Professor Elanor Huntington

Elanor Huntington
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CSIT (108), N306
+61 2 612 58807

I'm the first female Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University and still one of the few in the world. I'm committed to growing the profile of Engineering in the community and am passionate about attracting more young women to take up careers that draw on STEM skills.

In June 2014, I was appointed the Dean of the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science and prior to that was the Head of the School of Engineering and Information Technology with UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

I am excited to be leading a project to reimagine a new type of engineering and computing, fit for the middle of the 21st century, which is all about understanding and shaping large-scale systems of people acting and interacting with each other through their digital and physical environments.

I have a PhD (2000) in experimental quantum optics from the ANU and my current research interests are in the control of quantum systems, with a particular interest in the interface between theory and applications. I am also a program manager in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology.

I'm an enthusiastic but not particularly effective soccer player. I can usually be found on Sundays somewhere in the frozen wastelands of a Canberra soccer pitch, playing the old ladies league.

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Honours and Awards:

  • Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia (HonFIEAust) 2017


  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (MIEEE)
  • Member of the Institution of Engineers Australia (MIEAust)

Consulting interests:

  • Laser safety

The Dean of the College is responsible for the strategic direction of the College, including oversight of research, education, and community engagement outcomes, as well as having responsibility for coordinating key functions across CECS to ensure delivery of those outcomes.

  • Prime responsibilities include:
    • development of the College Operational Plan
    • alignment of the College budget with the strategic plan
    • ensuring appropriate administration mechanisms are in place
    • chairing the College Executive Committee
    • overseeing the achievement of overall College research and education outcomes identified in the strategic plan

Prof. Huntington's research interest is in the area of experimental quantum optics, specialising in high-speed measurement, control and generation of non-classical states for quantum technological applications. Non-classical states are used as an input to a variety of quantum technologies and, as such, the ability to make, measure, and manipulate such states with high precision and at high speeds is crucial. Prof Huntington is the author of several research publications and patents in this area.

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