Dr Zipper has an academic background in materials science and engineering with an emphasis on engineering materials, materials characterisation and materials processing. For more than the last 20 years, Dr Zipper has had senior leadership, commercial, business development and marketing roles, primarily in scientific research organisations, including over 15 years in CSIRO.
Currently, Dr Zipper is Director CSIRO Manufacturing Business Unit. Prior to that, he has held a number of different roles in CSIRO, including the Director for the CSIRO Services Business Unit for five years.
He has experience in business management, research management, science leadership, research portfolio management, strategic capability planning, business development and commercialisation experience in research organisations.
He has experience in a range of research areas and sectors including chemicals, materials, mining and minerals processing, polymers and composites, metal production, manufacturing, service industries, packaging, aerospace and automotive.