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Director, CSIRO Manufacturing, CSIRO

Keith McLean has a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. from Aberdeen University, UK. Following work in industry and research in Scotland and New Zealand he joined CSIRO in 1989. In 1996 he joined the Biomaterials group working on a VisionCRC Project developing materials for ophthalmic applications. This team developed a polymer, surface and surgical methods for an implantable contact lens and won the 2004 Royal Societies of Australia Eureka Award for Interdisciplinary Research and the 2009 CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement. He was Research Director for Biomedical Materials from 2006 to 2014 leading a multi-disciplinary team of scientists working with industry to develop materials for tissue engineering, stem cell propagation and implantable devices. He became Director of Manufacturing in 2014 leading >400 scientists working in chemical, biomedical and advanced manufacturing. He is a Past President of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering and was appointed Secretary of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering in 2012 and a Fellow in 2016. He is a Board Member of CRC for Polymers, HySSIL Pty Ltd, Biomedical Research Victoria and VESKI and is a member of Prime Minister’s Taskforce for Industry 4.0 and sits on the Leadership Group of the Australian Advanced Manufacturing Council. McLean is an Adjunct Professor at Monash University.


  • –present
    Director, CSIRO Manufacturing, Data61


  • 1980 
    Aberdeen University, Ph.D