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systems engineering educator

Robert Ronald Bitmead, Australian systems engineering educator. Registered chartered professional engineer. Recipient ATERB medal Australian Academy of Technology Sciences and Engineering, Canberra, 1989.


Bitmead, Robert Ronald was born on April 10, 1954 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Son of Ronald Charles and Gwendolyn (Richards) Bitmead.


Bachelor of Science with honours, University Sydney, 1975. Master of Engineering, University Newcastle, 1977. Doctor of Philosophy, University Newcastle, 1979.


Research associate University Newcastle, Australia, 1979. Lecturer James Cook University, Townsville, Australia, 1980-1982. Fellow Australian National University, Canberra, 1982-1987, senior fellow, 1987-1995, professor, 1995-1999, University California, San Diego, since 1999, chair Cymer Corporation, since 2002.

Director Cooperative Research Center for Robust and Adaptive Systems, Canberra, 1991-1999. Consultant CSR Ltd., Ingham, Australia, since 1989, BHP Proprietary Ltd. Wollongong, Australia, 1993, Moog, Inc., Buffalo, New York, since 1993, United Technologies Research Center, Hartford, Connecticut, since 1997, General Electric, Niskayuna, New York, since 1998.


  • Registered chartered professional engineer.


Fellow Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (chairman ACT section 1993-1994), Australian Academy Technology Sciences and Engineering. Member International Federation Automatic Control (technical board 1990-1996, council 1996—2002), The International Federation of Automatic Control Symposium on Adaptive Control (vice-chairman Grenoble, France 1992).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: bushwalking, sailboarding, music, aerobics.


Married Jan Carmel Farnham, December 2, 1972. Children: Naomi Jan, Brownen Nadine.

Ronald Charles Bitmead

Gwendolyn (Richards) Bitmead

Jan Carmel Farnham

Naomi Jan Bitmead

Brownen Nadine Bitmead