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Dr Ron Sandland B.Sc(Hons) (USyd), PhD (UNSW), FTSE, AM

Ron Sandland was previously CSIRO's Deputy Chief Executive. He joined CSIRO's Division of Mathematics and Statistics in 1969 and became chief of the division in 1988, later managing its merger with the Division of Information Technology into what is now CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences. In 1999 he became Deputy Chief Executive of CSIRO and led the Flagship Initiative. This involved six major cross-disciplinary research programs and was aimed at addressing problems of a national priority. Ron's interests have been in applying statistics to solve challenging real problems in areas as diverse as ‘growth of organisms, analysis of ‘mark-recapture’ experiments, ore-reserve estimation and quality-improvement. Ron was made an Honorary Life Member of the Statistical Society of Australia in 1998 and won the CSIRO Medal for Lifetime Achievement in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2007.