Ecotech calibration engineer, Don Zhao, has been nominated for an MSA Award for his work in the successful relocation of the CSIRO wind tunnel to Ecotech.
Presented biennially at the MSA conference dinner in Melbourne, the MSA Award is for work completed, or that has gained scientific or industrial recognition, in the past five years and that has contributed to the Australian economy. The work must be substantially produced in Australia and must fall into the categories of basic research, development, application, or industry.
Since the CSIRO wind tunnel has been commercially running, Zhao has undertaken a great deal of study and research to improve its performance. He performed principle and experimental study on wind tunnel blockage correction and also solved sonic anemometer intermittent output issues.
Currently, Zhao is investigating the upgrade of the wind tunnel facilities and test methods to fulfil wind energy requirements and ensure that it continues to serve more industries.
Zhao holds a Bachelor of Engineering from NWN University of China and a Master of Engineering Management from the University of Melbourne. He has published over 10 academic papers in the area.
Prior to working for Ecotech, Zhao was a research and calibration engineer for the Primary Metrology Centre, China Aerospace Group, where he delivered a number of influential national primary metrology instrument research and development projects, including a static expansion pressure calibration system and an aerospace vacuum measurement system.
The winner of the MSA Award will be announced by the MSA National Committee at the conference dinner in Melbourne, 19-21 October.