Engineering Science at the Auckland University


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Engineering Science at the Auckland University

  1. 1. Engineering Science at the University of Auckland Mike O’Sullivan, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  2. 2. Outline of the presentation <ul><li>General background on Engineering Science </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate degrees </li></ul>
  3. 3. Engineering Science <ul><li>One of five departments in the Faculty of Engineering (also Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical and Materials) </li></ul><ul><li>Faculty enrolls ~650 new undergraduate students each year </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering Science runs two degree programs – Engineering Science and Biomedical Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering Science ~35 students per year </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical Engineering ~25 students per year </li></ul>
  4. 4. Engineering Science People <ul><li>Academic staff - 31 </li></ul><ul><li>Research fellows - 7 </li></ul><ul><li>PhDs – 18 </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Engineering – 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Energy – 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Operations Research – 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Postgraduate Certificate in Geothermal Energy - 22 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Teaching profile – for all engineers <ul><li>Mathematical modelling </li></ul><ul><li>Computer methods </li></ul><ul><li>Chemistry and Biology for engineers (part) </li></ul>
  6. 6. Teaching profile – for Engineering Science <ul><li>Mathematical modelling </li></ul><ul><li>Computational techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Design </li></ul><ul><li>Continuum mechanics </li></ul><ul><li>Operations Research </li></ul>
  7. 7. Teaching profile – additional for Biomedical Eng. <ul><li>Instrumentation </li></ul><ul><li>Bioengineering </li></ul>
  8. 8. Research interests <ul><li>Operations research </li></ul><ul><li>Continuum mechanics </li></ul><ul><li>Bioengineering </li></ul>
  9. 9. Research spin-off groups <ul><li>Bioengineering – Auckland Bioengineering Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Operations Research – Optima </li></ul><ul><li>Geothermal – Geothermal Modelling Group </li></ul>
  10. 10. Research degrees <ul><li>PhD – 3 or 4 years </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Engineering – 1 year </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering – 4 year BE + 1 year ME </li></ul><ul><li>Science – 3 year BSc + 2 year MSc </li></ul><ul><li>or 4 year BSc(hons) + 1 year MSc </li></ul>
  11. 11. Master of Energy <ul><li>Cross-faculty degree (Engineering, Science, Business and Economics) </li></ul><ul><li>Just started in 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Organised by Engineering Science </li></ul><ul><li>Several themes including geothermal and wind </li></ul>
  12. 12. Master of Energy - structure <ul><li>Two compulsory courses (25%) - Energy Resources and Energy Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Three elective courses (37.5%) – From Engineering, Science or Business and Economics </li></ul><ul><li>Industry-focused research project (37.5%) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Master of Operations Research <ul><li>A one year, all research degree </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted at students with BScs in mathematics, statistics or computer science or with BComs in economics </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering Science students interested in OR can take an ME </li></ul>
  14. 14. Postgraduate certificate in geothermal energy technology <ul><li>One semester program (mid-July to mid-November) </li></ul><ul><li>Organised by Engineering Science (the Geothermal Institute is being re-established and may take over this role) </li></ul><ul><li>25-30 students per year, ~25% from Indonesia, ~25% from the Philippines, the rest from many countries </li></ul><ul><li>New Zealand Government is providing scholarships </li></ul>
  15. 15. PGCert - structure <ul><li>Two compulsory courses – one on geothermal engineering and one on geothermal geoscience (50%) </li></ul><ul><li>One elective paper on either geothermal engineering or geothermal geoscience (25%) </li></ul><ul><li>An industry-based research project (25%) </li></ul><ul><li>Two one-week field trips to the Taupo volcanic zone – Rotorua, Wairakei etc </li></ul>
  16. 16. PGCert – field trip
  17. 17. PGCert – field trip
  18. 18. Engineering Science - Research themes <ul><li>Bioengineering Research </li></ul><ul><li>Electric Power Optimization </li></ul><ul><li>Fluid Dynamics, </li></ul><ul><li>Solid Mechanics, </li></ul><ul><li>Geothermal and Oil and Gas Reservoir Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Network Design and Simulation </li></ul><ul><li>Scheduling and Rostering </li></ul><ul><li>Stochastic programming and multicriteria optimization. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Geothermal Reservoir Engineering Research <ul><li>Simulation of the Wairakei-Tauhara, Mokai, Ohaaki and Ngawha reservoirs. </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling of supercritical geothermal flows. </li></ul><ul><li>MCMC methods for model calibration. </li></ul><ul><li>Large-scale geothermal convection. </li></ul><ul><li>Subsidence in geothermal fields </li></ul><ul><li>Automated model calibration </li></ul>
  20. 20. Geothermal Engineering Research <ul><li>Two-phase flow in geothermal pipelines. </li></ul><ul><li>Two-phase orifice plates. </li></ul><ul><li>Power station design and optimisation. </li></ul><ul><li>Automated analysis of geothermal well tests. </li></ul><ul><li>Direct use of geothermal energy. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Other related research <ul><li>Environmental fluids modelling </li></ul><ul><li>Tidal flow modelling. </li></ul><ul><li>Simulation of pollutant dispersal in rivers, estuaries and coastal environments. </li></ul><ul><li>Simulation of fish egg/larvae dispersal. </li></ul><ul><li>Petroleum reservoir engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Coal bed methane (CBM) production </li></ul>
  22. 22. Big picture for geothermal modelling research <ul><li>I want to be able to run bigger and better models of Wairakei-Tauhara (and other fields) more quickly. </li></ul><ul><li>I would like to have much more automation in the calibration process. </li></ul><ul><li>My ultimate aim is to start my model running, go to the beach for a week or two and return to find: </li></ul><ul><li>A well calibrated model </li></ul><ul><li>Future predictions of system behaviour (with full statistics e.g. 95% confidence bounds on MWe output, etc) </li></ul>
  23. 23. The beach
  24. 24. The other end of the beach
  25. 25. Far north New Zealand
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