Personal details

Dr Aaron Liu
Research Fellow
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Chemistry, Physics, Mechanical Engineering,
Energy and Process Engineering
Discipline *
Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Other Education
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Identifiers and profiles

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), Master of Engineering (University of Queensland), Master of Engineering Management (Queensland University of Technology), Graduate Certificate of Academic Practice (Queensland University of Technology), Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Automation (Other)

Professional memberships
and associations

Registered Professional Engineer Queensland and Australia (RPEQ, NER)

Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng)

Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA, UK and International)

Member of Engineers Australia (MIEAust), IEEE, CIGRE



transdisciplinary research, electrical engineering, energy management, power economics, model predictive control, sustainable buildings, engineering education

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


Aaron is a registered professional engineer with a passion to enable affordable and sustainable energy to all.

Research Interests:

  • Energy demand side management and investment planning
  • How to engage junior engineers and support their learning with real life visuals

Academic Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering, QUT
    • Topic was about operation and energy investment planning for sustainable communities
  • Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, QUT
    • Topics include modern curriculum design, pedagogy, scholarship of learning and teaching etc.
  • Master of Engineering Management, QUT
  • Master of Engineering (Power Systems), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Automation), Jiangnan University (China)

Leadership and Service:

  • Member of IEEE 1459 working group
    • Defining real power, reactive power and apparent power under sinusoidal and non-sinusoidal conditions
  • Steering committee member for QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching
    • Continuously improve tertiary learning and teaching, promote best practice and provide training internationally
  • Recognised reviewer for Elsevier’s journals
  • Reviewer for IEEE Power and Energy Society Transactions
  • Speaker to Engineers Australia , QUT and public seminars
  • Facilitator for QUT Research Students Network workshops and IEEE QUT events
  • Volunteer,¬† session chair, or organising committee member for
    • 2015 IEEE Asia Pacific Power and Energy Engineering Conference (APPEEC)
    • 2016 Australasian Universities Power Engineering Conference (AUPEC)
    • 2016 International Conference on Energy and Environment of Residential Buildings (ICEERB)
    • 2019 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Green Building and Smart Grid (IGBSG)

Aaron’s website to share learning and lessons (e.g. reflection of PhD journey, tips in finding a job and career, etc):

This information has been contributed by Dr Aaron Liu.


Teaching Philosophy:

  • Engage students and support learning with authentic learning

Undergraduate Teaching:

  • Power System Analysis
  • Grand Challenge in Science – Energy
  • Guest lecturer for Energy Management

Postgraduate Teaching and Supervision:

  • Energy Optimised Buildings
  • Master by Coursework
  • Accredited Supervisor for Higher Degree Research (HDR) students

1 min engineering education videos (Youtube Channel, no ads):

This information has been contributed by Dr Aaron Liu.


Research Experience:

  • Research fellow to enable renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to reduce peak demand and energy consumption from customers’ point of view.
  • Research fellow and UQ visiting academic for ARENA Solar Enablement Initiative project, which attempts to enable more solar in distribution network by improving network visibility and semi-automatically assessing the impact of large PV application
  • Research fellow to create a grid-friendly cost effective neighbourhood energy trading mechanism to utilise existing poles and wires and avoid energy death spiral
  • PhD Scholar to manage peak demand, energy bills and plan energy investment for sustainable communities

Industry Experience:

Focused on engineering and estimating while involved with all parts of electrical power projects from design, estimating, tendering, to testing and commissioning.

  • ABB Australia: engineering and estimating turnkey solutions for high voltage and medium voltage power substations
  • PSG Group: engineering and estimating medium voltage and low voltage substations, switchboards, and customised product solutions
  • A. O. Smith Water Heater Company: service and project management for residential, commercial and industrial central heating systems, boilers and water heaters


This information has been contributed by Dr Aaron Liu.


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