A hugely satisfying part of academic life is providing leadership and service. As an academic, I have had the privilege of leading and assisting in several initiatves.
Institutional Service and Leadership
University life involves a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff that makes it work. I am myself involved in:
I serve as the Director of Doctoral Studies in my school. At about 200 students, our school hosts the highest number of PhD scholars at AUT.
From 2015 to 2019, I served as the programme leader for the Software Engineering Major of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours Programme) at AUT. I led the creation of this programme and its successful provisional accreditation by Engineering New Zealand in 2019. During the first six months of 2019, I also served as the programme leader for our Mechatronics programme also, and was appointed to lead its accreditation also.
Until early 2016 I was providing academic leadership for the Master of Service Oriented Computing programme, and help with student admissions, planning for the programme and individual courses, and other academic issues.
I served at the AUT Learning and Teaching Committee as well as the Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies' Learning and Teaching Committee as a member from 2016--2019.
Service to the Public/Industry/Community
I am involved in (and am looking for more opportunities for) using my skills as an engineer, researcher, software developer, educator, and/or an entrepreneurship enthusiast for providing service to the public, industry, community. A lot of great research, products, and solutions appear from these partnerships.
Projects that I am or have been involved with include:
With Datamars Ltd, we are working on developing a new software architecture, called Abstraction Layered Architecture, for building high-maintainable embedded systems.
New Zealand offers world-class tertiary education. I am contracted by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) to provide support in ensuring programmes offered by private tertiary institutions are of high quality.
Arrowhead (2015): I worked with Prof. Valeriy Vyatkin's group at Aalto University, Finland, on key research problems around industrial control systems and formal methods.
CESAR (2011): I worked on the issue of traceability of requirements and analysing requirements for completeness, correctness, and consistency (CCC) criteria for the design of embedded systems. CESAR was a large European union ARTEMIS project, and gave me the opportunity to work with industrial partners like Airbus, Sagem, etc.
TimeMe: In 2009-2011, I worked with the TimeMe team, then a start-up, to produce a model checker and timing analyzer for function blocks software.
We academics are a unique (and sometimes weird) bunch. It is usually hard for many to understand the problems we face. We continually learn from our mentors, and at the same time try to help. I am involved in
Mentoring early-career staff members.
Collaborating on both research and teaching activities.
As academics, our primary responsibility is towards our students. In addition to trying to teach well, I am actively involved in:
Helping students address any difficulties or issues around their learning, including identifying additional resources that may prove useful.
Helping with career planning and getting the most out of their tertiary studies. This includes supporting students' job applications with references and recommendations.
Providing guidance and help to students who wish to pursue specific projects in research areas I am familiar with. This includes providing research assistantship opportunities, or volunteering some time to help plan new projects, etc.