About Our Team

Learn a little more about our fantastic team

Core Academic Staff

Melinda Hodkiewicz

Professor Melinda Hodkiewicz was appointed as the BHP Billiton Research Fellow in Engineering for Remote Operations in 2015.In addition to her academic role she was for was the Chair of the Standards Australia Committee for ISO 55000 (AM Standard) and represented Australia on the ISO (International Standards Organisation) committee for Asset Management Standards until 2015. Melinda has worked in operations and maintenance roles in the US and Australia. Following a PhD at UWA Melinda joined the academic staff and retains close contact with her industry roots. She is currently teaching Risk Reliability and Safety to engineering students at UWA and leads research projects in Safety, Asset System Health and Maintenance.

Jie Pan

Professor Pan received BSc in physics and acoustics from Nanjing University in China, and PhD in acoustics from Adelaide University. He did postdoctoral work on active noise and vibration control in Adelaide University. He joined the University of Western Australia since 1991 and he is now the Winthrop professor in the School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering. Professor Pan has authored and co-authored more than 300 journal and conference papers in acoustics, vibration, control, system health condition monitoring, one monograph on nonlinear control of ships and an eBook on vibration. His current Google Scholar h-index is 33. Professor Pan also contributed to WA ship building, mining, power and aircraft industries through his consulting activities.

Ed Cripps

Ed Cripps

Following the completion of his PhD (2005) in Statistics at the University of New South Wales, Dr Cripps spent the next two and half years in two post-doctorate research positions. Dr Cripps has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Western Australia since May 2009. During that time he has continued to work with colleagues that collaborated in the above projects. He also has been focusing his own research on change point estimation in time dependent data and applying these methods to provide decision support tools for asset management and organisational behaviour problems. He provides professional consultation for industry and teaches a range of mathematical and applied statistical units.

Hong Yang

Professor Yang is a specialist in the broad field of materials science and engineering with research interests and expertise in the areas of functional and engineering materials, materials thermodynamics, materials processing, materials chemistry and electrochemistry, nano-functional materials, carbonaceous materials and corrosion of materials. Over the years, Prof. Yang has gained extensive research experiences, in-depth understanding and knowledge of a broad range of materials and a wide range of materials characterization techniques.
Since 2006, as a lead CI and co-CI, Prof. Yang has secured over 10 national and international competitive research grants amounting to a total value of ~ A$6.3M from the commonwealth government, the industry and overseas research funding bodies. Currently Prof. Yang holds 2 ARC Discovery Project grants on achieving exceptional mechanical strength. She is also a lead chief investigator of a project on subsea pipeline corrosion prevention funded by Woodside Energy Ltd.

John Lau

Dr. John Lau completed his PhD in Operations Management (Specialized in Statistics) at Hong Kong University of Science Technology in 2005. He did his postdoctoral work Gene Expression Clustering in University of Bristol. Before he joined the University of Western Australia in 2008, he was a Lecturer in University of Witwatersrand. His research topic is mainly in Statistical Modelling, with applications in the area of Reliability, Economics and Finance. Currently, he spends most of his time in the area of condition monitoring, in particular Remaining useful life (RUL) prediction using Bayesian Methodology.

Adrian Keating

Dr. Keating has been working with photonic device/systems, MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) and advanced semiconductor materials for more than 15 years. His experience includes both commercial and academic work in the U.S., Japan and here in Australia. He holds a number of patents. In 2004 he joined UWA and he has extended his work on MEMS, developing characterization techniques to evaluate the performance of MEMS microspectrometers operating in the infra-red. Since 2007 he has been with the School of Mechanical Engineering, advancing the Mechatronics program and work on MEMS. More recently he is the inspiration behind the UWA Makers Group.

Rachel Cardell-Oliver

Associate Professor, School of Computer Science & Software Engineering
Dr Rachel Cardell-Oliver is an expert in the design of intelligent systems that integrate data collected from distributed sensors; wireless communication systems; and data analytics using machine learning methods. Recent projects include detection of recurrent signatures in smart water meter time series, anomaly detection in sensor streams, and leak quantification in pipeline systems with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities. She has also developed methods for cleaning and integration of sensor time series data, and data analytics visualization tools for sensor systems data, most recently in an ARC Linkage project on the performance of rammed earth buildings.

Tim French

Dr. Tim French completed his PhD in Computer Science at UWA in 2007. He is currently a Senior Lecturer with a focus on Computer programming formal verification, quality assurance and the optimization of complex systems. He also works in the area of machine learning, automata and uncertainty. This includes current work on automata which looks at scheduling solutions that are robust to uncertainty and adaptable in the presence of change. He has worked on a number of problems applying neural networks and evolutionary algorithms which are relevant to asset health diagnostic and classification tasks.

Tim Sercombe

Prof Tim Sercombe has a BE (Hons 1) and PhD from The University of Queensland. He undertook post-doctoral training at The University of Birmingham, UK, before returning as a Research Fellow to The University of Queensland. He joined The University of Western Australia in 2006. He has been actively working in the area of 3D Printing since 1997, and has worked across a wide range of different 3D Printing technologies. Since moving to The University of Western Australia, he has been largely involved in printing of metals using Selective Laser Melting. He has worked in a large variety of materials including stainless steel, titanium, aluminium and aluminium composites, cobalt-chrome, and glasses. Most recently, he is also beginning to undertake work on examining the reliability of 3D Printed parts in comparison to conventionally produced components.

Carolyn Oldham

Professor Carolyn Oldham leads the Contaminant Dynamics research group within the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering. Her work focuses on processes affecting contaminant fluxes into shallow water bodies, the subsequent distribution of the contaminants through the water column and sediments, and the impact of those contaminants on ecosystem health. The group uses understanding of the fate and transport of contaminants to develop remediation tools, manipulating physical, chemical and biological processes, for contaminated water bodies; we also collaboratively develop numerical tools for future planning and management of water bodies. Carolyn’s group works across freshwater and marine systems, in urban and rural catchments and within the resource sector. She currently leads a project in the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities.

PhD Students and Research Assistants

Ashwin D’Cruz – Research Assistant

Lachlan Astfalck – Starting PhD 2016

Praveen Sundaram – Research Assistant

Berney Bao – Research Assistant

CEED, Final Year and MPE Project Students for 2016


Tom MacKeon (CEED project with BHP Billiton



Rajiv Venkatraman (CEED project with Woodside)



Research Assistant Alumni



Linden Blair – graduated to join Woodside



Chris McFarlane – graduated to join Bain & Co.


Lyle Campbell – Research Assistant