As RMIT Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation, Professor Drummond has a leadership role in the development of discovery and practice-based research and in building and enhancing capability in research and innovation across the university.
Professor Drummond has a strong interest and passion for the commercialisation of research outcomes. He joined RMIT University in 2014 from CSIRO where he was Group Executive for Manufacturing, Materials and Minerals comprising 1300 researchers and research support staff. Immediately prior to this CSIRO Group Executive appointment, he was Chief of CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering (CMSE), CSIRO’s largest Division. Prior to becoming a Chief, Calum was seconded from CSIRO to be the inaugural Vice President Research at CAP- XX, an Intel portfolio company. CAP-XX develops supercapacitors for consumer electronic products and the automotive sector. In 2006 CAP-XX listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIM) with a market capitalisation of US$110 million, and was designated as a Global Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.
Calum remains an active researcher with interests in the area of advanced materials, including application to energy storage and biomedical products. He has been an author of over 200 publications.
Calum is a graduate of The University of Melbourne (BScEd, BSc Hons, PhD and DSc). He has been an Australian Research Council (ARC) Queen Elizabeth II Fellow and an ARC Federation Fellow, and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK based).