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Our Board of Directors is a strong, diverse, and talented group who are passionate about Data Science in schools. In addition to our Executive Director, Dr Linda McIver, we have:

Professor Katrina Falkner. Deputy Dean (Students) for the faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide, and Founder and Director of the Computer Science Education Research Group, Katrina is also Lead Project Coordinator of the CSER Digital Technologies Education Program, which is a groundbreaking online and face to face Professional Learning programme for Teachers of Digital Technologies in Australian Schools.

Professor Ramesh Rajan. Professor of Physiology at Monash University, award winning educator, and National Coordinator of the Australian Brain Bee Competition, Ramesh has a passion for authentic learning experiences using real datasets. He is a long time collaborator with the Data and Computational Science programme at John Monash Science School, and a strong advocate for Data Science Education.

Dr Karen Lamb. Lead Biostatistician and Senior Research Fellow on the Gen V study at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, and one of the inaugural 2017 Superstars of STEM, Karen has a drive for improving statistical methodologies and building the Data Science capacity of future generations of researchers.

Kathryn Grainger. An outstanding educator with a background in Geology and Engineering, Kathryn is Assistant Head of Science at John Monash Science School, and co-taught and helped develop the innovative Data Science curriculum at JMSS. She is determined to increase the technical and data skills of Australian students.

Dr Penelope Hale. Director of STEM Education at Wellington Secondary College, Penny also co-taught and helped develop the Data Science curriculum at JMSS. Penny is a passionate and highly talented Physics and Chemistry teacher by training, and is working to develop integrated STEM activities across the curriculum.

Robyn Simpson. Assistant Director, External Assessment at the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and former Computer Science teacher and academic, Robyn is deeply invested in student learning, and in supporting teachers to enable the best outcomes for their students. Robyn’s experience in Computer Science Academia, High School Teaching and Leadership, and now Educational Administration add rich expertise to the board on engaging with both schools and the education system.

Dr Maia Sauren. Maia is a business analyst and project manager working at ThoughtWorks Australia, a software consultancy, in Melbourne, Australia. In a previous life she was a biomedical engineering researcher, exploring variations in human anatomy and their effects on compliance of radiofrequency exposure standards for mobile phone use. Maia is often found travelling for work or presenting at conferences. Most recently she presented at LinuxConf Austalia 2019 and Pycon Australia 2018 about working effectively with international and distributed software teams. Her work includes several data tools for healthcare, including a feature-complete clinical management application developed for the Ebola crisis in West Africa in 2015. Maia’s interests include diversity in technical fields, open information, textile crafts, and how emerging software interacts with science and biotechnology. Maia is an Executive Committee member of Women In STEMM Australia. She was heavily involved in forming the Open Knowledge community in Melbourne and Australia, including starting HealthHack Australia, a national hackathon dedicated to clinical and medical research problems. Maia has also previously been an executive committee member of Australian Science Communicators.

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