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New professor of sustainable engineering

By Leanne Coleman

Professor Charlie Fairfield hopes to focus the best research and development in the NT to manage water resources Professor Charlie Fairfield hopes to focus the best research and development in the NT to manage water resources

An engineer with more than 20 years of experience has joined Charles Darwin University as the Power and Water Chair in Sustainable Engineering.

Moving from Edinburgh, Scotland to Darwin for the position, Professor Charlie Fairfield said he hoped to focus the best research and development in the NT to manage water resources.

“Energy and water are interrelated; you cannot have one without the other and with world demands on energy rising we need to find solutions to using water resources more efficiently,” Professor Fairfield said.

“Firmly grounded in the NT, yet looking north to Asia, I aim to collaborate with governments, international NGOs, businesses, and academics as I seek solutions to both regional and global water-related problems.”

Professor Fairfield’s general research interests lie in the areas of water engineering, pipelines, drains and sewers. Specific areas of interest include: Cavitation and bubble dynamics in high-pressure water-jets; design, testing, and monitoring of buried pipes, drains, and sewers; sustainable urban drainage systems; water use auditing and non-destructive testing in civil engineering.

His teaching at CDU will focus on civil engineering and include: Sustainability and the environment; and water, wastewater, and drainage.