Mr Hua Chai

Mr Hua Chai

Associate Lecturer
Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications

Hua Chai received his dual Bachelor's Degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Project Management from North China Electric Power University, China, in 2014. He received his Master's degree (Master of Philosophy) in Electrical Engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia, in 2019. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the Energy Systems group, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW. His research interests include curriculum design and development in engineering education, condition monitoring of power system equipment and analysis of large scale, renewable-integrated power systems such as microgrids and smart grids.

With a particular emphasis on engineering education in energy systems, Hua's doctoral research aims to innovate in this field. A core objective of his study is the creation of a refined curriculum framework for electrical power engineering programs. This curriculum aims to equip future graduates with the practical skills and knowledge to excel and be readily employable in the rapidly evolving energy sector. As one of the first Ph.D. scholars in Engineering Education at UNSW Engineering, Hua's work is paving the way for the future of engineering education.

 

My Academic Qualifications

  • Master of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Australia, February 2018- December 2019
  • Graduate Certificate in Energy Systems, University of New South Wales, Australia, February 2017- January 2018
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Automation, North China Electrical Power University, China, August 2010- June 2014
  • Bachelor of Management, Project Management, North China Electrical Power University, China, August 2010-June 2014

 

My Academic Positions

Mr. Hua Chai has occupied various positions in the academic field, contributing his knowledge and experience in unique roles:

  • Education Officer (Innovation), University of New South Wales, Australia, May 2023-Present
  • Course Content Developer, Digital Grid Futures Institute (DGFI), University of New South Wales, Australia, April 2023-Present
  • Associate Lecturer, University of New South Wales, Australia, September 2022-Present
  • Casual Academic, University of New South Wales, Australia, September 2018-Present

 

My Industry Experience

  • Associate Engineer, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), Australia, November 2022-June 2023
  • Power System Engineer (Maintenance), State Grid Corporation of China, China, August 2014- February 2017

 

My Teaching

Mr. Hua Chai brings a diverse array of teaching experiences to his role at UNSW. As a course convenor and instructor, he has spearheaded key initiatives such as:

  • Coordinating ELEC1111 Electrical Circuit Fundamentals (Summer Term, 2023)
  • Leading the UNSW - Aurecon Short Course on Grid Integration of Renewables using PSCAD (May & August, 2022, September 2023)

 

Furthermore, he has served extensively as a teaching assistant, providing tutoring, mentoring, marking, and lab demonstration across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. These include:

Undergraduate Courses:

  • ELEC1111 Electrical Circuit Fundamentals
  • ELEC2134 Circuits and Signals
  • ELEC3111 Distributed Energy Generation
  • ELEC4611 Power System Equipment
  • ELEC4612 Power System Analysis
  • ELEC4613 Electrical Drive System
  • ELEC4614 Power Electronics
  • ELEC4617 Power System Protection

 

Postgraduate Courses:

  • ELEC9712 High Voltage Systems
  • ELEC9713 Industrial and Commercial Power System
  • ELEC9716 Electrical Safety
  • ELEC9123 Design Proficiency

 

My Supervision

Mr. Hua Chai extends his expertise to mentoring students through their academic pursuits. His joint supervisory roles in theses span from undergraduate to master's level, and include:

  • Undergraduate Thesis (2022-2023): "Comparative study of curriculum framework of renewable-based power engineering programs in Australia"
  • Masters Thesis (2020-2021): "Implementation of online virtual laboratory in electric power engineering program"
  • Masters Thesis (2021-2022): "Statistical analysis in engineering education research-A case study in a fourth year power engineering course"
  • Masters Thesis (2022-2023): "The impact of national energy policy on higher education curriculum and energy industry"

 

My Research Engagement

Mr. Hua Chai is actively involved in several projects aimed at advancing engineering education. Key projects he is contributing to include:

  • GROWing Confidence: Improving Student Retention, Graduate Capabilities and Integrity in a Large First-year Course (Education Stream)
  • Development of a Framework for Embedding Teamwork Skills in Non-Design Courses
  • Digital Uplift of ELEC9716 Electrical Safety
  • Battery Safety Short course - UNSW Digital Grid Future Institute & TAFE NSW
  • Education Support for Electrical Engineering Students from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (Electrical Engineering Drop-in Centre)
  • A 3P (Policy - Pedagogy - Practice) model to Examine the Impact of National Energy policies on Engineering Curriculum Development

 

My Awards and Recognitions

Hua Chai has earned a host of accolades that underline his dedication and contributions to both teaching and research.

Teaching-Related Awards:

 

Research-Related Awards:

  • Best Paper Award, 2023 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference (ASEE, Jun 2023)
  • 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) ELEC School Heat 2nd Place (Runner-up), School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW (June 2022)
  • Development and Research Training Grant, University of New South Wales (2021)
  • International Conference Travel Funding, University of New South Wales (2021)
  • Best Video Award, IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON, Feb 2021)
  • Outstanding Paper Award, International Conference on Engineering, Technology and Education (IEEE TALE conference, Dec 2020)
  • Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship, Australian Government (Department of Education, Skills and Employment, May 2020)
Location
Room 346, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Goldsmith R; Miao G; Daniel S; Briozzo P; Chai H; Gardner A, 2023, 'Becoming an engineering education researcher through a kaleidoscope of practice theory perspectives', Australasian Journal of Engineering Education, 28, pp. 85 - 96, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/22054952.2023.2214456
    Journal articles | 2022
    Liang X; Chai H; Ravishankar J, 2022, 'Analytical Methods of Voltage Stability in Renewable Dominated Power Systems: A Review', Electricity, 3, pp. 75 - 107, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/electricity3010006
    Journal articles | 2021
    Tang X; Zhang D; Chai H, 2021, 'Synthetical Optimal Design for Passive-Damped LCL Filters in Islanded AC Microgrid', Journal of Energy and Power Technology, 03, pp. 1 - 1, http://dx.doi.org/10.21926/jept.2103032
    Journal articles | 2020
    Lu S; Chai H; Sahoo A; Phung BT, 2020, 'Condition Monitoring Based on Partial Discharge Diagnostics Using Machine Learning Methods: A Comprehensive State-of-the-Art Review', IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, 27, pp. 1861 - 1888, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TDEI.2020.009070
    Journal articles | 2019
    Chai H; Phung BT; Mitchell S, 2019, 'Application of UHF sensors in power system equipment for partial discharge detection: A review', Sensors (Switzerland), 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/s19051029
  • Conference Papers | 2023
    Chai H; Yu H; Thattai K; Ravishankar J, 2023, 'Enhancing job-readiness through short courses: A case study in power engineering', Baltimore , Maryland, presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland, 25 June 2023 - 28 June 2023, https://peer.asee.org/43354
    Conference Papers | 2023
    Munasinghe N; Chai H; Ravishankar J, 2023, 'Work-in-Progress: A Systematic Gap Analysis of the Australian Power Engineering Curriculum', Baltimore , Maryland, presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland, 25 June 2023 - 28 June 2023, http://dx.doi.org/10.18260/1-2--42995
    Conference Papers | 2023
    Yu H; Chai H; Ravishankar J, 2023, 'Identifying the Needs of Electric Power Industry through Online Job Ads: A Mixed-methods Approach', Baltimore , Maryland, presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore , Maryland, 25 June 2023 - 28 June 2023, https://peer.asee.org/43443
    Conference Papers | 2022
    Chai H; Ravishankar J; Krishnan S; Priestley M, 2022, 'Work-in-Progress: A Holistic Approach to Bridging the Gap between Power Engineering Education and Electric Power Industry', in Kallel I; Kammoun HM; Akkari A; Hsairi L (eds.), IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), TUNISIA, Gammarth, pp. 2044 - 2048, presented at 2022 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), TUNISIA, Gammarth, 28 March 2022 - 31 March 2022, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON52537.2022.9766552
    Conference Papers | 2022
    Chai H; Tomeo-Reyes I; Ravishankar J, 2022, 'Identifying effective strategies for integrating emerging technical concepts in a first-year engineering course', in 33rd Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference (AAEE 2022): Future of Engineering Education, Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE), a Technical Society of Engineers Australia, Sydney, Australia, pp. 379 - 387, presented at 33rd Australasian Association for Engineering Education Conference (AAEE 2022), Sydney, Australia, 04 December 2022 - 07 December 2022, https://search.informit.org/doi/abs/10.3316/informit.896426579202658
    Conference Papers | 2022
    Wang Y; Chai H; Ravishankar J, 2022, 'Statistical Analysis Methods in Engineering Education Research: A state-of-the-art Review', in Kallel I; Kammoun HM; Akkari A; Hsairi L (eds.), IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), TUNISIA, Gammarth, pp. 438 - 444, presented at 2022 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), TUNISIA, Gammarth, 28 March 2022 - 31 March 2022, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON52537.2022.9766391
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Chai H; Ravishankar J; Meng K; Priestley M, 2021, 'Improved power engineering curriculum: Analysis in a year 3 course in electrical engineering', in IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON, pp. 701 - 705, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON46332.2021.9453908
    Conference Papers | 2020
    Chai H; Priestley M; Tang X; Ravishankar J, 2020, 'Implementation of microgrid virtual laboratory in a design course in electrical engineering', in Mitsuhara H; Goda Y; Ohashi Y; Rodrigo MT; Shen J; Venkatarayalu N; Wong G; Yamada M; Lei CU (eds.), Proceedings of 2020 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2020, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), ELECTR NETWORK, IEEE Shikoku Sect, pp. 509 - 515, presented at 2020 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE), ELECTR NETWORK, IEEE Shikoku Sect, 08 December 2020 - 11 December 2020, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TALE48869.2020.9368350
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Chai H; Lu S; Phung T; Mitchell S, 2019, 'Comparative study of partial discharge localization based on uhf detection methods', AIM, Madrid, Spain, presented at 25th International Conference on Electricity Distribution (CIRED 2019), Madrid, Spain, 03 June 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.34890/508
    Theses / Dissertations | 2019
    Chai H, 2019, Partial Discharge Monitoring by the UHF Method in Power Transformers, http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/64970
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Lu S; Chai H; Phung T; Zhang D, 2019, 'An Experimental Study of Low-Current DC Series Arc Faults for Condition Monitoring Purpose', Madrid, Spain, presented at 25th International Conference on Electricity Distribution (CIRED 2019), Madrid, Spain, 03 June 2019, http://dx.doi.org/10.34890/507
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Chai H; Phung BT; Zhang D, 2018, 'Development of UHF Sensors for Partial Discharge Detection in Power Transformer', in 2018 Condition Monitoring and Diagnosis, CMD 2018 - Proceedings, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CMD.2018.8535779