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About Dr Ricardo Vasquez Padilla


Dr Ricardo Vasquez Padilla PhD, MSc(ME), BS(ME) is a senior lecturer and course coordinator of the Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering at Southern Cross University. Prior to that position, He worked as Research Fellow at CSIRO Energy Centre in Newcastle (2014-2016) and as Assistant Professor at Universidad Del Norte (2011-2014).  He received his doctoral degree (2006-2011) at University of South Florida in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Dr Yogi Goswami and Dr Elias Stefanakos.

His research interests include modelling and experimentation of advanced power blocks operating with different heat sources, Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST), hybrid renewable energy systems and applications of renewable energy for heating, cooling and desalination.


Positions

March 2016 - Present Senior Lecturer, Southern Cross University School of Environment, Science and Engineering
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March 2014 - March 2016 Postdoc Research Fellow, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation ‐ CSIRO Energy Centre
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June 2011 - February 2014 Assistant Professor, Universidad del Norte - Colombia
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August 2006 - May 2011 Research Assistant, University of South Florida ‐ Clean Energy Research Center
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Honors and Awards

  • Silver Medal for best GPA in Mechanical Engineering Department, Universidad del Norte, 2001
  • Young Researcher, COLCIENCIAS, 2001-2002
  • Best Dissertation and Summa cum Laude Master in Mechanical Engineering, Universidad del Norte, 2004
  • Best Student Paper Award, Advanced Energy Systems Division, ASME 2014

Courses

  • Principles of Solar Engineering
  • Thermal Engineering
  • Thermodynamics

Education

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August 2006 - May 2011 PhD, University of South Florida ‐ Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
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February 2001 - June 2004 MSc(ME), Universidad del Norte - Colombia ‐ Department of Mechanical Engineering
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February 1996 - December 2000 BS(ME), Universidad del Norte - Colombia ‐ Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Contact Information

PO Box 157
Lismore NSW 2480
Australia

Telephone: +61 2 6620 3783 

Email:



Journal articles (31)