The Central Blue recently sought expressions of interest from passionate and dedicated Junior Officers, Enlisted and Australian Public Service (APS) to join The Central Blue Editorial Team as an Editorial Intern. TCB Editorial Team were so impressed by the number and caliber of candidates, we decided to select two!
First-up; meet Corporal Amy Hestermann-Crane!
Amy is the first Space Analyst in the Australian Space Operations Centre, and is very excited to be a part of Air Force’s increasing capabilities in this domain. Not only is she technically competent, she is an all-round great person as well who has recently been appointed to the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council for Veterans and their Families, which focuses on improving life and services for the ACT veteran community. Amy is also a Coordinator for the regional HQJOC Women’s Integrated Networking Groups (WINGS), a program which aims to provide opportunities for talented and capable Air Force women to be supported and encouraged so they can achieve a successful and engaging career in the organisation.
In her free time, she studies two Bachelor degrees covering German, Latin, and Ancient History. She is also researching Space Ethics and is aspiring to be a writer.
Her interests include space, AI, human/machine interfacing, and the potential ethical challenges that will arise as humanity moves into new and unexplored territory. She loves culture and languages, and how these can affect the way we think, interact, and influence the world around us. She is looking forward to sharing the fascinating (and sometimes terrifying) developments in these spaces with the TCB community.
We would also like you to meet Mr Luke Webb!
Luke is a Melbourne-based Project Manager at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC), a dedicated STEM facility with relationships with NASA, ESA and JAXA. He is an aerospace engineer, obtaining his degree with First Class Honours in 2006 at RMIT University. Before VSSEC, Luke worked for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority in airworthiness engineering roles.
Luke is also studiously working part-time on a PhD looking at complex service program management in the aircraft sustainment and support space, including a major case study on the Hawk Lead-In-Fighter. He has maintained a ‘dual-track’ technical/strategic affairs interest through his involvement in the Institute for Regional Security’s Future Strategic Leaders Program, including as one of the founders of the Institute's innovative ideas forum, Next, running the first event back in 2013. He is also the Secretary of the Royal Aeronautical Society Melbourne Branch and a casual academic at RMIT in the fields of Project Management, Aviation Quality Systems and Airworthiness.
Welcome to the team Amy and Luke!