Instructors

Steve Mackay

Steve has worked in engineering throughout Australia, Europe, Africa and North America for the past 30 years being involved mainly in the automation aspects of mining, oil & gas and power projects. He has presented numerous engineering short courses world-wide to over 18,000 engineers and technicians, and has a particular interest in practical and leading edge aspects of marketing, business and engineering practice. He is licensed to practice as an electrical/chemical and...

Steve Steyn

Steve is a Professional Engineer and certified Project Manager with nearly a decade of experience in the process control, automation, GIS, product development and project management. He has full turnkey business management, financial management and product development experience from running his own business for a while. He is also a specialist in robust control and modelling, having a Masters degree in Engineering on Advanced Mathematical Control Systems. He later worked as a...

Yuanyuan Fan

Yuanyuan is based in Perth, WA. She has been working in the electrical field since 2006. She
finished her bachelor and master degrees respectively in 2010 and 2013 at North China Electric
Power University. She got three papers published and worked on HVDC industrial projects during her master study, including working with China Electric Power Research Institute. She finished her research project on offshore wind power, based on which many project reports and research papers were...

Milind Siddhpura


Dr Milind Siddhpura has substantial and internationally-significant experience in Engineering while working as an academic in top Australian and overseas Universities as well as in VET sector for more than 13 years. He has accomplished a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and has won many prestigious awards. He has published articles and served as a reviewer in high impact international journals. He has taught at University of New...

Tom Neillings

Tom started his career as an engine fitter in the RAF. After leaving the RAF Tom worked in oil and gas North Sea projects. During this period he gained valuable experience and knowledge of diesel power generating systems operating in harsh environments. Tom continued his career in South Africa with a short period in Saudi Arabia.
Tom's down-to-earth and practical, yet entertaining approach makes him a sought after speaker and instructor.

Thomas Simko

Tom has eleven years of experience with HVAC and fenestration (windows). His recent research concerns the thermal processes in vacuum glazing, which is used in highly insulating windows. He was a representative from the University of Sydney vacuum glazing group on the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Program, Task 18. He has also spent six years working on and advising solar-electric vehicle projects.

For the past six years, Tom has taught HVAC at the...

Tristan Holland

Tristan has been working within the Australian water industry for the past 13 years after graduating with his engineering degree. His engineering experiences have taken him from the humble port of Adelaide to all areas of Australia and around the world including Africa, PNG, India and Canada. Tristan started off in commissioning and operations of water and wastewater treatment facilities, and then moved to designing, construction and commissioning.
Over the years the...

Terry Cousins

Terry attended Wits University where he completed a BSc (Electrical Engineering) degree in 1977. After completing military service he joined ISCOR where was involved in design, project and maintenance work on HT and LT distribution systems, design and manufacture of equipment for testing electrical motors and commissioning work on variable speed drives.

In 1981 he joined the Chamber of Mines Research Organization. He was involved with the design, develop and manufacture of...

Srinivas Shastri 

Srinivas has worked in a variety of roles ranging from process engineering to academia and has gained experience in a number of areas. He has worked across cultures in India, Singapore, New Zealand (as a student) and now Australia. He completed his first degree in 1989 and then worked on a project for API as part of his Masters.
Srinivas started off as a process engineer and then moved to industrial research culminating in the development of a model of the complex...

Shailesh Vaidya

Mr. Vaidya is a Mechanical Engineer with Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Engineering from University of New Mexico, USA. He has over 15 years of industrial experience across a range of industries including Automotive, Aerospace, Process and Oil & Gas Industry. He has practical experience across all phases of a project life cycle, from R&D, Design through Manufacturing and Technical  Support. He has strong background and knowledge of Design Principles and an expert in...

Mohamed A. El-Reedy

Mohamed A. El-Reedy’s background is in structural engineering. His main area of research is the reliability of concrete and steel structures. He has provided consulting to different engineering companies and oil and gas industries in Egypt and to international companies such as the International Egyptian Oil Company (IEOC) and British Petroleum (BP). Moreover, he provides different concrete and steel structure design packages for residential buildings, warehouses, and...

Robert Holm

After completing his studies in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (MEng) and applied mathematics (BSc Hons) in 1997, Robert worked in industry as a power electronics design engineer. The design of electrical machines was his next pursuit, and he completed a PhD at TU Delft in the Netherlands on this subject. His thesis project was not only an academic study, but very practical: a high-speed permanent-magnet synchronous machine (PMSM) was built from his design and mounted as...

Robert Snaith

With over 30 years of experience in fluid transport systems and associated equipment, Rob has done the hard yards. After graduating he commenced work in fluid system applications engineering. In later years, Rob expanded his focus to the management of the national and international distribution networks of a major international fluid sealing and transport equipment manufacturer.
In the past decade as a private consultant, he has worked extensively in designing and...

Paul Maj

In 1990, Paul was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Technical University of Denmark’s Institute of Automatic Control Systems. The Technical University of Denmark is one of the leading universities in Europe. He was responsible for teaching the industrial applications of microprocessors and networking technologies and after winning a competitive grant commissioned a pilot plant with the associated control systems.
As Associate Professor in the Australian University sector he was...

Partha Dev

Partha Dev has 27 years of Civil Structural Engineering & Management experience in the Oil & Gas sector. He has worked on major capital projects involving fixed and floating offshore structures, onshore hydrocarbon, LNG facilities, Power, Mining and Infrastructure assets from concept to commissioning and beyond, including facilities engineering, asset integrity & reliability and operations. His area of specialization is in the field of development of novelty concept...

Nagendra Gangadharan

Nagendra began his engineering career in 1982 as an electronics technician at Van-West Clinic, Sri Lanka and then worked as an electrical technician in New Zealand. Later he joined the Biomedical Engineering Services, University of Auckland. There he worked with medical researchers to develop data acquisition system to monitor calcium levels on heart muscles. During this three year period, he also serviced and maintained medical equipment. He then moved to Singapore to...

Nabeel Ashraf

Nabeel has over 20 years’ experience in the area of Civil Construction Design and Mechanical Engineering. After completing his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, Nabeel started his career as a Site Engineer in an air-conditioning firm where he was involved in planning, designing and execution of site plans for air-conditioning systems. He later joined construction industry as Maintenance Engineer where has was in...

Medhat K. Boutros

Medhat is a qualified professional Structural Engineer, and since 1986 has lectured at numerous institutions, including the Xian Highway Institute in China, Sultan Qaboos University, and the University of Western Australia. He currently works as an Advanced Skill Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the North Metropolitan TAFE, based in Perth, Western Australia. Previously, Medhat worked in the fields of teaching, research and consultancy; as a research and teaching assistant...

Mark Shuttleworth 

Mark has up to 30 years experience in electronics and communications engineering. Mark began his career gaining broad and extensive industrial experience in various electronic communication companies and departments such as GPT Telecommunications, Unilab Telecommunications and Stanilite electronics, where he has worked on the development, installation and commissioning of cellular/trunk UHF radio and two way radio HF, VHF and UHF systems for the defence, emergency services...

Kobus Harmse 

One word describes Kobus. Passionate! He loves his work in chemical engineering. He has worked in a number of roles at Sasol in the chemical engineering area ranging from the ammonia business, to ultra high purity hydrogen and solvents. Latterly he's been responsible for optimisation support in the Monomers and Polymers business. He spent a year doing detail engineering in Texas which he found a tremendously positive influence on his career.

Kobus has received outstanding...

Kerry Newlin

Kerry is a nurse practitioner currently working for the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI), leading the organisation’s work in diabetes as the Endocrine Network Manager. In addition to her work with ACI, Kerry is a course writer and tutor for Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia in the school of nursing and midwifery.  Kerry has a doctorate of health sciences degree with a focus in global health and health system reform.  Kerry, originally from California, United...

Justin Shute

Justin has over 30 years electrical engineering experience and currently works as an Electrical Engineering consultant for his own company.
Justin has spent time working for Power & Water, Minara Resources, Cockburn Cement and Nilsen as their High Energy Engineering Manager specializing in catastrophic HV design issues.
During this time Justin has worked in, designed and commissioned a number of gas turbo and gas reciprocating power stations, heat return steam generation...

John Piperides

John is a professional electrical engineer with over 25 years experience in industrial maintenance, production, management, sales and improvement. He has held management positions in several manufacturing and sales companies. His diverse responsibilities have included contract negotiation, authoring and responsibility of departmental budgets, daily management of over 20 reports, practice of cGMP, auditing in a pharmaceutical plant, and system administration and programming of...

John Lawrence

In today's hyped up world, one is hesitant to describe anyone as 'outstanding', but John Lawrence has distinguished himself over the last 15 years with excellent course reviews.

John was extensively associated with the Diamond and Gold mining industries in Southern Africa, and has over 20 years of experience as a project and departmental manager for a multinational oil company, focusing on designing and managing the infrastructure of the telecommunications, data communications...

John Brussen

John has over 25 years experience as a mechanical engineer with a strong technical background in pressure and pump equipment.

His depth of experience includes major new, brown-field projects for oil/gas and petrochemical plant with engineering companies including Shedden, Uhde, Fluor, Brown & Root, Kinhill, Orica (formerly ICI). John is a practicing engineer who is regularly involved in material selection for piping class specifications, stress analysis (involving high...

Ivan Fair

Ivan Fair has extensive industrial and academic experience in telecommunications and data networking. He was a research and design engineer for both Bell Northern Research and MPR TelTech furthering their development of advanced fiber optic systems. It was during this industrial experience that he became involved in the area of coding for data communication networks, and returned to the academic environment to focus on this topic. After receiving his doctorate, he joined Dalhousie...

Bruce Morrison

Bruce Morrison has an Electrical Engineering degree from UNSW and a Master of Applied Science in Clinical Measurement. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia, a Chartered Professional Engineer and is registered on the National Professional Engineers Register. He is a member of the Biomedical College Board and was Chairman of the Board in 2002 and 2003. Mr Morrison is also a member of the National Panel for Clinical Engineering and was Chairman of the Panel...

Indu Mathi

Indu started her career in Electronics, Computer and Communication engineering after completing her Diploma studies in Singapore. She has extensive knowledge in the semiconductor industry starting out a failure analysis specialist in a German MNC.
She subsequently went on to complete her Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Western Australia. After completing her bachelors, she went on to work as a Failure analysis engineer for a MNC, specializing...

Ian Verhappen

Ian has been involved in digital communications since 1994 installing the first multi- vendor Foundation Fieldbus project in 1996.

Since then, Ian has served as both a leading Project Engineer/Designer and an external/cold eyes review consultant for a number of companies and in pulp and paper, mining, food processing, water and wastewater, oil sands processing, petrochemical and refining industries.

Ian is co-author, with Augusto Pereira, of ISA's popular "Foundation Fieldbus...

Hashemi Ford 

Hashemi has over 20 years international experience in electrical power industry with a focus on modelling, analysis, planning and operation of power systems including distribution, sub-transmission and transmission networks. He has been involved in modelling and analysis of major projects including HVDC interconnectors and wind farms.

Currently Hashemi is working as a Principal Engineer for a power utility in Australia as well as teaching as a part time lecturer for EIT.

Hadi Harb

Hadi has more than 15 years of experience in the development and management of Artificial Intelligence and Audio Signal Processing projects.
From 2000 to 2004 he pursued his PhD working on content-based multimedia indexing. He then worked as a research engineer at Centrale Lyon Innovation SA from 2004 to 2006. During his PhD and research engineer work period, he participated in many R&D projects in collaboration with world-class institutions such as INRIA, France Télécom R&D...

Greg Bell

Greg Bell has been working with computers in technology companies since he was 16 years old. He obtained a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego, and spent 10 years designing digital integrated circuits for large and small companies before jumping careers into the renewable energy industry.

He's been teaching for 6 years and continues to write computer programs as a contractor.

Gopala Krishnan

Gopala has worked in the field of Mechanical and Project engineering for over 35 years and has wide experience in the field compressed air systems, Hydraulics, HVAC systems, Air purification system in both India and south-east Asian countries. He has directly involved in design, construction, erection and commissioning of various plants.

He has the hands-on experience in design, erection and commissioning of HVAC Plants in Pulp and Paper mills,  HVAC systems in...

Gert Coetzee
Gert has 27 years boiler experience. He has been Director of his company, Boiler Management Services, for the past 17 years. They provide specialist services designed to keep the Boiler Plant operating safely and efficiently, thereby eliminating the high cost of maintenance, inefficiencies, air pollution or even Boiler failure.
He spent the majority of his years as a Director for many companies and in those years developed the first competence based video training programme for...

Geoff Bottrill
Geoff has been working in the instrumentation, measurement and control fields for over thirty five years, eventually specialising in Hazardous Areas and Intrinsic Safety applications. He began his career at Kent Instruments, becoming a service engineer in the UK and in East Africa after completing an apprenticeship. His experience ranges from system design, through technical and commercial product support to on-site trouble-shooting. During this time the industry has seen change...

Gabriel Ojeah
Gabriel Ojeah obtained his Batchelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of South Australia in 1992 and 1996 respectively.


He lectured at the University of South Australia and the Flinders University of South Australia prior to working in various design, commissioning and testing capacities within the electrical power industry. His vast electrical power industry experience includes 10 years at Hydro Tasmania in Hobart and 3 years at ABB in...

Frikkie Marx
Frikkie has over 20 years of experience in the field of EMC, PE and EO subsystems in both testing and design. Starting his career on the Power System Protection side, he migrated to EMC, PE and EO subsystems. Frikkie's portfolio of achievements includes design of Power Systems, Switch Mode Power Supplies, UPS, high precision Servo Amplifiers, video systems for UAV’s and IR cameras for high reliability military applications. 
An enthusiastic instructor with a wealth of...

Fabian Fernandez 
Fabian Fernandez started his career as a Marine Engineer in the merchant marine fleet. He has extensive operational experience with various large power plants – Diesel and also later on with steam turbines. He has also operated various types of auxiliary equipments, like boilers, pumps, purifiers, AC systems, cranes , etc.


After leaving the Marine industry, he spent more than 10 years in the Oil Palm Sector, where he managed plants for various plantation...

Edwin Wright
Edwin has over 40 years of practical experience in the planning, design, construction and operation of telecommunications systems, data networks, SCADA and Ethernet systems. He has also been involved as Project Manager on many projects and has a passion for technology topics.


Edwin has published numerous papers and consulted widely on Ethernet, data communications and telecommunications issues in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Over the past 19 years more than...

Deon Reynders
Deon is an Electronics Engineer with over 40 years postgraduate experience encompassing middle management, engineering consulting, management consulting, hardware and software development, systems engineering, project management, marketing, and industrial relations.

He has experience of both large and small business environments. He also is an experienced teacher with HOD and Governing Board experience at University level. His current areas of specialisation include...

Deepak Pais
B.E (Electrical & Electronics) Deepak started his career within the Zinc mining & smelting industry as Project Engineer in Substation & Distribution Greenfield project.

He then worked in a Marine and Logistics firm in the Bahamas as Maintenance and Commissioning Engineer. Following this he worked with Japanese and German automobile firms as Maintenance Engineer for Distribution and Utility related systems. For the last seven years he has been working as a...

Danie Stoop
Danie was born in South Africa in 1964 and played with electronics since his school days. He obtained the B. Eng. Electrical and Electronic degree from the former Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (PU for CHE).
Danie worked in industry for a year and then joined the same university’s School for Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering as lecturer. In 1992, he began his own electronic consultancy business named Dantron, which is an acronym of his own...

Belo Ferreira
Belo has worked in a number of industries including the insurance, medical, legal and publishing industries before deciding to focus on engineering.


Her first main technical work was creating training packages for Defence with an emphasis on instructing personnel on the operation and maintenance procedures for a variety of equipment. She then moved onto technical writing for a number of organizations before embarking on a career in the mining and mineral processing...

Braam Burchardt
Braam started his career in electrical engineering by serving an apprenticeship on the Zambian copper mines.After qualifying, he moved to South Africa where he obtained Government Certificates of Competency, in both electrical and mechanical engineering, and worked for a number of years as an Engineer on various gold, diamond, platinum, coal and titanium mines.

 
He was subsequently recruited by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), where he attained the rank...

Brian Hobby
Brian has 20 plus years of engineering experience. He thinks in systems and the connections between them as a result of his time as a Naval Weapons Electrical Engineering Officer.


As a design, commissioning and project engineer with Rio Tinto Alcan he oversaw the first application of devicenet in an aluminium smelting environment and assisted with piloting fully automated anode changing.
More recently he has been involved with collecting data from process using the...

Arti Siddhpura
Dr Arti Siddhpura is an experienced academic currently working with the University of Western Australia. Dr Arti Siddhpura has significant experience in teaching various Mechanical Engineering units at Australian and overseas universities.

She has accomplished her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and has published her research in high impact international journals. Her research interests lie in the area of condition monitoring and...

Azhee Zandi
Azhee is an oil and gas engineer with experience in asset management and maintenance, inspection and testing, power distribution and safety as well as data management.

He has held the position of Lead Designer in projects including data extraction within mining as well as oil and gas.The position of business development and sales have allowed Azhee to cater his skills in the Utilities Industry including renewable energy, International Education and volunteering roles to...

Behrouz Ghorbanian

Behrouz is a principal electrical engineer with many years of experience in the design, planning, engineering management, and project engineering of large-scale projects in Australia and overseas, with a focus on zone substations, motor control centres (Pilbara), oil & gas projects (Gorgon project), mining projects (Eastern goldfields), and power stations (Newman, Tamar Valley). 


Behrouz has completed university degrees in power engineering...

Alister Anderson 
Alister is based in rural South Canterbury, New Zealand and has had a long career in Engineering and Education. He has been widely involved in the Civil Engineering Industry from contract and project management, civil structural and geotechnical consultancy and education as a secondary school mathematics teacher.

As a tertiary lecturer and academic programme leader he has worked with Engineering Degrees and Diplomas in New Zealand and more recently had a 2-year...

Professor Akhtar Kalam

Professor Akhtar Kalam has been at Victoria University, Melbourne since 1985 and a former Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science for years. He is currently the Discipline Group Leader of Electrical, Electronic and Sports Engineering .

He has wide experience in educational institutions and industry across four continents. He received his B.Sc. and B.Sc. Engineering from Calcutta University and Aligarh Muslim University, India in 1969...