Education

I consider education – across all ages and contexts – to be a profoundly powerful way to create positive impact in the world. This belief has motivated me to engage widely with educational efforts including individual mentoring, research project supervision, science outreach in primary and high schools, lecturing undergraduate and postgraduate university courses, writing for Cosmos magazine and other media, appearing on ABC TV’s Catalyst program, and writing an illustrated children’s book, Amy’s Balancing Act.

Science communication

An artist, farmer and scientist walk into a bar

In 2019 I collaborated on a unorthodox art project entitled “An artist, farmer and scientist walk into a bar”. My collaborators in this were my friend and artist Mark Swartz from Featheredge and Blue Mountains farmers Erika Watson and Hayden Druce from Epicurean Harvest. The project was initiated and funded by the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation.

The project is wrapped up in the video below and more project posts can be found here.

Optics outreach

Back when I was an undergraduate student I organised a two week long science roadshow to schools across rural NSW (primary and secondary). The following video captures the story of this trip.

The Optics in the Outback trip was followed by a number more classes, including at the ATSE Extreme Science Show and steered my co-organiser Owen into a career developing education material for teaching coding with the Grok Academy.

Student research projects

Since joining ANU in late 2018 I’ve supervised the following student projects. If you are interested in pursuing similar research please send me an email at my ANU address.

2022

  • Clean energy solutions on the Great Barrier Reef – PhD

2021

  • Modelling of an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment network for selected routes within South Australia – honours

2020

  • Data Driven Approach for Improving the Visibility of the Distribution Grid – PhD
  • A feasibility assessment of electric vehicles in remote communities in Northern Australia – honours
  • Repurposing Electric Vehicle Batteries – honours
  • Analysis of voltages in the ACT distribution network using the Nextgen data set – honours
  • Optimising the sizing of a solar photovoltaic system for the Research School of Chemistry at The Australian National University – honours

2019

  • Control and stability of inverter-based power systems – honours
  • Virtual Electricity Transmission via Aggregation of Small Passenger Electric Vehicles – honours
  • Python Based Battery Control System for Smart Energy Grid Integration – honours

Latest posts

  • Transitioning to a Prosperous, Resilient & Carbon-Free Economy
    Late last year a book I contributed to was launched by former Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull, who wrote the foreword for the book, and Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University, Prof Brian Schmidt. The launch can be viewed on youtube below and purchased from Booktopia here.
  • PhD opening – Clean energy solutions on the Great Barrier Reef
    We are looking for a PhD scholar to work as part of a multi-party project on cooling – and thereby saving – the Great Barrier Reef. The PhD project will contribute to the development of clean energy systems that power the equipment that increases the thickness of marine clouds above the reef. These systems may… Continue reading
  • Feature on ABC TV Catalyst program – a childhood dream
    ABC TV’s Catalyst program was one of my favorite TV shows growing up, so it was a bit of a dream to get to be a part of the recent episode about the transformation of the electricity system. The episode did a fantastic job, covering a huge range of the interesting developments underway across the… Continue reading
  • ATSE Extreme Science Show
    After the success of the Optics in the Outback science outreach tour, Owen and I were hired to run a outreach show as part of the 2013 Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering “Extreme Science” event at the Melbourne Exhibition Center. I sadly don’t have any footage from our show, but ABC science journalist Bernadette… Continue reading
  • Optics in the Outback
    Two weeks in Western NSW, taking our science outreach show to schools that don’t normally get access to such educational experiences. Conceived of and run with my good friend Owen Brassier.