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Catherine Patricia (Cathy) Foley

Biography

Catherine Patricia Foley was born in Sydney, NSW on 10 October 1957. Her parents’ occupations were accountant and architect. Her schooling was at St Anthony’s primary school and Santa Sabina College for high school. Early influences were her mother, who died when Cathy was nine years old, and her older brothers and sister.

Cathy initially planned to be a school teacher as she thought only really smart people were scientists and I did not know any

Her tertiary education was a DipEd, High School Physics, Macquarie University, 1979, a BSc (Hons 1), majoring in Physics from Macquarie University in 1980 and PhD in Physics, Macquarie University, 1984. She spent six months on a scholarship as a Research Fellow, Department of Electrical Engineering, Oregon State University USA in Corvallis while writing up her PhD.

At CSIRO

She joined the CSIRO Division of Materials Science in 1985 as a National Research Fellow, being promoted to Senior Research Scientist in 1991, Principal Research Scientist in 1996, Senior Principal Research Scientist in 2000 and Chief Research Scientist in 2008.

Her research interests have been in superconducting materials and electronics and their application. She was Acting Project Leader, Superconducting Sensors and Technology Project 1995-96; Project Leader, Superconducting Devices and Applications Project, 1996-2009; Stream Leader, Applied Quantum Systems, 2003-04; Theme Leader, Nanoscale Manufacturing, 2005-07 and Research Program Leader from 2007- present.

She was Coordinator, Advanced Materials transformational Capability Platform (August 2008-2011) and served as Acting Deputy Chief-Research from April to July 2009. She was appointed Chief of the Division of Materials Science and Engineering in 2011.

From 1988 to 1993 she was a Science correspondent for ABC 2BL radio evening program and since 1989 has been an Honorary Research Associate of the School of Physics, University of Sydney.

Publications and presentations

By 2010, Cathy Foley had published 83 refereed papers in international journals; 44 papers in conference proceedings, 4 book chapters, 4 provisional patent applications, 1 granted, 43 other publications and reports and had 1 327 citations in ISI Science Citation Index (10 July 2010) with an average of 14.96 citations per paper.

She has been a Keynote Speaker at the AIP Congress – Condensed Matter 2003-05; the Women in Physics conference 2005 and the Australian Science Teachers’ Association Conference in 2008; and an invited Plenary Speaker at 11 international meetings during the period 2002-10.

Honours and awards

Fellowships

2008 Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1999 Fellow, Institute of Physics, UK

Awards

2013 NSW Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year
  Public School Parent of the Year, NSW Department of Education for services to public school education over an extended period of 12 years
2009 Winner Telstra National and NSW Business Women of the Year – Innovation
2008 One of ‘100 Most Influential People’ in Sydney, Sydney Morning Herald (one of five scientists given this accolade)
2007 – 08 IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, Superconductivity
2007 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement – LANDTEM
2007 Macquarie University Alumni Award for Distinguished Service
2003 Public Service Medal, awarded in the Australia Day Honours list
2003 Eureka Prize for the Promotion of Science
1984 IUVSTA Welch Foundation Scholarship
1981 – 84 Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award
1980 CSIRO Vacation Scholarship
1980 Plessey Prize for Proficiency in Materials Science
1977 – 80 NSW Education Department University Scholarship
1975 NSW Department of Equation High School Scholarship

Public lectures

2010 Guest Speaker: Graduation Ceremony, University of Newcastle
2007 Public Lectures: Sydney, Devonport, Hobart, Melbourne (Deakin Lecture)
2006 Guest Speaker: Graduation Ceremony, Macquarie University
2004 Joyce Allen Public Lecture, ANZAS
2004 National Youth Science Forum debate and after dinner speaker

Professional Activities

Conferences

2010 Co-Chair, 3rd International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, ICONN 2010, Sydney
2008 Chair, 1st International NanoSQUID Symposium, Sydney
2005 Chair, 9th International Superconducting Electronics Conference, Sydney
2004 Publication Chair, Applied Superconductivity Conference, ASC 2004, Jacksonville, USA
2003 Chair of the International Superconducting Electronics Conference, Sydney
2001 Inaugural Convenor of Women In Superconductivity, USA
2000 Board Member of Applied Superconductivity Conference, USA
1999- International Advisory Committee, International Superconducting Electronics Conference

Editorial activities

2009 Guest Editor, IOP journal Superconductor Science and Technology, UK, special editions
2008 Appointed Editor, Reviews and Rapid Communications, IOP journal Superconductor Science and Technology, UK
2005 – 2006 Guest Editor, IEEE Transactions in Applied Superconductivity, USA
2003- Lead Technical Editor, Electronics, IEEE Transactions in Applied Superconductivity, USA
2003 Guest Editor, IOP journal Superconductor Science and Technology, UK, special editions
2003- Editorial Board Member of the IOP journal Superconducting Science and Technology, UK
2000 – 2002 Advisory Board of the IOP journal Superconductor Science and Technology, UK
1998 – 2003 Technical Editor, IEEE Transactions in Applied Superconductivity, USA

Boards, Committees and Organisations

2009 – 11 Member, Prime Ministers Science and Engineering Innovation Council (PMSEIC)
2009 – 11 President Federation of Science and Technology Societies (FASTS)
2009 – 11 Immediate Past President of the National Executive of the Australian Institute of Physics
2009 – 10 Member, Australian Chief Scientist’s Foresighting Committee on Knowledge Generation, Skills and Perception
2008- Member of IEEE Technical Council of Superconductivity, USA
2008 – 09 President-Elect Federation of Science and Technology Societies (FASTS)
2007- University Advisory Board, School of Engineering, University of Western Sydney
2007- University Advisory Board, School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of New South Wales
2007 – 08 President of the National Executive of the Australian Institute of Physics
2007 Appointment to Questacon Advisory Board by the Minister for Science
2007 Review Panel of the Facility of Science, University of New South Wales
2006- Member of the Physics Committee, Academy of Science
2006- University Advisory Board, School of Physics, University of Sydney
2006 Review Panel of the Facility of Science, University of Newcastle
2005 – 06 Vice President of the National Executive of the Australian Institute of Physics
2005 Australian National Convenor, Einstein International Year of Physics
2001 – 04 Honorary Treasurer of the National Executive of the Australian Institute of Physics

Source

  • Foley CP, 2010, Personal communication.