Alasdair works at Victoria University (Melbourne Australia), where he currently teaches mathematics and leads the mathematics teaching team. He has taught digital image processing and cryptography, and is particularly interested in the interface between mathematics and computing. He is passionate about the appropriate use of technology for education, and is a contributor to a number of open-source projects. His current interest is in mathematics education, and his greatest delight is when a student gets an “aha!” moment in his class. He has published in the fields of mathematics education, image processing, computing education, and computational geometry, and has recently completed his third book.
He has been awarded a national citation “for outstanding contribution to student learning,” and is also a long-standing mentor of other teachers, many of whom have also won national awards under his mentorship. He also works for the Australian government body that oversees quality in tertiary education, and reviews courses and teaching throughout the country. He also assesses applications for national awards and grants.
He has given seminars on mathematics and technology across Australia, as well as in America and Southeast Asia.
He is an active reviewer for journals and conferences, and is on the editorial board of Research Journal of Mathematics & Technology and its associated online journal and conference, and an editor of Journal of Applied Research and Technology (Elsevier).
As well as his academic degrees, he has a Certificate II in bicycle maintenance. He has published a little poetry, and has made several media appearances. He is married with five children, one dog and two cats, and not nearly enough time.