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Executive

Director (Acting)

Associate Professor
zhenjun@uow.edu.au 
02 4221 4143

Scholars Profile

Research interests:

  • Optimal and robust control of building energy systems
  • Phase change materials and their applications in buildings
  • Low energy technologies and zero-emission buildings
  • Dynamic modelling and simulation of building energy systems
  • HVAC and BMS system fault detection and diagnosis
  • Solar photovoltaic thermal systems and advanced solar-driven air-conditioning systems
  • Ground source heat pumps

Deputy Director

Associate Professor
School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering
duane@uow.edu.au 
02 4221 4530

Scholars Profile

Research interests:

  • Energy efficiency in networks and at point of utilisation
  • Monitoring building performance for energy efficiency
  • Microgrids, renewables and distributed generation
  • Power quality and mitigation techniques 

Academics

pcooper@uow.edu.au
02 4221 3355

Scholars Profile  

 

 

Research interests:

  • Ventilation, pollution control and energy conservation in buildings
  • Renewable Energy Technologies

 

Head of School 
School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering
timmc@uow.edu.au 
02 4221 4591

Scholars Profile

 

Research interests:

  • Sustainable buildings
  • Engineering Education Research
  • Design of Steel Structures
  • Conceptual Design
  • Information Modelling
  • Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Engineering Design
  • Integrated Design Systems
  • Information and knowledge management in Construction
  • Computer Aided Design
  • Performance based multi-criterion optimization
  • Ecologically sustainable Structural Design
  • Mooring design for floating offshore structures​

Research Fellow
eheffern@uow.edu.au
02 4221 4591

Scholars Profile

 

 

Research interests:

  • Energy-efficient design in residential buildings
  • Sustainable communities
  • Sustainable construction
  • Building energy modelling
  • Climate change adaptation

Associate Research Fellow
aziza@uow.edu.au 
02 4239 2168

Scholars Profile

 

 

Research interests:

  • Cold-formed Steel Structures
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Ice-structure interaction
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Marine Structural Steel Connections
  • High-rise concrete structures
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • FRP based Structural Retrofit

 

 

Associate Professor
gkg@uow.edu.au 
02 4221 5795 

Scholars Profile

Research interests:

  • Building energy modelling and monitoring
  • Energy-efficient building design
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Healthy building environments
  • Smart ventilation systems
  • Green roofs and living walls
  • Experimental and inter-model comparison validation techniques
  • Modelling of phase change materials
  • Energy and carbon ratings
  • Building energy performance regulations

 

Associate Research Fellow
leelak@uow.edu.au 
0413 492 751

Scholars Profile

 

Research interests:

  • Sustainable and renewable materials in the built environment
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Building energy efficiencies
  • Facades
  • Analysis of indoor environment quality (IEQ) & the effect upon mould
  • Dynamic modelling of buildings and building HVAC systems

Associate Research Fellow 
mdaly@uow.edu.au

Scholars Profile

 

Research interests:

  • Collaborative housing communities and sustainability (cohousing, ecovillages, eco-communities etc)
  • Sustainable consumption, energy efficiency and changing practices
  • Energy-efficient design in residential buildings
  • Community-led approaches to sustainability and resilience

 

 

Associate Research Fellow
ddaly@uow.edu.au
02 4239 2130

Scholars Profile

 

Research interests: 

  • Energy-efficient building design
  • Existing building retrofit strategies
  • Building energy modelling
  • Human factors in building sustainability
  • Building energy rating schemes 

 

Associate Research Fellow
wenye@uow.edu.au
0452 462 323

Scholars Profile

 

Research interests:

  • Solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar photovoltaic thermal (PVT) systems
  • Sustainable and renewable energy technologies in the built environment
  • Thermal energy storage (TES) using phase change materials (PCMs) in buildings
  • Building energy efficiency
  • Novel heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Design optimization of building HVAC systems
  • Distributed energy generation systems
  • Analysis of indoor environment quality (IEQ) using data mining technologies
  • Dynamic modelling of buildings and building HVAC systems
  • Heat pump dehumidification systems
  • Mechanical vapour re-compression (MVR) systems for waste heat recovery

 

Research interests:

  • Fluid dynamics
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
  • Technologies for improved building thermal performance
  • Building resilience to bushfire
  • Experimental assessment of building element thermos-physical properties

 

Professional Staff and Collaborators

All general enquires please email sbrc@uow.edu.au 

 

Dr Craig McLauchlan, Research Facilities Manager | craig_mclauchlan@uow.edu.au | +61 2 4221 5280

Robyn Dawson, Administration Officer | rdawson@uow.edu.au | +61 2 4239 2198

John Barron, Technical Officer | jbarron@uow.edu.au | +61 2 4221 2338

Michael Tibbs, Energy Efficiency Projects | mtibbs@uow.edu.au | +61 2 4221 3677

Clayton McDowell, Project Manager | cm639@uowmail.edu.au | +61 418 638 686

Professor Chris Gibson

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


Associate Professor Muhammad Hadi
School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering
Sustainable Structural Design and Construction 


Dr Prabuono Buyung Kosasih
School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering
Wind energy, building-integrated wind systems, computational fluid dynamics


Professor Timothy McCarthy
School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering
Sustainable construction, alternative construction materials, project management, etc. 


Associate Professor Kashem Muttaqi
School of Electrical, Computer and  Telecommunications Engineering
Electrical power systems, renewable energy, smart grids, etc 


Dr Long Nghiem
School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering
Water systems, solar water treatment, green roofs


Professor David Officer
Intelligent Polymers Research Institute
Organic photovoltaics systems, artificial photosynthesis, etc 


Associate 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 


Dr Neaz Sheikh
School of Civil, Mining and Environmental 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


Dr 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


Dr Lip Teh
School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering
Construction techniques, lightweight steel structures, Energy in Buildings


Dr Ross Gordon
Centre for Health Initiatives (CHI)
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

Visiting and Honorary Fellows

Honorary Research Fellow

Scholars Profile

 

 

Research interests:

  • Renewable Energy Technologies
  • Energy Management and Model Predictive Control
  • Modelling of Building Energy Systems
  • Intelligent Ventilation Systems

Honorary Research Fellow

Scholars Profile

 

Research interests:

  • Building Energy Modelling
  • Building Energy Performance Evaluation
  • Indoor Environmental Quality Assessment
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE)

Honorary Research Fellow

Scholars Profile

 

Research interests:

  • Thermal comfort and Indoor Environmental Quality;
  • Renewable energy technologies;
  • HVAC and BMS system fault detection and diagnosis

Senior Research Fellow 
sbeazley@uow.edu.au

 

Research interests:

  • 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
  • Interoperability of building design and analysis software

Research Fellow 
albertoe@uow.edu.au

Research interests:

  • TQM strategies and tactics in construction industry
  • Manufacturing principles applied to building processes
  • Modular construction
  • New approaches of supply chain strategy

Professional experience: 

Mark Jones is founding director of Edmiston Jones, a growing architectural practice established in 1980.  He and his team had an active role in the Illawarra Flame house that won the Solar Decathlon China 2013 competition. Mark is the current chair of the Illawarra Division of the Property Council of Australia. In this role he strives for Wollongong to be truly a 'university city' with the Uni and community connected and cooperating. As a Director of Healthy Cities Illawarra (part of the global Healthy Cities movement founded by the World Health Organisation) Mark works to promote and improve the health, physical environment and quality of life of the people of the Illawarra.  

Professional experience: 

Stephen Choi is a UK-qualified Project Architect and Project Manager. He has led sustainable design teams at small and large practices before founding a not-for-profit environmental building consultancy and becoming Vice-Chair of the Board at the Living Future Institute of Australia. Stephen’s work has included the development of global environmental assessment methods, designing and managing building retrofits, use of the Passivhaus approach, and embedding sustainable development into educational curriculum. Several of his projects – both private and public sector – have been recognised in the industry for progressing “green building”. 

Project Manager
Retrofitting for Resilient and Sustainable Buildings (RRSB) program 
Hyve Projects

 

Professional experience: 

Lance is a registered professional engineer and is a Project Manager at UOW's Innovation Campus. He is responsible for the project management of the design and construction of the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) and the new facilities at TAFE NSW. Before joining UOW in 2009, he was a Project Manager for the design anf construction of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic venues in Vancouver, Canada. He has practised civil Engineering and project management for over 20 years and has been employed as a design consultant, construction manager and owner's project manager. He has a focus on, and passion for sustainability, and will provide ongoing project management support to a wide variety of SBRC projects.

Professional experience: 

Michael has been a project architect with Cox since 2005 and has a diverse range of experience, developing particular expertise in Broadcast and Education building typologies. His work with The Adelaide Studios, Channel 9 and The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) demonstrates Michael’s ability to balance the detailed acoustic, technical and functional requirements of production, post-production and screening facilities. These projects also address the complex synergies between the broadcast facilities, office and front of house spaces including the creation of social interface zones for the exchange of ideas. Michael was Project Architect for the recently completed University of Wollongong’s SBRC which achieved a 6 Star Green Star rating and the, even more, stringent Living Building Challenge rating. This building won the coveted Milo Dunphy Award for Sustainable Architecture at the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Chapter Awards in 2015.

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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