Robert Perrons started his career in Shell’s Strategy & Economics team in 1997. He then worked for several years as a production engineer in the company’s overseas operations (offshore and onshore). Rob left Shell for three years to work as an Industrial Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge before re-joining in 2004 to become the company’s Executive Coordinator of R&D.
He graduated summa cum laude with a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering from McMaster University in Canada, where he was the class valedictorian. He also earned a S.M. degree in Technology & Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He is a Fellow of both the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and Engineers Australia, and is chartered as a Eur. Ing. in Europe. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and remains connected to the University of Cambridge as an Affiliated Researcher.
At the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Rob currently leads the university-wide “Transforming Innovation Systems” research theme via QUT’s Institute for Future Environments. This role involves building cross-faculty research initiatives that improve the university’s research excellence and impact in the area of innovation systems.
In addition to his positions at QUT, Rob serves the Australian Government on an ad hoc basis as a member of their “Expert Network.” His duties in this role include providing advice about the energy industry and emerging innovations in that sector, with the overarching objective of accelerating the commercialization of promising new energy technologies.
Born and raised in Canada, Rob currently lives in the Brisbane area with his wife, Shannon, and their three sons.