Thomas holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Physics from ANU. He used his John Monash Scholarship to study for a DPhil in Atomic and Laser Physics in Oxford, before working as a postdoctoral fellow in the USA. Tom specialised in the theory of ultracold atomic and molecular collisions, and successfully collaborated with experimental groups around the world.
Transitioning to industry in 2011, Tom worked first as a technical consultant and then as head of Supply Chain Analysis at Fortescue Metals Group. He was a key part of Fortescue's journey of cost-reduction, efficiency enhancement, and expansion. After a brief stint in finance, Tom founded Hypercube Scientific Consulting in 2018 to be able to best and most widely use advanced analysis and scientific rigour to achieve real-world benefits and shape a data-driven culture within organisations.
Tom enjoys building academic/industry links, getting outdoors, and chasing his two young children. He has served as a first reviewer and on the WA Selection Panel for the John Monash Scholarships.