerous awards for innovation, technical leadership and engineering excellence. His extensive experience at NASA JPL will certainly advance SmartSat.”

The head of the Australian Space Agency, Enrico Palermo, also welcomed the appointment.

“Australians are among the most talented people within in the global space industry and it is terrific to see these strong skills and capability back on home soil,” Palermo said.

“The international connections Dr Seubert will bring to the new role in SmartSat as chief research officer will undoubtedly further develop Australia’s expanding ecosystem of space companies and start-ups.”

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Cyber, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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