Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences Executive

The Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences is led by an executive team who understand the importance of an outstanding student experience and creating the right environment for research excellence.

Associate Professor Narelle Brack

Associate Professor Narelle Brack is Head of the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. She is a physicist whose research focuses on creating, understanding and controlling the surface of materials and interfacial properties at the nanometer scale. She specialises in surface science, and the application of specialised spectroscopy methods to investigate and understand the chemical and molecular properties that influence surface and interface phenomena. Associate Professor Brack is also a dedicated educator, and is passionate about providing a supportive environment for our undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Dr Toen Castle

Dr Toen Castle is Director of Learning and Teaching in the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. He is a mathematician who is interested in applying mathematics, as opposed to applied mathematics. His research interests include the mathematics of kirigami – the fusion of origami with perforated paper – which has applications in the natural world and material science. Dr Castle is also co-founder of the Department’s Mathematics Enrichment Program for high school students in Bendigo.

Dr Amanda Shaker

Dr Amanda Shaker is a Teaching Focussed Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and the Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. She teaches statistics in a diverse range of disciplines and is passionate about making it fun and interesting for all students. Dr Shaker’s contribution to learning and teaching has been recognised with multiple awards, including an Australian Award for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2020. She specialises in the scholarship of learning and teaching including statistics anxiety, assessment and feedback, and gamification of learning.

Associate Professor Marcel Jackson

Associate Professor Marcel Jackson is Director of Graduate Research and Director of Research and Industry Engagement in the School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. He is a mathematician specialising in algebra and its interactions with logic and computer science. Associate Professor Jackson is Managing Editor of Algebra Universalis, Associate Editor for Semigroup Forum and leads the Department’s research seminar series. He has held several nationally competitive grants and fellowships, is Treasurer of the Australian Algebra Group and Chair of the Australian Mathematical Society Fellowships committee. He also teaches everything from first year discrete mathematics to fifth year complexity and codes.

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