Paul

In 1999, Paul Hannah was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, giving him  the opportunity to collaborate and visit Universities in The USA, Canada, Korea and the UK, including University of New Mexico, UMIST and University of Manchester. This research involved industry collaboration with companies including Rolls Royce, National Physics Laboratory, CORUS Metals Group, UK Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, and QinetiQ.

While studying toward his PhD he worked with a number of large and small companies in Europe and Australia, including startups. These included Wolfson Maintenance, BHP Steel, BORAL, McGill University, and UK Firearms Training Unit.

In 2005, Paul received his PhD in Mathematical and Computational Engineering.

After an 8-year career developing software, ultimately as a Senior Analyst/Engineer for an engineering software company in Australia, Paul decided it was time to return to the entrepreneurial scene and started his own company, Memetec.

Over the past couple of years he’s been involved with a number of contract and startup projects in various industries, including Condition Monitoring, Rail, Retail, and Health and Safety.

He developed, designed, built and installed a solar and wind powered electric propulsion system for his sailboat Delfina, ultimately removing every source of fossil fuel from aboard and turning it into the greenest boat in the harbour, and one of the very few all-electric sailboats in Australia.

Paul is an avid hiker, having recently passed the 2,000km mark on the various Compostella trails across France and Spain.

Paul currently divides his time between a home near the Sunshine Coast in Australia and one in the south of France. He is always on the lookout for interesting and challenging projects and opportunities.

Maria

Maria is an experienced Information and Communications Technology (ICT) educator and trainer with a strong background in the health sciences and computing. After gaining a postgraduate degree in Computing she realised that she most enjoyed working with people.  By taking up a Lecturing position at CQ University Maria was able to practice professionally in all of the areas she enjoys: teaching, writing, research, administration and community engagement.

During her time at CQ University, Maria was appointed to the position of Sub-Dean for her campus and also to the position of Program Coordinator for several undergraduate and postgraduate degrees for the then School of Informatics and Communications.

Maria’s broad set of qualifications include a Master of Business (by research) gained through designing and conducting an Information Systems study investigating the Human Computer Trust Relationship which was later used in Europe to test Air Traffic Controller interactions with new air traffic control systems.

From Science to Safety she is passionate about lifelong learning for herself and others.  Since leaving the university, she completed a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Maria is experienced in several different areas of legal compliance including Work Health and Safety, Industrial Relations and Vocational Training and Education having been a member of many different Executive, State, and National level committees for various organizations including the University, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), Standards Australia International IT-014 “e-Health” Technical Committee, and as a Managing Director of an Australian Registered Training Organization.

At various times throughout her career, she has participated in several Professional organizations.  She was a Senior member of the Australian Computer Society and a member of the Australian College of Health Informatics, the International Medical Informatics Association and openEHR.  She is currently a member of the Institute of Learning Professionals and the National Safety Council of Australia.

Maria also has many years’ experience in small business having been a partner in several different ventures.  She now has her own Training and Consulting business focussing on Health and Safety but covering a diverse range of topics commensurate with her background, experience and interests from beginner computing courses to professional Work Health and Safety advisory services.

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