I obtained my Bachelor of Science, with a double major in physics and computer science, from The University of Western Australia. Studying at UWA taught me many practical skills, but I hold the analytical skills and problem solving abilities that my degree gave to be most important. Physics uses the rigour of mathematics to describe our universe. I learnt to apply mathematical tools to model and analyse many different systems. Computer science is concerned not only with the logical and mathematical analysis of how computers solve problems, but also with using computers to model a wide variety of systems. Studying computer science taught me to describe and explore the dynamics of complex systems using simple yet powerful computational intelligence methods.
For my honours thesis at UWA, entitled 'Fast Selection of Head Related Transfer Functions Through Perceptual Trials', I investigated the feasibility of an algorithm that quickle selects personalised filters for 'out of your head' spatial audio synthesis through a simple 'listen and point' calibration process. The technology would allow startlingly realistic audio to be incorporated into consumer products such as virtual reality headsets, enabling a new level of presence and immersion. Through my research, I gained hands on experience with the academic process and the scientific method, invaluable tools which empower researchers to develop solutions to the world's most important issues.
I was invited by Guildford Grammar School (GGS) to become an academic coach, assisting students with their schoolwork. Working at GGS has allowed me to develop skills for the communication of concepts and ideas, but has also given me great joy in passing my knowledge down to others. Nothing compares to the way a student's face lights up when a tricky concept finally 'clicks'. Many of the students I help in the library have engaged me for private tuition, and many of my past teachers also recommend me to students who need a little extra help with their studies. It is a wonderful thing to see a student develop fluency and confidence.
Immersive was a fantasic place to cut my teeth as a software engineer and architect. I learned to consider software architecture choices very carefully to ensure an easy to understand, maintainable codebase. I expanded my knowledge of numerous languages and technologies. I helped remove a third party library from an upcoming fork of the company's product, saving them a considerable amount in licensing fees, added a new hydraulic excavator to the company's primary mining simulation product, and assisted in the development of a cutting edge new virtual reality product for the construction industry. I also instituted process changes that ensured a smoother, more efficient development workflow.
Definitiv is a small company with big goals. Compared to Immersive, things are much more "green field". I've had the opportunity to make major decisions about software architecture and deployment/integration systems. Definitiv's software performs some impressively complex calculations, and the stakes are high; get something wrong and people don't get paid correctly. Subsequently, I've learned much at Definitiv about automated testing and continuous integration. At Definitiv I implemented complex payroll calculations that require processing large amounts of historical data in a performant manner, and planned and deployed high availability cloud based software solutions.
Deloitte have given me the opportunity to tackle some really big fish. Soon after joining the firm, I found myself the lead developer of a web portal that aggregated data analytics/visualisation tools and process management systems for a multi-billion dollar capital project, the first of its kind to be managed in-house by the client; a leading global mining company. The portal was considered mission-critical by both the internal project team and external delivery partners, and provided real-time insights enabling optimisation of the project's critical path. It also embedded cutting-edge 3D/VR visualisation technologies. As technical lead, I was responsible for developing the portal from a proof of concept into a mature and full-featured tool that provided a single source of truth for all aspects of the project. I managed stakeholder engagement, technical architecture, and release schedules, with not a single deadline missed.
In addition to client-facing work, Deloitte have utilised my technical expertise to assist in architecting internal asset projects. I have developed and presented internal training material for various topics to upskill the Data Modernisation team on many technical topics, including REST and SOAP APIs, .NET Core and Entity Framework, React, Client/Server architecture, and Application Security.
I was a Scout for many years. I really enjoyed it. It helped me develop social and leadership skills and gave me a deep appreciation of nature and my community. Now that I'm older, I like to assist the local Scout group in their activities, so that other children can have the opportunities that were afforded to me. Plus, it's a great excuse to go camping. I still get the itch to go out once in a while and enjoy a few days of a more relaxing lifestyle.
The Peter Anderton Day Centre provides an important service to the surrounding community. With the help of paid workers and volunteers, aged persons are able to enjoy various excursions and activities. The day centre also affords them valuable social opportunities. Through the centre, patrons can enjoy a day out with people of similar age. I assisted both in the kitchen and in the running of various activities. I feel privileged to assist the elderly, as they have assisted me by laying the foundations for my community. They also never seem to run out of fantastic stories from fascinating eras, and sage advice born of great experience.
Harry Campbell Pope Scholarship
Guildford Grammar School Academic Excellence Guild
Old Guildfordians' Lodge Prize for Specialist Mathematics
Institute of Engineers Certificate of Excellence
Semi-finalist, Australian-International Model Solar Challenge
Speaker for the wining team, 2016 UWA "Game of EZONEs" 12-hour Innovation and Design Challenge