Research & Teaching Services

The pursuit of a career in research and teaching has always been a high priority. Early work in the drilling industry provided generous leave periods that allowed me to pursue a professional career as an astronomer and teacher. Working with the CSIRO Division of Radio-Physics in Epping NSW allowed me to further my studies in mathematics and education while increasing my knowledge and experience in the field of Optical and Radio Astronomy. Under the guidance of Dr Bruce Slee I was privileged to be one of the first astronomers to operate the new Australia Telescope immediately after the facility commissioning in 1988.

Conference tours in the United States allowed me to further my interest in global remote controlled telescopes through an association with the Harvard Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics and this institution's esteemed members. A Master's Degree in Education majoring in Further Education and Training refined online teaching techniques and flexible delivery systems.

Doctoral studies continue based on research into the properties associated with the instability of a drilling system before it becomes critical and fails. These studies also focus on educational delivery and the in-field diagnostic appraisal of Well Control and Blow-out Prevention.

See the websites related to my work as an astronomer:


Director: John J van-Vegchel
MEd USQ, BTeach (FET) USQ, Ad Dip Drilling, CertGeol BIET, AP, MAITD, SPE
Well Control Specialist, Assessor, Head of School