Advisory Board - External Members
Trevor graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1967 with a B.Sc. (Hons) majoring in Chemistry and undertook post-graduate studies under the tutelage of Professor Judge Bevan at UWA and Flinders University of South Australia leading to a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1974.
After 10 glorious years as a professional student Trevor joined Tubemakers of Australia in Newcastle in 1973 as a research Officer. His early work involved the development of a process to convert spent pickling liquors from the galvanising processes into synthetic iron oxide pigments. He then moved into operations as Development Engineer and Plant Superintendent, then into business administration roles as Production Control Manager, Quality Manager, Projects Manager, Business Unit Manager and then returned to be Manager Research for the Division.
In 2000 the Tubemakers of Australia operations were included in the spinout of OneSteel from the BHP Group of companies. Trevor was appointed to the position of Manager Technology of the Market Mills Division and still retains that position.
Trevor is a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and a member of the Course Advisory Committee for Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University.
In his spare time he coaches athletes specialising in hurdles and sprints and is the Head Coach of the Hunter Academy of Sport's Track & Field Squad. He is also the Chairman of the Management Committee of the Hunter Sports Centre at Glendale.
* Dr Trevor Height sits as the Chair of the PRCfE Advisory Board and is also a member of the Operating Committee.
Professor Adesoji Adesina obtained a BSc (1st class honours, University of Lagos, Nigeria, 1980) and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada in 1986. He is an internationally respected figure in catalysis and reactor engineering with over 20 years of research in clean fuels synthesis, energetically-smart multifunctional reactor design and advanced wastewater remediation technologies. He has published more than 220 journal and refereed conference articles as well as established a world-class facility for Process Reactor Engineering research at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is on the editorial boards of key catalysis and chemical engineering journals along with being a member of the Council of International Association of Catalysis Societies.
The Priority Research Centre for Energy at Newcastle is a strategic initiative consolidating the activities of leading talents from academia and industry across the nation. As such, it is an important node in the global network of innovative energy research centres. The emphasis on leading-edge fundamental research through to commercialisation is a demonstration of Newcastle's commitment to enhance Australia's reputation as a major green energy technology developer, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
Burt Beasley is Director, Technology and Innovation with the Australian Coal Association, having moved into this role in June 2006. This is a key leadership role supporting the development of low emissions coal technologies by facilitating RandD and demonstration projects for promising technologies through the COAL21 Fund.
Prior to this role, Burt spent 35 years in the Queensland Electricity Industry, primarily in power station roles including 7 years as Power Station Manager. During this time, change management, financial control and safety management have been key areas of interest.
With the formation of Tarong Energy in 1997, Burt took the role of Chief Executive Officer for the establishment phase and for most of the initial year of operation. He subsequently worked as General Manager responsible for new developments including the $650m Tarong North supercritical coal fired power station, the Starfish Hill and Mt Millar wind-farms and the Glen Wilga mine development project.
Burt's qualifications include a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
The University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre for Energy is a proactive and forward looking initiative which builds on the University's long established capability in coal and energy research. By creating a strong multi-disciplined team and establishing links to industry and governments, the Centre is positioned to play a major role in the critical area of new energy technologies. I look forward to working with the Centre to build on its current capability and to meet its future objectives.
Originally commencing with Austral Bricks over 10 years ago as the Technical and Mining Manager Cathy is now holds the position of Group Technical, Research and Engineering Manager and is responsible for research and development of new products and technical matters nationally. Cathy has completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Materials Science and a Master of Science from the University of Technology, Sydney and was an Associate Lecturer at the University of Technology for students in Construction Management, Mechanical, Civil and Electrical Engineering as well as Materials Science.
Cathy is the Chair of the Think Brick Australia National Technical Committee and represents the brick industry on several Australian Standard Committees including AS 3700 Masonry Structures, AS 4455 Masonry Units and Segmental Pavers, the new Standard for Masonry in Housing. Cathy is chair of the HIA NSW Technical Committee and President of the NSW Branch of the Australasian Ceramic Society.
Austral Bricks conducts extensive research and development to provide high quality and innovative products and leads the industry by working to a sustainable future through manufacturing improvements and the development of energy efficient products. Through our involvement with the Thermal Research Group at Newcastle University we want to be able to improve the performance of the built form to provide homes that have reduced energy demand over their life and reduced dependence on artificial heating on cooling.
He has served as Associate Dean of the Faculty (2002-2005), as Chair of the Psychology Department (2004-5) and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Division of Engineering. He is currently Co-Director of the Superfund Basic Research Program, and a co-founder of the COE concentration.
Professor Suuberg's research interests revolve around the chemical kinetics and thermodynamics, particularly in relation to the fields of energy and environmental technology.
Dr Wibberley has a long history of association with the University of Newcastle, completing his B.Met. (Honours, 1975) and his PhD. in Chemical Engineering (1980) at the University.
Louis brings over 25 years of experience in pyrometallurgy, combustion, and energy technology. This includes 18 years in industrial research and 6 years of university experience in a consulting role to industry. Key areas of expertise include iron and steelmaking, industrial processes, life cycle analysis, environmental science, combustion, coal utilisation, charcoal production and use, gas cleaning, and soil remediation. Currently he manages the team involved in energy technology assessment, and was the program manager for the CSIRO program on post combustion CO2 capture.
Currently Louis holds the position of Principal Technologist at CSIRO Energy Technology.
The formation of the Priority Research Centre for Energy provides a focal point for R&D into GHG reduction for the University of Newcastle and its collaborators. The Centre's ambitions fit well with society's increasing concerns on emissions and the role they play in global warming. These ambitions also align with major programs in low emission technology developed in CSIRO and will catalyse appropriate collaboration for the benefit of the nation.