Our People


Alexey Veryaskin

Director and Founder

Alexey Veryaskin is the Director and Founder of Trinity Research Labs, an independent R&D laboratory based at the School of Physics of the University of Western Australia (UWA). He is an Adjunct Professor and a member of the UWA Frequency Standards and Quantum Metrology Group. He received his MSc degree in electronic engineering in 1973 and PhD in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics in 1982. In his early career, he spent 12 years as a research fellow at the Sternberg State Astronomical Institute of the Moscow State University (the Faculty of Physics) specialising in precise gravity measurements. He also was specialising in Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices (SQUIDs) applied to gravimetry and gravity gradiometry. In 1992, he was invited to join a team of researchers at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (Scotland, UK) where he was working on a superconducting gravity gradiometer and some aspects of the Satellite Test of Equivalence Principle (STEP), a European space mission. In 1995 he moved to New Zealand where he patented a Direct String Gravity Gradiometer, a technology that attracted a reasonable investment either from private sector or various institutions and government agencies in a number of countries across the globe. He also invented a Direct String Magnetic Gradiometer technology and an Extremely Low Frequency Interferometric System (ELFISTM), which is a new type of electromagnetic gradiometer. Recently, the ELFISTM technology has found its application for breast cancer early-detection research and is currently under development at UWA. He moved permanently to Perth (Western Australia) in 2005, and has been working since on various applications of gravity, magnetic, and electromagnetic gradiometry.


Current developments:

Project TAIPAN - An Intrinsic Gravity Gradiometer with Improved Mechanical Design,

Mechanical Displacement Measurements and Modulation

A novel capacitive phase-sensitive mechanical displacement sensors have been built, tested and currently used for a number of applications such as gravity gradiometry, gravimetry and ultra sensitive accelerometry.


Michael Tobar

Michael Tobar received the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Western Australia, Perth, W.A., Australia, in 1994. He is currently an ARC Laureate Fellow with the School of Physics, University of Western Australia. His research interests encompass the broad discipline of frequency and quantum metrology, precision measurements, and precision tests of the fundamental of physics. He is also the focal point of Australian participation in space experiments involving precision clocks and oscillators.


Prof. Tobar was the recipient of the 2009 Barry Inglis medal presented by the National Measurement Institute for precision measurement, the 2006 Boas medal presented by the Australian Institute of Physics, 1999 Best Paper Award presented by the Institute of Physics Measurement Science and Technology, the 1999 European Frequency and Time Forum Young Scientist Award, the 1997 Australian Telecommunications and Electronics Research Board (ATERB) Medal, the 1996 Union of Radio Science International URSI) Young Scientist Award, and the 1994 Japan Microwave Prize.


During 2007 he was elevated to Fellow of the IEEE and during 2008 the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.


Eugene Ivanov

Eugene Ivanov is an internationally renowned expert in the field of measurement science, whose main research achievements were recognized by the 2010 J. F. Keithley Award (American Physical Society) acknowledging Prof. Ivanov as a “physicist who has been instrumental in the development of measurement techniques that have impact on the physics community”.


In 2014 Prof. Ivanov was presented with a Science and Technology Clunies Ross Award from The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.


Current research activities: ultra-low phase noise microwave oscillators, precision

electromagnetic measurements, laser frequency stabilization, optical frequency synthesis.


Howard Golden

Howard Golden earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a Master’s degree in Geophysics from the University of Leeds. He has been involved with mineral exploration geophysics, geology and exploration management since 1981, holding leading positions with BHP Minerals, Western Mining Corporation, Western Metals, Kinross Gold Corporation, Rio Tinto and Nordgold.


Howard is named as inventor on four patents related to advanced technology applied to mineral exploration. He was on teams involved with the discovery of the Oyu Tolgoy gold/copper porphyry deposit in Mongolia, the Syama and Agbaou Birimian greenstone hosted gold deposits in Mali and Côte d’Ivoire respectively, and the West Musgrave magmatic nickel sulphide deposit in Western Australia. He served as non-executive board member of Gravitec Instruments Ltd, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Australia. He also serves on the External Advisory Group of the Center for Exploration Targeting at UWA. His career in geoscience has involved predictive geology and electrical and potential field geophysics applied to mineral exploration on six continents. He is a Registered Professional Geoscientist, a fellow of the Geological Society of London and of the Society of Economic Geologists, and a past president of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists.


Vitaly Agron

Vitaly Agron earned his MSc degree in Exploration and Mining Geology. He has been involved in multiple projects across the world and is experienced in evaluation and resource estimates of the projects with wide range of commodities.


More than 20 years of geological experience in exploration and field works, geological and geophysical interpretation with specific skills in mining and geological computer applications using, Micromine, SURPAC, TSG and other software, database management, resource modeling and evaluation, consulting services, training and audits, project evaluation and management. JORC Competent Person (gold and base metals). He has worked at diverse locations from above the Arctic Circle to tropical regions, and is used to the difficulties associated with these conditions as well as remote locations and various cultural environments.


Vitaly is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.


Timo Vaalsta

Timo Vaalsta has an extensive experience in software development for instrument control systems for data acquisition, as well as data processing. Worked as a Professional Officer at the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE), Lucas Heights, NSW, Australia, refurbished and wrote control software for the 2TAN A and 2TAN B four-circle neutron diffractometers at the High Flux Australian Reactor (HiFAR). At the Photon Factory in the KEK High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Tsukuba, Japan, refurbished the control system for the synchrotron radiation X-Ray Beam Line 14A, housing the horizontal type four-circle diffractometer. Wrote software control for new detector employing stacked avalanche photodiodes (APDs) for x-ray diffraction experiments with synchrotron radiation. Contributed to the installation of a new one metre diameter F/4 telescope at the UWA Gravity Precinct, in the Shire of Gingin, ( WA, Australia ), used for robotic optical transient searches.

Currently Timo is involved along with Prof Martin Ebert (see below) in designing a software that controls a novel scanning electromagnetic gradiometer system applied to breast cancer research.


Ishiawa, N, Vaalsta, T. P., et el., (2014), Phase Transition in lithium manganite spinel, LiMn2O2, Photon Factory Activity Report 2013 #31 B, pp BL-14A/2011G22;


Alexey V. Veryaskin, Francis A. Torres, Timo P. Vaalsta, Ju Li, David G. Blair, A Novel EM Gradiometric Surveying System for Geophysical Reconnaissance 

arXiv:1109.4695v1 [physics.geo-ph], 2011;


Coward, D. M., Todd M., Vaalsta, T. P., et al. (2010), The Zadko Telescope: A Southern Hemisphere Telescope for Optical Transient Searches, Multi-Messenger Astronomy and Education, PASA, 27(3) 331–339, www.publish.csiro.au/paper/AS09078.htm

Andrew Sunderland


Marc Kaye is a professional electronic engineer. He got a B.Sc. degree from the University of Western Australia. Marc is the Owner of CadLink, a business which offers a variety of services including high quality electronic design and manufacturing.


For many years CadLink serves as a subcontractor to Trinity Research Labs and provides manufacturing of the state-of-the-art electronic products that have been developed or under development at Trinity Research Labs.


Current development: Project TAIPAN - PCB design and manufacturing of custom-designed signal processing electronics.

Marc Kaye


Khyl McMahon is multidisciplinary designer and the director of aux established in 2001. He has evolved aux's services into an array of design, R & D, manufacturing and technical support services to a diverse range of clients. While studying a Bachelor of Technology in motorsports, he furthered his professional development through strong friendships with great mentors from the oil & gas, automotive design and manufacturing sectors.


Servicing the mining, civil, structural and motorsport industries his previous clients include Rio Tinto, FMG, BHP, West Australian Government, Thrussenkrupp, Permacast, Georgiou, Simms Metal, HomeBuyers, Barge Co, Arise Racing, Fastlane, Allstar Garage, Racing Dynamics as well as many WA based engineering companies.


Recent key infrastructure projects include:

Optus Stadium, Elizabeth Quay, Port Kembla Coal Terminal, Mitchell Freeway extension, Gateway WA, Northlink 3, Margaret River Perimeter Road Bridge, Torren’s Rail Junction, DFO Belmont, Forrestfield Airport Link Tunnel and Central, Forrestfield & Belmont train stations.


Khyl's alliance with Trinity Research Labs has completed or is currently in the development of critical components design for the TAIPAN Gravity Gradiometer Advanced Development Model.

Also, Khyl has been creating large remotely operating surveying platforms (drones) for some of the geophysical surveying technologies that have been developed or under development at the Trinity Research Labs.


Khyl McMahon


Neil Provins BSc PGeo (Ontario) is a geologist and manager with over 40 years of base metal mining, development and exploration experience.  Since 2003, he has worked as a private mineral exploration consultant and as an employee of M G Creasy, primarily in the Fraser Range region of Western Australia. 


From 1997-2002 Neil was Manager, Sulphide Exploration and Director/Secretary for Falconbridge (Australia) Pty Ltd in Brisbane with the mandate to seek, acquire and develop new nickel sulphide opportunities and targets in Australia.  Also with Falconbridge Limited in Canada, he was responsible for exploration work based out of the Timmins, Ontario Regional Office from 1988-1997. 


From 1974-1988, Mr Provins worked for Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting in central Manitoba, Canada in roles of increasing responsibility ranging from Mine Geologist to Senior Mine Projects Geologist.  This experience encompassed a broad range of activities including production, new mine development and near minesite exploration.  Here, his successes included significant extensions to life of mine and most significantly the discovery of multiple new lenses in the Chisel Lake (Zn/Cu) deposit region. 

Neil Provins


Martin Ebert is a medical physicist with certification in Radiation Oncology Medical Physics from the Australasian College of Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine. He has worked in clinical physics roles across Australia and, currently in a leading research role at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (Perth, Western Australia).


He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia ( Medical Physics Group ) and is involved in teaching master courses. He also collaborates extensively with oncology groups internationally. The focus of his research work is in the mechanisms and evidence for response of cancers and healthy tissues to cancer therapies and the use of novel imaging agents for identifying, tracking and characterising disease.


Currently, he is a Principal Investigator at UWA in a research grant aimed at the development of a low-risk, non-invasive, low-cost, high-sensitivity method of breast cancer detection based on the electromagnetic gradiometry technique that has been developed by Trinity Research Labs for geophysical surveying.

Martin Ebert