"The power industry plays a major role in achieving global decarbonisation goals. This requires unique perspectives, diverse talents, and innovative ideas women can bring into this male dominated industry. Therefore, it is important for women to join the power industry such that our future will be powered by the brilliance of all its people."
Engineer - Network Connections
WHO ARE THEY: I am Dilini Darmawardana, an Engineer at Transgrid specializing in grid integration of large-scale renewable generation projects such as wind and solar farms. I have a diverse background in the power system consultancy, having spent around three years conducting power quality studies, power system modelling, and network planning studies.
KEY STRENGTHS: Power system modelling, power quality, grid connections
WHY CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?
Where it all started for me
I selected Electrical Engineering due to the fascination I had towards the electrical engineering concepts during the first semester of my bachelor’s studies where I was introduced to a number of engineering disciplines. As I progressed through my studies, I developed a deep appreciation for the diverse range of study areas encompassed by Electrical Engineering, ranging from circuit theory to power electronics.
I developed a passion for Power Quality as I gained a greater understanding of the power system. With the rapid integration of power electronic interfaces such as solar and wind farms, there was an increasing concern related to the harmonic emissions in both low and high frequency ranges. This inspired me to pursue a doctoral degree in Power Quality where my work contributed towards better understanding of higher frequency phenomena in the electrical distribution networks.
What did I end up studying?
Studied at University of Wollongong
Entering the industry
What excites me the most about the future of power industry is that it determines the very survival of all the living beings on this planet. The Earth would be inhabitable in the coming century unless we move away from fossil fuel to environmentally friendly energy sources to limit global warming. The strong global drive towards decarbonisation is a promising sign of the future of this flourishing industry.
My previous work experience
My work placement experience
What I'm doing now
My advice for anyone looking to get into the industry?
Take advantage of as many work placements and industry speakers at API events as possible - so you can get a good understanding of the many areas you can specialise in.
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