Meet the staff: Dr Ricardo Vasquez Padilla

Published in the July 2016 issue

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Ricardo Vasquez Padilla low resWhat is your job at SCU?

I started working four months ago in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering as a senior lecturer in the engineering program and course coordinator of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering.

What is the most challenging thing about your job?

Every day is a challenge being a new staff member! I guess that the most challenging thing has been to learn the University’s software for education and teaching.

Otherwise, I have to confess that SCU is the most friendly work environment that I have ever worked in.

Where were you before you started working at SCU?

I was working as a research fellow at the CSIRO Energy Centre in Newcastle. I was responsible for the modelling of supercritical carbon dioxide Brayton cycles and its integration with Concentrated Solar Tower systems.

What do you do to relax?

I love being with my family. I also like walking and listen music (English and Spanish). In my personal case, music evokes beautiful memories.

What were you good at in school?

I was good in mathematics, physics and chemistry at my school in Colombia. I was also a good team player.

What other things have you done?

I was born in Colombia (Barranquilla), so my mother language is Spanish.

I finished my Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering in Universidad del Norte (Barranquilla-Colombia). I also did a Master degree at the same University. In 2006, I moved to Florida in the USA to pursue my doctoral studies in the analysis of power cycles and Concentrated Solar Energy. After my PhD, I joined Universidad del Norte as assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. I worked there for almost 2.5 years. In 2014, I moved to CSIRO Newcastle as a research fellow and in 2016 I joined to Southern Cross University as senior lecturer in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering.

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