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Introducing Your Chapter Council

Your Southern Cross Chapter council consists of four experienced T&Eers who volunteer their time to help progress the profession through promotion of ITEA as a forum for the exchange of ideas, network with colleagues and obtain rare-as-hens-teeth training. Come and meet your council at ITEA Chapter events.



President – Mr Pete Nikoloff

Nova Systems (Adelaide, SA)


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Mr Peter Nikoloff obtained an Aeronautical Engineer degree from RMIT in 1986 and is a Director and Senior Weapons System Engineer at Nova Systems. He has over 20 years experience supporting and conducting test and evaluation of military systems.

Prior to starting Nova Systems 12 years ago, Peter commenced his defence career with the DSTO working on towed target systems for Defence and the airframe life extension for the F/A-18.

Peter worked as a Flight Test Engineer at the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) in the role of Senior F/A-18 Test Engineer. At ARDU he worked on a number of the RAAF’s weapon systems, primarily F/A-18 and weapons related.

Peter has also had significant involvement with the Woomera Test Range both in its upgrades and operations, including air to ground and air to air weapons testing.


Vice-President – WGCDR Mal Tutty, CPEng, FIE(Aust), FRAeS

RAAF (Canberra, ACT)


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Wing Commander Malcolm Tutty is currently the Deputy Director of the Land Self-Protection Systems Program Office in Russell Offices, Canberra. Most recently, he was responsible for AP-3C Orion Maritime Patrol, AEW&C Wedgetail aircrafts along with Air Traffic and Air Defence Ground Environment technical capability and increasingly for future P-8 Poseidon and Maritime UAVs along with future air defence Vigilaire and JORN OTHR technical capability advice. Prior to that tour, he had rejoined the RAAF as Director Simulation, Trials and Ranges in AFHQ where he was responsible for capability planning and policy for JP 3028 and JP3021 JCTC EW Training, T&E/trials and strategic planning for redeveloping all Air Force Test Ranges (JP 3024 / MIS824 / Facilities) and the key 36 Air Weapons Training Areas for training and for EW and simulation (JP 3021 and 3028) upgrades. He was previously with Tenix Defence Aerospace as the Chief Engineer for the AP-3C Orion aircraft upgrade and for Aerospace R&D and Force Applications. He has had an extensive career in the RAAF and APS, including roles as Director Woomera Test Range and Director Aircraft Stores Compatibility Engineering.

Mal holds a Bachelors Degree in Electronics Engineering, a Masters Degree in Systems Engineering and has a PhD in the experimentation of complex adaptive aerospace mission capabilities.


Treasurer – Mr Stephane Collignon

DSTO (Adelaide, SA)


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Stephane Collignon is currently Senior Information Technology Officer at Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Edinburgh, South Australia, working for the Electronic Warfare and Radar Division (EWRD). Stephane Joined DSTO Weapons Division System in 1999 after a career in industry as system support engineer, both in France with Burroughs Program Product Division and in Australia with Honeywell, supporting Australasia customer platforms. Stephane is the treasurer and past president of the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA) Southern Cross Chapter. He is also member of the American Computer Machinery (ACM), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Australian Computer Society (ACS).

 Stephane holds a master degree in computer sciences from Deakin University (Victoria). Stephane has published and presented many papers for SETE and other national and international conferences and journals.

Secretary – Mr Neil Hansen, MEIAust CPEng

Australian Aerospace (Adelaide, SA)


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Neil is currently the Instrumented Aircraft Specialist for Australian Aerospace ARH Tiger and MRH90 helicopter projects and is co-located with the Army flight testers at AOSG RAAF Edinburgh, SA. Neil assists flight testing of these aircraft through the preparation of the aircraft instrumentation, real-time telemetry monitoring and post flight data analysis and management. Previously, Neil spent 20+ years in the Canadian Air Force and the RAAF which included lengthy stints at the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment (AETE) in Canada and Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) in Australia along with 46th Guidance Test Squadron, Holloman AFB (USA) and roles in major acquisition projects and through-life-support teams.

Neil holds a BSc Engineering from the University of Alberta (Canada, 1987) and an MSc Engineering from the US Air Force Institute of Technology (USA, 1993).



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Systems Engineering / Test and Evaluation


The need to manage complexity is now commonplace in almost all fields of undertaking. Both government and industry need to address the development and sustainment of complex systems for aerospace, defence, energy, infrastructure, telecommunications, and transport.

Consequently, a systems approach is required for the conception and implementation of effective and efficient system solutions. Systems engineering provides the essential framework, methods and tools required to solve complex problems and to develop and sustain complex systems.

ITEA invites you to attend SETE2016 from 17-19 May 2016 in Melbourne, VIC. The conference has been designed to be both interesting and highly relevant to the systems engineering and test and evaluation challenges that continue to emerge as we confront complex systems and system-of-systems. Additionally, tutorials and workshops to be delivered on the first day complement the focus on experiences, lessons and issues of systems integration to be presented during the two days that follow.

Please join us in this exciting conference experience. Make the most of an invaluable opportunity to hear how industry, government and academic leaders in the fields of systems engineering and test and evaluation are confronting the systems integration challenges. Meet and interact with delegates from Australia and the wider international community.

Come to SETE 2016 to share, to learn and to be inspired.



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