Dr Sylvie Perreau wins minister’s Defence science award for 2020

By Shannon Jenkins

Monday December 14, 2020

Dr Sylvie Perreau, winner of the Defence Science and Technology Group 2020 Minister’s Award, Edinburgh, South Australia. By Megan Popelier. © Commonwealth of Australia 2020

Dr Sylvie Perreau has taken home the 2020 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science for her work in signal processing and wireless networks within highly classified environments across Australia and the globe.

The annual award, established in 1988, recognises outstanding contributions made by defence scientists to Australian Defence Force capability, according to defence minister Linda Reynolds.

“Dr Perreau has made significant contributions to the protection of Australian Defence Force personnel, contributing to Defence capability both technically and through liaison roles,” she said on Friday.

“As a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity Self-Assessment Team and Defence Science and Technology Group’s Disability Inclusion Group, Dr Perreau exemplifies Defence values and behaviours and is an all-encompassing member of the Defence workforce.”

Perreau has held a number of roles at the department’s Defence Science and Technology Group, including research leader contested communications, acting research leader cyber sensing and shaping, and group leader protocol exploitation.

Defence industry minister Melissa Price, who presented the award, said defence scientists have been crucial to supporting Australia’s capability edge for more than 100 years.

“The ability to devise innovative solutions to address complex Defence challenges is a rare talent, and the contribution that Defence scientists make is vital in safeguarding our nation,” she said.

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