The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ)





 (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. We strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, we have educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.

World rankings

UQ ranks among the world’s top universities, as measured by several key independent rankings, including the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2017 (35)*, the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (41), US News Best Global Universities Rankings (45), QS World University Rankings (48), Academic Ranking of World Universities (55), and Times Higher Education World University Rankings (65).

More than 164 UQ staff (including honorary and adjunct appointments) and emeritus professors are Fellows of Australia’s learned academies, which include AAS, AAHMS, ASSA, ATSE, and AAH.

UQ is one of only three Australian members of the global Universitas 21, a founding member of the Group of Eight (Go8) universities, and a member of Universities Australia.

Teaching and learning excellence

Skilled and motivated teachers are integral to providing positive teaching and learning outcomes for students.

UQ has a strong focus on teaching excellence, having won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other in the country and attracting the majority of Queensland's highest academic achievers, as well as top interstate and overseas students.

The educators of UQ are committed to excellence in learning experiences and outcomes for their students.

Research focus

The UQ Graduate School offers significant support to higher degree by research (HDR) students through a broad range of scholarships and research travel awards, dedicated office spaces, skills training, and professional development opportunities. The University introduced the Career Development Framework– another first nationally – designed to accelerate HDR students’ career development and enhance their employability. Evidence indicates that the University’s research excels in both quality and impact.

The Federal Government’s 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia exercise confirmed UQ as one of the nation’s top three universities, measured by the quality of its comprehensive range of specialised research fields. UQ’s outstanding critical mass offers researchers significant interdisciplinary capability. The assessment rated 100 per cent of UQ’s broad fields of research at or above world standard.

Over the last five years UQ has attracted more Australian Research Council funding for discovery and early-career research than any other Australian university. With three major campuses – located at St Lucia and Herston in Brisbane, and Gatton in South East Queensland – the University has invested substantially in construction and development, helping create great environments in which to study and research. UQ is committed to developing state-of-the-art learning spaces that are in step with industry demands and expectations.

Transformer Research  at UQ

» Australasian Transformer Innovation Centre

Transformer research at the University of Queensland is headed by Professor Tapan Saha (Professor of Electrical Engineering). We have a history of transformer research for more than 25 years.  Transformer research is conducted within Power and Energy Systems   research group, which is one of the six research groups in the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. In 2017, we have established the Australasian Transformer Innovation Centre, which focuses on the asset management of power transformers in the modern electrical network. This centre is located within the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at UQ.

We apply innovative research and industry experience together with professional training to help members operate their transformer fleets sustainably and efficiently. Our group includes industry experts in transformer asset management, as well as researchers and educators from leading Australian universities. Details about  the Australasian Transformer Innovation Centre can be found from clicking the link.» Australasian Transformer Innovation Centre

Australasian Transformer Innovation Centre Team

Centre Research & Management team

Centre Manager: Ray Holzheimer (Email: 

Name Position Location Contact
Professor Tapan Saha Professor & Director 47-406
+61 7 3365 3962
Dr Chandima Ekanayake Senior Lecturer & Deputy Director 47-214
+61 7 3365 3762
Dr Hui Ma Senior Lecturer 47-403
+61 7 3346 8751
Dr Shawn Nielsen Senior Lecturer, QUT Off campus

Industry Course Delivery Team

Name Organisation
Craig Adams TRAFOIX Pty. Ltd.
Amra Alibegovic-Memisevic Powerlink Queensland
Ray Holzheimer The University of Queensland
Michael O'Brien GE Grid Solutions Group
Gary Russell Powerlink Queensland

Advisory Steering Committee

Name Organisation
Tim Hart (Chair) Energy Queensland
Tapan Saha The University of Queensland
Peter Price Energy Queensland
Nicole Eastoe TasNetworks
Mike Griffin Australian Power Institute
Terry Killen CIGRE
Craig Savage United Energy
David Jellett Dynamic Ratings
Amra Alibegovic-Memisevic Powerlink Queensland
Thomas Smolka MR
Lindsay McPherson Essential Energy