Spotlight

Our success starts with our alumni whose achievements are a direct reflection on our standing as one of the best education and research institutions in the world. Many have gone on to prominence. They have made – and continue to make – their marks and achieve excellence in a variety of fields such as business, medicine, arts, and the government.

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Simon Anderson

Simon Anderson »

Simon Anderson has been innovating in open source software and cloud computing for nearly two decades. He's played a major part in funding and leading companies that have helped entrepreneurs create new web applications that have transformed our...
Professor Rodolfo Llinas

Professor Rodolfo Llinas »

The work of Rodolfo Llinas has shaped our understanding of neuroscience and our brains for more than five decades. He is known worldwide for his academic understanding of how the human brain works. Rodolfo's contribution to the field of...
Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Minchin

Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Minchin »

Bringing the classics to life at ANU has been a lifelong passion for Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Minchin. Elizabeth has been a part of the ANU community since receiving her undergraduate degree in 1978. She has held many roles as a teacher,...
Rebecca Watts

Rebecca Watts »

Whether it's in Canberra or Cambodia, Rebecca Watts is always helping people with a smile on her face. Her significant contributions to engineering and the role of females in the sector have garnered high praise from academics and charity...
Jessa Rogers

Jessa Rogers »

A passion for education and its role in the empowerment of Aboriginal women has driven Jessa Rogers' career. Currently an ANU PhD candidate researching the socio-emotional wellbeing of Indigenous students, Jessa is a role model for younger adults...
Picture of Sam Cheah

Sam Cheah »

In 2015 Sam Cheah was awarded the Tillyard Prize, the most prestigious award prize for undergraduate students at ANU. Whilst studying at ANU, Sam co-founded the university outreach program Engage, a Canberra-based not for profit which gives high...
Anna Cynan

Ms Anna Cyran »

If you've graduated from ANU recently, you probably would have come across an email from us telling you about how great it is to be an ANU alumni and inviting you to provide your most up-to-date contact details. Or you would have seen us during...
John McMillan

Professor John McMillan AO  »

NSW Ombudsman and the inaugural Australian Information Commissioner As a Canberra local with a keen interest in law, politics and philosophy, commencing his arts and law degrees at the ANU in 1968 was the natural choice for John. He parlayed the...
Ms Roxanne Missingham

Ms Roxanne Missingham »

University Librarian, The Australian National University Roxanne Missingham graduated from ANU with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in pure and applied mathematics and psychology. She added to her undergraduate degree with a Graduate Diploma...
Merlin Kong

Merlin Kong »

Who are you?  Merlin Kong, MBA '07 Tell us about your experience of learning and living at ANU?  Learning in a research-driven university like the ANU, and surrounded by highly capable course mates from around the world made for a stimulating...
He's a humdinger of a bell ringer

Leonard Weiss »

Have you ever wondered what happens in the tower of the Carillon? Meet ANU School of Music alumnus Leonard Weiss (Bachelor of Music '14). Weiss shares his experience of performing with the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. Since graduating...
Russell Taylor AM

Russell Charles Taylor AM »

Mr Russell Charles Taylor was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen's Birthdays Honours, for his significant service to the community as a cultural leader and public sector executive in the field of Indigenous affairs....
Professor Murray Norris AM

Professor Murray David Norris AM »

Professor Murray David Norris was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia, in the Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours List, for significant service to medical research as a molecular biologist and through pioneering development of treatments for...
Professor Brij Lal AM

Professor Brij Vilash Lal AM »

ANU Professor Brij Lal, PhD '81 was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen's Birthdays Honours List, for his significant service to education, the teaching of Pacific history and its preservation, for scholarship and for...
Brian Falconer

Brian Falconer OAM »

Brian Falconer OAM was a recipient of the Order of Australia Medal for service to the community of Carlton. This small community in Melbourne comprises of the historical Princes Park and Melbourne General Cemetery. Brian Falconer OAM graduated with...
Anthony Fearnside

Mr Anthony Fearnside OAM »

Anthony Fearnside (MSc '75) was a recipient of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for service to the community in the Australian Capital Territory. His impressive record of service began in 1965 when he spent 24 years in the Forestry Office with...
Brigadier Jennifer Woodward

Brigadier Jennifer Woodward CSC »

Brigadier Jennifer Woodward (BA '79) was awarded the CSC Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours list for her service as a military judge, judge advocate and Defence Force magistrate. Brigadier Woodward was born in Newcastle,...
Mr Graeme John Neate AM

Mr Graeme John Neate AM »

Mr Graeme Neate was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours, for his significant service to the law as a leading contributor to Indigenous land rights, and to legal education. Currently the Commissioner...
Sarah-Jane Halton

Adjunct Professor Sarah-Jane Halton AO PSM »

Adjunct Professor Sarah Jane Halton was awarded an AO (General Division of the Order of Australia), in the Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours, for her distinguished service to public administration, particularly to the health and aged care sectors,...
Ms Frances Mary Lisson PSM

Ms Frances Mary Lisson PSM »

Ms Frances Lisson was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) in the Queen's Birthday 2015 Honours for her outstanding public service in the establishment of free trade agreements with China, Japan and Korea. Ms Lisson, First Assistant Secretary in the...

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