Dr Peter Gerrand is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne School of Engineering, University of Melbourne, Adjunct Associate Professor (Research) in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University and a freelance writer.
Peter Gerrand was awarded the Charles Todd Medal by ATUG in 1998 'for outstanding contributions to the telecommunications industry', an Australian Government Centenary Medal in 2003 'for outstanding service to science and technology particularly to public science policy', and Life Membership by the TSA in 2003.
He was Editor-in-Chief of the Telecommunications Journal of Australia (1994-2013), and of TJA's successor, the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy (2013-14), of which he remains an Associate Editor. He was a founding Director of TelSoc (July 2013), the reincarnation of the former Telecommunications Society of Australia. He stepped down from the TelSoc Board in October 2015.
Among career highlights, he was an engineering executive in Telecom Australia/Telstra where he successively led network research, network product development, network planning and network strategy groups, until 1993. He was the founding CEO of the University of Melbourne’s subsidiary Melbourne IT from 1996 to 2000, which he established as a successful international domain name registrar before publicly listing it in December 1999. He developed AUSTEL’s Interconnect Model (1995) as an independent expert consultant to the Australian telecommunications regulator. From 1993 to 2003 he was Chairman of the Telecommunication Society of Australia Ltd.