Research area: Built environment, HVAC systems design, Sustainable building technologies
Why did you choose to study your degree?
After completing my master’s in engineering in 2018 in China, I decided to pursue a doctoral degree overseas to widen my horizon and dive deeper into my research field of sustainable technologies. I received a full academic scholarship from UOW and CSC (China Scholarship Council) that allows me to come to Australia for my PhD studies.
What have you enjoyed most about it so far?
The most enjoyable moment is when I applied my knowledge and skills to solve practical problems and overcome new challenges during my research project. It brings me an enormous sense of accomplishment and provokes me to unlock more potential on different topics.
Why is that area of study important to you?
Studying sustainability provides a channel that allows me to learn more about this changing world and connects me with the green future.
Have you had any practical learning experiences?
I participated in the Study Australia Industry Experience Projects hosted by the Practera during the COVID lockdown in 2021. This virtual work-integrated learning experience provided an opportunity for me to work with a real industry client and deliver project-based solutions. In the project, I acted as a team leader in the student consultant team and facilitated the client weekly meeting. Under very high time pressure, our consultant team completed the project in only two weeks and contributed to the final report on digital transformation across the APAC region.
At the end of your degree, what do you hope to achieve?
As I approach the end of my PhD studies, I am seeking opportunities to gain industry-based research experience and pursue a career in consulting. I look forward to extending my expertise in sustainable technologies to the wider economy and contributing to achieving the global net zero target.
Why did you choose the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre?
Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) is a world-class research facility that focuses on advanced building energy technologies and systems and human-oriented comfort in the built environment. Working in SBRC is a great opportunity for me, as a PhD student, to access a wide range of research infrastructure and resources and learn directly from a group of academia and industry experts.
What is the goal of your research?
The purpose of my research is to assist in achieving carbon emissions reduction in the buildings sector and accelerate the pace towards zero-carbon-ready buildings.
What did you enjoy the most about your experience with SBRC?
SBRC is a diverse and inclusive workplace and a warm and supportive family. I enjoy collaborating and communicating with others in SBRC and am continuously inspired by cross-cultural identities.
SBRC offers a flat and connected platform for female researchers. I meet many wonderful female role models in SBRC who encourage me and other young women to pursue a career in STEM.
What do you like most about the UOW campus?
Working on the UOW Innovation Campus is friendly for people who don’t have a car or want to pursue car-free living. The campus is close to public transport and within a limited radius of the Puckeys Estate Reserve, Stuart Park, and the beach. I like walking or cycling to the office and enjoying the natural view and breeze in the morning.
Why did you choose to study here?
Firstly, UOW is recognised internationally for excellence in education, research, and graduate employment. I am excited about studying at this world-leading university and meeting people who share similar values and aspirations.
Secondly, my tuition fee is covered by the IPTA (International Postgraduate Tuition Award) from UOW, which relieves most of my financial burden as an international student. This allows me to focus on my research studies and enjoy a relaxed and vibrant coastal city lifestyle in Wollongong.