As a systems engineer you could say that I tend naturally towards the integrative view of engineering & science rather than a reductionist viewpoint. I’m interested in networks, relationships and interfaces. As Aristotle pointed out knowledge is about connecting facts.
A quick biography
I grew up in Australia during the 70′s and 80′s. I served in the Royal Australian Navy as a marine engineer and completed two deployments to the Gulf during that time. I left the Navy in the early 90′s to marry and subsequently worked on various Australian Defence projects ranging from ships, and submarines to aircraft and missiles. In 2007 I decided to take a break from defence and go to work in the rail industry where I’m currently a principal engineer with a responsibility for system assurance matters, including safety.
Current interests and activities
I’ve just achieved chartered professional engineer with the Engineers Australia, though I am slightly reminded of Groucho Marx’s remark. And I’m back to teaching system safety, this time at the UNSW@Canberra.
I’ll give the usual disclaimer that all my opinions are my own and not those of my current or past employers.