Energy Industry PhD Scholarships

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24 Sep 2020 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Do you want to lead change in the energy sector?

We are facing energy challenges requiring greater collaboration and innovation.

Mr Lakshan Bernard (inaugural Zema Energy Scholarship recipient), Prof Paul Webley (Director, Woodside Monash Energy Partnership), and Dr Sarah Goodwin (Lecturer, Faculty of Information Technology) talked about our transforming energy sector and how pursuing industry PhDs; like the Zema Energy Studies Scholarship or the Woodside-Monash Energy Partnership Scholarship, can fast-track your career in energy. Dr Tanya Tan (Graduate Research Manager) spoke about the scholarship application process. A/Prof Ariel Liebman, Director Monash Energy Institute, hosted the event.

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  • Zema Energy Studies Scholarship ($122,500*). In the memory of the Australian Energy Market Operator’s founding Chief Executive Officer, energy reform leader and Monash alumnus Matt Zema, this scholarship program in partnership with AEMO supports the next generation of Australian energy sector leaders. Multidisciplinary research topics in Engineering, Business and Economics and Information Technology are supported. * $35,00 stipend (tax-free) per annum for 3.5 years.
  • Woodside-Monash Energy Partnership Scholarships ($105,000*). The Woodside Monash Energy Partnership is a major research partnership between Monash University and Woodside Energy to progress energy solutions for a lower-carbon future. Research in areas of New Energy Technologies, Carbon Capture, Conversion and Utilisation, and Energy Leadership are supported. * $30,000 stipend (tax-free) per annum for 3.5 years.

Meet the host

A/Professor Ariel Liebman
Director Monash Energy Institute,
Co-Director of the Monash Grid Innovation Hub,
Lead - RACE for Networks, RACE for 2030 CRC

A/ Prof Ariel Liebman has over 22 years’ experience in energy research and industry practice. Since joining the Faculty of Information Technology in 2012, Ariel has developed sustainable energy research programs with colleagues across Monash, including within Engineering and the Monash Business School. Ariel brings together researchers from across disciplines to identify ways to optimally integrate new and renewable technologies into smart grids, microgrids and large-scale energy systems. Ariel co-architected the Microgrid/Net Zero Initiative and lead researcher in the $3 mil ARENA funded Smart Energy City. He founded the Monash Grid Innovation Hub. Most recently, Ariel is leading the RACE for Networks, one of the 4 programs in the $300m Reliable Affordable Clean Energy for 2030 CRC (RACE for 2030), involving over 90 partners. Read more

Ariel Liebman

Meet the speakers

Paul Webley

Professor Paul Webley
Director, Woodside Monash Energy Partnership

Paul is the Director of the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership, and has over 15 years’ industry and academic experience in the development and management of clean energy technologies, specifically carbon capture. In his role as Director, Professor Webley leads the Woodside Monash Energy Partnership to progress energy solutions for a lower carbon future. Aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the research and development initiatives of the partnership focus on leadership and novel technologies in the hydrogen value chain and carbon abatement. Professor Webley holds degrees in Chemical Engineering (PhD and Masters) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Paul’s research activities and consulting expertise focus on energy and environmental applications, including low emissions technology, pollution abatement, energy systems evaluation, energy storage, and carbon capture and hydrogen energy technology.

Sarah Goodwin

Dr Sarah Goodwin
Lecturer, Department of Human Centred Computing, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University

Sarah is a Lecturer with Monash Immersive Analytics Lab. Her research explores innovative and creative visual analytic solutions for complex, multi-dimensional and geospatial data sets. She has over 15 years academic and professional experience in geospatial analysis and information visualisation, having worked as a GIS technician, geo-data analyst, consultant and academic researcher for some of the leading research centres for spatial analysis and visualisation around the world. Her research particularly focuses on energy data visualisation. She has led successful research projects with Monash energy industry partners and she supervises a number of research students who are exploring novel visualisation solutions for energy data exploration and visualisation.

Lakshan Bernard

Mr Lakshan Bernard
Inaugural Zema Energy Studies Scholar
1st year, PhD Candidate, Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University

Lakshan received the BE (Hons) degree in Electrical and Computer System Engineering from Monash University, Australia in 2019. Currently, he is working towards a PhD degree in electrical engineering at Monash University and is being supervised by Dr Reza Razzaghi and Professor Rob Hyndman. The PhD is sponsored through the Zema Scholarship Fund by the Australian Energy Market Operator and the goal of Lakshan's project is to use statistical tools to gain insights into modern power systems. His research interests include applied statistical tools and situational awareness in power networks and synchrophasor networks.

Tanya Tan

Dr Tanya Tan (BSc, BVMS and GradDipAccg)
Graduate Research Manager, Faculty of Engineering, Monash University

Tanya is the Graduate Research Manager for the Faculty of Engineering and has been working in the Graduate Research space at Monash University for seven years. Tanya has expertise in recruitment, management and marketing. She supports students at every stage of their higher degree research life-cycle and works to enable excellence in graduate research at Monash. She has led multiple teams under different positions in Australia and Singapore.

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Nancy Van Nieuwenhove
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