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Joe Dong is an Electrical Engineer who specialises in modelling, algorithms, and numerical methods to deliver optimised, more efficient and stable energy systems. Joe’s career focus is to shape the smart cities of the future that will be supported by a digital energy grid and infrastructure powered by 100% renewable energy. A globally recognised power systems expert, Joe consults with major organisations like Ausgrid, AEMO, EPRI (USA) and Mistubishi Heavy Industries to deliver projects critical to Australia’s zero carbon emissions targets by shaping a future dominated by clean energy.

As Professor of Energy Systems at UNSW Sydney, Joe is also Director of the UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute and Director of the ARC Hub for Integrated Energy Storage Solutions. His previous roles include Ausgrid Chair and Director for Ausgrid Centre for Intelligent Electricity Networks providing R&D support for the Smart Grid, Smart City national demonstration project.

Key Achievements

  • Global Energy Prize: shortlisted nominee 2020

  • Clarivate Analytics: List of Highly Cited Researchers 2019

  • Office of NSW Chief Scientist Assessment of Summer 2019/20 Preparedness for NSW Energy Market: Expert Panel Member

  • ARC College of Experts 2015-17

  • Ausgrid Chair and Director of Ausgrid Centre of Excellence for Intelligent Electricity Networks (CIEN) at the University of Newcastle 2011-13 providing R&D support for the Smart Grid, Smart City national demonstration project

  • IEEE Fellow ("for contributions to development of computational methods for power system stability and planning")


Key Statistics

  • 14 ARC grants

  • 10 EPRI projects (Electric Power Research Institute, USA)

  • CIGRE C4.605 Modelling and aggregation of loads in flexible power networks

  • 4 grants under HK RGC & ITF scheme

  • 300 articles in tier 1 journals

  • A$16m research grants

  • 50+ PhD students completed


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