Applied Physics

  • Geospatial Analysis & GIS
  • Data Science & Machine Learning
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics


  • 2020: Intro to Deep Learning with PyTorch | Udacity
  • 2020: QGIS 3.0 for GIS Professionals | Udemy.org
  • 2020: SQL for Data Science | UC Davis via Coursera.org
  • 2020: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialization | UC Davis via Coursera.org
  • 2019: Introduction to Lidar | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • 2019: The Complete Introduction to OpenFOAM | Udemy.org
  • 2019: Introduction to Engineering Simulations (ANSYS) | Cornell University via edX
  • 2019: CFD Python, Lorena A. Barba group | Jupyter notebooks available on GitHub.
  • 2018: Machine learning with Python | IBM through coursera.org
  • 2018: Python for Research | Harvard University via edX
  • 2015: Programming for everybody (Python) | University of Michigan via coursera.org
  • 2014: Electrical System Grounding & Electromagnetic Interference Analysis | SES & Technologies
  • 2013 Integrating renewable energy into the power grid | CPD international, a two-day training course
  • 2013: Principles of Economics for Scientists | California Institute of Technology via coursera.org
  • 2012: Power Factory Fundamentals | DigSilent Pacific
  • 2009: Advanced statistics | MIC quality, www.micquality.com
  • 2006: Recent advances in Si solar cells | WCPEC, Hawaii.
  • 2002: 3rd Eurosensors school on fundamentals of sensor science and technology | Eurosensors XVI
  • 2001: Presentation skills, and intellectual property management | Two-day CRC for uTech event, Melbourne
Additional Training
  • GIS & Geospatial Analysis
  • Python
  • SQL
  • Machine Learning
  • OpenFOAM
  • Power system modelling
  • Renewable energy integration
  • Economics
  • Statistical process control
  • Silicon solar cells
  • Sensor science and technology
  • Intellectual property management
  • Site safety
  • Job safety analysis


Skills for geospatial & earth sciences

I'm new to this field so some of these things are work in progress. This is a great direction for me, combining an interest in conservation and geo-sciences with strong math, sensor-science and programming skills.


Skills for energy systems

Four years as a power systems engineer and six as a solar cell scientist. I still have loads of enthusiasm for the clean energy challenge. If there was something new I could help with from the South Island, or somewhere similar, I'd be very interested.


Skills for microfabrication & solar cells

I spent ten years doing research in Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS), photonics & PV. Eventually I returned to NZ where we don't really have these industries.


Hobbies & Interests

Other things I've been known to do include: Sailing, map sports, beekeeping, bike mechanic volunteering, aquaponics, kayaking, mountain biking, gardening, skiing, conservation volunteering, chess, tramping & trout fishing.

Restoration & Upcycling
Long Distance Cycling
Human Scale Technology
Extreme Composting
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The Canterbury earthquakes 2010 & 2011. Magnitudes 7.2, 6.2 & 6.4 plus aftershocks
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The street looking a bit munted alongside the Ōtākaro/Avon River
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A bridge over the Ōtākaro
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My shed part way through demolition
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I removed over 4 tonnes of this by hand.
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My new shed on on the way
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Finished, with my special "driveway"
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Doors inside doors, to have a nice workshop but with trailer access from both ends.
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Repairs to my west bedroom walls
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North Bedroom, original windows, and asbestos containing material under the floor.
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Window frames nicely restored and the panes double glazed. The gabion wall outside was made from remains of the swimming pool.
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Still working on walls
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In the 50's nobody needed wardrobes apparently
15 / 20
North bedroom finished
16 / 20
My Fireball overdue for some restoration.
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Taping up some cracks
18 / 20
Top side finished
19 / 20
Sailing in Adelaide
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International Fireball 10978, Legend. Australian Champion 1978, 1979 and the last wooden hull left at the Adelaide Sailing club.

Here are some of the bike trips I've made

The map still needs a bit of improvement. You can zoom and pan about if curious, I put it together mostly from memory, reliving my old adventures through Google Earth.

This is my little attempt to coin a new phrase. I'm interested in technologies with similar mechanical characterics to human motion.

I haven't got far with this, that's why it is in the hobby section.

As machines we have high torque, but low speed. We're also silent, can run a long way on a small amount of (sort of) renewable fuel, and we seldom break the things we run into. This makes us more awesome than much of the technology dominating rich-world lives today.

Machines in the power range of 0-500W can make life easier, whilst still letting us have meaningful and healthy use from our own muscles.

The bicycle is my favourite human-scale example, but I'm thiking a bit more generally about this. I could have said egg beater, or a power drill and the point would be similar.

I do have a specific project in mind. I'd like to develop a low-power (50-500W), light weight, low cost, high torque heat engine. Probably some flavour of mineature rankine cycle steam engine.

I know steam is a bit out of fashion in 2020. Still I think a quiet, liquid or compressed gas fuelled engine with these characteristics could be really useful.

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Nelson Community Composting Scheme
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Say something awesome
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Say something even more awesome
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Our new machine bEartha!
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Inside bEartha
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Nice team photo


I'd be happy to hear about any new projects. I am currently in Aotearoa-NZ but open to remote work, or re-locating if travel restrictions allow.

Kia kaha