Publication date: 15-01-2013 15:42
I studied a Bachelor of Renewable Energy Engineering at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. After completing my degree in 2008, I applied for an overseas traineeship and was placed in Austria where I lived for six months assisting in research related to improving the efficiency of combusting biomass (wood pellets). Once I finished my traineeship I took the opportunity to undertake some travelling around Europe.
My travels eventually brought me to Portugal where I was introduced to the University of Coimbra and assisted in some experiments resulting in co-authoring a paper with Professor Almerindo Ferreira. A few months later I returned to Australia and found work (and trained as) a meteorologist. After some time I decided to expand my knowledge of sustainable practice by applying to the EfS Master of Energy for Sustainability program.
I commenced the program in 2010 and graduated in 2012. I focused on improving my knowledge of sustainable practice in industry by studying subjects such as Energy Efficiency in Industry and Life Cycle Assessment. My Master thesis, “Development of a numerical wake tank using OpenFOAM”, has given me skills in computational fluid dynamics while the master program has expanded my knowledge of subjects ranging from economics to simulation of buildings. Of course I also experienced the challenges and rewards of living amongst a different culture and language. I have now returned to Australia and I am seeking new opportunities related to my studies.