Defining a faster future
Because of the support, I have no study debt, removing financial pressure and allowing me the freedom to start a PhD and pursue my interests.
After graduating Tim started his PhD, conducting research with the University of New South Wales and CSIRO, on mobile network architecture which he hopes will make a difference to their overall performance in the future.
While studying his double degree Tim received the Dean's List, the Dean's Prize and won a University Medal in Engineering. It was in his fifth year of study, while completing his honours, that Tim received the Ian Ross Scholarship.
Tim's journey hasn't always been smooth sailing. Initially Tim wanted to study computer science at ANU, but his tertiary entrance rank wasn't high enough, a turn of events he is now grateful for.
"In hindsight, studying Engineering/IT turned out to probably be the best (accidental) decision I have ever made," he says.
Tim believes the success that followed; including being able to pursue his interest in wireless communications, is owed in part to receiving the Scholarship.
"The support of the Scholarship helped me pay for university at a difficult time when I had just finished my contract as a cadet engineer," he explains."
"Because of the support, I have no study debt, removing financial pressure and allowing me the freedom to start a PhD and pursue my interests."
The Ian Ross Scholarship is a tribute to the late Emeritus Professor Ian Ross, AO and supports research at Honours level, or to top up a PhD scholarship within the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
Ian was instrumental in the inception of ANUTech and instigated a series of fundamental changes within the University, including the development of engineering at ANU. He was appointed to a Chair in Chemistry in the then School of General Studies of ANU in February 1968. In due course, he became Dean of the Faculty of Science, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
Ross was a superb mentor to a wide range of people. For those who wished, he was always a ready listener, there to offer advice when asked. This advice was always given with both wisdom and knowledge.