BSc(Eng) PhD (Wits)
Role or Position
University Lecturer and Senior Tutor in Engineering
I give tutorials on Electrical Engineering, Control and some of the mathematics to students at Christ Church. In the Department I lecture on sustainability, power electronics and drives.
Climate change, resource depletion and social inequity are the big challenges facing our civilisation. As an electrical engineer, my particular interest now is in developing, and eventually commercialising, sustainable energy technologies. I am developing research programmes in three sectors of transport, domestic and generation.
In the transport sector, I have been involved in developing power trains for hydrogen vehicles. There are currently three hydrogen based projects – the BOC ECh20 an eco-marathon car, LifeCar a concept car being developed by Morgan and four other partners and Hyrban, an urban hydrogen car. Work includes developing high efficiency low weight motors using new materials as well as developing the power electronics and the control. The domestic sector is one of the largest energy sectors in the UK, although large amount of the energy is used in heating. Two projects on the go are smart feedback metering and a relook at domestic devices so as to improve their efficiency. In renewable generation, I am part of a team developing tidal flow devices and second related project to develop slow speed direct coupled generators.