A passionate electrical engineer and educator, Dr Yuanyuan Fan is a course coordinator and on-campus lecturer at EIT’s Perth campus in Australia, working to develop the future generation of industrial automation and electrical engineers.
Dr Fan studied at the North China Electric Power University, earning her bachelor degree in 2010, and subsequently her master’s degree in 2013. However, she had already been actively working in the electrical engineering sector as far back as 2006. She says that her passion for engineering stemmed from her love of physics at a young age.
“I chose to study engineering because my favourite subject in school was physics. Based on my understanding at that time, engineering was the closest career path in proximity to physics - especially the practical element of physics. I knew I chose the correct area the moment I started my bachelor degree,” she said.
Dr Fan has extensive knowledge in power system design, control, modelling and simulation. In her career, she has researched renewable energy, microgrids, HVDC and smart grids. She has published reports on offshore wind power and is passionate about the move away from environmentally damaging technologies to more sustainable and renewable means of powering the world. She explains:
“As far as sustainability is concerned, renewable energy is the future. The challenges in renewable utilisation are massive, although there are renewable projects all over the world. It is an area that deserves the most attention right now.”
In 2017, Yuanyuan undertook the challenge of earning her PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia and encourages young women to not be deterred from pursuing engineering careers.
“STEM should equally be for both boys and girls in schools. There is no reason that girls should be made to feel excluded from any subjects.” Dr Fan says.
“I was motivated to make a difference in society. That’s what kept me going,” she adds.
Since joining EIT in 2017, Yuanyuan has busily spent her days developing course curriculum, lecturing in the fields of electrical and automation engineering as well as supporting both online and on-campus higher education students through their engineering journeys.
EIT is thankful to our talented and driven academic staff for the hard work they put into delivering outstanding engineering education. Dr Fan is a leading example of dedication to her field whilst also actively contributing to the future of the engineering industry.