Alumni

In 2019, the 3A Institute launched our prototype graduate program, the Master of Applied Cybernetics. In 2020 we have expanded our educational offering to include a PhD as we teach a new branch of engineering into existence. These are the faces of the next generation of practitioners who will help society navigate towards a safe, sustainable and responsible future. #3AiFirstCohort

Sam Backwell

I believe education is more than a set of facts. My passion is to create and run programs that celebrate the complexity and diversity of our world and the people in it. Working at the ANU, and then founding a start-up in Boston, I brought my love of problem solving to understand and elevate the everyday tools and ideas we all use to navigate the world around us. It has been incredibly exciting to learn and contribute in the first prototype of a whole new approach to education, work to understand the future of AI, and open up those possibilities to everyone.

Sam Backwell

Educator. Game designer. Sailor.

Glen Berman

I envision and, hope to create, AI systems that enhance trust between people and communities. For the past ten years I’ve worked in advocacy organisations in Australia and the United States, at the intersection of technology, human rights, and social change. This year, I’m privileged to be a member of the pilot cohort of the 3A Institute’s new Masters program at ANU, and to be helping build a new branch of engineering. I’m committed to ensuring that principles of equity and inclusion are at the heart of this new branch of engineering, and that the lessons we learned this year are applicable for people everywhere working in social change.

Glen Berman

Advocate. Digital strategist. Basketballer.

Danny Bettay

As a designer, my role is to transform ideas from an intangible concept to a tangible reality. Like many disciplines, to do this, a designer reduces a concept to its most basic values to ensure we encapsulate an experience that is true to its intentions. But somewhere along our history, that process appears to have been lost… This is why I am here. To help pioneer a new branch of engineering that reimagines how we educate those who will design for our future, those who will govern our future and more importantly those who will live in our future.  

Danny Bettay

Designer. Project manager. Cat hugger.

Charlotte Bradley

I encountered 3Ai through Genevieve Bell’s 2017 Boyer Lecture series, which resonated with me as a call to be part of the construction of our AI-driven future. Having participated in first pilot of the institute’s Masters program in 2019, I will commence my PhD with 3Ai in mid-2020. My professional background is in product management and the performing arts, and I have a Masters degree in English Literature and Honours degree in English and Theatre.

Charlotte Bradley

Creative. Communicator. Users.

Tom Chan

I'm a public policy wonk and regulatory economist who loves to wrangle wicked problems at the interface of law, economics and tech. I am passionate about helping governments and industry serve the public good better in the face of profound technological, social, economic and environmental change. As a consultant and a public servant, I have advised on competition, regulatory reform, public policy and service design matters. We need a more sophisticated conversation and cross-disciplinary tools, principles, practices to guide Australia through the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This is vital for maintaining policy effectiveness, efficiency, equity and ultimately our long-term well-being. I'm excited to be continuing this mission with 3Ai as one of the first cohort of an innovative new PhD program.

Tom Chan

Policy wonk. Regulatory economist. Closet creative.

Hrishikesh Desai

My name is Hrishikesh Desai and I am one of the co-collaborators of world first prototype for a new branch of engineering being built at the ANU through the 3A Institute. My background in science and engineering combined with government regulatory experience will support us in leading the discussion around future of AI. As an immigrant to Australia, I provide a whole different perspective for us to get ready to face this disruption and enable us to actively build our future. At this crucial crossroads, I want to be at the forefront, guiding our future generations and that’s the reason I am excited to be part of this pioneering initiative.

Hrishikesh Desai

Materials engineer. IP regulator. Chef.

Stephen Fry

I am Stephen and I am a serving member of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The challenges Australia will confront in an increasingly complex strategic and social environment are great, varied, and global. Innovation and diversity of thought is necessary to face these challenges and to shape our future. Leading this discussion is the 3A Institute – with innovative education, and a diverse and inclusive team. I am excited to be a pioneer of a new branch of engineering curriculum, and to later impart its application and foster its advancement within the Australian Defence Force.

Stephen (Dougie) Fry

Engineer. Army officer. Quasi-regimented.

Alison Kershaw

I delight in bringing ideas to life, which made being part of the very first cohort at 3Ai an exciting prospect. I have been fortunate to travel around the world and in Australia for my studies and my varied career, including working in a range of roles in government, the not for profit sector and the arts. For much of my career I have worked to create opportunities to enable as many people as possible to use, understand and benefit from technology in its many forms. I delight in demystifying technology and helping people make tech work for their specific needs and their community. My work invariably includes education, community development, curating events and working with others to make great things happen.

Alison Kershaw

Storyteller. Community-builder. Explainer.

Peter Macfarlane

A Chevening Scholar, educated across four continents and focused on Australia’s place, role and (capacity for) influence in a rapidly changing world - where a range of disruptive technologies fusing the digital, physical and biological realms have profound implications for our countries, our societies and ourselves. For me, 3Ai’s groundbreaking approach to these transformational ‘king tides’ was a natural segue after extensive experience as a diplomat and lawyer working to further Australia’s national interests abroad and to help make, shape and deliver policy at home. This combination of knowledge, skills, experience and insights has provided an excellent proving ground for tackling the complexities, and competing interests, involved in fostering globally-framed approaches to the beneficial development and use of advanced AI.

Peter Macfarlane

Diplomat. Lawyer. Wine-lover.

Brenda Martin

I am a social worker committed to ensuring AI systems are also designed with, and accountable to, diverse and marginalised populations.  Over the past 15 years I have worked predominantly in the not for profit sector, supporting people from refugee backgrounds, those seeking asylum, as well as families facing homelessness.  My roles have spanned torture and trauma counselling, community development, advocacy and management.  It has been inspiring to be a member of the 3A Institute's pilot Masters cohort, collaborating to build a new branch of engineering.  

Brenda Martin

Social worker. Refugee advocate. Acrobat.

Meghan McGrath

I am a Security Ethnographer working with mainframe professionals. I look at human behaviours tied to how the world’s most sensitive data gets protected, and guide IBM teams to build more user-friendly security. As a 3Ai participant, I’ve explored how human (and quasi- and non-human) behaviours will transform and be transformed by the changing cyber-physical systems they are a part of. I am interested in how infrastructure can be built deliberately with conceptions of trust that are thoughtful, ethical, and enduring.

Meghan McGrath

Security ethnographer. Archivist. DJ.

Felicity Millman

I am a psychologist and a cyberneticist fascinated by the relationships we have with technology.  Prior to 3AI I spent many years as a psychologist in private practice. I was also involved in developing a range of technological systems from nuclear medicine test recommenders to creating an AI chat-systems for health. Through this new discipline of engineering, I now explore the opportunities which technology provides, as well as the threats that become possible, as technology becomes increasingly embedded in our lives. I work to understand the interactions between the computational and the physical methods we use to build these systems and the humans who created them, as well as those who are impacted by them. I am constantly asking, how can we build a world we want to live in? 

Felicity Millman

Psychologist. Geneticist. Tech-explorer.

Matthew Phillipps

To help build this new branch of engineering, I have brought to the 3Ai extensive experience in education, systems development, and computer animation. More importantly, I have a passion for interdisciplinary approaches, a background of international lived experience and appreciation of how diverse cultures and understandings can drive different approaches to technologies. I am excited by the possibilities of an AI-enabled future driven by equity and ethics yet concerned about the use of AI for control at the expense of liberty and access. I hope to become a driver of positive future directions for cyber-physical systems in an educational context, a goal I will be pursuing through further HDR studies at CECS.

Matthew Phillipps

Teacher. System analyst. Baker.

Olivia Reeves

As a trained engineer, I am very excited to help build a new branch of engineering with the goal of equipping society with the tools needed to manage the intersection of AI and humanity. I have worked in the government regulation of medical technologies which I strongly believe is a vital function, but it is inherently reactive and slow to adapt to change and innovation. Cyber-physical systems are a major area of emerging health technologies, and I am looking forward to this new branch of engineering fostering a more proactive approach to managing the integration of these technologies into our lives.

Olivia Reeves

Engineer. Medical device regulator. Gardener.

Kathy Reid

I have a background in emerging technologies and open source systems. It has been incredibly exciting to be a part of such a multi-disciplinary and highly talented cohort, rising to the challenge of creating a world-first branch of engineering around the future of AI. The decisions we make now, and the defaults we knowingly - or unknowingly set - will influence society, the economy and technology for decades to come. We must actively interrogate and shape these futures for the benefit of all of humanity.

Kathy Reid

Open sourceress. Coder. Knitter.

Zaiga Thomann

I am a mathematician and a teacher who is passionate about the impact future technologies will have on current and future generations, and the skills and awareness they will need to manage this. I studied Pure Mathematics at the ANU before moving to the Northern Territory to teach mathematics and robotics in both remote and urban areas. A drive of mine is in ensuring that people understand and have equal access to the opportunities that STEM provides. This is increasingly important as technology is rapidly being woven into our social and economic lives.

Zaiga Thomann

Mathematician. Teacher. Maker.

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