"Computing is normally thought of as part science and part commerce. I want to inspire students to look at how they can better the world through the application of technology," he said.
To do this, Tom has established the Humanitarian Computing Prize to reward students who excel in the Information Computer Technology Sustainability course.
"The world needs graduates who have the skills and ambition to make a better world. As an educator I have learned that prizes can be a powerful motivator of students."
Tom explained that humanitarian computing is about helping people through the use of information technology.
"Humanitarian computing promotes human welfare through the appropriate application of information technology. Some areas I have worked in use computers to assist people with disability, coordinate relief operations during natural disasters and reduce carbon emissions to combat global warming."
Tom hopes that his support of humanitarian computing will attract the attention of others with the ability to make a difference.
"My hope is the Prize will inspire business and government to make contributions to ANU to help further the work by students in the area of humanitarian computing."