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Associate Professor Geoff Walker

Science and Engineering Faculty,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science,
Power Engineering

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Name
Associate Professor Geoff Walker
Position(s)
Associate Professor in Power Engineering
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science,
Power Engineering
Discipline *
Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Automotive Engineering
Phone
+61 7 3138 4861
Fax
+61 7 3138 0260
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD in Power Electronics (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • 1999 – present: Member, Institution of Electrical & Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • 2007 – present: Member, Engineers Australia
  • 2007 – present: Australian Solar Council (formerly Australian Solar Energy Society), Qld branch president 2007, Qld branch secretary 2008 – present.
  • 2009 – present: CIGRE panel AP-C6 Distribution Systems & Dispersed Generation
  • 2001 – 2009: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
Keywords

Multilevel converters, Photovoltaic Grid Connect Inverters, Distribution networks, dSTATCOMs, Electric Vehicles, Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Geoff Walker joined the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Electrical Power Engineering group as an Associate Professor in 2013. His current research interests lie in applying power electronics to applications in renewable energy (especially PV), power systems, and electric vehicles.

From 2008 to 2013, he worked as a senior electrical engineering consultant in Aurecon’s Transmission and Distribution group, Brisbane, across various areas including rail traction, earthing studies, electricity transmission planning, and renewable energy project design and review.

Geoff received his PhD in multilevel converter modulation from the University of Queensland in 1999, and was the power electronics lecturer at the University of Queensland from 1998 to 2007. Geoff has also worked and maintains an active interest in the pro-audio and industrial electronics sectors.

Employment History Summary

  • 2013 – now:  Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • 2008 – 2013:  Senior Electrical Engineer, Energy Section Transmission & Distribution group, Aurecon (formerly Connell Wagner)
  • 1998 – 2007:  Lecturer, School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Queensland
  • 1997:   Lecturer (part time), Department of Electrical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • 1997:   Electrical Engineer, Baltec Systems
  • 1994 – 1997:  Postgraduate Scholar, including tutoring duties, University of Queensland
  • 1992 – 1993:  Electronic designer / Electronics Technician, Musiclab
  • 1991:  Electrical Engineer / Electronics Technician, Applied Electro Systems
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Geoff Walker.

Teaching

Current teaching responsibilities:

  • EGB120 Foundations of Electrical Engineering
  • ENB455 Power Electronics

Courses previously taught:

  • Power electronics
  • Electronic circuits (3rd year BE)
  • Electromechanics and Electronics (2nd year BE)
  • Fundamentals of electrical engineering (2nd year BE)
  • Electrical Energy Conversion and Utilisation
  • Sensors and Actuators
  • Energy
  • Team projects I and II
  • Final year thesis course co-ordination

During the period 2000 to 2007, I directly supervised 140 undergraduate final year Engineering thesis students in various topic areas ranging centred around power electronics, renewable energy (especially Photovoltaics) and electric vehicles.  In all but two years, the median grade achieved by these students was a distinction (6).

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Geoff Walker.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Funding Award
Reference year
2015
Details
Recipient of the Google Little Box Challenge Academic Award, one of 10 awarded worldwide

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
New topologies optimised for co-located grid connected photovoltaic (PV) and battery storage systems
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP140100833
Start year
2014
Keywords
Grid Connected Inverter; Battery Storage

Supervision