Dane grew up in the snowy mountains of NSW where he spent most of his childhood with his family on their small farm before moving to Canberra to complete his secondary schooling. After finishing school, Dane joined the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in 2008 where he served for 9 years in the Royal Australian Armoured Corps as a Cavalry Crewman posting first to Darwin and then to Townsville. During this time he was lucky enough to deploy on an exercise to several countries as well as having the honour of serving a 9-month tour in Afghanistan for Operation Slipper 2010-2011.
During his last five years in the ADF, Dane began studying a degree in Electrical Engineering majoring in Computer Systems at James Cook University Townsville. Graduating in 2017 with Honours and Academic Medal and discharging from the army at the same time, Dane was fortunate enough to be selected for the Knowledge Transfer Partnership program which saw him hired as a research and development engineer at Campbell Scientific Australia (CSA). Being a junior engineer has brought Dane many rewarding challenges, first working on CSA’s Altoview Flood Warning System before more recently taking on the development of environmental sensors aimed at the traditional Campbell Scientific dataloggers.
While not at work, Dane enjoys the outdoors including rock-climbing, hiking, and travelling with his partner Emma.