I'm in the second year of my first academic appointment, mainly teaching programming (Unix, C, Java), and systems architecture (electronics and assembly language). With a background covering materials science, astronomy, robotics and system simulation, I've now landed in a computing department.
I was first introduced to LaTeX in 1989, but only recently come back to it. I became a member of the UK-TUG this year.
I'm using TeX for just about everything in my teaching, in the autumn I'm going to start an informal user group in the school (already christened the `escape committee' by a colleague).
My hobby work is the Celtic illumination in one of my papers. This is my first contribution to the TeX community, and my first publication as a fully fledged academic.
After obtaining a first degree from the University of Melbourne, Ross studied Mathematical Physics at the University of Oxford, emerging with a doctorate in 1981. Then followed 5 years at the Australian National University, working mainly in Vector Bundles and Algebraic Geometry and playing a lot of Contract Bridge. In 1986, Ross moved to Sydney as a research assistant, then later gained a full-time lectureship at Macquarie University where he now teaches Mathematics, with an emphasis on Geometry and Computing.
His most recent work is in developing software useful for the presentation, display and publication needs of the scientific community, and mathematicians in particular. This includes significant contributions to the XY-pic graphics macros for use with TeXand LaTeX. His work on LaTeX2HTML during the past three years has made this program into one of the most versatile and easy-to-use interpretors for LaTeX, adding an important tool to the repertoire available freely to academics and scientists.
Ross is a member of the Board of Directors and the Technical Council of the TeXUsers Group (TUG), and has recently been appointed to a Technical Council of the Australian Mathematical Society concerned with Information Technology issues.