Professor Drennan obtained his PhD from the Flinders University of South Australia in 1978, specializing in solid state chemistry. He then spent post-doctoral years at Imperial College London studying aspects of fast ion conduction in solids before returning in 1982, to Australia, in order take up a position with CSIRO in Melbourne. At CSIRO he joined the group that had revolutionized ceramic materials research and made some fundamental observations regarding the role of sintering aids and additives that are still used to-day. After 13 years with the CSIRO, he was attracted to the University of Queensland to take up a position as Deputy Director of the Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis. In 2000 he became Director and presently oversees this multimillion dollar centralized facility at the University of Queensland for scientist across all disciplines that require access to the state of the art electron microscopes. He is the author of more than 170 journal papers and is regularly invited to present his work at international meetings. He is scientifically known for his own work in materials science and currently has projects ranging from fuel cell design through to light metal alloy interactions, data mining and the preservation of national art works.