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Gazinga Abdullah

Seeking employment

WHO IS SHE:

I completed BSc and MSc in mechanical engineering in Iraq. Then, I worked as a full-time lecturer at the school of Mechanical Engineering in two Universities for about 10 years before I came to Australia. At University of South Australia, I did a PhD degree in mechanical Engineering (With focus on Renewable Energy Systems). I spent most my time in Australia isolating myself to do simulations, analysing and writing my PhD research. Over the past 3 years, I was busy with supporting the completion of my PhD by doing different kinds of casual jobs (not related to Engineering.

Gazinga Abdullah

KEY STRENGTHS:

Simulating battery and PV system integration (Using TRNSYS software); Evaluating the viability of energy systems using different technical and economic metrics; Simulating Building energy efficiency (Using AccuRate Sustainability software); Simulating and evaluating the performance of different kinds of Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems; Off-grid house and network infrastructure cost estimation; Basic about Electric vehicles and battery state of health.

WHY CHOOSE THIS DEGREE?

My intension behind applying to study a PhD degree in Australia was to become a professional academic (a researcher or a lecturer) specialised in the topic of using CFD modelling for simulating solar thermal energy systems. But after researching and learning for 2 years in Australia, my research focus was pivoted completely toward focusing on a nexus of topics: modelling and simulation of off-grid Solar PV- battery systems, electricity infrastructure operation, building energy efficiency, heating ventilation and air-conditioning systems, and techno-economic optimization. My PhD research objective became: looking for innovative technologies that can be adopted in Australian homes to reduce the critical peak power demand which residential air-conditioners induce during heat waves. After carrying out extensive literature review, I decided to assume a radical demand side energy management solution for reducing the impact of this critical peak power demand on the main-grid would be replacing conventional reverse cycle air-conditioners by a kind of solar air-conditioner that can operate totally off-grid. I named such off-grid solar air-conditioner 'solar autonomous air-conditioner' (SA-A/C). In year 2019, I participated in OnPrime 7 as a team leader for a project I called “Solar Autonomous Chiller”. I tried to find customers and markets that can uptake this kind of SA_A/C which I believe can reduce not only critical peak power demand which residential air-conditioner induces during heat waves, but also household’s water consumption in many countries like Iraq.
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My Journey

Where it all started for me

I completed BSc and MSc in mechanical engineering in Iraq.

What did I end up studying?

At University of South Australia, I did a PhD degree in mechanical Engineering (With focus on Renewable Energy Systems).

Entering the industry

Currently looking for work in the industry.

My previous work experience

I worked as a full-time lecturer at the school of Mechanical Engineering in two Universities for about 10 years before I came to Australia.

My work placement experience

Over the past 3 years, I was busy with supporting the completion of my PhD by doing different kinds of casual jobs (not related to Engineering.

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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