Bevan Werry Speaker 2003 Stuart Laird
After graduating from Auckland University, Stuart Laird studied mathematics in Canada on a Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship before returning to New Zealand in 1970 to attend teacher College and then to teach at Rangitito College where he subsequently became Head of Mathematics.
During this period he was also a co-author of Delta Mathematics. In the early 1990s he was the Chairperson of the Policy Advisory group to the Minister of Education, overseeing the introduction of the Mathematics Curriculum.
In 1995 he spent a year in the Mathematics Department at Auckland University. The next year was Woolf Fisher Scholarship to look at mathematics and Technology in England and attend a conference in Seville.
In 1998 he shifted to the Engineering School at Auckland University, where he is currently in charge of first year mathematics. In 1999 he was given a Distinguished Teaching Award by the University. His current interest is in the ways Technology can be applied to Maths Teaching. He has been asked to talk in Wellington on May 18 and in Taranaki on 12th July. Both talks will deal with technology and Mathematics.