Chris graduated from The University of Adelaide with a BSc in 1971 and a BE in 1972. He received his PhD from The University of New South Wales in 1976. He then went to the U.K. to work for Marconi Avionics. After three years he returned to Australia to work for GEC as Technical Manager of their automation and control division.
In 1983 he joined UOW. In 1989 he became Professor of Electrical Engineering with research interests in industrial automation and power engineering. In 1990 he was involved in establishing, with Pacific Power, the Energy Efficient Research Centre Ltd., a nonprofit company which designs and installs variable speed drive and other power engineering systems. In 1996 he continued to develop joint Industry- University initiatives by assisting with the setting up and running of the ‘Power Quality Centre’ at UOW.
In 2002 he was appointed Dean of Engineering, and in 2013 he was appointed as Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences.