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Celebrating the Achievements of our Past Students


Slatyer, Dr. Tracy - Narrabundah College

Dr. Tracy Slatyer is a renowned theoretical physicist. Her specialist areas include particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Dr. Slatyer was the joint winner of the 2014 Rossi Prize for a significant contribution to High Energy Astrophysics.

Smith, Jason – Belconnen High, Hawker College

Jason Smith has been the Director and CEO of the Heide Museum of Modern Art. He was a previous Director of Monash Gallery of Art. Jason has curated 40 exhibitions and has written on the work of more than 150 artists for a range of publications. He recently curated the exhibition ‘But Mostly Air’, which was displayed in the ANU School of Gallery. Jason will shortly be leaving the Heide Museum to take up the position of Curatorial Manager, Australian Art, at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

Snow, Ben – Narrabundah College

photo of Ben Snow – Narrabundah College

Ben Snow is a special effects artist who has been nominated four times at the Academy Awards. He known for his work on Iron Man (2008), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Iron Man 2 (2010). After Narrabundah College Ben studied computing and film at the University of Canberra. He did a variety of work and traveled extensively before working as a runner for a computer graphics house in London. Later he returned to Australia to set up the computer animation department for a company in Sydney.

Ben Snow left Australia to join Industrial Light & Magic in 1994, where his first project was to help create the three-dimensional computer graphics image of the Enterprise B for Star Trek: Generations (1994).

After spending several years in New Zealand with Weta Digital as Visual Effects Supervisor on the film King Kong (2005), he returned to ILM in 2008 to work as the company’s Visual Effects Supervisor on the Marvel franchise film, Iron Man (2008). He also served as the visual effects supervisor on the biblical epic film, Noah (2014). Since rejoining ILM, Ben Snow has been honored with a number of Academy Award, Visual Effects Society, and BAFTA nominations for achievement in visual effects.

Source: Industrial Light and Magic.

Steel, Harrison – The Canberra College

Steel, Harrison – The Canberra College

Harrison Steel has been interested in science and engineering from an early age and (as of December 2015) he is anticipating First Class Honours for his Bachelor of Mechanical (Space) Engineering and Bachelor of (Advanced) Science in Mathematics and Physics from The University of Sydney. He has received a great number of academic awards from both The University of Sydney and Wesley College (where he resided for three years). Harry represented his university at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition in Boston and the Inter-collegiate Rocket Engineering competition in Utah. He has competed in inter-collegiate athletics, soccer, choir, music and dance teams and enjoys language including Russian and German. He has also undertaken leadership roles in a variety of contexts, providing practical help and inspiration to future Australian scientists and engineers, particularly those from disadvantaged groups. Harry has published in his field, worked as a research assistant for NASA (California) and DESY (Germany), and has presented his work at conferences and on ABC radio. Harrison's intention is to study the development of control systems for use in synthetic biology at a DNA level. Synthetic biology is an emerging area of research combining computer science, medical research and biology which will be a strong contributor to an innovation economy. Harrison' LinkeIn profile: Twitter: