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Jan 11

Farewell to Russ

Today we farewell Dr Russell Anderson, who is leaving Monash after nine years to take up a continuing teaching and research position as senior lecturer in physics at Latrobe University.

Russ came to Monash as a postdoctoral fellow in 2010. He not only built much of the spinor BEC apparatus but was the academic leader of our labscript software project. He supervised four successful PhD completions, and numerous Honours and undergraduate project students. He was a CI on a Linkage 2013-16 with MOGLabs Pty Ltd which developed a radiofrequency pulse sequencer now commercially available.

Appointed lecturer in 2015 with the major responsibility of running and enhancing our second year laboratories, he taught optics, thermal physics and quantum mechanics at levels two through graduate. Russ’s advocacy for coding in the curriculum was behind the successful integration of Mathematica into second, and then third year teaching from 2016. His leadership in education more broadly resulted in three VC’s citations for teaching excellence, and a 2017 AAUT national award. His education leadership has had university-level impact through mentoring national award winners from other faculties and through outreach activities especially to secondary science teachers.

We wish Russ continued success in his new position, and will miss his presence in the Monash labs.