Dr Cathy Foley

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Dr Cathy Foley

Deputy Director and Science Director, CSIRO
Editor-in-Chief, Superconductor Science and Technology Journal
Council Member, Questacon

Current Positions

Deputy Director and Science Director, CSIRO
Editor-in-Chief, Superconductor Science and Technology Journal
Council Member, Questacon

Previous Positions

Chief, Materials Science and Engineering Division, CSIRO
Deputy Chief, Research, CSIRO
Member, Prime Minister’s Science, Engineering and Innovation Council
President, National Executive, Australian Institute of Physics
President, Science and Technology Australia
Coordinator, Advanced Materials Transformational Capability Platform, CSIRO
Coordinator, Intelligent Processing Transformational Capability Platform, CSIRO

Areas of Expertise

Business Manufacturing, Science and Research, Women in Business
Government Education, Employment and Training, Foreign Affairs and Defence, Science and Innovation
Not for Profit Women


Dr. Cathy Foley is the Deputy Director and Science Director of CSIRO Manufacturing. Previous to her current appointment, Cathy was Chief of the Division of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research is in superconducting devices and their application. Cathy has been involved in developing superconducting systems for mineral exploration, detection of metal for quality assurance in manufacturing, terahertz imaging, UXO detection and low noise wide bandwidth receivers. The most successful application has been LANDTEM™ which has assisted in unearthing over $6B in mineral worldwide.

Cathy has a world-class reputation in her field as recognised by:
• Fellow of the Institute of Physics in the UK;
• Past-President of the Australian Institute of Physics;
• Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE);
• Past President of Science and Technology Australia (formally Federation of Australian Science and Technology Societies, FASTS); and
• Past Member of the Prime Minister’s Science Engineering and Innovation Council (PMSEIC)

Cathy was awarded a Public Service Medal on Australia Day in 2003. In the same year, Cathy won the Eureka Prize for the promotion of science. In 2009 Cathy was the NSW and National winner of the Telstra Women’s Business Award for Innovation. Cathy was also the recipient of the AUSIMM MIOTA award for LANDTEM™ as a mineral exploration tool. In 2013 she was awarded the NSW Premier's Award for Woman of the Year and in 2014 she was awarded the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Award for Continuing and Significant Contributions to the Field of Applied Superconductivity. Cathy and her team were awarded the prestigious Clunies Ross award for innovation and commercialisation for their invention, LANDTEM, in May of this year. Cathy has been an advocate for women in science, for the communication of science and science education over the last 30 years.

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