I believe mentoring is important because we should not have to struggle through difficult or challenging situations when there is help at hand. We all find ourselves in situations where we do not know what to do, or we need advice to make something better. We can’t always go to our supervisor, and friends and family are often inexperienced in our field of work. Mentors are there for guidance, problem solving, or just to bounce ideas off. They can help smooth the path for career progression. Although there is a first time for everything, chances are they have need it all before. I have personally benefited from mentoring for over 10 years and have found the experience invaluable.
I have 20 years of experience in academic and industrial research, in university and government institutions in USA, UK and Australia. I sit on numerous boards and have a detailed understanding of how organisations work. I have assessed over $200Mil in research centres, grants and fellowships over the years, and have been on the judging panel for many awards. Over my career I estimate I have looked at over 1800 CVs and resumes (so far) and have previously mentored over a dozen early career researchers and academics.
Positions I currently hold include:
- Chair, Australasian Leadership Computing Grants scheme
- Independent Director, Board of Directors, New Zealand eScience Infrastructure
- Expert Panel, Competitive Grants, National Research Foundation of Singapore
- International Executive Board, Nano Futures, IOP Publishing
- Senior Advisory Board, Journal of Physics: Materials, IOP Publishing
- Editorial Advisory Board, Nanoscale, Royal Society of Chemistry
- Advisory Board, Our Health in Our Hands (OHIOH), ANU
- Advisory Board, ChoiceFlows Inc., North Carolina, USA
- Scientific Advisory Board, Centre for Biomedical Data Visualisation (BioViS), Garvan Institute
- Jury, L'Oreal For Women in Science Fellowships, AUST/NZ