News and programs News We celebrate Dr Elaine Saunders becoming a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering Dr Elaine Saunders is currently Entrepreneur in Residence at the Bionics Institute, and we are proud to announce that Elaine has been made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). ATSE is an independent, not-for-profit academy that brings together Australia’s leading experts in applied science, technology and engineering to provide practical and evidence-based advice on how to achieve sustainable solutions. Elaine joins an esteemed group of only 25 leaders in science, technology and engineering to be welcomed into the Academy this year. Twelve of the 25 new Fellows are women – the highest proportion ever. Dr Saunders is an entrepreneur, businesswoman, author, inventor, a supporter of women in STEMM, an advocate for Australian innovation and a trusted adviser on a range of advisory panels to government, industry and academia. Elaine is working to alleviate the burden of hearing loss and co-founded the disruptive, profit-for-purpose, research-led company, Blamey Saunders Hears, with Professor Peter Blamey. Elaine has recently stepped down as Executive Chair of the company following six years as CEO, and is now an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health, Arts & Design at Swinburne University, and Chair of its Innovation Precinct Advisory Board. Elaine is also Non-Executive Director of both the Australian National Fabrication Facility and the National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation. The Bionics Institute is proud of our association with Dr Saunders and pleased to see this recent recognition of the valuable work Dr Saunders has done over her career.