Professor Elanor Huntington

Elanor Huntington
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Professor Elanor Huntington is the first female Dean of Engineering and Computer Science at the Australian National University. She is committed to reimagining Science and Technology for the future. In particular, Professor Huntington hopes to encourage young women to get involved in STEM related fields.

‘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.’

Professor Huntington was previously the Head of School for the School of Engineering and Information Technology at UNSW Canberra. Additionally she has served as Chief Investigator on several Australian Research Council projects, Program Manager for the ARC Centre for Excellence in Quantum Computational Communication Technologies and is an Honorary Fellow for The Institution of Engineers Australia. Professor Huntington has a long history of council and board contributions including previous service on the ACT Accreditation and Registration Council as well as currently serving on the Board of Significant Capital Ventures, Innovation Science Australia, Questacon and Science Advisory Board.

Professor Huntington holds a PhD (2000) in experimental quantum optics from the ANU. Her current research includes the control of quantum systems, with a particular interest in the interface between theory and applications.

Elanor is an enthusiastic but not particularly effective soccer player. She 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
  • Finalist Telstra Business Women of the Year, Academia 2019
  • Finalist CSIRO Eureka Prize, Leadership in Innovation and Science 2019


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

Consulting interests:

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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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