Nicola Sasanelli joined Defence SA in April 2016 when the newly formed Space Industry and R&D Collaborations team transferred to the department. In September 2017 the South Australian Space Industry Centre was created, with Nicola as director.
The focus of his current role as Director for R&D, International Collaborations is to support space industry growth and increase international R&D collaborations in South Australia’s space sector.
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.