Dr Elias Aboutanios is the deputy director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research and a senior lecturer with The School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications at the University of New South Wales. In 2011, he assembled a consortium that, in addition to UNSW, included Thales-Alenia Space (France), Optus, and l’Institut Superieur de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace (France) and was successful in obtaining over $1.1M in funding to develop Australia’s first masters in space systems engineering.
In 2012, he set up the UNSW-EC0 project that contributed a satellite to the QB50 constellation. He is the academic mentor of the BLUEsat team, a group of university students who have space activities, including satellites and a Mars rover, and high altitude balloon missions. He currently conducts research in radar, GPS, power systems and smart grids, space systems (and stratospheric balloons), and nuclear magnetic resonance.