The SBRC team are academia and industry experts with extensive interests, knowledge and skillsets. Learn more about our people through their profiles below.

Professor Tim McCarthy 
Director, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

Professor Zhenjun Ma 
Deputy Director, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

Associate Professor Duane Robinson 
Technical Director, Australian Power Quality and Reliability Centre

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Dr Craig McLauchlan 
Research Facilities Manager | +61 2 4221 5280

Gerrard Drury
Programmer / Analyst 2 4221 3416

Sean Elphick 
Research Coordinator 2 4221 4737

Michael Tibbs 
Research Fellow

Joanne Robson
Administration Assistant 


Dr Brendan Banfield 

  • Gridsite
  • Distributed power generation, photovoltaic power systems, power distribution control, power distribution economics, power generation control, power generation economics, reactive power control, voltage control

Dr Chantel Carr

  • Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS)
  • Political geography, rural studies, ethnology

Professor Chris Gibson 

  • Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS)
  • Cultural Research for Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation 

Professor Muhammad Hadi

  • School of Civil, Mining, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
  • Sustainable Structural Design and Construction 

Dr Jonathan Knott 

  • Australian Institute for Innovative Materials
  • Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials
  • Superconductor science, power distribution

Professor Buyung Kosasih  

  • School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronics Engineering
  • River and wind-based renewable energy technologies; green eco-friendly lubricants for material processing; and applied fluid dynamics of industrial thin coating process.

Associate Professor Kashem Muttaqi

  • School of Electrical, Computer and  Telecommunications Engineering
  • Electrical power systems, renewable energy, smart grids, etc 

Professor David Officer

  • Intelligent Polymers Research Institute
  • Organic photovoltaics systems, artificial photosynthesis, etc 

Professor Sarath Perera

  • School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering
  • Electrical power systems, effect of wind energy on grid, renewables, smart grids, etc 

Professor Sharon Robinson

  • School of Biological Sciences
  • Green roofs and walls 


Associate Professor Neaz Sheikh

  • School of Civil, Mining, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
  • Construction, building information modelling, earthquake, climate adaptions

Associate Professor Muttucumaru Sivakumar

  • School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering
  • Water treatment, hydrogen production, waste treatment

Honorary Senior Fellow Vic Smith

  • School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical power systems, power quality, renewables, smart grids, etc

Dr Brad Stappenbelt

  • School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering
  • Energy in buildings, alternative energy systems

Professor Danny Sutanto

  • School of Electrical, Computer and  Telecommunications Engineering
  • Electrical power systems, renewables, fuel cells, smart grids, etc

Professor Lip Teh

  • School of Civil, Mining, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
  • Construction techniques, lightweight steel structures, Energy in Buildings

Dr Rob Gordon 

  • Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI)
  • Marketing principles and communications, social marketing, critical marketing teaching and research

Professor Gordon Waitt

  • Australian Centre for Culture, Environment, Society and Space (ACCESS)
  • Social/Culture Geography Cultures of Natures
  • Mr Lance Jeffery,
    Project Manager, Retrofitting for Resilient and Sustainable Buildings (RRSB) program, Hyve Projects
  • Dr Wenye Lin,
    Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Germany
  • Professor Nalin Pahalawatta,
    Senior Technical Director - Power Systems, GHD  
  • Professor Jahan Peiris,
    Main System Planning Manager, TransGrid 


Scott Beazley

Scott Beazley has over 35 years of experience practicing in Architecture and 28 years in CAD-BIM teaching at university and technical colleges. Along with his university commitments Scott has worked as a digital technology manager for a leading quantity surveyor helping with validation of models for quantification to derive costs. His key skills are BIM Model checking and validation, IFC mapping, Revit export and import of IFC, linking of 3D models with 4D time and 5D costs. Scott's research interests include BIM (Building Information Modelling), Building design collaboration, Sustainable Building Design, Digital model checking and validation, Linking 3D models with 4D(time) and 5D(cost), Building data exchanges: IFC: Industry Foundation Classes, IDM: Information Delivery Manuals and Interoperability of building design and analysis software.  

Professor Liliana Fay

Professor Liliana Fay. Professor Fay, an architecture and construction engineering academic from the Brazil’s Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, competed a post-doctoral research project at SBRC entitled: Innovation envelopes: products and processes for residential buildings. Lilana researched Australian innovations in products and processes for building sustainable housing.

Professor Jose Kos

Jose is a Professor at the Department of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidade Federal de Sanat Catarin. He has a Post-Doctorate from the Sustainable Building Research Centre, University of Wollongong and was a member of the board of the National Association for Research and Graduate Studies in Architecture and Urbanism (ANPARQ). He frequently participates in scientific committees of recognized international conferences in the area of ​​Architecture, Urbanism and Digital Media and is an ad-hoc consultant for CNPq, CAPES, FAPESP, FAPERJ, FAPESC, FONCyT (Argentina), CONICYT (Chile), FWO Research Foundation ( Belgium). 

Professor Feng Xu

Feng Xu is a Professor and Vice Dean from School of Architecture, Hunan University, China. He is also Vice chairman of Hunan Green Building Council, Member of Hunan Institute of Architects, Member of Academic Committee of Hunan University. As a Principal Investigator, he has been responsible for more than 10 research projects, including 1 project of the National Science & Technology Support Major Program of the 11th Five-year Plan, 2 sub-projects of the National Science & Technology Major Program of the 12th Five-year Plan. His research interests mostly lies at Design Method and Appraisal of Green Building, Integrated Design on Rural Residential Building and Multidisciplinary Approach to Curriculum Development in Sustainable Built Environment.

Associate Professor Jin Zhou

Jin Zhou is an associate Professor from College of Civil Engineering, Hunan University, China, Vice secretary-general of Hunan Green Building Council. He received his PhD degree in Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning from Xi’an Jiaotong University in 2005. Before joining SBRC as a visiting research fellow, he has worked for 11 years in Hunan University. His research interests mostly lies on assessment and improvement of building thermal environment, analysis and optimization of GCHP system, and Green Building assessment.

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