Gerard completed a BE, ME and PhD at the University of Auckland in 1978, 1980 and 1984 respectively, where he is currently Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and a Professor (in the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Software Engineering). He is a member of the Department’s Radio Systems Group and his (disciplinary) research interests lie in the areas of radio systems, electromagnetics and bioelectromagnetics. Over the last 37 years he has taught at all levels and has developed a particular interest in identifying and correcting student conceptual misunderstandings and in curriculum and course design. He has received numerous teaching awards from his institution. In 2004 he was awarded a (National) Tertiary Teaching Excellence Award in the Sustained Excellence in Teaching category and in 2005 he received the Australasian Association for Engineering Education award for excellence in Engineering Education in the Teaching and Learning category.