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Centre for Renewable Energy

Adjunct researchers

Professor Vishy Karri

Professor Vishy Karri is an Adjunct Professor at Cape Breton University and is a Senior Fellow of the Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment in Canada.

He also held various academic and leadership positions at the University of Melbourne, the University of Tasmania and at the Australian College of Kuwait. 

Adding to his already extensive academic portfolio, Professor Karri was a visiting professor at Aalborg University in Denmark, the University of Applied Sciences, Stralsund in Germany and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Professor Karri has worked in the field of multi-disciplinary manufacturing as well as renewable energy and mechanical design. He has extensively researched alternative energy sources and applications in mobile and stationary use. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and has been granted patents which are currently being used by industry. Professor Karri has been awarded approximately $21 million in research grants.

Professor Karri has received several prestigious awards for research excellence and served as President of the Australian College of Kuwait from 2008-2013. In 2012, he was awarded Doctor of Letters for his outstanding academic contributions by Cape Breton University in Canada. Professor Karri is currently the CEO of CoDesign Australia Pty. Ltd. 

Associate Professor Monica Oliphant

Associate Professor, Monica Oliphant, was the President of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) in 2008/09. She is an Adjunct Assoc/Prof at the Sustainable Energy Centre, University of South Australia, Flinders University and the Centre for Renewable Energy, Charles Darwin University.

She worked as a Principal Research Scientist for 18 years at the former South Australian Electricity Utility, ETSA, and has been a participant on a number of Australian Federal and State Government Committees, including the 2003 MRET Review, has been a board member of the South Australian Premier’s Round Table in Sustainability, RenewablesSA and the CSIRO Energy Transformed Flagship.

Also, Monica is a Senior Advisor for IEEPA (International Energy Conservation, Environmental Protection Association), Beijing, and the UNIDO International Solar Energy Centre for Technology Promotion and Transfer, Lanzhou. In 2011 she won the Ecogen Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to the Clean Energy Industry and in 2012 was awarded the World Renewable Energy Network Pioneer Award at the World Renewable Energy Forum in Denver, Colorado. Assoc/Prof Oliphant has been inducted into the Australian Solar Council Hall of Fame. 

Dr Elizabeth Overend

Since 2009, Dr Elizabeth Overend has worked as a sustainable energy engineer at Power and Water Corporation. In this role, she manages renewable energy projects connected to the grid and develops corporate and government policy on renewable energy.  Dr Overend monitors developments in domestic and commercial rooftop PV systems, helping to develop Power and Water's processes for grid-connected systems.

Before working in sustainable energy, Dr Overend spent five years as a combustion engine development engineer in the UK and Australia, working on diesel engine calibration and alternative fuels.

Dr Overend holds a MEng (Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering. Her PhD, from the University of Edinburgh, investigated the use of hydrogen in light-duty vehicle engines.  She is a member of Engineers Australia and has recently taken up the post of Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for Renewable Energy within Charles Darwin University. 

Dr Edward Halawa

Dr Halawa has more than 20 years combined experience in the fields of energy systems analysis, renewable energy, thermal energy storage and thermal comfort as researcher, lecturer and consultant. His recent research topics included a critical overview of an adaptive approach to thermal comfort, intelligent grid in the new housing development, improvement of temperature setting for AccuRate building energy rating software.