I am a postgraduate research student currently undertaking a PhD in the Web Engineering Group within the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney.
My main research interest is in improving the quality of learning outcomes using technology. More specifically, my research focuses on developing an ePortfolio system – called dotFOLIO – that supports life-long learning.
I have previously worked in the IT industry as a software engineer, and have worked on a number of projects for varying business applications. The projects include proprietary project governance systems, Capital Markets CRC intelligent information systems, and Open Source personal learning and development systems.
I returned to University to pursue a PhD in software engineering during the IT downturn that resulted from the dotcom crash. People thought I was nuts going back to uni to obtain a higher degree in an area that was lacking job opportunities. Well three years later I have almost completed my degree, and the IT industry is starting to pick up again… I still have faith in the industry.
Apart from sitting behind a computer and hacking away at a keyboard, I also enjoy an active lifestyle. I used to play club rugby for SUFC Colts, until injury forced me to look at other ways to keep fit. I now enjoy running, playing golf, rock climbing, and going to the gym.
I have been fortunate enough to be well travelled. I have lived in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong and have visited UK, Ireland, Austria, Italy, China, Thailand, USA and Hawaii. When I have the time and money, I will set my sights on exploring South America and the rest of Europe.
I have met and fallen in love with the perfect girl. Her name is Kimmy Tran, and we’ve been together for almost two years. We share the same passions and dreams, and I am truly blessed to have her in my life.
The following is my SimilarMinds personality profile:
Global Personality Test Results
|Stability (76%) high which suggests you are very relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic..
Orderliness (73%) high which suggests you are overly organized, reliable, neat, and hard working at the expense too often of flexibility, efficiency, spontaneity, and fun.
Extraversion (70%) high which suggests you are overly talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting at the expense too often of developing your own individual interests and internally based identity.
Trait snapshot: clean, likes large parties, outgoing, makes friends easily, optimistic, positive, social, high self control, traditional, assertive, rarely irritated, self revealing, open, finisher, high self concept, controlling, rarely worries, tough, likes to stand out, does not like to be alone, semi neat freak, fearless, dominant, trusting, organized, resolute, strong, practical, craves attention, adventurous, hard working, respects authority, brutally honest, realist, altruistic.
Other information about me such as my height, weight, nationality and age can be summed up in the following barcode:
This page only covers a byte size chunk of my life, but I intend to cover most of it in my blog, for the purpose of keeping my friends and family that are scattered across the globe up-to-date with my life.