School of Engineering and IT

School of Engineering and Information Technology

Dean's Newsletter

December 2015

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With the end of 2015 in sight, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm, which you have shown throughout the year. I am sure we are all looking forward to a restful break, where we can recharge our batteries in time for the challenges of 2016.

But before we enjoy the festive season with our loved ones, we have one last bumper edition of the 2015 Newsletter.

I know you will join with me in congratulating and acknowledging some of the recent student and staff achievements.

Firstly, our congratulations go to our students

  • Mr Justin Freeman (Physics) for being awarded the title of the New Colombo Plan Fellow, as the highest-ranked applicant applying to study in South Korea
  • Mr Huu Dang (Physics) for being recognised by the Australian Institute of Physics as the top Murdoch’s Honours student in Physics
  • Messrs Brice Gower (Electrical Power), Radomir Sebesta (Instrumentation and Control) and John O’Sullivan (Environmental) as state finalists for Engineers Without Borders Challenge

and our staff

  • Dr Kuruvilla Mathew for becoming a Fellow of IWA
  • Dr Mohammednoor Altarawneh on his appointment to the position of Senior Lecturer
  • Mr Danny Toohey for his Best Paper Award at the ASCILITE (Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education) Conference
  • Dr Drew Parsons for his manuscript publication in Electrochimica Acta
  • Dr Juita on her appointed to the position of Senior Laboratory Technician

See below for more info on all the above

We also have the pleasure of welcoming some new team members to our School.

  • Dr Farhad Shahnia - Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering
  • Dr Ali Arefi – Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering
  • Associate Professor Hamid Laga – Information Technology (to arrive on 15 Feb 2016)

See below for more info on all the above

Our congratulations also go to all those involved in the following Awards and Grants

  • The Research Council of Norway Grant
  • Neutron Beam Time Award
  • Computing Time Award

See below for more info on all the above

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WELCOME

Dr Ali Arefi, Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering

Ali ArefiDr Ali Arefi received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, in 1999, 2001, and 2011, respectively.

He has been a lecturer and Research Fellow in Queensland University of Technology (QUT) since 2012. During this time, he has developed an automated tool for optimal investment strategy in electric distribution networks over large areas and long planning horizons.

He is the author/co-author of more than 50 publications in high quality journals such as IEEE Transactions and top peer-reviewed conferences.

In addition, he is chief investigator in the awarded Discovery Project titled “Transition to Customer Response Driven Networks”, which is funded $390k by Australian Research Council (ARC) in 2015. Moreover, he is contributor/author of two research grants including Linkage Project funded more than $0.5M by ARC and supply industry. He is an IEEE Senior member and a member of several IEEE Working Groups and Committee and Task Force such as “Modern and Future Distribution System Planning”, “Power System Planning and Implementation”, and “Asset Management”. He has six years’ experiences with electric distribution industry. He has been consultant for 5 industry-funded research projects. He has also carried out energy audits and power quality analysis for more than 30 factories and electric distribution networks. He has delivered many talks for industry in the field of energy efficiency and power quality. His research interests are mainly in the areas of sustainable electric distribution planning, state estimation, and energy efficiency.

Associate Professor Hamid Laga, Information Technology, to start on 15 February 2016

Hamid Laga.JPGAssociate Professor Hamid Laga received his PhD degree in Computer Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan (2006). Prior to joining the University of South Australia as a senior research fellow and deputy director of the Phenomics and Bioinformatics Research Centre (PBRC), Hamid worked as Associate Professor at the Institut Telecom in France (2010-2012), Assistant Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan (2006-2010), and as a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at Nara Institute of Science and Technology in Japan (2006).

His research interests span various fields of computer graphics, with a special focus on the 3D modelling, statistical shape analysis, and 3D animation. He has co-authored several publications in high impact journals including ACM transactions on graphics, IEEE transactions on visualization and graphics, Eurographics and IEEE CVPR. His contributions in the field of 3D shape analysis received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Shape Modelling (2006), the Best Paper Award at NICOGRAPH Paper Context (2007), the International Paper Grand Prix (Best Paper Award) by the Japan Society of Art and Science (2008), and the APRS/IAPR Best Paper Prize at the IEEE International Conference on Digital Image Computing, Techniques and Applications (DICTA) 2012. 

Hamid is the recipient of two ARC linkage grants aiming at developing technologies for image-based cereal plant phenotyping. He is the lead CI on a project funded by the University of South Australia’s Research Theme Investment Scheme dealing with Sedentary Behaviour Analysis and in collaboration with researchers from the Health Science Department. He is also actively collaborating with plant biologists at the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics developing image-based cereal plant phenotyping tools.

Dr Fahad Shahnia, Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering

Dr Farhad Shahnia.jpgDr Farhad Shahnia received a BSc (Hons, 2004) and an MSc (2006) both in Electrical Engineering from University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran and a PhD (2011) in Electrical Engineering from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia. He is currently a senior member of IEEE.

Farhad’s industrial experience includes a 3-year R&D engineering position at Eastern Azarbayjan Electric Power Distribution Company, Tabriz, Iran (2006-2008). He has also held teaching and research positions as a research fellow at QUT (2011) and as a Lecturer at Curtin University, Perth, Australia (2012-2015).

Farhad's research falls under the ‘smart grids’ and ‘microgrids’ topics, with a focus on the application and control of power electronics-based devices in electric distribution networks. He has edited 4 books and has authored 5 book chapters and over 100 peer-reviewed scholarly articles in international conferences and journals in the above research areas. He has been also a chief investigator in one successful Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant for 2015-2017 on the microgrid topic.

Two of Farhad’s conference papers have been selected as the Conference Best Paper in IEEE conferences in 2011 and 2014. He has also received the IET Premium Award for the Best Paper in IET Generation, Transmission and Distribution journal in 2015. One of his journal publications was listed under the most cited articles of the Elsevier Electric Power System Research Journal in 2015.

Farhad has been the supervisor/co-supervisor of 5 completed High Degree by Research (HDR) students and is currently in the supervisory team of another 16 HDR students at Curtin University. He was also the recipient of the Curtin Postgraduate Research Supervisor Award in 2015.

Dr Juita, Senior Laboratory Technician

Juita Juita.jpgWe are also very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Juita to the position of Senior Laboratory Technician.

Juita obtained her Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Widya Mandala Catholic University, Surabaya, Indonesia in 1998 and completed a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2012. She has more than ten years of relevant laboratory, teaching and research experience, working as a tutor, lecturer, research associate and postdoctoral research fellow at different institutions in Indonesia and Australia. She also gained industrial experience, including as a quality engineer in a gypsum manufacturing company for 6½ years along with a research and development position within the ceramics industry. She has acquired experience in a wide range of instrumentation and chemical techniques, particularly chromatographic and spectroscopic throughout her career.

RESEARCH PUBLICATION

Manuscript Publication in Electrochimica Acta

Dr Drew Parsons has had a manuscript accepted for publication in Electrochimica Acta.

In this paper Drew developed theory describing adsorption of electrolyte ions to redox electrodes, resulting in forces acting between electrodes. He found a repulsive peak builds up due to adsorption of Cu+ ions. The strength of the forces varies depending on the counterions, which were previously thought to be uninvolved. In future work Drew will study what impact these effects have on mineral leaching and electrowinning, and in understand the performance of batteries.

The manuscript can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.e
lectacta.2015.12.090

GRANTS AND AWARDS

Prestigious Grant from the Research Council of Norway

Dr Drew Parsons, a member of an international research team based in Scandinavia, has along with his team, successfully won a prestigious grant from the Research Council of Norway under the FRIPRO scheme, awarding 8,708,000 NOK ($1,391,000) over three years. Their project is titled “Casimir effect and van der Waals forces in multilayer systems”, and applies fundamental physics to address questions of methane and oil recovery, ice melting and CO2 storage.

Official announcement is coming soon to http://www.forskningsradet.no/servlet/Satellite?c=Page&cid=1226994096426&p=1226994096426&pagename=fripro%2FHovedsidemal


Neutron Beam Time Award

The proposal titled “In-situ neutron diffraction study of phase transformations during thermal activation of spodumene and petalite for optimised extraction of lithium from silicate minerals” has been awarded 3 days of beam time on the High Intensity Powder Diffractometer WOMBAT, valued at 25,050 AUD. Dr Hans Oskierski and PhD candidate Arif Abdullah will carry out the in-situ neutron diffraction experiments in collaboration with Dr Vanessa Peterson of the BRAGG Institute at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). The research team, consisting of Arif Abdullah, Dr Mohammednoor Altarawneh, Prof Bogdan Dlugogorski, Dr Hans Oskierski and Associate Prof Gamini Senanayake aims to apply mineral carbonation technology to produce lithium carbonate from lithium silicate sources.


Computing Time Award

The Fire Safety and Combustion Kinetics Research group has been awarded 1.3 million SU of computing time on the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) and the Pawsey Computing Centre. Computational grants are based on competitive national and state merit allocation schemes. The group will use these computational grants in various combined experimental-theoretical topics including spontaneous ignition, decomposition of brominated flame retardants and low-temperature oxidation of hydrocarbons. In 2015, the group has utilized more than 3.0 millions SU in both supercomputers which have resulted in about 12 journal articles in addition to 5 conference papers.

ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

Murdoch Hosts International Conference on Sustainable Water Management

Murdoch University was very proud to host the recent International Conference on Sustainable Water Management, which ran from 29th November to the 3rd December.

The conference commenced on the Sunday 29th November, with a public meeting co-sponsored by Fremantle City Council.

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  • Associate Professor Jiangyong Hu from Singapore University
  • Dr Mark O’Donohue, CEO of Australian Water Recycling Centre for Excellence
  • Ms Vanessa Moscovis from the Water Corporation

Later a Welcome reception was arranged at Fremantle City Council, where conference participants had the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas and views. The evening with both events served as an excellent welcome and starting point for the conference. 

Above – Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt with conference executive secretary Dr Kuruvilla Mathew

Prof Andrew Taggart - Welcome.jpgThe inaugural meeting, held at the ECL2 lecture theatre, Murdoch University, with Mrs Marie Tailor, Noongar Elder, providing the Aboriginal welcome to country. Prof Andrew Taggart, Acting Vice Chancellor, welcomed delegates and the Hon Mia Davies, Minister for Water in WA, inaugurated the conference and explained the measures the government is planning to face the situation.

Left – Professor Andrew Taggart (Acting VC), Hon Mia Davies, Minister for Water and Noongar Elder Mrs Marie Taylor.

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  • Mr Mike Rowe, Managing Director, Department of Water, presented ‘Managing WA’s Water Resources Sustainably’.
  • Dr Don McFarlane, CSIRO presented ‘Managing Urban Groundwater in a Rapidly Changing World: A Case Study from Perth, Western Australia’.
  • Prof Jorg Imberber delivered the plenary talk entitled ‘Adaptive Real-time, Self-Learning River Basin Living: Challenges’.

Poster comp.jpgWith 8 Common sessions, preceded by 18 Keynote speakers, 68 oral presentations, a poster presentation, along with exhibition booths in the Atrium area of ECL lecture theatre complex, where conference delegates were able to network with one another and the exhibiting organisations, all made for an exciting and vibrant event.

On Tuesday afternoon three field visits took place for the various groups.

  1. The Wastewater Recycling group went to the Spectacle Lakes, Water Reclamation Plant at Kwinana and the Waste Water Treatment Plant at Woodman Point.Visit Josh Byrne house.jpg
  2. The Water Efficiency group visited the constructed Wetlands Wastewater Treatment System at Waterford and the Water and Energy Efficient House of Josh Byrne in Hilton.
  3. The Desalination group visited the Water Corporation’s Perth Desalination Plant at Kwinana and the desalination research facilities at the National Centre of Excellence on Desalination Australia at the Rockingham Campus of Murdoch University.

The conference dinner, attended by about 110 guests, was held on Tuesday evening at Fremantle Sailing Club with Dr Martin Anda, as Conference Chair, addressed the occasion and invited Josh Byrne for the dinner speech.

At the closing session Prof Goen Ho addressed the participants and summarised the main themes, after which the closing ceremony took place with time allowed for networking.

Directly after the main conference, on Thursday, the Technical Tour of Rottnest Island took place, which was attended by 40 delegates, who toured the island’s rain water harvesting, seawater desalination and wastewater recycling facilities, along with the groundwater bores which supply fresh water.

Many thanks to our Conference sponsors and supporters:

  • Department of Water - main conference sponsor
  • Josh Byrne and Associates – dinner sponsor
  • The Perth Convention Centre assisted with the bid and conference promotion
  • Murdoch University provided funds through the Vice Chancellor’s discretionary fund, for the publication of the abstract book and the full papers in the website
  • The International Water Association
  • International Water Centre
  • Sustainable Engineering Society of Engineers Australia
  • Goyder Institute for Water Research
  • Centre for Appropriate Technology
  • University of Technology Sydney - Institute of Sustainable Futures
  • National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia

Conf - SA delegation.jpgTo sum up, the conference brought together 172 delegates from 21 countries over 5 days. It gave them the opportunity to discuss common concerns on water sustainability, along with new and innovative methods of fresh and waste water management. It enabled a better understanding of how we can achieve the dual aim of socio-economic development and ecological protection.


Left – South African Delegation

Full papers submitted for the oral presentations will be reviewed before presentation to IWA for more formal review before publication in one of their journals such as Water Science & Technology.

Article submitted by Martin Anda



ACSME 2015

Blending…flipping…distributing…transforming. Was there a steam-punk convention in town? No, it was the 21st Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME), held jointly at Murdoch and Curtin Universities between the 30th September and 2nd October 2015. Delegates with an interest in reflecting on, and enhancing, their teaching practice were welcomed to Perth for 3 days of exchanging ideas, challenging paradigms, and meeting colleagues from across Australia and New Zealand. Excellent presentations were the order of the day with a host of interesting topics including:
• national STEM policy
• multi-sensory approaches to teaching STEM students who have visual impairment
• ensuring evidence is used to drive and reward teaching and learning innovations.

SEIT’s own Helen Middleton (Mathematics & Statistics) and Damian Laird (CMEC) were Murdoch’s representatives on the organising committee and were instrumental in bringing the ACSME Discipline Day (focused discipline based workshops) onto the Murdoch campus and managing to convince most delegates to stay a bit longer and enjoy the surrounds of the Murdoch Tavern for post conference drinks – where the real decisions are made.

This was the first time that ACSME had been held in Western Australia but if delegates can be believed it won’t be the last. Visitors were very taken by the lovely weather and were particularly appreciative of the very visible support for in depth conversations about learning and teaching, exemplified by the PVC Learning and Teaching taking the time to welcome delegates to the Murdoch Campus at the beginning of Discipline Day.

On behalf of the organizing committee, Helen and Damian would like thank the generous financial contributions and support from the School of EIT (particularly Emma for dealing with signage, parking, etc.) and PVC Learning and Teaching, Professor Sara de Freitas.

For those who are looking for a forum in which to discuss teaching and learning issues and practice in an open and supportive environment, where people are not only happy for you to ‘pinch’ their great ideas, but actually encourage it, then ACSME 2016, which will be held in Brisbane in late September, is the place to be. Check out the ACSME (http://sydney.edu.au/iisme/conference/index.shtml) website around April 2016 for further details.

Article submitted by Dr Damian Laird



Australian X-ray Analytical Association WA Student Seminar Day


On 10th of December, The Australian X-ray Analytical Association (AXAA) organized a WA student seminar day, at CSIRO Waterford. All together 5 PhD students, 4 from Curtin University and Mr Ehsan Mohammadpour from Murdoch University presented their research utilising X-ray scattering techniques. Ehsan’s presentation entitled “high temperature structural properties of CrAlTiN coatings from in-situ synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction” was very well received and he won the first place award for best presentation. Well done Ehsan!

At the beginning of the seminar, Dr Fang Xia presented an invited keynote talk on utilising powder X-ray diffraction in extractive metallurgy. Dr Xia showed that in situ powder X-ray diffraction is a very powerful tool in revealing the mechanism and kinetics of mineralogical phase transformations during both pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processes.

Below - Mr Ehsan Mohammadpour (middle) and Dr Fang Xia (right)

Beam Time Funding 2.jpgAXAA was formed in 1968. The association seeks to provide a forum for technical meetings, discussions and information interchange between workers in the fields of X-ray analysis, including X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, and synchrotron radiation and neutron scattering. The association is comprised of a diverse group of scientists and technologists employed in mining, manufacturing industries, research and educational organisations as well as instrument manufacturers throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region. The association organize conference every three years. The last conference AXAA2014 was held in Perth and was very successful. Next conference AXAA2017 will be held in Melbourne.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

White Gum Valley Urban Development

EELS member and Dr Stewart Dallas - White Gum Valley 3620.JPGDr Stewart Dallas (adjunct senior lecturer to the Environmental Engineering program and member of the associated research group EELS Environmental Engineering and Life Systems) in his role as Manager, Urban Water with Josh Byrne & Associates (JBA) has designed an innovative "third pipe" scheme for the new White Gum Valley urban development in Fremantle for WA State Government land development agency Landcorp.

Left – Dr Steward Dallas and members of the EELS Group

Dr Dallas gave EELS members a tour of the site and explained the workings of the system now under construction.

This third pipe scheme will abstract groundwater and pump this to 28 lots at the residential development for irrigation of gardens as well as the public open space parks and gardens. However, it cannot be used for indoor uses.

This system will reduce scheme water use at the development significantly making it one of the most water efficient developments in WA.

EELS members on tour - White Gum Valley 0988.JPGIn the Eastern States such schemes have existed for several years and also use treated wastewater. The Eastern States also allow indoor uses of the recycled water in third pipes such as toilet flushing and washing machines. This has yet to be tried in WA, but projects such as WGV are paving the way for this next exciting step.

Right – Tour of site by Dr Dallas and members of the EELS Group

The White Gum Valley project by LandCorp will set a new benchmark for WA. With the proposed intensive monitoring and research coupled to the project over the next 5 years, it is hoped this will enable further development of the alternative and decentralised urban water supplies in WA, as has occurred in the East.

Article submitted by Martin Anda

CONGRATULATIONS

Kuruvilla Mathew.jpgDr Kuruvilla Mathew - Fellow of International Water Industry

In recognition of his many years of service to the water industry Dr Kuruvilla Mathew has had the honour of becoming a Fellow of the International Water Association.

Being a Fellow of IWA is a recognition of sustained outstanding contribution to the profession. IWA Fellows are nominated based on their significant contributions as engineers, educators, utility managers, regulators, researchers, scientists, or technical leaders. This recognition is based on the nominee's contributions and commitment to the IWA mission.

Election to fellowship represents a high honour that is bestowed upon an individual by the Association. A Fellow is expected to participate in the major activities and conferences of the Association.

Beam Time Funding 1.jpgAustralian Synchrotron Beam Time Funding Success

Dr Fang Xia and Dr Aleks Nikoloski have secured 48 hours of beam time funding from the Australian Synchrotron, for the forthcoming experiments on the powder diffraction beamline in April 2016. This funding will enable them to carry out exciting research on understanding the mechanism and kinetics of oxidative roasting of a suit of sulphide minerals (pentlandite, violarite, chalcopyrite, bornite). The powder diffraction beamline offers rapid collection of high quality datasets, ideal for carrying out time resolved in-situ powder X-ray diffraction experiments. The technology will enable the monitoring the mineralogical phase transformations during roasting of the sulphide minerals. Early ex situ studies have led to controversial reaction mechanisms, and this experiment is expected to solve this long standing problem.

Above - The Australian Synchrotron powder diffraction beamline

Justin.jpgJustin Freeman New Colombo Plan 2016 scholarship

SEIT would like to congratulate Justin Freeman for being awarded a New Colombo Plan 2016 scholarship. These are prestigious scholarships given to support 18-28 year old students to study at universities in the Indo-Pacific region. The students also undertake an internship to gain overseas work experience.

Justin will go to Yonsei University in South Korea. Nationally in 2016 there were only 100 scholarships given. However, Justin has gone one better. In acknowledgement for being the highest-ranked student applying for South Korea he was awarded the title of NCP Fellow, with additional financial support.

Justin is studying towards a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Nanotechnology at Murdoch University. In South Korea he plans to undertake an internship at the university’s green technology research centre.

The scholarship awards ceremony was held at the National Gallery in Canberra on the 30th November and scholarships were presented by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove and The Hon Julie Bishop MP.

Article submitted by Bruce Gardiner

Huu Dang.jpgAIP Rewards Huu Dang - Murdoch’s Best Physics Honours Student

The hard work and clear thinking of final year student Huu Dang was recognised by the Australian Institute of Physics WA Branch at their AGM dinner in November. Huu was presented with a medal and an AIP student membership by the Chair, John Chapman, for being Murdoch’s top Honours student in Physics.

Murdoch was very well represented at the AIP AGM by Dr Elaine Walker (Treasurer 2015 and 2016), Dr David Parlevliet (Committee Member 2015 and 2016), Dr Christine Creagh, Dr Drew Parsons, Dr Gerd Schroder-Turk (Vice-chair 2016), and Prof Bruce Gardiner who also gave an engaging after dinner talk about the role of physics in understanding biological tissue. Also present at the AGM were past Murdoch students / academics that have made their way in industry namely Rick Hughes and Dr Katrina O’Mara. So it seems Physics at Murdoch is alive and well.

Article submitted by Chris Creagh

Engineers Without Borders Challenge 2015

In 2003, Engineers Without Borders was founded on a simple idea. The idea, that together with aligned organisation, people could be engineered out of poverty.

By collaborating with people across community development, business, education and government, EWB focuses on assisting communities with water, sanitation, sustainable energy, shelter, engineering education and digital access.

To encourage young, bright minds to participate in this great cause, EWA invite participants to take part in the Engineers Without Borders Challenge.

Our congratulation go to Murdoch students Brice Gower (Electrical Power), Radomir Sebesta (Instrumentation and Control) and John O’Sullivan (Environmental), for not just taking part in the 2015 Challenge, but also for their success in being nominated as the top Murdoch student group in the Engineers Without Borders Challenge 2015.

The group attended the WA Regional Showcase as state finalists, on Monday 7th December, at the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research, Nedlands, where they presented their design project.

These Regional Showcases are a key activity in the EWB Challenge as it is where the top student team is selected as the winning team for the region. It is also an opportunity for students to hone their team work and presentation skills, to share great projects with the judges and humanitarian engineers and to meet and network with students from across WA.

At Murdoch University, the EWB Challenge was carried out as part of BEN150 (Design Concepts in Engineering).

Well done to the entire team for their excellent design idea and fantastic achievement.

Article submitted by Greg Crebbin


FOR STUDENTS

Mumbida Wind Farm & Greenough River Solar Farm

Mumbida Wind Farm 1.jpgTo supplement their classroom activities, engineering students in ENG352 Energy Supply Systems, along with postgraduate Renewable Energy students in PEN590 and PEN620, visited renewable energy facilities in the Geraldton area. The field trip was undertaken in late September and involved a two-day journey by coach.

The visit covered two major facilities, the 55MW Mumbida Wind Farm (MWF) and the 10MW Greenough River Solar Farm (GRSF). The GRSF was the largest solar farm in Australia for several years after its completion in 2012 and it utilises cadmium telluride solar cell technology on a scale rarely seen in Australia. The MWF provided an opportunity for students to examine the internals of a 2.5MW GE wind turbine and also view the onsite 132/22kV substation that connects the wind farm to the grid. The visit gave the students to see renewable projects up close and to speak with the site personnel and gain an invaluable insight into project design and methodology.

Adjunct Professor Craig Carter and Dr Almantas Pivrikas also attended the trip, giving the students the chance to ask questions. Craig was involved in a professional capacity with the implementation of both projects and gave a running commentary during the site visit, highlighting significant information and answering questions.

Mumbida Wind Farm 2.jpgThe tour gave insight into the challenges of designing and maintaining renewable energy facilities in remote areas of WA and supplemented studies in renewable energy technologies. The itinerary happily coincided with stops at The Pinnacles within Nambung National Park, and the Geraldton Museum, near the Batavia Coast Marina, Geraldton. Student feedback has been very positive and it is hoped that such excursions will continue in future years.

Article submitted by Kieran Peters and Craig Carter

FOR STAFF

Expression of Interest – Murdoch Research Centre or School Research Centre

For the establishment of a Murdoch Research Centre or School Research Centre follow the link below to the Research and Development web page and complete the Expression of Interest form. http://our.murdoch.edu.au/Research-and-Development/Research-Institutes-and-Centres/. If you are have difficulties with the link please copy and paste into your browser address bar.

FOR EVERYONE

Connection with Thai Universities Continues

During 16th November to 4th December, Dr Hong Xie and Emeritus Professor Lance Fung visited three universities and presented at three international conferences at Thailand. This included the 2nd Management and Innovation Technology Conference (MITiCON2015) organised by Mahidol University; the 10th International Conference on e-Business (INCEB 2015); and the International Conference on Energy: World Future Alternatives at Naresuan University, Phitsanulok.

Below - Dr Hong Xie and Hari Suparwito received certificate of appreciation at MITiCON 2015
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Naresuan University launched the Campus Power and Smart Grid initiative with the newly installed 400KW solar panels, in addition to their 120KW system with battery storage.

The School of Renewable Energy Technology (SERT) has a range of projects on developing various community projects with diverse technologies such as solar trough, solar drying, solar cooling, biomass, microgrid and smart grid. SERT has international collaboration and support from Germany, Japan, Asian and ASEAN countries.

Thailand 2 Faculty of IT Rangsit.jpgIn addition, Dr Xie and Professor Fung also visited Rangsit University where six of their staff have completed their PhD study at Murdoch; Walailak University; and the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at Naresuan University.

Right – Visit to Faculty of IT, Rangsit University


Below - Seminar at Department of CSIT, Naresuan University

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