Mrs Katrina Robertson

Carbon Fibre & Composites Technical Officer

Katrina has been a Technical Officer at Deakin for 10 years, previously running the metallography laboratories within the Institute for Frontier Materials.

As part of the Carbon Nexus team Katrina is responsible for maintaining the carbon fibre and testing facilities and supervising/training staff and students to use the facilities.

Mr Steve Atkiss

Consultant, Carbon Nexus

Steve offers a unique skill base to the carbon fibre industry combining engineering and operational experience from research and development to full commercial scale carbon fibre processing.

Carbon fibre manufacturing experience has been gained over 10 years with SGL Carbon Group. Key positions held during this period included Maintenance Manager, Engineering Manager, Production Manager and Commissioning Manager.

Prior to working with Carbon Nexus, Steve was the chief design expert for carbon fibre production line equipment and processing techniques with Despatch. During his time at both SGL and Despatch, opportunity presented itself to work on multiple projects with most of the current top 10 carbon fibre manufacturers. These projects have included a wide variety of regular and advanced ‘under development’ precursors, research and development process trials and exercises in production optimization.

Mr Pedro Sousa

Carbon Fibre Technical Officer

Mr Pedro Sousa completed his masters degree in Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Lisbon, Instituto Superior Técnico.

Mr Sousa is responsible for monitoring the performance of the carbon fibre process controls, the laboratory equipment as well as the training of staff and students. Pedro will also develop work in the field of quality analysis of raw materials, intermediate and final products, as well as the interpretation of the influence of operating parameters on the results of quality control of the fibre.

Mr Sousa is a technical officer at Carbon Nexus and is part of the carbon fibre research group. He is assisting with the development and growth of new R&D activities in the carbon fibre area to ensure on-going sustainability of the facility.

Prior to working with Carbon Nexus, Pedro was the Carbon Fibre Production Control Technician at Carbopan pilot unit at "FISIPE" – Synthetic Fibers Portugal. Pedro has had many years of experience in running carbon fibre lines.