Nick Cutmore completed a Postdoctoral appointment in minerals analysis before joining CSIRO in 1983 as a Research Scientist. His research interests have predominantly been in technologies for the on-line analysis of materials in mining, oil production, power stations and mineral processing.
He has occupied a number of senior management roles in CSIRO and is currently a Research Director in CSIRO Mineral Resources where he initiates and shepherds the development and commercialisation of novel measurement systems for global impact in industry. He has a career interest in the commercialisation of technology, and has been involved in the creation and oversight of spin-off companies and Joint Ventures that have launched CSIRO technology in the global market.
He has overseen the development and managed the commercialisation of the CSIRO Air Cargo Scanner technology with Nuctech Company Limited (Beijing). This role has involved a wide appreciation of security needs and interaction with global end users of security technology for airport and border applications.
Career achievements include that he is a co-recipient of the; 1992 Australia Prize for outstanding achievement in science and technology; 2009 Australian Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Support of Defence or National Security; 2006 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement in regard to the Air Cargo Scanner development; 2011 The Australian Innovation Challenge (winning team in the Mining and Energy Category). Dr Cutmore was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2003.