Alasdair has been teaching mathematics and computing at Victoria University for many years, and has a particular interest in mathematics education. He holds a PhD from Monash University, and is the recipient of a VC's award for teaching excellence, and also has a Citation from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) (now the Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT)) for "Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning". He has been an assessor of awards and grants for ALTC/OLT, as well as mentoring VU staff for awards. He has been a visiting scholar at both Monash and Swinburne universities, and has given invited seminars locally, as well as in Malaysia and the USA. He has also been invited to teach advanced training courses in Singapore and Malaysia.
Alasdair's main research interests are the use of technology in the learning of mathematics, assessment in mathematics, and digital image processing. He has written three well-received textbooks (one of which has been translated into Mandarin Chinese) and many articles.
Alasdair's teaching interests are where mathematics and technology mix, and his happiest moments are when a student has an "aha!" moment in one of his classes.
He is currently a member of TEQSA's “Register of Experts” with a remit which includes mathematics, education, computer and network security, e-learning, and assessment.
McAndrew, A. (2016). A Computational Introduction to Digital Image Processing (2nd edition). Boca Raton: CRC Press.
McAndrew, A. (2011) Introduction to Cryptography with Open-Source Software, CRC Press
McAndrew, A. (2004) Introduction to Digital Image Processing with Matlab, Course Technology/Thompson Learning
Refereed journal articles (selection)
S. Takato, J. Vallejo, McAndrew, A and Kaneko, M. (2017) Collaborative use of KeTCindy and free computer algebra systems, in Mathematics in Computer Science, 11.3,pp503 – 514
Dragomir, S. S., & McAndrew, A. (2017). Reverses of Callebaut discrete inequality via some results due to Zhuang. Turkish J. Ineq, 1(1), 15-25.
McAndrew, A., & Yang, W. C. (2016). Locus and Optimization Problems in Lower and Higher Dimensions. Electronic Journal of Mathematics & Technology, 10(2).
Takato, S., McAndrew, A., & Kaneko, M. (2016). Collaborative use of KeTCindy and free CASs for making materials. Proceeding of Applications of Computer Algebra, 69-73.
Genemo, H., Miah, S. J., & McAndrew, A. (2016). A design science research methodology for developing a computer-aided assessment approach using method marking concept. Education and Information Technologies, 21(6), 1769-1784.
McAndrew, A. (2013). Generation of Relations for Bicentric Polygons. Journal for Geometry and Graphics, 17(2), 141-153.
McAndrew, A. (2008) Teaching Cryptography with open-source software, ACM SIGCSE Bulletin, volume 40, pages 325—329 (Note: ERA A ranked publication)
McAndrew, A., Caruso, F., D'Aurizio, J. (2008) Efficient finite fields in the Maxima computer algebra system. Arithmetic of Finite Fields (Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol 5130) pages 62—76 (A ranked)
Refereed conference papers (selection)
McAndrew, A, and Baker, J, “The Geometry of Impossible Figures”, Proceedings of the 25th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics, Mathematics and Technology LLC 2020
McAndrew, A. (2017) A litany of ladders: easy problems with hard solutions. Electronic Proceedings of the 22nd Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics, https://atcm.mathandtech.org/EP2017/
McAndrew, A. Lindenmayer systems, fractals, and their mathematics. Electronic Proceedings of the 22nd Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics, https://atcm.mathandtech.org/EP2017/
Begg, M., Pierce, R., & McAndrew, A. (2017). Incomprehensible workings followed by ‘correct answers’. In Proceedings of the 26th biennial conference of the Australian association of mathematics Teachers (pp. 64-70).
Package for finite fields, Maxima Computer Algebra system
Package for derangements, Sage Computer Algebra system
Note: the users for each of these systems number in the tens or possibly hundreds of thousands, judging by site statistics.
Mathematics at any undergraduate level, some computing as needed.
RCM2911 Linear Optimization Modelling
RCM3711 Computational Methods
MIMTH Mathematics (Education Minor) (VIT compliant)
EMAMTH Mathematics (Education Major) (VIT Compliant)
Postgraduate research students and fellows
Completions: 4 Honours, 10 Masters (Minor thesis), 1 Masters by research (principal supervisor), 1 Masters by research (co-supervisor), 1 PhD (co, supervisor)
Current supervision: 1 DrEd (principal supervisor)
Improving Outcomes for Students in First Year Mathematics, VUT Quality Improvement Grant, 1995, $50,000
Improving learning outcomes for students in first year mathematics subjects, VU 2007, $20,000
Using an Access Grid Room for communication in Mathematics, Faculty of Engineering & Science, 2008, $70,000
Embedding mathematical software in undergraduate mathematics subjects, VU, 2008, $10,000
Improving outcomes for students studying engineering mathematics, VU TQIP, 2010, $7850
Professional Learning Program for VCE Mathematics, Australian Government Quality Teaching Program 2007, $13,000
Using an Access Grid Room for communication in Mathematics, International Centre for Excellence in Education of Mathematics (ICE-EM), 2008, $70,000
- Mathematical Association of America
- Mathematical Association of Victoria
- Australian Mathematical Society
- Supervision of many capstone industry projects, with industries including local governments, manufacturing, Yooralla, educational and health providers.
- Research with the Australian Pulp & Paper Institute.
Appearances in the media
- Dr Alasdair McAndrew on Gerolamo Cardano, The Laborastory, 23 October 2013
- What students want and how universities are getting it wrong, The Conversation, 19 October 2012
- 1 radio interview (SBS Youth)
- Four men at the funeral of a workmate, Shot Glass Journal (online journal of short poetry)
- 3 Ricercars for Viola da Gamba, last.fm
Areas of expertise
- Academic governance
- Digital Image Processing
- Mathematics education
- Network security