Professor Cheetham has a PhD in plasma physics (Flinders University 1976) and spent fifteen years working in the field of plasma diagnostic systems in nuclear fusion energy research laboratories in Germany, Switzerland, Australia and the UK including as a Principal Scientific Officer at the Joint European Torus (JET) near Oxford. In 1990, he returned to Australia to lecture in physics and electronics engineering at the University of Canberra. During his time in that institution, he held the roles of Head of School of Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Deputy Director of the Division of Business, Law & Information Sciences and finally Pro Vice-Chancellor Research & Information Management. He then moved to the then University of Western Sydney as Pro Vice-Chancellor Research where he remained until he retired as Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research in 2014. Professor Cheetham is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia and a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He has published over 60 refereed articles and presented over 90 conference papers in the fields of: plasma and fusion physics, computer controlled instrumentation and data analysis, and the use of technology in the teaching of physics and engineering. Professor Cheetham is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Boards:
NIF Board Chair
- National Imaging Facility (NIF) Governing Board – since 2016, Chair.
- National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) – since 2010, Deputy Chair.
- Australian Institute for Nuclear Science and Engineering Ltd – 2009-2012.
- Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute – 2007-2011.
- Australian Technology Fund – 2007 to 2010.
- National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) – 2005 to 2007.
- National Plasma Fusion Research Facility – 1998 to 2007.