Professional Services Staff

Professional Services Staff

A number of key staff are driving the development of our new facilities at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre and other sites.

Craig McLauchlanDr Craig McLauchlan

Research Facilities Manager
Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)
Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences,
University of Wollongong, 
Wollongong, NSW 2522
Australia
Email Craig_McLauchlan@uow.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 4221 5280

Professional Experience

Craig is a professional engineer and is Research Facilities Manager at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC). He is responsible for design, construction, installation and operation of the research equipment at the SBRC.Before joining UOW in 2011 Craig worked for BlueScope Steel for 14 years as an engineering cadet and professional engineer. During this time Craig worked with great success on a wide variety of roles within the Steelworks including Project Management, Maintenance Support, Reliability Engineering and manufacturing Process Improvement.Craig graduated with a B.E (Hons I) in Mechanical Engineering after completing a 7 year cadetship with BlueScope Steel (formerly BHP) in 2004. In the same year he took on a role as Process Improvement Engineer at the Coupled Pickle Cold Rolling Mill (CPCM) at BlueScope Port Kembla. During his employment as an engineer from 2005 to 2009 he studied electrical engineering part time and graduated in 2009 B.E (Hons I) Electrical Engineering. Craig has completed a PhD focusing on Electric Motors and Drive systems.   

 

RobynRobyn Dawson

Administration Officer
Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)
Faculty of Engineering and Information Services
University of Wollongong,
Wollongong, NSW 2522
Australia
Email rdawson@uow.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 4239 2198

Professional Experience

Robyn has extensive experience working in administration and event coordination and management. Before working for the Faculty of Business as Administration Officer in Marketing and Events Robyn was assistant manager in Events and Venues at the Wollongong UniCentre coordinating and managing countless events. She has exceptional client relationship management skills maintaining excellent working relationships. Robyn has put this experience to great use in her current role at the SBRC as Administration Officer. Her role at the SBRC involves providing support to the Director and administration support to the staff and students of the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) for the research, teaching, industry/community engagement activities undertaken by the SBRC. 

Robyn has qualifications in Event and Business Management and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Event Management from the University of Wollongong.  


JohnJohn Barron

Technical Officer
Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)
Faculty of Engineering and Information Services
University of Wollongong,
Wollongong, NSW 2522
Australia
Email jbarron@uow.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 4221 2338

Professional Experience

John is a fitter and machinist by trade and works as a Technical Officer at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre. He is responsible for overseeing installation, maintenance and operations of the various equipment and facilities at the SBRC. John has worked in various universities as Technical and Laboratory Officers as well as industrial positions in Design and Manufacturing. Prior to his starting at the SBRC John was a Technical Officer for the University of Wollongong’s Faculty of Engineering as well as for the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales previously. 

John has a Diploma in Engineering. He is trained in CAD/CAM operations and is currently enrolled in a Renewable Energy Technologies course.  

 

micheaelTMichael Tibbs

Energy Efficiency Projects
Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)
Email mtibbs@uow.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 4221 3677
 

Professional Experience

Michael is involved in several energy efficiency projects conducted by the SBRC including the major Energy+ projects. His interest is in retrofits for residential buildings, building energy efficiency characterisation tools and Remote area wind power generation and storage system integration

  

Clayton McDowell- SBRC StaffClayton McDowell

Project Manager
Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)
Email cm639@uowmail.edu.au
Phone: +61 418 638 686
 

Professional Experience

Clayton is a PhD student at the University of Wollongong and is the Project Manager / Student Leader for Team UOW. Clayton’s studies into the thermal comfort of low-income elderly resident’s homes in the Illawarra has driven his desire to make a change in the future of Australian housing. In 2016 he was instrumental in establishing the new Team UOW and started work on designs for the Desert Rose House as part of the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 competition. The Solar Decathlon is an international competition that challenges collegiate teams to design and build a solar powered home. Clayton’s experiences in his research made him realise that the current housing stock is not designed for an ageing population and this results in people living with a lower quality of life than they deserve. Clayton’s experiences influenced Team UOW in deciding to design a house that goes above and beyond the competition requirements, they designed a home that is adaptable and aims to improve the quality of life for those living with aged related disabilities with a keen focus on dementia. Clayton holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Engineering Practice and has a background of project management in the mining and sugar refining industries. Clayton used his skills to guide Team UOW towards Second Place Overall in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018 where they transported their Desert Rose House to Dubai in November 2018 to compete against 15 other teams from across the world.  

Last reviewed: 8 May, 2019