NextGen winner at the 2022 AAUS Industry Champions Awards

Congratulations to Shoal’s Mathew Gardiner on winning the NextGen award at the 2022 AAUS Industry Champions Awards.

This award recognises young individuals (under 35) that demonstrate elite capability and leadership in their field within the uncrewed systems sector.  Mathew received the award for his important technical roles leading development spirals on a number of key projects with the Australian Space Agency and Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG). This project involved a shared exploration of Operational and Regulatory Needs of Safety Assessments and the development of sophisticated simulations and models to evaluate the feasibility of Quantitative Risk Analyses for this application. Shoal’s bespoke software toolkit, Shoal Aerospace and Risk Capability (SHARC), which is a mathematical interpretation and software implementation of the Australian Flight Safety Code’s Risk Hazard Analysis and Maximum Probably Loss methodologies was used as a starting point.

Mat Gardiner commented on the recognition. “It is a real honour to receive this award from the AAUS and attend the recent RPAS in Australian Skies conference. It has been fantastic to learn about so many amazing achievements by all the nominees and conference participants. There were so many deserving finalists of this award, congratulations to all. I have felt very fortunate to be working with such an innovative and passionate team at Shoal, and it is a tribute to the team to have our work recognised in this way. I am looking forward to continuing to work in the risk analysis space and contributing further to the RPAS community.”

Mat Gardiner with awardPictured above: Mathew Gardiner after receiving the award.

In a nod to all of our talent, Shoal’s Dr Benjamin Schubert was nominated for his work with the CASG’s Unmanned Aerial System Management Unit (UASMU) to explore the use of Quantitative Risk Analysis methodologies within Safety Assessments of Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS).

30 high-achieving professionals and organisations competed across 7 award categories.

The award was presented at the AAUS Gala Dinner and Industry Awards in Canberra on Tuesday 29 March 2022.