BiographyDr Nick Tate is Director of the Australian Government's Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project which is based at the University of Queensland (UQ). RDSI is a $50m project funded under the Super Science initiative which aims to transform the storage of research data throughout Australian Universities and Research Institutions. Prior to this role, he was Associate Director of the Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS) which developed and deployed cloud computing and cloud storage services for researchers across Australia. In this role, he was based at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Nick is a former Chair of the Council of Australian University Directors of IT (CAUDIT) and currently chairs CAUDITÃ‚Â's Standing Committee on Procurement which oversees sector wide procurement contracts for universities in Australia and New Zealand.
He was previously both IT Director at UQ and the Director of AusCERT, which was the Australian National CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team). He is also a Director of Higher Ed Systems Pty Ltd, National Treasurer of the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Chair of the eResearch Australasia conference and was Chair of the World Computer Congress in 2010. He is currently Chair of the ICT Industry Workgroup representing the ICT industry to the Queensland Government.
Prior to UQ, Nick worked on the development of anti-missile missile systems for Royal Navy Warships, before spending twenty years working for investment banks, eighteen years in London and then two years with Macquarie Bank in Sydney. He was Head of IT for the United Bank of Kuwait in London during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in the first Gulf war when there was a run on the bank and many strange requests from Baghdad! Nick holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, a Master's degree in Computer Science and a PhD in IT security. He is also a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Fellow of the ACS. He has over 36 years IT experience with 16 years at CIO level.