Meet The Team

Dr Roger Lainson PhD
Founding Director

Roger’s background and research experience is in plant physiology and biophysics, with more than a decade as Lecturer in Life Sciences at UTS. In 1985 he founded SDR Scientific in partnership with the late Dr Peter Kenny. He is now semi-retired, but continues to direct the financial operations of the company and assist with technical support and IT.

Roger’s main outside interest is Model Engineering. He has been building a 5-inch gauge steam locomotive for an embarrassingly large number of years and is very active with Hornsby Model Engineers. He also enjoys outback travel and walking.

Quotable quote: Happy is he who can work with both his head and his hands – Joshua Slocum, first solo circumnavigator.

Simon Rushworth, BVSc, Dip Mgmt
Managing Director

Simon’s background is in private veterinary practice in Australia and the United Kingdom. A Sydney University graduate, he has navigated his way through the farm gate, via pet practice and animal health to the world of research, the hospital environment and industry.

“I am grateful to have this wonderful opportunity to work with a team of consummate professionals here at SDR Scientific and globally with our supplier partners to help you achieve success in your work and improve people’s lives”

While he is not at work, he is Uber-dad, and brought to heel by his wayward Kelpie X “Dot”. Then there’s always watersports, scandi crime, travel and (maybe) trumpet practice…

Quotable Quote: “Every disaster movie starts with someone ignoring a scientist” – Anon.

Dr Sudha Vijay, MVSc
Technical Sales & Support Manager

Sudha has a background in Veterinary Science and years of experience with equipment sales and support at SDR Scientific. She enjoys and believes in helping and supporting our customers and staff in the best possible way.

Quotable quote: If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t, you will see obstacles -Wayne Dyer.

Alexander Tefay, BSc (Adv)(Hons)
Senior Technical Sales & Support Specialist

While studying at the University of Sydney, Alex received a degree in Science with a focus on Medicinal Chemistry in his Honours program. Starting with a career in industrial chemical sales, Alex now specialises in behavioural software and hardware, microfluidics, water nutrient analysis and metabolic equipment at SDR Scientific.

A native of Sydney, Alex enjoys hiking locally and traveling to mountainous regions around the world. Alex also enjoys practicing Brazilian-Jiu Jitsu, listening to podcasts, and spending time with his family and friends.

Quotable quote: “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” – Albert Einstein.

Jason Hotten, BSc
Senior Technical Sales & Support Specialist

Jason completed his Bachelor of Science with a major in Physics at the University of Sydney in 2016. He then worked at the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth for Optical Systems (CUDOS) as a research assistant in the field of microwave photonics. Jason now specialises in photonics equipment and physiological research hardware and software. Outside of the office Jason enjoys playing golf, cooking, and going to the beach.

Quotable Quote: “The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” Neil deGrass Tyson.

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Robert Huggan, BSc, GDBA, Cert Bus
Technical Sales & Support Specialist

Robert studied Applied Mathematics and Operations Research in Melbourne. He has achieved a long working life in Customer Service roles across NSW and Queensland, primarily in the Pharmaceutical Industry.  His primary interests outside of work are Family, AFL, Photoshop, Excel, and reading historical novels.

Quotable quote: “None of us is as smart as all of us” – Ken Blanchard.

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Rob Samuel
Technical Officer

Rob has a background in finance and IT. He completed a Diploma in Laboratory Operations at TAFE NSW in 2015 with a focus on Biological & Environmental subjects.

Rob looks after logistics, Preventative Maintenance, Equipment repair and system installation and maintains our warehouse operations. Adding to this is IT support and administration.

His interests include kayaking fishing and music.

Favourite quote: Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. (Dalai Lama).

Dr Peter Kenny PhD
Physicist, Mathematician and Teacher to many (UNSW & UTS)
Founding Director

Peter’s background was in physics and biology and he held a position as Senior Lecturer in Life Sciences at UTS for many years. In 1985 he founded SDR Scientific with Dr Roger Lainson. Peter had a boundless scientific curiosity and he took delight in understanding the science behind all manner of research and the practical problems that researchers faced.

Sadly, Peter passed away in 2014.

“A questioning mind seeking answers to the end”

The Wider SDR Scientific Team

We also draw on a talented group of business supporters in legal, accounting and other professional services.

More importantly, we are also supported by a global network of true professionals: our Supplier Partner Network. If the information is not within our knowledgebase, we are strongly supported by a team of hard-working professionals based in Japan, United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Canada ….

Our Supplier Partners