School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Speaker: Dr Dan Martin
Seminar Date: Mon, 20/11/2017 - 15:00
Venue: 67-342 (Priestley bldg)
Host: Prof Tapan Saha

Seminar Type:  ITEE Research Seminar


Most research in the area of power is funded through linkage grants split between industry (primarily utilities) and government. For the Universities the challenges are these: How to bring in new funding and maintain or increase existing funding relationships? How to increase student engagement? How to provide education that is relevant for future industry engineers? Throughout my career I have been exploring new strategies with the aim of building stronger relationships with industry and between research and teaching. This provides more secure funding, and improves student experience.

My primary research area is transformer asset management. I have worked in cooperation with industry partners throughout the duration of projects; from developing the research scope, to implementing findings into their businesses, which has produced research outcomes of real value to all stakeholders. I will outline the various and evolving communication strategies I have used to cement existing relationships and publicise my research, most recently LinkedIn posts.

Enriching lectures with actual examples based on my research and guest speakers from industry increases both engagement and relevance for the students. In the past year I have shifted the focus of my lectures onto case studies and have been experimenting with alternative delivery modes to enable that, encouraged by Teaching@UQ.

My student theses projects pose real engineering questions to expand my field of research and even to contribute towards major research projects, again linking research and education. Student projects run in collaboration with industry are an exciting and fruitful way to build relationships; both between research and industry, and industry and students. The outcomes have been very positive, tangibly including publications and software tools.

This seminar will set out how building and leveraging strong relationships with industry has been an effective teaching and research strategy.


Dr. Dan Martin received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in electrical and electronic engineering (with study abroad in Germany) from the University of Brighton, UK, in 2000. He joined Racal Electronics, which became the international electronics company Thales, working on communication and aircraft systems. He left Thales in 2004 to pursue his PhD degree in electrical insulation at the University of Manchester. He investigated the suitability of using vegetable oils and synthetic esters as substitutes for mineral oil within large power transformers, and graduated in 2008. He joined Monash University in Australia working on transformer condition monitoring, and quickly assumed the directorship of the Centre for Power Transformer Monitoring. At the beginning of 2013 he moved to the University of Queensland, continuing his work on developing innovative tools for transformer condition monitoring funded by the utilities, and enjoys helping develop the education of the next generation of engineers. He works with the stakeholders to implement research findings and developed technology into their businesses, improving practices. He has recently become an associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation journal publication.