Below is a list of our members and their areas in STEM education.
Associate Professor Sergiy Klymchuk (mathematics education), Director
Sergiy Klymchuk is an Associate Professor of Mathematics in the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences and the Foundation Director of the STEM Tertiary Education Centre. He has 33 years' experience in teaching university mathematics in different countries. His PhD (1988) was in differential equations and recent research interests are in mathematics education. He is an author of more than 200 publications including the Counterexamples in Calculus book that received an Outstanding Academic Title Award from the Choice magazine of the American Library Association in 2010, Paradoxes and Sophisms in Calculus book that made the cover of the 2014 Publications Catalogue of the Mathematical Association of America, and internationally acclaimed book on popular mathematics Money Puzzles that has been published in 9 countries. Sergiy is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) based in the UK, a member of the Royal Society of New Zealand and several international organisations on mathematics education. He was a Visiting Associate Professor of the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) at Wismar University, Germany in 2006. He was a recipient of the AUT Vice Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence in Teaching in 2012. He is originally from Ukraine. He has been living in New Zealand since 1996.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.8431
Dr Roy Nates (engineering education), Deputy Director
Roy Nates is Principal Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, having over 30 years teaching and research experience. Roy worked as a senior research engineer in the field of engines, fuels and thermofluids for the Energy Research Institute at the University of Cape Town and the Laboratory for Advanced Engineering at the University of Pretoria. Concurrently he taught a range of mechanical engineering papers as a Senior Lecturer. 1996 he moved to AUT and has been Programme Leader BE (Mechanical) for 10 years and Head of Mechanical Department for 3 years. His current research interests include Thermofluids, Solar Powered Systems, Bio-Engineering, Sport Science and Engineering Education. He teaches a range of undergraduate engineering papers and supervises a number of PhD students. He has been awarded the following for teaching excellence: Distinguished Teachers Award, University of Cape Town 1995; AUT Students' Movement "Best Teachers Award" 2010; Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2011; one of two nominations from AUT for the Ako Aotearoa Tertiary Teaching Excellence Awards 2012.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.8102
Dr Jordan Alexander (science education – physics, astronomy)
Jordan is a lecturer in the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. He graduated from the New Mexico Institute Mining of Technology with MSc (Physics) (1997) and is completing his PhD in radio astronomy at AUT. His plasma physics research, in collaboration with Professor Sergei Gulyaev, focuses on resolving a mystery about the nature of giant cosmic atoms using data collected from the Australia Telescope Compact Array and AUT's Warkworth Radio Observatory. He has taught and developed the School's foundation physics course from 2010 to 2013. During this time Jordan, together with other colleagues, secured a $100,000 grant invested into physics equipment for the Wellesley and Manukau campuses. This equipment has been integrated into the course for hands-on laboratory experiences to provide evidence-based explorations of scientific concepts. This equipment also being used in the physics-based degree courses in the school. Jordan is now teaching in the school's astronomy degree program using techniques to engage students through in-class problem solving activities that promote student-led learning. Using his undergraduate experience at the interdisciplinary-based Evergreen State College, Jordan integrates the history of science into his teaching to enable students to appreciate and discuss about the men and women who helped establish the scientific ideas being explored.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.5509
Dr Murray Black (statistics education)
Murray Black is an Associate Head of School in the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. He has 35 years' experience in teaching university mathematics and statistics. Prior to joining the then Auckland Technical Institute in 1979, Murray taught secondary students at Birkdale College after a year of secondary teacher training following a MSc(Hons) in Applied Mathematics. Professional activities have included examining scholarship statistics, writing unit and achievement standards in mathematics covering secondary and tertiary levels, NZ examiner in food science statistics and chairperson of teacher panels involved with both the design and assessment of statistics achievement standards. His PhD (2012) through Deakin University, Australia was in inquiry-based learning in statistics across workplace, secondary school and tertiary teaching environments. Research interests revolve around the teaching and assessment of statistics across a variety of real world contexts. Currently Murray is teaching numeracy with associated teaching strategies to primary teacher trainees and is also assessing workplace learners as part of a National Certificate in Official Statistics. Murray has actively promoted workplace applications of statistics as a member of the Network of Academics in Official Statistics. He is involved in both the Statistics Association of NZ and the NZ Association of Mathematics Teachers and gives frequent workshops in statistics education to members at conferences and in-service days. Recently Murray has accepted an invitation to be on a National Advisory Committee for statistics education in the tertiary and workplace sectors. Murray has served two six year terms on Boards of Trustees for both primary and secondary schools.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.9852
Dr Kevin Byard (Mathematics in Business Education)
Kevin Byard is a senior lecturer in the Department of Economics. He has been working full time in the Faculty of Business and Law at AUT since July 2010, and part-time prior to this since 2008, teaching mathematics and statistics to business undergraduates. During this time he has been researching into mathematics, astronomy and pedagogy. Previous employment has included ten years as a primary school teacher and five years in the secondary sector, including time in both the UK and New Zealand. This has given him a wide experience and interest in pedagogy at all levels, particularly mathematics and computer education. Kevin undertook undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Southampton, where he gained his PhD in Astronomy in 1990. While there he worked as a full time researcher, developing the imaging system on the International Gamma-Ray Astrophysical Laboratory (INTEGRAL) for the European Space Agency. He has also completed a PhD in Mathematics, studying part-time at Massey University, graduating in 2010.
Phone +64 9 921 9999 ext. 5075
Associate Professor Tony Clear (computer science education)
Tony Clear is Associate Dean Research with the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. His research interests are in Collaborative Computing, Global Virtual Teams, Global Software Development and Computer Science Education Research. Tony has been engaged in global virtual research collaborations over the last fifteen years spanning the continents of Europe, Australia, Asia and the United States. Among these has been a decade long action research project into collaboration with global virtual teams in educational settings. In 2008 he was a guest researcher at Uppsala University Sweden, and now supervises doctoral research projects through AUT's Software Engineering Research Lab. Tony holds positions as an Associate Editor and regular columnist for Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Inroads magazine and is an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Computer Science Education. He is program co-chair for ACM's Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education Conference 2014.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.5329
Web page: http://www.aut.ac.nz/profiles/Computer-mathematical-sciences/associate-professors/tony-clear
Wendy Emson (science education – chemistry, biology)
Wendy Emson is Leader of Academic Programmes and a senior lecturer in the School of Applied Sciences. She has 28 years' experience in teaching in the sciences, chemistry, physics and biology at secondary, polytechnic and university levels. This experience includes distance learning as well as face to face delivery to very small and very large classes. She has developed particular interest and enthusiasm for science in students who: come into science late; with little or a poor background in science; and the hands-on approach to science. Wendy completed her MEd at AUT, focusing on the value of practical work in science education. As part of her role as Leader of Academic Programmes, she promotes and advocates new approaches to science education within the school, in both delivery and assessment. Wendy organises teaching and learning fora, supports staff in teaching excellence and promotional applications, and mentors staff new to teaching. She is involved in a project on methods of improving student engagement within the school, and is trialling the use of a pen enabled tablet in teaching.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 8216
Dr Stanley Frielick (Māori & Indigenous Development)
Stanley recently returned to AUT to take up an academic role in Te Ara Poutama (Faculty of Māori & Indigenous Development), after a national leadership position as Director of Ako Aotearoa (New Zealand Centre for Tertiary Teaching Excellence) from 2016-2018. Prior to this he worked at the Auckland University of Technology as Director of Learning and Teaching (2010-2016) and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences (2007-2009). Previous experience in NZ includes Director of e-Learning at NorthTec and lecturing at the University of Auckland. He is a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Academy (HEA) and recently trained as on of the first group of NZ/Australia HEA Accreditors. As a member of the HEA Australasia Strategic Advisory Board he is helping to lead the development of professional standards for tertiary teaching in NZ. Stanley is originally from South Africa where he completed a PhD (Education) and MA (African Literature) and taught at the University of the Witwatersrand. His ongoing research looks at how biological understandings of cognition interrelate with social and digital media to create ecological modes of learning, and the implications of these for strategic planning and leadership.
Phone: 09 921 9999 ext 7881
Professor Jane Gilbert (science education)
Jane has been involved in research and teaching in Science Education for nearly thirty years. She was recently (2013) appointed Professor of Education in the School of Education at AUT. Previously she was Chief Researcher at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) for ten years (2003-13), and before that she was Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Victoria University of Wellington (1995-2003). She has also taught Science Education in the School of Mathematics and Computing Sciences at Victoria University of Wellington, and Sociology of Education in the School of Education at the University of Waikato. She was a secondary school teacher (of Science and Biology) for ten years. Her current work is mainly in the area of educational futures, with a particular focus on science education's future. She has published two books on this topic: Catching the Knowledge Wave? The Knowledge Society and the future of education (2005), and Disciplining and drafting, or 21st century learning? Rethinking the New Zealand senior school curriculum for the future (2008, with Rachel Bolstad). Recently (2012-2013) at NZCER she was lead researcher on three large Ministry of Education contracts on science education's future (total value $440,000), and the author of a synthesis of the findings from all three. She is currently working on a Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) funded research project designed to explore the conditions New Zealand school teachers need to become 'future-oriented' (value $200,000). Jane has written two research theses and supervised several PhD and Masters theses on topics in science education. She has worked on a variety of research projects and published a number of articles in academic journals in the science education field (see below for a list), and was the Advisor/Evaluator on the 2001 literature review Curriculum, Learning and Effective Pedagogy in Science Education commissioned by the Ministry of Education.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 8159
Professor Sergei Gulyaev (science education – physics, astronomy)
Professor Sergei Gulyaev is the Foundation Director of the AUT's Institute of Radio Astronomy and Space Research (IRASR). He graduated from Moscow State University with an MSc and then completed a PhD (1982) and DSc (1991). He went on to work at the Ural State University (Russia) where he was elected Head of Department of Astronomy and Geodesy. In 2000, Sergei moved to New Zealand to take up the position of Deputy Director of the Earth and Oceanic Sciences Research Centre (EOS), which he occupied until 2004. Sergei's main research interests are in the areas of astrophysics and radio astronomy. He has over 100 scientific publications, including the textbook Basics of Natural Science: History of the Earth, 3rd ed, 2000. He is interested in enhancing teaching and learning of university mathematics, physics and astronomy having published a number of journal papers on science education and books on popularisation of science and mathematics.
Phone: +64 9 921 9541
Dr Robin Hankin (statistics education)
Dr Robin Hankin is a senior lecturer in the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. He completed an MA in pure and applied mathematics at Cambridge University, then after a period working on applied fluid mechanics, graduated with a PhD from Cambridge University Engineering Department in the field of turbulent atmospheric diffusion. His first academic post was in the School of Environmental and Marine Science at the University of Auckland where he became interested in statistical methods and specifically computational statistics. After a period working in the UK (Southampton University and Cambridge University) he returned to New Zealand and has been at AUT since 2011. He has a total of 34 peer-reviewed publications in the international statistical literature, mostly publishing in specialist computational statistics journals. He has taught statistics at levels ranging from Year 11 (coaching the NZ Mathematical Olympiad team) to PhD. He is currently studying for a postgraduate diploma in adult education at AUT, specializing in the statistics education of non-statisticians.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.5106
Associate Professor Loulin Huang (engineering education)
Dr Loulin Huang had more twenty five years' experience in teaching, research and development in the areas of robotics, mechatronics and control in his academic careers in institutions including Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China), Singapore Polytechnic (Singapore), Massey University and Auckland University of Technology (New Zealand) where he is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Engineering. He has completed more than 20 industrial or government-funded projects and produced over 70 publications including an engineering textbook.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.6708
Dr Marcus Jones (chemistry education)
Dr Marcus Jones is a senior lecturer in the School of Science. He graduated with a PhD from Cambridge University Chemistry Department in the field of lanthanide ligand field theory. From there he moved to the US and did a postdoc at the National Renewable Energy Lab, in Colorado, where he worked on the spectroscopy of nanoscale materials. After a second postdoc at the University of Toronto, he joined the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2015. He moved to New Zealand and started his current position at AUT in 2018. In North Carolina he worked with the Charlotte Teachers Institute (https://charlotteteachers.org/) where he led a seminar series for K-12 teachers on topics related to nanoscience. He also ran a National Science Foundation sponsored program that enabled school teachers to work on research projects in chemistry and explore ways to introduce open-ended and inquiry-based teaching into their classrooms. Marcus has over ten years experience teaching physical chemistry and nanoscale science at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.5436
Dr Farida Kachapova (mathematics education)
Farida Kachapova is a senior lecturer in the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. She has 24 years' experience in teaching university mathematics and statistics. She graduated with distinction from the Moscow State University and completed a PhD in mathematical logic in the same university. She was an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics of the State Technological University MISIS, Moscow. She moved to New Zealand in 1999. In Auckland she worked as a software developer in Statistics, New Zealand before joining AUT as a mathematics lecturer in 2001. She has a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Auckland. In 2012 she received an award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning from the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, AUT. Farida is an author of over 50 research publications. She has been lecturing in various areas of mathematics and developing effective methods of teaching topics in financial mathematics, calculus, discrete mathematics, probability and random processes. Besides mathematics education, she does research in mathematical logic, in particular, in non-standard axiomatic theories, and in statistical physics. She is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Mathematics and Statistics, and International Journal of Statistics and Probability.
Phone: +64 921 9999 ext. 8248
Web page: http://www.aut.ac.nz/profiles/Computer-mathematical-sciences/senior-lecturers/farida-kachapova
Dr Sangeeta Karmokar (engineering education)
Sangeeta has been integral part of education, research and community engagement. Her practice-based research interest lies at the intersection of the entrepreneurship and design discipline with a special interest in engineering, technology, social and women entrepreneurship. Sangeeta's expertise involves design thinking, digital innovation, entrepreneurial strategy, women entrepreneurship and working with community. One of the major research area is innovation and entrepreneurship and bringing together community and commercial partners in education area. The cross-disciplinary teaching and research provided an opportunity and rich experience to work in broader trans-disciplinary environment. She has contributed to the research environment in the form of conference papers, journals, book chapter and putting research into practice to experiment with many research projects.
Phone: +64 921 9999 ext. 8301
Dr William Liu (computer science education)
William Liu is a lecturer in the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. He completed a Bachelor of Telecommunications Engineering at the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications in China in 1997. After graduating, he worked 5 years in Beijing Telecom as a Wireless and IP Network Designer before immigrating to New Zealand to achieve his Master (Distinction) in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Canterbury. William completed his PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Canterbury in June 2010, and then jointed at AUT in July 2010. His research interest is in the design and performance evaluation of infrastructures and protocols for packet-oriented networks, especially in the areas of network sustainability and survivability, service resiliency and trustworthy computing. Having taught computer networking for over 4 years, he also has strong interest in ICT sustainability related education. William has initiated and promoted several ICT sustainability-oriented learning and teaching projects in AUT. In 2012 he was awarded a Teaching Fellowship under the Learning and Teaching Development Fund by Centre for Learning and Teaching, for a project entitled 'Greener and Smarter Computing'. Following this pilot work, William has continued his interest in conservation by focussing on green teaching under a 2013 LTDF grant, entitled 'Rewarding Sustainability with Green Teaching Badges' , and further progressed with a 2014 LTDF grant. His overarching vision is to blend Learning and Teaching, Research and Service into scholarly inquiry, to carry on his mission of iSeeD (ICT Sustainability Enlightenment Every Day), and to bring positive sustainability changes for communities and society.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 5210
Dr Sarah Marshall (mathematics and statistics education)
Dr Sarah Marshall is a lecturer in the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. She completed a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Operations Research at Victoria University of Wellington in 2005. After graduating, she worked in the Australian stockbroking industry before returning to New Zealand to complete a Master of Science in Statistics and Operations Research at Victoria University of Wellington. Sarah completed her PhD in Management Science on the application of deterministic and stochastic models to product recovery systems at the University of Edinburgh in 2012. Sarah taught in the Department of Management Science at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow for three years before returning to New Zealand to accept a position at AUT, early 2014. Her current research interests include stochastic modelling, particularly Markov decision processes, with applications to inventory management, product recovery and recycling. Having taught statistics for over 8 years, she has an interest in the theory and practice of effective teaching and learning of statistics at university.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.5414
Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh (computer science education)
Dr Mahsa Mohaghegh is a computer engineer with a background in artificial intelligence and natural language processing. She obtained her PhD from Massey University with a thesis in Statistical Machine Translation.
Prior to joining AUT, Mahsa was a Senior Lecturer and Program Leader at Unitec, and also lead an outreach effort within the Department of Computing there. After being awarded Google’s Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship in 2012, Mahsa became involved with Google’s Computer Science for High Schools initiative, and successfully applied for Google funding to run these workshops in Auckland for the last 3 years.
Mahsa is also the founder and director of the women’s technology group She# - shesharp.co.nz, a platform aimed at promoting STEM to the next generation, and creating networking opportunities for tertiary students and industry professionals in the digital sector. Her passion for promoting careers in technology to young women has been recognised by a number of organisations, and resulted in her being awarded at the Westpac Women of Influence Awards.
Phone: Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.7836
Dr Muhammad Asif Naeem (computer science education)
Muhammad Asif Naeem is a senior lecturer in School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science from The University of Auckland. His thesis has been awarded a best PhD thesis of the year. Before that Asif has done his Master's degree in Computer Science with distinction. He has about twelve years research, industrial and teaching experience. He has published over 30 research papers in high repute journals, conferences, and workshops including Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Springer, and Very Large Data Bases (VLDB). He also involves in doing his research with one of the biggest New Zealand local companies, Mitre 10. Asif is passionate about his teaching and is actively involved in improving learning and teaching at AUT. He has developed and delivered a new paper (Software Engineering for Services) for Master of Service Oriented Computing (MSOC) program at AUT. He has developed a number of NZQA unit standards for National Certificate in Computing Level 6 and 7. He is also closely involved in designing and teaching of Polytech computing courses. Asif is also supervising research and development projects in the area of teaching and learning.
Jeff Nijsse (physics & mathematics education)
Jeff is a lecturer in Mathematical Sciences teaching many subjects in the Certificate in Science and Technology programme including Foundation Calculus and Foundation Physics. He is particularly interested in technology in physics education and learning through exploratory labs. Jeff has a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Toronto and is currently a PhD student studying blockchain consensus.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.6321
David Nutt (engineering education)
David Nutt has spent 35 years teaching engineering in many parts of the world. He has developed several ways of improving the delivery of courses using filmed lectures, Kahn Academy type micro lessons, computerised assessment and properly coordinated lab work. He has also developed electronic equipment that is used by students in class to feed back material to the lecturer. He has also organised and taken part in many cycles of the "Teaching Squares" (see current projects) method of peer encouragement which enables teachers to work as a team to improve what they do. He has run well over a hundred engineering projects (some being prize winning and many of which are now employed in industrial processes and products). David has won 7 teaching awards from various bodies and also holds Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers project award. His 1st year lectures have been transcribed and used in a study of language by a British University.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.8677
Dr. John Perrott (science education)
John is Head of Post-graduate Research, Associate Director, Institute for Applied Ecology NZ, AUT and a Senior Lecturer, Mātauranga scientist in conservation ecology and Kaitiakitanga, with over 20 years' experience. John has a passion for New Zealand indigenous species, people and history (Whakapapa to Te Arawa, Ngāti Whakaue). His background in education, Iwi consultation and research is broad and includes the implementation of several community based threatened species management projects and Mātauranga Māori mentoring programmes for Māori students working towards degrees in science. John has additional interests in the use of educational technology systems for achieving greater Maori representation in the biological sciences. At present, John is helping develop entry level whanau-based study programs that integrate self-directed and peer-mentoring methods with blackboard and smart phone educational technology.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext. 8654
Associate Professor Nurul Sarkar (computer science education)
Nurul Sarkar holds a PhD from the University of Auckland and is currently Associate Professor and Leader of the Network and Security Research Group in the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. He is a member of many professional organizations and societies. Dr Sarkar is a regularly invited keynote speaker, chair, and committee member for various national and international fora. He has published more than 155 refereed articles and served on the editorial review boards of several prestigious journals. Dr Sarkar's research appears in Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Communications Magazine, IEEE Transactions on Education, Elsevier Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Int. Journal of Business Data Communications and Networking, Int. Journal of Wireless Networks and Broadband Technologies, Int. Journal of Web-based Learning and Teaching Technologies, Int. Journal of Electrical Engineering Education, and SIGCSE Bulletin. He has had several externally funded research grants, including a Tertiary Education Commission collaborative research grant BuildIT, and University of Auckland grant. "Improving the Performance of Wireless LANs: A Practical Guide" (Taylor & Francis, 2014) is his second book. His first book "Tools for Teaching Computer Networking and Hardware Concepts" was published by IGI Global in 2006. Dr Sarkar is a senior member of IEEE.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.5408
Dr Roopak Sinha (computer science education)
Roopak is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the School of Computer and Mathematical Science, and has been teaching at the tertiary level for over 10 years. His PhD was in formal methods for embedded systems (2009, The University of Auckland) and his current research interests are in the use of formal methods for designing and verifying large-scale embedded, intelligent transportation, industrial automation, and cloud-based systems. He has published several peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, and published his first book titled "Correct-by-construction approaches for SoC design" with Springer in 2013/14. Roopak is passionate about his teaching, and is consistently looking for ways to help his students learn better. He holds a PG Certificate in Academic Practice (2013), and is actively involved in improving learning and teaching at AUT. He has won a top teacher award in 2012, and an Early Career Excellence in Teaching award in 2013, both at the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Auckland.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.5408
Kerri Spooner (mathematics education)
Kerri Spooner works in the School of Computer and Mathematical Science. She has 20 years' experience in teaching secondary school mathematics and currently teaches on the Certificate programme for the School of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. Her Masters (2013) is in genuine mathematical modelling for the classroom. She is a recipient of an AUT Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (2013), two New Zealand Royal Society Teacher Fellowships (2000 and 2011) and a Post Primary Teachers Association study award (2011). She currently serves on the Auckland Mathematics Association Executive. Her main interests are in innovative and engaging teaching, mathematics education and applied mathematics.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.5613
Dr Willem van Straten (astronomy, physics, mathematics, and computer science education)
Dr Willem van Straten is a senior lecturer in the School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences. He completed a Bachelor of Pure and Applied Science (Specialized Honours in Space and Communication Sciences) at York University, Toronto, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy (Astrophysics) at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. After working in The Netherlands, Texas, and Australia, he moved to New Zealand and has been at AUT since 2016. Dr van Straten has developed and delivered a variety of educational and outreach programmes for a wide range of cohorts, including demonstrating basic computer skills at an Alternative and Continuing Education Centre, collaborating with education specialists to design a research program for high school students, engaging with industry partners to provide project-based learning experiences for undergraduate computer science students, teaching object-oriented programming using a pedagogical approach based on constructive alignment with portfolio-based assessment, and supervising postgraduate research projects.
Dr Jacqueline Whalley (computer science education and educational psychology)
Jacqui is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science. Her primary research interest is related to the teaching and learning of novice programmers. Her main focus is the cognitive development of novice programmers and how programming concepts learnt. This interest extends to the use and development of tools and techniques for teaching novice programmers, and the nature and impact of assessment and various forms of feedback. Jacqui is an active in the international computer science education research community. She is a member of the editorial board of Association of Computing Machinery's (ACM) Inroads magazine, reviews for conferences and journals in the discipline, and often a panellist for doctoral consortia. In 2017 she was a program committee member and the co-chair of the posters and panels for the Association of Computing Machinery's (ACM) Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education Conference (ITiCSE) and in 2014 she was the co-chair for the Australasian Computing Education Conference and a program committee member for the ItiCSE. She has supervised both Honours and PhD students in the field and examined numerous international and local PhD theses related to computing education. She has given invited presentations at international conferences and workshops, and published over 40 papers on various aspects of computing education. Jacqui has also received an ACM-SIGSCE Special Projects Grant and a Microsoft Research Asia Grant to undertake research related to learning tools and assessment.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.5203
Chris Whittington (engineering education)
A versatile Engineer, Educator and Researcher. Chris has had many years' experience in senior engineering and product management prior to joining AUT. Chris has a strong background in computational modelling, 3-D scanning and printing, and a strong interest in engineering education. Currently Chris is investigating how the nasal cycle influences sinus nitric oxide entrainment during tidal breathing and how pathological states alter this relationship.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.8807
Associate Professor David Wilson (engineering education)
David Wilson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the AUT. In additiion to being the Director of the Industrial Information and Control Centre, (I2C2), David is also a Director of Inverse Problem Ltd which commercialises some of the research and development activities from the Centre. Prior to joining AUT, he was a senior lecturer in Sweden and Switzerland working with pulp and paper companies, Swiss pharmaceutical companies, and Government sponsored environmental projects. David's research interests lie in model predictive control, large-scale industrial optimisation, real-time quality and associated novel visualisation techniques, and modelling and simulation of a wide variety of applications spanning the finance, agriculture, fishing and manufacturing industries. David received his PhD from the University of Queensland in 1990, and a BE (Chemical & Materials) from the University of Auckland.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.8732
Associate Professor Wei Qi Yan (computer science education)
Dr Yan is an Associate Professor the School of Computer and Mathematical Science, he has supervised over 100 postgraduate and undergraduate students. Dr Yan is the Chair of Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) Multimedia New Zealand Chapter, he is also a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the technical committee of the IEEE, and a member of the ACM. Dr Yan is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Digital Crime and Forensics (IJDCF), he is an exchange scientist of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Guest (Adjunct) Professor with PhD supervision of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr Yan has been involved in computer science and mathematics teaching, he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.
Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext.5107
Dr David White (Biomedical engineering and design education)
David White is a senior lecturer in the School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and Director of the AUT BioDesign Lab. David has been conducting biomedical research in the area of respiratory devices since 2001 when he utilised dynamic modelling techniques to identify important design features that were subsequently applied in a small-bore tube continuous positive air pressure (CPAP) device.
With a strong industry and academic background in mechanical design, David has focussed on applied research that provides advances in breathing therapeutic devices or therapies. Since completing his Masters of Engineering titled Breathing Therapy Air Delivery Unit: Simulation, Design and Development in 2003, David has gone on to design and supervise the building of many biomedical devices and research systems. These include a lung simulator, pressure limiting flow regulator, simulator of premature neonate lung surfactant dynamics, airway tracheal tissue test apparatus and novel patient breathing interface systems.
With an emphasis on the human upper airway, and in particular the nose, David has recently been investigating the role augmented air pressure has airway physiology. His 2013 PhD thesis, tiled Nasal Drying During Pressurised Breathing, explained the cause of poor adherence to CPAP therapy through the use of computational and physiological modelling. New forms of breathing therapy and devices are now being developed as a result of this on-going work. More recent work has focused on the role of the nasal cycle and how breathing influences human physiological/neurological systems. The thrust of this work being the design of new breathing therapy devices which has led to the design of the patented Rest-Activity Cycler (RACer) breathing system. This therapy offers a new treatment paradigm for obstructive sleep apnoea and has opened a new research theme that investigates how nasal breathing can influence the health and well-being of many physiological and neurological systems within the body. David is a strong advocate of interdisciplinary research which is realised through his role as Director of the BioDesign Lab.
Phone: +64 921-9999 ext 8352
Emeritus Professor Mike Thomas, University of Auckland (mathematics education)
Associate Professor Jason Stephens, University of Auckland (human learning, development and motivation)
Dr Julia Novak, University of Auckland (mathematics and science education)
Dr Tanya Evans, University of Auckland (mathematics education)
Dr Andrew Zaliwski, Whitireia New Zealand, (computer science education)
Brody Radford, University of Auckland (engineering education)
Dr Priscilla Murphy, Manukau Institute of Technology (mathematics education)