Nicola Sasanelli was appointed Director of the South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) when it was established in 2017. The focus of his role is to support space industry growth and increase international research and development (R&D) collaborations in South Australia’s space sector.
Prior to joining SASIC, Nicola served as Director of the Space Industry and R&D Collaborations team at Defence SA for over a year.
Nicola graduated from the University of Bari, Italy in 1987 with a degree in Electronics Engineering.
He went on to work as a researcher in microelectronics high-reliability components at Tecnopolis S&T Park, Bari before being appointed as Scientific Attaché at the Embassy of Italy in Canberra from 2001 to 2008.
In 2009, Nicola joined the South Australian Government as a Special Envoy for higher education research and technology transfer to Europe with the Department of Premier and Cabinet and later as Director for Greater Europe and R&D Collaborations. He went on to work with the Department of State Development as Director for International R&D Collaborations.
From 2003 to 2013 he was appointed as Adjunct Professor of Science and Technology at the University of Canberra, Australia and in 2007 he became an Honorary Member of the Order of Australia.