Personal details

Dr Aaron Liu
Research Fellow
Faculty of Engineering,
School of Architecture & Built Environment
Discipline *
Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Building, Other Education
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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, Electrical)
  • Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng, Electrical)
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA, UK and International)
  • Member of Engineers Australia (MIEAust), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), AIRAH (Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heating)

electrical engineering, energy management, energy investment planning, model predictive control, sustainable buildings, local energy market, engineering education, clustering, data analysis, transdisciplinary research

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


Buildings contribute to about 40% of global emission. As a registered professional engineer and energy researcher, Aaron has a passion to enable affordable and sustainable energy to buildings for people’s use in a holistic way.

In Aaron’s dictionary, Passion = Love + Hard work

(Ref. workshop learning from QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching)


The love and enduring motivation come from Aaron’s professional interests, including energy investment decisions,  demand side management, local energy sharing and data analytics. Currently he is an Australian representative on International Energy Agency (IEA) Annex 82 Energy Flexible Buildings and volunteering on the working groups for IEEE Standards 120 and 1459.


Aaron previously worked with ABB and A. O. Smith, designing and building energy infrastructure for power grids and buildings. He has a Master of Engineering from the University of Queensland, a Master of Engineering Management, a Ph.D. and a Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Higher Education) from QUT.  Aaron is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Research Interests:

  • Sustainable investment decisions, e.g. precincts, neighbourhoods, aged care and hospitals
  • Energy demand side management, e.g. data analytics and operation optimisation
  • Energy sharing and local energy market
  • How to engage students and support their learning with real life visuals

Academic Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering, QUT
    • Training to be a better thinker and problem solver
  • Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, QUT
    • Training to be a better communicator and educator
  • 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:

  • Australian representative on International Energy Agency (IEA) Annex 82 – Energy Flexible Buildings towards Resilient Low Carbon Energy Systems  (2021 to 2025)
  • Working group member to re-write IEEE 1459 and 120 standards (2019 to 2022)
    • IEEE 1459: Definitions for the measurement of electric power quantities under sinusoidal, non-sinusoidal, balanced or unbalanced conditions
    • IEEE 120: Master test code for electrical measurements in power circuits
  • Steering committee member for QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching (2019 and 2020)
    • Continuously improve tertiary learning and teaching, promote best practice in learning and teaching, and provide training locally and internationally
  • Reviewer for
    • Energy and Buildings, Energy Research and Social Science (Elsevier)
    • IEEE Power and Energy Society transactions
    • MDPI journals
    • International academic conferences
  • Speaker to Engineers Australia , QUT and public seminars
  • Facilitator for QUT Research Students Network workshops and IEEE QUT events
  • Volunteer,  session chair, advisor 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)
    • 2021 16th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES)

Aaron’s website to share learning and lessons (e.g. how to do a PhD well, 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
  • I believe in education without boundaries and lifelong learning.
  • 1-2 min engineering education videos (Youtube Channel, no ads):

Postgraduate Teaching and Supervision:

  • Supervisor for PhD candidates and master students
  • Master by Coursework, Master research projects
  • Energy Optimised Buildings

Undergraduate Teaching:

QUT (various roles since 2015):

  • Power System Analysis (Year 3)
  • Grand Challenge in Science – Energy theme (Year 1)
  • Guest lecturer for Energy Management (Year 4)
  • Building Services (Year 2)
  • Construction Legislation (Year 3)
  • Risk Management in Energy and Resources Sectors (Year 4)

The University of Southern Queensland (USQ, Feb 2020 – June 2021):

  • Power Systems Protection (Year 3)
  • Power System Analysis (Year 3)
  • Electricity Supply Systems (Year 2)
This information has been contributed by Dr Aaron Liu.


Experiences include:

  • Project management, risk management and regular reporting
  • Define vision, KPIs and prepare strategies
  • Evaluation of technologies and subcontractors
  • Public speeches and seminars
  • Written communications and other knowledge sharing activities
  • System thinking and design thinking
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Service attitude
  • Growth mindset/continuous improvement

Research Experience:

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.


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
The best paper award for the 1st Asia Pacific conference on sustainable development of energy, water and environment systems (1st AP SDEWES)
Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
Reference year
Visiting research fellow at the University of Queensland, collaborating on Australian Renewable Energy Agency Project to enable more solar in distribution network. Website:
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
Keynote speech session chair in the 4th IEEE International Conference for Intelligent Green Buildings and Smart Grid
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
I was invited to conduct a technical presentation for Engineers Australia with over 120 attendees on 28 March 2018. Its titled was: Batteries VS Batts - Investment Planning Under Daily Operation. Great feedback were received and there were expression of interest from Queensland utilities for my research work. It was a great session to promote QUT and our research.
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
I was a committee member for the 7th International Conference on Residential Building Energy and Environment. Achievements: - successful coordination for international authors - facilitated conference session - edited conference proceedings and programs - marketing for the conference
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
Since 2015, I have been a reviewer for IEEE Transaction on Sustainable Energy (Q1).
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
Since 2015, I have been a recognised reviewer for Elsevier's Energy and Buildings journal (Q1).


  • Aim to create positive impact to our society through supporting the development of

    – our research candidates and scholars (e.g. thinking skills, communication skills and leadership)

    – our research projects (e.g. time, deliverables and project outcomes)


Current supervisions