DR Lisa Harvey-Smith has one of those job titles that stops you in your tracks when you meet her.
She is an astrophysicist with the CSIRO, the project scientist for Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), the precursor for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project.
Dr Harvey-Smith was in Newcastle last week as part of national Science Week celebrations to give a talk about the ground-breaking work.
She said people could sometimes be intimidated by the complexities of science, but she was on a mission to expand people's minds.
SKA is a $3-billion project funded by 10 countries to revolutionise the way we think about the world.
Based in Murchison, Western Australia, SKA will become the world's largest radio telescope, with a square kilometre of thousands of separate antennas collecting data.
It aims to answer fundamental questions about the creation and early evolution of the universe.
"We will be able to predict the future - and find out where we are going, not just where we've been," Dr Harvey-Smith said.
"It's a huge amount of data - more than the current internet traffic - which will be used by astronomers from around the world."
SKA will produce a profile of a billion galaxies.