Welcome to the Steel Research Hub
This ground-breaking initiative, which has attracted funding of almost $13M over 5 years, including significant investments from the Australian Research Council and BlueScope, is testament to the critical importance of this industry in Australia, and demonstrates the value that both industry and government place in collaborative, cross-disciplinary research.
Led by the University of Wollongong, the hub brings together key partner, BlueScope, with Arrium, Bisalloy, Cox Architects, Australian Steel Institute, Lysaght, Stockland and the University of Queensland, University of Newcastle, Swinburne University of Technology, RMIT and Monash University, to drive its research program.
Steel Research Hub Director
Mr Oscar Gregory was appointed Director of the ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing in April 2014. With an extensive industrial background Mr Gregory brings a unique perspective to this role.
Having previously held numerous positions with BlueScope (including General Manager, Mills and Coating and President and General Manager, Iron and Slab) and BHP Billiton (including Executive Director BHP B New Zealand Steel) Mr Gregory brings a wealth of invaluable knowledge of the Steel Industry to his current role. Described as “a manufacturer who enjoys the challenge of turning around unproductive businesses”, Mr Gregory has well developed project management skills ranging from co-ordinating large (>$100M) capital programs to $50M product development campaigns.
Mr Gregory has twenty four years of executive experience in manufacturing, contracts, strategic planning, marketing, risk management, OH&S and mining and an entire career of experience in continuous improvement and business excellence.
In addition, Mr Gregory has also provided leadership in various advocacy roles, such as Board Member of the not-for-profit Flagstaff Group and Sponsor for the BlueScope Women’s Network.
Steel Research Hub Manager
Ms Julie Matarczyk was appointed Hub Manager in June 2014. Julie comes to the Steel Research Hub with ten years experience in research grants management. In her previous role as Senior Manager, Research Grants and Development, within the University of Wollongong's Research and Innovation Division, she led a team of 6 staff, supporting academic researchers to develop and fund their research. She was part of the team that developed the ARC application for the Steel Research Hub, and after its award was keen to continue the relationship.