Professor Jackie Craig graduated with a PhD in physics from St. Andrews University in 1981 and worked as a defence scientist for 35 years.
Jackie worked as a defence scientist for 35 years, in the UK Ministry of Defence and in Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group of the Australian Department of Defence. She held several senior executive positions within DST Group as a Chief of Division and was a member of the Defence Senior Leadership Group for eight years. She has also held numerous senior executive leadership positions within the five-eyes Defence and Intelligence Science and Technology forums.
She has led large international research programs in Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Cyber and Electronic Warfare and has expertise in lasers, nonlinear optics and electro-optics, digital data systems, autonomous systems, and space systems.
She was awarded the 2001 Ministers Award in Defence Science for her substantial contribution to, and influence on imagery ISR systems, and received several awards for scientific leadership from the five-eyes community. She was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) in 2016. In 2020 Jackie was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her work in Defence science.
Jackie retired from DST Group in 2016. She is currently an Adjunct Professor within the College of Science and Engineering of Flinders University and is a non-executive director of the Smart Satellite Cooperative.