Alan was awarded BEng (Comp) (Hons 1) and BCompSc Degrees as well as a GCertIC from the University of Newcastle in 2005 and 2007 respectively.
Previous to this, he completed an internship in the summer of 2003/2004 with the University of Newcastle working on a wireless communications testbed. In 2004 he was awarded the Agere Systems Australia and Australian Microelectronics Network's Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Microelectronics Design and Telecommunications Engineering which saw him complete a summer internship in 2004/2005 with the Agere Systems Sydney Design Office.
In 2005, Alan completed his honours project in conjunction with Agere Systems Australia. He has since been working on his PhD Thesis work on Microelectronics for Wireless Communications as part of the University of Newcastle Signal Processing Microelectronics group.