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Dr. Ashfaque Chowdhury

PhD, MEng (Research), BEng (First Class Honours with Distinction)
Academic Lead (Engineering Foundation), Lecturer (Mechanical Engineering)
School of Engineering and Technology
Hydrogen Renewable Energies Centre, Clean Energy Academy
Gladstone Marina
Building 608 - Room G.09
About Me

Dr Ashfaque Chowdhury is the Academic Leader (Engineering Foundation) and Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at CQUniversity. He has over 18 years of experience as an academic, organizational leader and practicing engineer in Australia and abroad. He has a strong record of research publications in numerical and experimental studies in sustainable and resilient energy technologies, waste energy, biohydrogen, etc. He is an active researcher in teaching practice who provides insights into curricula, assessment and pedagogy.

Ashfaque has written more than 50 refereed papers in renowned international journals and conferences and won two best paper awards in 2012 and 2018. He has served as a member of the Scientific / Technical / Advisory Committees of several International Conferences, as an assessor of Cooperative Research Centers (CRCs) and as a regular reviewer for several international journals published by Elsevier and Springer. He volunteers his time to hold various committee positions with Engineers Australia, Standards Australia, International Building Performance Simulation Association. He is the recipient of the Young Engineer of the Year 2017 in the Central Region, Engineers Australia. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (FIEB) and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA), which recognizes achievement under the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for higher education teaching and learning support.


  • The 10th Anniversary best paper awards from Energies Journal, MDPI
  • 2017 Young Engineer of the Year, Central Region, Engineers Australia
  • Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing, Applied Energy Journal, Elsevier
  • 2016 Finalist, Opal Award for Engaged Education and Training, CQUniversity
  • 2015 Certificate of Recognition from Dean of School of Engineering and Technology for achieving outstanding student satisfaction 
  • Best paper award for the paper at 12th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET)held in Hong Kong
  • Excellence in Research Awards, Central Queensland University Postgraduate Research Students Committee, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton
  • Strategic Research Scholarship, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton.
  • Postgraduate Research International Scholarship, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton.
  • Centre for Sustainable Resource Processing (CSRP) Top up scholarship, Australian Resources Research Centre, Kensington, WA.
  • Centre for Sustainable Resource Processing (CSRP) Conference Travel Award, Australian Resources Research Centre, Kensington, WA.
  • Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Research Organization (CSIRO) Flagship Top-up Scholarship.
  • Research Higher Degree Student Travel Award, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton
  • Student Scholarship, SimBuild 2006, The Second Conference of the U.S. Affiliate of the International Building Performance Simulation Association held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA.
  • Faculty Research Scholarship, Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton
  • CRC for Integrated Engineering Asset Management (CIEAM) Top up scholarship .
  • Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship.

Media Citations

  • Ashfaque's 'universal charger' idea a national campaign winner
  • Rockhampton duo plan to turn green waste into viable bio-oil
  • Postgrad awards recognise excellence
  • Engineers inspire each other in challenging times
  • Engineers' national president in Rocky to defuse population bomb
  • Visitor advocates systems at heart of better learning
  • New academics celebrate learning the ropes

Professional Experience

  • Feb 2016 – Jul 2020 : Deputy Campus Leader (Engineering, Gladstone Campus)
  • Feb 2019 – May 2019: Discipline Leader (Engineering Foundation Studies)
  • Dec 2018 – Jan 2019:  Acting Campus Leader (Bundaberg and Gladstone)
  • Nov 2017 – Jan 2018: Acting Discipline Leader (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Dec 2012 – Jan 2013: Acting Discipline Leader (Mechanical)
  • Nov 2013 – Jan 2014: Acting Discipline Leader (Mechanical)

Professional Memberships

  • Engineers Australia.
  • The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating (AIRAH)
  • The Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE).
  • Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE)
  • The International Association of Engineers (IAENG).
  • The International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA), Australasia.
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
  • The Institution of Engineers (IEB), Bangladesh.


  • Member, Elsevier Advisory Panel
  • Reviewer, Applied Energy - Journal - Elsevier
  • Reviewer, Applied Thermal Engineering - Journal - Elsevier
  • Reviewer, Energy Efficiency - Journal - Springer
  • Reviewer, Energy, Ecology and Environment - Journal - Springer
  • Reviewer, Journal of Engineering Science and Technology (JESTEC),School of Engineering. Taylor’s University
  • Reviewer, Higher Education Research and Development – An International Journal (Special Edition on Work Integrated Learning), Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group [ISSN 1175-2882].
  • Reviewer, Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education (Special Edition on Work Integrated Learning) [ISSN 1175-2882].
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology [ISSN: 1814-0556]
  • Reviewer, WSEAS Transactions on Fluid Mechanics (Special Issue on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Fluid Mechanics) [ISSN: 1790-5087].
  • Reviewer, ACEN-WACE Asia Pacific Conference 2008, Sydney Australia, 30 September - 3 October, 2008.
  • Reviewer, The 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Gold coast, Australia, December 3-7, 2007.
  • Reviewer, The Fourth IASTED Asian Conference on Power and Energy Systems (AsiaPES 2008), Langkawi, Malaysia, April 2 - 4, 2008.
  • Reviewer , Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference 2009, Adelaide
  • Reviewer , Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference 2013, Perth
  • Member, International Program Committee, The 5th WSEAS International Conference on Heat and Mass Transfer (HMT'08), Acapulco, Mexico, January 25-27, 2008.
  • Member, International Scientific Committee, The 6th IASME/WSEAS International Conference on Heat Transfer, Thermal Engineering and Environment (HTE'08), Rodos, Greece, August 20-22, 2008.
  • Member, International Scientific Committee, The 6th IASME/WSEAS International Conference on Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics (FMA'08), Rodos, Greece, August 20-22, 2008.
  • Reviewer, Research Project Proposals (RPP), Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program
  • Committee Member, Engineers Australia – Gladstone Regional Group (2014)
  • Peer Support, Early Career Academic Program 2008, Division of Teaching and Learning, CQUniversity (2008).
  • Student Member, Research Higher Degree Committee, CQUniversity (2009 - 2010).
  • Student Member, Postgraduate Research Advisory Panel (PRAP), CQUniversity (2007-2008).
  • Postgraduate Research Student Representative, Research Committee of the Academic Board (ReCAB), CQUniversity (2006 – 2007).
  • Member, Postgraduate Research Student Committee, CQUniversity (2005 – 2006).

Professional Interests

  • Member, Standards Australia Committees and Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand Committees SA TS 5342 and HB-194
  • Member, E3 Industrial Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) Technical Working Group, Department of Environment and Energy, Australian Government
  • Grant Assessor, Bangladesh Energy and Power Research Council, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, Bangladesh
  • Member, Mechanical College Queensland, Engineers Australia (2021).
  • Member (appointed regional representative), Queensland Division Committee, Engineers Australia (2020 - 2021)
  • Chair, Gladstone Regional Group, Engineers Australia (2018)
  • Co-Chair, Gladstone Regional Group, Engineers Australia (2019)
  • Executive Member, Queensland Group Advisory Committee, Engineers Australia (2017 - 2018)
  • Treasurer, Gladstone Regional Group, Engineers Australia (2016)


  • Co-editor, Book Entitled Application of Thermo-fluid Processes in Energy System, published by Springer
  • Editorial Board Member, Book Entitled Developments in Engineering Education Standards: Advanced Curriculum Innovation, published by IGI Global.
  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability [ISSN 1832-2077]
  • Advisory Board Member, Bioinfo Renewable & Sustainable Energy Journal [ISSN 2249-1708]
  • Co-editor, CREC 2009 – Central Region Engineering Conference Proceedings, CQUniversity, Rockhampton, Australia.
  • Co-editor, GECon2008 - Graduating Engineering Conference Proceedings, CQUniversity, Rockhampton, Australia.

Recent Research Projects
Cheaper greener Queensland: Optimising renewable fuel production from mixed-waste (AQIRF037-2021RD4)
From: 03/01/2022 to 03/01/2025
Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
Funding Scheme: Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships 2021
Total Funding: $360,000.00
Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 4012 Fluid mechanics and thermal engineering
  • 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation
  • 4017 Mechanical Engineering

At the level of Associate Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
Process development for hydrogen production from food waste using solar energy driven bio-digester.
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Design and Development of a Hybrid Renewable Energy System for Far North Queensland, Australia
Associate Supervisor
Doctor of Philosophy
Modelling and forecasting the renewable energy technology development in the Far North Queensland.
Associate Supervisor
Research Interests

Curriculum and Pedagogy - Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy


Interdisciplinary Engineering - Computational Fluid Dynamics


Mechanical Engineering - Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
Thermofluid Engineering, Low energy Cooling Technologies, Building Energy Performance, Thermal Comfort, Biohydrogen, Renewable Energy and Sustainability, Biofuel, Engineering Education

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