Researcher

Dr Muhammad Tariq Nazir

My Expertise

Electrical Power Engineering: High voltage generation, measurement, testing, condition monitoring of power system equipment, partial discharge, energy storage materials, electrical composite insulation, ageing mechanisms, and asset management

Fire and Safety Engineering: Flame retardant materials, electrical fires, pole top fires, membrane and coatings for building infrastructure, composite panels, timber panel, and poles. 

 

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Biography

Dr. M. Tariq Nazir is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney. He did his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications, University of New South Wales, majoring in high voltage and insulation technology (Energy Systems Research Group). His PhD thesis title is “Study on Degradation of Polymeric Nanocomposite...view more

Dr. M. Tariq Nazir is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney. He did his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications, University of New South Wales, majoring in high voltage and insulation technology (Energy Systems Research Group). His PhD thesis title is “Study on Degradation of Polymeric Nanocomposite Dielectric Materials Used for High Voltage Outdoor Insulation” (supervisors: B.T. Phung and M. Hoffman). Since 2010, he has been associated with research and teaching in the area of high voltage power lines insulation, power asset failure, condition monitoring and electrical fire hazards. The laboratories he has worked with, in his career include High Voltage Laboratory, UNSW, State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China, State Key Laboratory of Power Transmission Equipment & System Security and New Technology, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China and High Voltage Laboratory, Qassim University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

 Since September 2018, he has been working in fire and safety research under the supervision of Prof. Guan Heng Yeoh who is centre director of ARC Training Centre for Fire Retardant Materials and Safety Technologies at UNSW. He is a part of UNSW researchers' team working on CRC- Projects of Flame Security International (FSI) to develop commercial flame-retardant products for buildings and bushfire prone areas.

Dr. Tariq is a recipient of the UNSW postdoctoral writing fellowship award, Outstanding research performance award of XJTU, Excellent student paper award (ICEMPE,17), Honor graduate student award of Chongqing University (CQU), UNSW-TFS Scholarship, Chinese government scholarship (CSC) award, and several international travel awards including IEEE NSW DEIS Chapter Travel Grant.

Dr. Tariq is also serving as associate editor of "Applied Nanoscience" Springer Nature, "Transactions on Electrical and Electronic Materials" Springer Nature, Guest Editor "Polymers -MDPI" and "Frontiers in Materials". He is a Professional Engineer member (MIEAust.) of Engineers Australia, Member of Society of Fire Safety (SFS) and Australasian Association for Engineering Education. He is a member of IEEE and Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS). Moreover, he is a member of IEEE young professionals and a member of the Pakistan Engineering Council.

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SUBJECT AREAS OF SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS:

  • High Voltage Systems - high voltage generation, measurement, and testing, Power System Equipment – condition monitoring and insulation analysis of transmission lines, cables, generators, motors, transformers, and switchgear
  • High Voltage Insulation- partial discharge detection, discharge characteristics, insulation breakdown, dielectric failure mechanism, Overhead insulators’ pollution performance, Overhead power lines under catastrophic bushfires and pole top fires, dielectric properties, Finite Element Method (FEM) simulation modelling
  • Fire and Safety Engineering - Recyclable thermal conductive flame retardant materials, flame retardant polymers, electrical fires, pole top fires, flame retardant coatings and membranes for building infrastructure, ACP composite panels, bushfire prone timber infrastructure and timber power poles

 

MY TEACHING @ UNSW:

  • ELEC9712-High Voltage Systems (Lecturer, course administration, tutorials, examiner)
  • ELEC4611-Power System Equipment (Tutor, lab head demonstrator, tutorials, examiner) 
  • ELEC1111- Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering (Lab demonstrator)

 

SUPERVISION:

  • Weitao Tang (Master thesis), Multifactor environmental aging of silicone rubber nanocomposite material, 2015
  • Zhijun Wang (Master thesis), Study of electrical insulating materials - silicone rubber micro & nanocomposites, 2016
  • Aamir Iqbal (Master thesis), Characterization of service aged high voltage polymeric insulator for deterioration evaluation, 2017
  • Mingrui Zhang (Master thesis), Comparative AC tracking and erosion resistance of Nano-silica/SiR and Nano-BN/EPDM composites, 2017
  • Faizan Tahir Butt (Master thesis), Polymer insulators for high voltage outdoor applications, 2018
  • Reuben Hackett (Master thesis), Testing of overhead polymer insulators in salt fog conditions, 2020

 

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Professional Engineer Member of Engineers Australia (MIEAust)
  • Society of Fire Safety Australia (SFS)
  • Australasian Association for Engineering Education
  • Member Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society (DEIS)
  • IEEE Young Professionals
  • Member of Pakistan Engineering Council

 

My NEWSPAPER, NEWSLETTER ARTICLES & IN MEDIA:

 

JOURNAL REVIEW & EDITORIAL ROLES:

Regular reviewer for journals

IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, IET High Voltage, CSEE Journal of Power and Energy Systems, International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems, IEEE Access, Applied Surface Science, Energies — Open Access Journal, Applied Sciences — Open Access Journal, Materials — Open Access Journal, Polymers — Open Access Journal, Nano-Structures & Nano-Objectives, Computers & Electrical Engineering, Science of Advanced Materials, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Journal of Elastomers & Plastics, Composites Part B: Engineering, Composites Science and Technology, Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

 

CONFERENCE ORGANISATION & REVIEW:

  • Member International Organizing Committee for the “3rd IEEE International Conference on Electrical Materials and Power Equipment (ICEMPE)” Chongqing, China, April 2021.
  • Member of publications & local arrangements committee for the “11th IEEE International Conference on Properties and Applications of Dielectric Materials (ICPADM)” Sydney Australia, July 2015.
  • Member of publications & local arrangements committee for the “14th International Workshop on Atmospheric Icing of Structures (IWAIS)” Chongqing, China, May 2011.
  • Reviewer: ICPADM 2015, ICHVE2016, ICEMPE 2019

 

INVITED TALKS:

 

NATIONAL COLLABORATIONS:

  • Tyree Transformers, Australia
  • TorTech, Pty Ltd. Australia
  • Flame Security International, Australia
  • Fire and Rescue New South Wales
  • New South Wales Rural Fire Service
  • Victorian Building Authority (VBA)
  • Cladding Safety Victoria
  • Composite Materials Engineering
  • CSR, FSI Europe
  • Warringtonfire, Australia

 

INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS:

  • Professor Shengtao Li, State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment (SKLEIPE), Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
  • Professor Jiang Xingliang, State Key Laboratory of Power Transmission Equipment & System Security and New Technology, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China
  • Professor Shahid Hussain, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, China
  • Shakeel Akram, GEM-IES, University of Montpellier, France
  • Prof. Ayman El-Hag, High Voltage Laboratory, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Professor Muhammad Amin, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology (GIKI), Pakistan

 

TRAINING & COURSES:

  • I have completed my “UNSW Engineering Course Design Institute (CDI)”. I redesigned my course ELEC 9712, High Voltage Systems. This intensive, five-day summer CDI provides me with the skills, knowledge, and support necessary to foster a learner-centred environment.
  • I have completed my course on “Foundations of University Learning and Teaching (FULT)” from UNSW to develop my practice by exploring a range of perspectives, ideas, theories, and practical approaches to learning and teaching in the higher education context.
  • I have completed my training to become an ALLY. ALLY@UNSW Network is a lighthouse program that aims to ensure UNSW is a safe and welcoming place for all LGBTIQ+ students and staff. This training session provides an in-depth discussion of diverse gender, sex, and sexuality.
  • I have completed two days of “Masterclass Optimal Selection of Insulators for Polluted Environment” presented by Dr. Wallace Vosloo (Corporate Specialist High Voltage Engineering at Eskom) and Dr. Igor Gutman (Expert and Marketing Director of Independent Insulation Group in Sweden), Sydney, August 12-13, 2019
  • I have completed my training on “UNSW Engineering - Supervision Skills” presented by Penny Martens Associate Dean (Research & Training), Faculty of Engineering, UNSW, June 19, 2019

 

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

Oct. 2018 – to date:                              

Organization: University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Designation: Postdoctoral Fellow

Duties: Currently, I am working as a research fellow on CRP projects of Flame Security International at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, UNSW.

July 2018 – Nov. 2018 (Semester 2, 2018):    Sept. 2019 – Nov. 2019 (Term 3, 2019):                                                      

Organization: University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Designation: Adjunct Lecturer

Duties: I have worked as a lecturer for ELEC9712 - High Voltage Systems at the Faculty of Engineering, SEE&T, UNSW twice so far. This is a postgraduate course in Energy Systems for students doing master’s degree-by-coursework (MEng or MEngSc) in the SEE&T, UNSW. I was solely responsible for the course administration, all the lectures, tutorials and assessment over the full course duration. My score for quality of teaching for each term is given below as per individual’s MyExperience report.

Role

Term/Semester

MyExperience (Score)

Lecturer [Link]

Term 3, 2019

5.26/6.0

Lecturer [Link]

Semester 2, 2018

5.28/6.0

 

May 2018 – July 2018:                              

Organization: University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Designation: Postdoctoral Writing Fellow

Duties: I am the recipient of the highly competitive “Postdoctoral Writing Fellowship” funded by the Faculty of Engineering, SEE&T, UNSW in semester 2, 2018 round. I have worked as a postdoctoral writing fellow for three months with A/Prof. Toan Phung.

March 2015 – June 2018:                              

Organization: University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

Designation: Academic Staff (Casual)

Duties: During my casual academic duties at the SEE&T, UNSW, I have a teaching and mentoring experience of the following courses.

  • ELEC4611-Power system equipment (Head lab demonstrator, tutorials, counsellor, maker/assessor)
  • ELEC1111 (lab demonstrator, counsellor)

Feb. 2013 – July 2014:            

Organization: College of Engineering, Qassim University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Designation: Lecturer

Duties: I have worked as a lecturer at the College of Engineering, Qassim University, KSA. I instructed the following undergraduate courses during my duties at Qassim University.

  • High voltage engineering (Hired to manage High Voltage Laboratory)
  • Electrical machines laboratory (Course coordinator, counsellor, course material, teaching, marker/assessor)
  • Electrical measurement laboratory (Course coordinator, counsellor, course material, teaching, marker/assessor)
  • Electrical power system laboratory (Course coordinator, counsellor, course material, teaching, marker/assessor)

Oct. 2009 – Sept. 2010 & Aug. 2012 – Feb. 2013   

Organization: Comsats University, Islamabad, (Wah Campus) Pakistan

Designation: Lab Engineer & Lecturer

Duties: I have worked as a lab engineer and lecturer at Comsats university and I have experience of teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. I have worked as a counsellor, curriculum/course designer, convener, lab tutor, marker and assessor and counsellor to junior lab engineers.

Sept. 2016 – Nov. 2016 & May 2017 – July 2017

Organization: State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment (SKLEIPE), Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China

Designation: Visiting Research Fellow

Duties: I have worked with Prof. Shengtao Li at the State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment (SKLEIPE), Xi’an Jiaotong University, as a visiting research fellow under its opening project. I had completed the project entitled “Thermal characteristics and erosion resistance analysis high voltage outdoor insulation” funded by its opening project.


My Grants

  • National Natural Science Foundation of China (International (Regional) Cooperation and Exchange Projects) 2019.02-2021.02: Amount-400,000 RMB - Grant Number 51950410596 (Principal investigator: Prof. Shahid Hussain, Collaborator: M. Tariq Nazir)
  • International Collaborative Research Seed Grant: Opening Project No. EIPE16204 Amount- 60, 000 RMB-from State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment (SKLEIPE), Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an China, 2016 (2016.05-2017.12)(Chief Investigator: M. Tariq Nazir; Collaborators: Shihu Yu, B. Toan Phung, Shengtao Li)
  • Int’l Conference Travel Grant for IEEE Int’l. Conf. on Electrical Materials and Power Equipment (ICEMPE), 2019, Guangzhou China, April 07-10
  • Int’l Conference Travel Grant for IEEE Int’l. Conf. on Electrical Materials and Power Equipment (ICEMPE), 2017, Xi’an, China, May 14-17
  • IEEE NSW DEIS Chapter Travel Grant for IEEE Int’l. Conf. on Condition Monitoring and Diagnosis (CMD), Xi’an, China, Sept. 25-28, 2016
  • Int’l Conference Travel Grant, Postgraduate Research Student Support (PRSS) (RSTR9000), UNSW, Sydney, 2016
  • Int’l Conference Travel Grant for Conf. on Materials Engineering and Automatic Control (ICMEAC), Jinan, China, April. 2012

My Qualifications

  • 2014-18: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
  • 2010-12: MEng. in Electrical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China.
  • 2005-09: BSc in Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Taxila, Pakistan.

My Awards

  • Research Fellowship, UNSW under industry-led Collaboration (CRC-P grants), 2018
  • Postdoctoral Writing Fellowship Award, Faculty of Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, UNSW, 2018
  • Outstanding Research Performance Award of State Key Laboratory of Electrical Insulation and Power Equipment, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China for outstanding performance in Opening Research Project No. EIPE16204, 2018
  • Excellent Paper Award and Cash Prize for the paper entitled “Comparative AC tracking and erosion resistance of micro-AlN and BN filled silicone rubber composites” presented at IEEE Int’l. Conf. on Electrical Materials and Power Equipment (ICEMPE), Xi’an, May 14-17, 2017
  • TFS Scholarship Award for Ph.D. studies, The University of New South Wales, 2014
  • Honors Graduate International Student award for an excellent student from Chongqing University, Chongqing, China, 2012
  • Chinese Government Scholarship (CSC) Award for Master studies at State Key Laboratory of Power Transmission Equipment & System Security and New Technology, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China, 2010
  • Outstanding Reviewing Contribution Award, Nano-Structures & Nano-Objects, 2018
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Location

Room# 402, Ainsworth Building J17
Kensington Campus, 2052 NSW,
Australia


Contact

+61 (2) 9385 6196