We’re celebrating International Women in Engineering day by putting the spotlight on Han Xu, one of our Research & Development Engineers. Han also teaches children how to speak Mandarin in her spare time.

Tell us about your role at the PNDC.

I am a Research & Development engineer at the PNDC, specialising in DSO transition. I am involved in research activities of the Network and Demand Side Management research theme and the Control Room of the Future focus area. My role at the PNDC is to build expertise on DSO transition, contribute to project ideas and deliver projects.

How long have you been working here?

I joined the PNDC in June 2019.

What was your background before joining the PNDC?

I came to the UK in 2010 because of a 2+2 articulation program between the University of Strathclyde and Shanghai University of Electric Power. Thus, I spent my 3rd and 4th year of my 4-years undergraduate study at University of Strathclyde. When I graduated from my undergraduate study, I received an offer on pursuing research on demand side management as a PhD student in the Institute for Energy and Environment, University of Strathclyde.

After being a PhD student for four years, I started taking a part-time research assistant position in the institute for one year and then continued as a full-time research assistant. During the time being a research assistant, I was involved in industrial projects on demand side response, active network management, and DSO transition.

What do you enjoy most about working at the PNDC?

The environment and the opportunities at the PNDC. The PNDC has a friendly and diverse team with people from different culture background. It also has a lot of opportunities to be involved in projects developing new technology.

What can we find you doing in your spare time?

You can find me at the Glasgow Chinese School every Saturday (when there is no COVID-19 lockdown), teaching local kids mandarin. Having coffee or dining with friends is also one of my weekend routines. My partner and I also enjoy planning our next holiday/trip.