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The Defence West Aspire Award consists of a $5,000 grant that is awarded to an individual from WA-based defence industry companies/organisations to assist in the professional development by funding attendance at an international or national conference in their chosen field of endeavor. Award recipients have up to 3 years to use the funds.
2020 Defence West Aspire Award Winner, Mr Jason Coleman
Western Australia’s strengths in the field of remote operations will be showcased internationally, thanks to the Business Events Perth Aspire Awards and Defence West, who have named Mr Jason Coleman as the winner of this year’s award.
Mr Coleman, who is an autonomous systems expert at Nova Systems, specialises in space and remote operations, delivering systems to ensure the safety of those working in challenging environments.
As an Aspire Award winner, Mr Coleman will attend IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Systems (IEEE ICAS), where he hopes to gain insight into current and emerging trends in autonomous systems across multiple different disciplines.
Business Events Perth Chief Executive Officer Gareth Martin said he was delighted to support Mr Coleman to share his expertise on an international stage.
“Australia is a globally recognised leader in the field of remote operations, and Mr Coleman’s attendance at the IEEE ICAS conference will further promote our reputation in this area, and will also provide unique opportunities for him to collaborate and exchange knowledge with other experts from around the world,” Mr Martin said.
Now in its 21st year, Business Events Perth’s (formerly the Perth Convention Bureau) Aspire Awards Program has sponsored hundreds of local academics and researchers to attend a relevant international conference in their discipline, to further their professional development and profile Western Australia on the international stage.
Mr Coleman is now applying this expertise at the Australian Remote Operations for Space and Earth (AROSE), an industry-led consortium and key figure in Australian Space Agencies partnership with NASA that is unifying Australia’s remote operations capabilities for the benefit of all industries – both here on Earth, and in space.
“Space, defence and industry sectors are more similar than you may think – whilst sector objectives and challenges may be worlds apart, enabling remote operations and autonomous technologies can be similar which offers huge opportunities for collaboration accelerated development,” said Mr Coleman.
Defence Minister Paul Papalia said the Aspire Awards did a fantastic job of supporting the brightest minds in their respective fields and promotes professional development across multiple industries.
“I would like to congratulate Jason Coleman for winning the 2020 Defence West Aspire Award, and for his commitment to his knowledge of infrastructure systems and remote operations” Minister Papalia said.
“It is important the State Government and community acknowledge and celebrate the brilliant work being performed in our State’s defence industry, and the Defence West Aspire Award will allow that work to be promoted internationally.
“The State Government is committed to supporting and growing the Western Australian defence industry to help diversify the WA economy and create new jobs.