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Dr. Ramadas Narayanan

PhD Mechanical Engineering (UniSA), Grad Cert Tertiary Teaching (Curtin), Grad Cert Research Commercialisation (UniSA)
Lecturer - Engineering/Mobility Program Leader
School of Engineering and Technology
Centre for Intelligent Systems
(07) 4150 7107
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Bundaberg - Building 13 G-10
About Me

Dr.Narayanan is a Mechanical Engineer with diverse ranges of experiences which include industrial experience as a Mechanical Engineer, innovative research experience and several academic experiences in a variety of roles over different universities and programs.

He has expertise in sustainable energy systems, renewable energy heating and cooling, energy efficiency and transient heat and mass transfer modelling. He has completed several research projects in this area with internal and external partners including international collaborators.

He completed PhD Mechanical Engineering from University of South Australia on a CSIRO solar flagship project in 2012. His thesis was on the development of solid desiccant systems for dehumidification and cooling in a solar air-conditioning system. During this period, he also worked at UniSA as a Lecturer/ Research Assistant and also completed a Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialisation from UniSA.

In 2013, he worked with South Australian Government- DIMTRE (Department of Manufacturing, Industry, Trade, Resources and Energy) as Energy Project Officer, providing energy efficiency advice on appliances for Energy Advisory Group and related projects.

He was featured in a leading industry journal, ECOLIBRIUM, Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Airconditioning, and Heating (AIRAH); his research work has been honoured with a few research excellence awards by several bodies such as AIRAH, SA Govt, and UniSA, etc.


His main area of expertise is low-carbon air-conditioning, particularly the solar thermal cooling incorporating the desiccant evaporative cooling system.  He has carried out several theoretical and experimental investigations on the dehumidification process, developed innovative desiccant drying systems and invented the non-adiabatic desiccant wheel which has high effectiveness in moisture removal. He has over 20 years of experience in the energy field and successfully carried out several joint projects with internal and external partners, including international collaborators. He received several awards which include an award from Australian Institute of refrigeration, air conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) for outstanding scholarship in the industry.

Currently, he is working on novel cooling technologies such as desiccant cooling incorporating the non-adiabatic desiccant wheel and the dew-point evaporative cooler which is superior to the current finalists' project in the global cooling prize (

At present, he is a committee member of the special technical group (STG) for Renewable Energy Heating and Cooling of AIRAH. He is also the Chair of Engineers Australia’s Bundaberg Regional Committee for the year 2019.  He is a member of the editorial board member and reviewer of a few international journals such as Energies, Applied Thermal Engineering, Solar Energy Engineering etc.

Universities Studied At

University of Kerala -Bachelor of Technology (Mechanical Engineering)

University of Kerala -Master of Technology (Mechanical Engineering)

Curtin University, Australia- Graduate Cert in Tertiary teaching

University of South Australia - PhD( Mechanical Engineering)

University of South Australia - Grad Certificate in Research Commercilaisation

Universities Worked At

Tafe College Seremban, Malaysia and affiliated program of Charles Darwin University, Northumbria University , UK. and Robert Gordon University, UK.

Curtin University, Australia

University of South Australia -


  • November, 2017, Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning, CQ University.
  • November, 2017, Student Voice Award for On-campus Educator of the year, 2017, CQ University.
  • June, 2016, Vice Chancellor’s Award for Good Practice in Teaching and Learning, CQ University.
  • January 2015, Honorary Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at University of South Australia.
  • May 2013, Nominated for South Australian State Government’s Science Excellence Award for the category of PhD Research Excellence.
  • March 2013, Received invitation to join as a Full Member to Barbara Hardy Institute, UniSA
  • November 2012, Winner of Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air-conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) Award for outstanding scholarship at any level Refrigeration & Air-conditioning Industry- the research work carried out in the PhD study.
  • August 2011, Winner of 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Presentation Competition of the Division of Information Technology, Engineering and Environment, University of South Australia.
  • October 2010, "Advanced Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (AME) Research Presentation Award", Winner in the research presentation competition in "2010 AME Research Presentation Seminar", University of South Australia, Australia.
  • October 2010, "AME Research Poster Presentation Award", Merit Certificate in the research poster competition in "2010 AME Research Presentation Seminar", University of South Australia, Australia.
  • August 2010, Commercialisation Training Scheme, Scholarship, UniSA
  • January 2008, “CSIRO Postgraduate Research Flagship Scholarship", a prestigious award for conducting research in the Desiccant Evaporative Cooling System, CSIRO Energy Centre at Newcastle, Australia.
  • July 2008, “University of South Australia President’s Scholarship” to undertake PhD research, University of South Australia, Australia.
  • January 1998, “Certificate of Achievement from a Federal Minister of Malaysia”, for contributing towards obtaining ISO 9002 for TAFE College Seremban in Malaysia
  • August 1991, “GATE Postgraduate Scholarship”, a prestigious scholarship to undertake Master’s study in Engineering, Government of India.

Media Citations

Featured in the AIRAH magazine ‘ECOLOBRIUM’ December 2012 edition, for the achievement in the PhD research

Professional Memberships

Member - Australia Institute of Refrigeration,Air conditioning and Heating (AIRAH)

Committee Member , Special Technical Group- Renewable Heating and Cooling -AIRAH

Member, Engineers Australia

Chair, Engineers Australia Bundaberg Regional Committee


· Member, the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education (IJQAETE).

· Reviewer, International Journal for Heat and Mass Transfer, Elsevier.· Member, the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education (IJQAETE).

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Numerical and Computational Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Other Engineering

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests

Mechanical Engineering - Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
Sustainable Energy Engineering

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