2017 National Award for University Teaching Excellence
2015 National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
2014 ANU Vice-Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence
2012 USA Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Fellowship
Dr Debs is a passionate educator and researcher with a background in Ultra Cold Atomic Phyiscs, and Innovative Physics education. He convenes the nationally recognised course, Foundations of Physics, where students are taught to "think like a physicist". He is also founder of the ANU MakerSpace, a community and place on campus for student and staff to learn by doing, and access tools and resources to build and make anything from artwork to electronics.