Alexander A Kist

Associate Professor (Telecommunications)

About me

I am an Associate Professor (Telecommunications) and the School Coordinator
(Learning and Teaching) in the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba Australia. Tooowoomba
has a population of about 162 thousand and is about two hours drive inland
from Brisbane. USQ is a midsize regional university with both on-campus
as well as external, i.e. distance education students.

Consultation Times

Office Engineering Block, Z303.

Generally, I have an open-door policy, but I suggest that you send me a short email to make sure that I am around.

Thursday and Friday from 10 am until noon, I should be in my office, and no prior email is required.


My teaching profile includes the following courses:

Professional Practice (S1 & S2)

All Bachelor students in the Schools of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
and School of Civil Engineering & Surveying undertake a final year
(honours) project. Two practice courses relate to the project. As part
of the practice courses, all penultimate and final year students attend
a one-week residential school in September. This includes both external
as well as on-campus students.

Computer Systems & Communication Protocols  (S1)

Computer Systems and Communication Protocols is a third year introductory
course into computer system performance and networking. About 60 per cent
of the students study by distance education (externally) and we have about
30 students attending on-campus classes.

Prac D & E

These courses cover a wide range of practical skills. I am looking after
prac blocks that cover computer networks, the Linux operating system, shell
scripting, voice-over-Internet Protocol technology, LabVIEW programming
and rapid prototyping with Raspberry Pis.


I am researching in the field of telecommunications, computer systems
engineering and user experience. I enjoy designing systems that enable
outcomes and solve problems that are otherwise not tractable. My work is
grounded in applied, practical problems that provide a context and constraints
for scientific discovery. I believe research is an open collaborative process
and benefits from diversity in a research team.

My research focuses on the following broad areas: technical research in
computing systems and networking, more specifically in network planning
and performance modelling; Engineering Education; and technologies for
learning, practical learning activities and remote access laboratories.


My publications are available via
USQ ePrints or
Google Scholar.You can also find me on