16 May 2013 — Joe Dong has been appointed head of the University of Sydney’s School of Electrical and Information Engineering.
Mr Dong said Australia’s electricity supply could be more efficient, reliable and accommodating of more renewable energy but Australia was facing a shortage of power experts.
Universities needed to strengthen Australia’s local and international reputation in research while simultaneously developing the educational opportunities for future generations of power engineers, he said.
“We must be able to plan the economically efficient, reliable and secure methods of generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power at the same time achieving clean, efficient and sustainable electricity supplies.”
During his tenure at the University of Sydney, Mr Dong will develop a new research centre and work closely with industry, mapping suitable teaching and research training programs to meet the future needs of the electricity supply.
“The world will need more power engineers to design and deliver the next generation of power. It’s an exciting time to work in the sector as it is changing so rapidly. When I first studied power engineering, the emphasis was on the economic and legal sides rather than on the engineering and innovation side,” he said.
Professor Dong completed his PhD at Sydney and has managed large research teams at tertiary institutions in both Australia and overseas.
He also has industry experience after working as a power system planning manager with Transend Networks in Tasmania.