Dr Glenn Platt
2pm Saturday 6 April - Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Dr Glenn Platt is the driving force behind the CSIRO’s research on energy efficiency and renewable energy integration technologies, directing the work of a diverse team of energy experts delivering world-leading science.
As Theme Leader for Local Energy Systems in the CSIRO’s national research group the Energy Transformed Flagship, Dr Platt leads a team charged with improving how energy is delivered to, and used by consumers; and developing cost-effective technologies to cut greenhouse gas emissions in Australia.
Dr Platt completed his qualifications at the University of Newcastle – a Bachelor of Engineering in 2000, a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering in 2005, and a Master of Business Administration in 2010. He has also completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School in the USA.
The Flagship team is developing techniques to integrate additional renewable energy sources into Australia’s electricity system and implementing innovative technologies and strategies to modernise the national grid - managing demand peaks and meeting future electricity needs.
Dr Platt has been instrumental in establishing the CSIRO as a key partner in EnergyAustralia's Smart Grid Smart City consortium, a $100 million Australian Government initiative to develop the first commercial scale demonstration of smart grid technology in Australia. CSIRO expertise in advanced control systems and artificial intelligence will be used in the smart grid project, in which the University of Newcastle is also a partner.
An outstanding achiever, Dr Platt has received numerous awards including the Young Achievers Australia Young Hunter Business Person of the Year in 1998 and the ‘Best Paper’ award at the International Symposium on Energy, Informatics and Cybernetics in 2005. He was named among the best young executives in Australia in the 2011 Financial Review BOSS awards, and received the University’s Young Alumni Award in 2012, recognising outstanding achievement by a graduate aged under 35 years.