Les and research colleagues continue to strive towards improving the quality, relevance and performance of STEM and Engineering Education along with the value of scholarship in Engineering Education. He is Past President of the Australasian Association of Engineering Education and has served on the national executive since 2006 to 2013 and as editor in chief of the Australasian Journal of Engineering Education (AJEE). Engineering education is becoming increasingly important to various fields and represents a relatively new domain of research that brings together researchers from engineering, engineering education, mathematics education, and science education. His research focus involves:
Increasing the participation rates of high school leavers in STEM and Engineering Education especially of women and non-traditional sources of students and
Promoting the development and use of inquiry focused teaching techniques and tools and promote teaching effectiveness.