Our Team

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre benefits form a diverse international management and academic team. This brings a wealth of ideas and global expertise to the centre and ensures that we consider the international reach and application of projects undertaken here at the Power Networks Demonstration Centre.

Leadership

Biography

Passion
David is passionate about making a difference in a complex world; taking the talent of individuals and working as teams to challenge and change the status quo.

Experience
With an Electrical Engineering Degree and an MBA, David has held leadership positions in both operational and strategic roles. Throughout his career as an engineer, consultant or Executive Director, his advocacy of technology as a change lever and value creator is undenied.

Outside Activity
David is a keen golfer and enjoys keeping fit, skiing and family life.

Passion
Alan is passionate about innovative ideas and new technology and loves to work with brilliant engineers who take great ideas and turn them into reality.

Experience
With an education in Electrical Engineering, he has worked in technology solutions, particularly software, for distribution utilities for around 20 years around the world. Alan brings a wealth of experience to the role of COO at PNDC holding many different roles across engineering, project delivery, product marketing, operations and business management.

Outside Activity
Outside of PNDC he is keen on running, running around with the kids, raising money for good causes and organising community events with friends.

Passion
Rachel enjoys being challenged, continually learning and working with a diverse range of people.

Experience
Rachel has 15 years experience in sales management and commercial delivery roles, working across both multi-national companies and SME’s covering the Pharmaceutical, Banking and Energy Sectors.

Rachel has a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Newcastle (Australia), and is currently undertaking a Masters in Energy, Environmental Technology & Economics at City University (London), scheduled for completion January 2016.

Outside Activity
When not working or studying Rachel enjoys traveling, socialising, boating, running, motorbikes, reading Haruki Murikami novels and watching sports.

Passion
As the PNDC R&D Manager, Federico is passionate about innovative and non-conventional technologies that have the potential of improving or even revolutionising the electrical distribution system.

Experience
He received a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, and a PhD received from the University of Strathclyde and has worked in industry and academia in the area of protection, automation and control of distribution networks.

Outside Activity
He enjoys family life along with skiing, playing tennis, squash and swimming.

Research

Biography

Passion
Integration and validation of multi-domain engineering systems is Ibrahim’s professional passion.

Experience
He has extensive experience in research and development in Power Systems with a focus on protection, automation and real-time simulation, along with work experience in both a UK DSO and TSO environment. Ibrahim has also collaborated with EU energy research institutions and manufacturers.

Outside Activity
Away from work Ibrahim is interested in photography, reading about politics and economy, driving through narrow country roads and gaming.

Passion
Islam is passionate about being part of a multicultural organisation that develops innovation and state of the art technologies to provide solutions for the challenges which are facing the electrical energy industry.

Experience
Islam is one of our experienced Research Assistants at PNDC. Graduating from the University of Strathclyde with a Masters in Electrical Engineering with Business (Distinction) and he brings eight years of industrial experience as an automation engineer in the power generation and oil and gas industries to his role.

Outside Activity
He enjoys the game of handball, reading and many other social activities.

Passion
Jawwad is particularly passionate about engineering and enjoys a rewarding challenge.

Experience
Educated within different disciplines of electrical engineering; with a PhD in Engineering and Sciences (focused on electrical systems for renewable energy sources), MSc in Power Engineering and BE in Industrial Electronics, and work experience gained in equally diverse applications both in industry and academia. He is also a member of the IET.

Outside Activity
Jawwad likes to keep himself informed of developments that affect the world and appreciates the good experiences that other cultures have to offer. He enjoys good food, leisure travel, the great outdoors and watching documentaries.

Passion
Joseph is passionate about creating real and relevant progress with technological and conceptual innovation.

Experience
Educated in Physics, he has worked in academia with a focus on hardware interfacing and software development/analysis before making the transition to Renewable Energy and Power Electronics, where the training in hardware and software has proved very useful. Through moving to Electronics the emphasis of Joseph’s role has changed to become more business-relevant and client-responsive which he enjoys.

Outside Activity
Joseph loves music and plays in the University Big Band as a saxophonist, he also enjoys football, spending time with his family and reading when time allows.

Biography

Passion
Leading innovative projects and being involved in the development of new technology is Kyle’s professional passion.

Experience
Research Associate within the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Strathclyde.

Masters in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (with distinction) from the University of Strathclyde. Supported by the Power Academy during undergraduate study.

PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. Supported and funded by the Power Networks Research Academy.

Outside Activity
Kyle enjoys kayaking, cycling and surfing.

Passion
Learning new skills with every new project, and finding the best solution for every problem are Maria’s passions in her role as R&D Analyst.

Experience
With a Bachelor, Master and PhD in Statistics and Operational Research (Distinction), she has expertise in modelling assets deterioration and estimation of maintenance actions impact along with experience in data mining and analysis.

Outside Activity
When not at work, Maria enjoys the countryside, gardening, travelling and learning from other cultures.

Passion

Doing interesting engineering which will hopefully solve interesting problems.

Experience 

Chris has a  MEng in Electronic Systems Engineering. He worked for four years on communications and customer information systems with in the rail industry, particularly connected with the Heathrow Terminal 5 build and Heathrow Express. Since then Chris has completed a DPhil (Oxford PhD) in biomedical engineering. This involved devising computational models of the lung and parameter estimation techniques to be able to better determine the lung function of ventilated patients.


Outside Activity

Chris enjoys Climbing, hill walking, skiing and sailing.

Passion

Using cutting-edge technologies to solve real engineering problem

Experience

Suyang obtained his BEng and PhD from University of Birmingham in 2009, 2015 respectively, both in electrical engineering. He is a certified Hadoop Developer and was trained as the project manager in Ashorne Hill Management College. He worked as Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) associate in University of Leicester and Design and Development Engineer in Cellcare Technology Ltd before joining PNDC

Outside Activity

In His spare time Suyang enjoys Reading,coding and travelling

Biography

Passion

Engineering and new technology. Allan is motivated by learning and developing new skills and finding solutions to engineering problems.

Experience

Allan has an Electronic and Electrical Engineering Degree from University of Strathclyde and embarking on a new career as an Engineer. Experience with modelling energy systems in MatLab/Simulink and recently RTDS. Previous work experience in leading teams in various target driven environments

Outside Activity

Allan is a member of local cycling club and enjoy a weekend cycling adventure, socialising with friends and family, reading, radio controlled model aircraft and flight simulator games.

 

 

Passion

Hao is passionate about the innovation and development in smart grid technologies.

Experience

Hao graduated from the University of Manchester with a PhD (focused on digital substation automation); funded by National Grid, EPSRC and University of Manchester.He also obtained a BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (distinction) from the University of Manchester as the top student. Hao is a member of IET and gains extensive knowledge and experience in protection, control and communication after working with manufacturers and power utilities

Outside Activity

He enjoys badminton, swimming and reading in his spare time.

 

Technical Support

Biography

Bio coming soon.

Passion

 

Experience

Electrical Engineering Modern Apprenticeship followed by 10 years as an electrical technician in both on shore and off shore IndustryWorking mainly within aerodrome facilities and also seismic exploration , on a wide variety of electrical, electronic and instrumentation equipment

Outside Activity

Ronnie enjoys Snowboarding, Mountain Cycling (both on and off road) , Hillwalking.

Bio coming soon.

Administrative and Communications

Biography

Passion

Along with having a passion for life in general, Jill is passionate about ensuring that PNDC fulfils its potential, delivering world class research to build the next generation of energy networks

Experience 

Jill has 15 years of experience in administration in FE & HE sector working in all aspects of administration. Prior to this Jill spent 13 years working in the fashion industry designing knitwear for UK high street stores.

Outside Activity

In her spare time Jill enjoys skiing, hill walking, cycling, running, kayaking, walking her dog and photography.

Bio coming soon.

Passion 

Olivia is passionate about making a difference every day and doing things right.


Experience 

Olivia has an extensive experience in Business administration and have previously worked in similar roles for Fitness First UK and Eurostar UK Limited.


Outside Activity

When Olivia is  not spending time with the family, she enjoys exercising and goes to the gym regularly. She also play a bit of tennis and is always trying to improve her swimming. Olivia also love everything to do with theatre.

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