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Paul Cooper



Esteem Factors


Award/Prize
2013
Academic Coordinator and Faculty Advisor of Team UOW - winners of the Solar Decathlon China 2013 competition

2015
Highly Commended - CCN HVAC Leader of the Year

2015
UOW Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Partnerships.

2007
Welding Technology Institute of Australia: Sir William Hudson Memorial Award for Best Published Research Paper in 2007

2014
Lord Mayor of Wollongong Australia Day 2014 Special Award for Outstanding Contribution and Community Involvement in the City of Wollongong (Team UOW Solar Decathlon China 2013) (Group award)

2009
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding contribution to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) team award

2014
Engineering Excellence Awards - Engineers Australia Sydney Division, Team UOW were the "President's Award" joint winner for their nomination, "Team UOW ‘Illawarra Flame’ Solar Decathlon Home"

2014
Denis Joseph Award for Innovative Use of Solar Energy in HVAC and Refrigeration, Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (Group award)

2008
UOW Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Community Engagement - 2008

2016
Highly Commended UOW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in
Interdisciplinary Research (team Award for the Energy+Illawarra project)

Current Positions:

Director, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)

Biography:

Education
1986 PhD, `Electrohydrodynamic Enhancement of Heat Transfer¿, Imperial College, London.
1976 MSc & DIC, Social and Psychological Aspects of Science and Technology in Industry, Imperial College, London, Imperial College, London.
1975 BSc (Eng) hons (II Div 1), Electrical Engineering, Imperial College, London.

Employment
2010- Professor and Foundation Director, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)
2008¿2010 Head, School of Mechanical, Materials & Mechatronic Engineering, UOW
1998-2010 Associate Professor, University of Wollongong
1994 - 97 Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong.
1988 - 93 Lecturer (Mechanical Engineering), University of Wollongong.
1984 - 87 Research Associate, Built Environment Research Group (BERG), School of Architecture, University of Westminster, UK.
1980 - 84 Research Assistant, Dept of Electrical Engineering, Imperial College, UK (development of heat transfer enhancement systems).
1976 - 77 Research Assistant, Association Scientific, Technical & Managerial Staffs, UK (development of Science Policy, Nuclear Energy policy etc).

Visiting Appointments
Visiting Fellow at Dept Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College London, UK (2004-2005).
EPSRC Visiting Fellow at Dept Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP) University of Cambridge (1997-2000).

Research Interests:

1) Energy in Buildings
- Net zero energy buildings.
- Natural ventilation.
- Ground source heat pump systems.
- Air infiltration and energy consumption mitigation in older buildings.
- Occupants and human factors involved in energy use in buildings.
- Building Management Systems.
- Energy Epidemiology and acquisition and analysis of energy data.

2) Retrofitting of Buildings for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
- Optimal retrofit strategies for lower grade commercial buildings.
- Retrofitting of residential buildings and aged care facilities.
- Bushfire resilience of buildings.
- Climate and storm resilience of buildings.

3) Thermal comfort, indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency in aged care and dementia facilities.

4) Renewable Energy Technologies.
- Photovoltaic-Thermal (PVT) systems for buildings.
- Smart grids/smart homes ¿ optimization of renewable energy and storage systems. for residential and other buildings.
- Phase Change Material thermal storage systems.

5) Ventilation, energy and pollution control in buildings.
- Fundamentals of ventilation processes researched through analytical, numerical and experimental techniques.
- Experimental work includes scale modelling using saline solution techniques, Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV), etc.
- Field studies of ventilation in buildings.

Professional Activities:

Professional Memberships
Member of Engineers Australia (Chartered Professional Engineer NPER)
Member of Australasian Fluid and Thermal Engineering Society (AFTES)
Member of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society (ANZSES)
Member of Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH)

Awards:

- Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research Partnerships (2015).
- Australian Institute for Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating 2013 Denis Joseph Award for the Best Solar-Assisted Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning System (as a member of the Team UOW HVAC design team).
- Vice-Chancellor's 25-year Service Award (2013).
- Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning (OCTAL) ¿ 2009 as one of an 8-member team delivering "Mapping Learning and Assessment of Graduate Capabilities in the Faculty of Engineering".
- Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Community Engagement ¿ 2008.
- Welding Technology Institute of Australia: Sir William Hudson Memorial Award for Best Published Research Paper ¿ 2007.

Future Research Topics:

1) Energy in Buildings
- Net zero energy buildings.
- Natural ventilation.
- Air infiltration and energy consumption mitigation in older buildings.
- Occupants and human factors involved in energy use in buildings.
- Building Management Systems.
- Energy Epidemiology acquisition and analysis of energy data.

2) Retrofitting of Buildings for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability
- Optimal retrofit strategies for lower grade commercial buildings.
- Retrofitting of residential buildings and aged care facilities.
- Bushfire resilience of buildings.
- Climate and storm resilience of buildings.

3) Thermal comfort, indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency in aged care and dementia facilities.

4) Renewable Energy Technologies.
- Photovoltaic-Thermal (PVT) systems for buildings.
- Smart grids/smart homes ¿ optimization of renewable energy and storage systems. for residential and other buildings.
- Phase Change Material thermal storage systems.

5) Ventilation, energy and pollution control in buildings.
- Fundamentals of ventilation processes researched through analytical, numerical and experimental techniques.
- Experimental work includes scale modelling using saline solution techniques, Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV), Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV), etc.
- Field studies of ventilation in buildings.

Research Students

  • Xiang Deng : Investigation of Indoor Environmenttal Quality and Energy Performance of Natural and Mixed Mode Ventilation Systems at the SBRC
  • Daniel Jones : Economic Evaluation Of Retrofitting Residential Buildings For Energy Efficiency And Thermal Comfort
  • Alan Green : Effective Methods for Improving the Bushfire Resilience of Buildings
  • Federico Tartarini : Impact Of Temperature And Indoor Environmental Quality On Perceptions And Wellbeing Of Occupants Of Aged Care And Dementia Facilities
  • Hung Duong : Membrane Distillation For Strategic Desalination of Saline Solutions
  • Yi Guo : Electrodialysis-Assisted Liquid Desiccant Dehumidification: Experimental Investigation And System Development
  • Steven Beltrame : Innovative Cladding and Ventilation Solutions for Improved Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) in Apartment Buildings
  • Jacqueline Thim : Thermal behavior of the “Desert Rose House 2018” in a defined climatic zone depending on varied wall and roof constructions
  • Vivian Pham : Low-Carbon Retrofit for Community Housing and Household Resilience
  • Emily Ryan : Examining Supply Chain Practice for Sustainable Building Industry: Towards Viable Cluster Development
  • Clayton McDowell : Development of Evaluation Methods for the Effectiveness of Retrotits in Residential Buildings