Hi! I'm Mal Dow.
I used to be a design draftsman with the Department of Civil Aviation - now the Department of Transport and Regional Services, then a technical officer researching robotics and vision systems at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Division of Manufacturing Technology. This is now CSIRO Complex Systems Integration (CCSI). Apart from being part of the small team that developed Australia's first flexible manufacturing cell - integrating several industrial robots, a CNC milling machine and an Automatix vision processing system into a cell capable of multi tasking and rapid changeover of jobs, I also had some involvement in the bionic ear project and a camera and vision system for the Australia telescope.
Next I became a lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Computer technology at Victoria University, teaching computer programming, microprocessor technology, computer aided design and artificial intelligence. My research specialisation was in artificial intelligence, expert systems and speech recognition systems.
In 1997 I left the university to become, with my wife Diana, pastor of Williamstown Baptist Church, and to start a small business, doing website design and hosting: The Roaring Mouse. The name is inspired by Leonard Wibberly's book and the wonderful Peter Sellers' film The Mouse that Roared.
Williamstown Baptist Church has a prayer ministry centre called Beth Tephillah Ministry Centre, of which Diana and I are the directors. With a staff of 20 trained volunteers we provide healing prayer ministry by appointment. We also run training courses for the body of Christ. Present courses are Hearing God's Voice, Intercession and Spiritual Warfare, and Healing Prayer Ministry.
Beth Tephillah Ministry Centre is a member of the Prayer Ministries Network. Williamstown Baptist Church is a member of Hobsons Bay Churches, a network of churches committed to sharing God's lovein the City of Hobsons Bay. It is also part of a wider church network called Awakening West.
My main means of relaxation, apart from reading, writing, and music (I'm a keyboard player), is the hobby of ham radio. I have held an Amateur Radio Operator's Licence for about 40 years, and hold the callsign VK3ZDD. I'm a member of the Wireless Institute of Australia- Victorian Division, the Radio Society of Great Britain, and the American Radio Relay League.
I began my tertiary eductation at Collingwood Technical College, now part of North Melbourne Institute of TAFE, finishing a Higher Technician Certificate in Electrical Design Drafting, then did a Bachelor of Applied Science in mathematics at RMIT University, followed by Master of Electrical Engineering by research at Victoria University. My research area was in computer speech recognition and human language understanding, resulting in a speech controlled robot. Then I completed a Certificate of Christian Ministry at the Bible College of Victoria, and a Bachelor of Theology (Honours) at Whitley College - part of the Melboutne College of Divinity (University of Melbourne).My honours thesis was "An Evangelical Response to Postmodernity".
If you would like to learn more about my thinking you might like to visit one of my blogs (weblogs):
Mal Dow thinking aloud in public - about Christian living and ministry, future and emerging church, theology, philosophy, and using the Internet effectively.
A blog for followers of Jesus in Melbourne's Western suburbs - about Christians living and working together to bless each other and their community.
HobsonsBayChurches - sharing God's love with Hobsons Bay.
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