About the Centre for Power Engineering Excellence

Honorary Professorial Fellows

Mr Alex Baitch

Principal, BES (Aust) Pty Ltd

Alex holds BE, MEngSc and MBA degrees from Sydney University, University of NSW and Deakin University respectively. He is an honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia and a fellow of Australian Institute of Energy, a Senior Member of IEEE and an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators. In 2014 Alex took up the role of National President of Engineers Australia. Alex has over 40 years industry experience in the electricity industry including electricity utilities, manufacturing, importing and consulting. Alex is principal of BES (Aust) Pty Ltd specialising in electrical distribution and utilisation. Alex is one of Australia’s leading authorities on electric safety.

Dr Robert Barr AM

Director, Electric Power Consulting Pty Ltd
National President, The Electric Energy Society of Australia

Robert commenced his career in the electricity supply industry in 1973 as a cadet engineer with Prospect Electricity. He was appointed as a professional engineer with Prospect Electricity in 1976 and gained experience in electricity distribution including load forecasting and system planning. Robert joined Illawarra Electricity as System Control Engineer in 1982 and was later appointed Area Manager Nowra. Robert has managed and worked for his company “Electric Power Consulting Pty Ltd” since 1990 and has dealt with a wide range of power quality and general electricity industry problems. He was recognised by the Electrical College of Engineers Australia as the 2012 Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year and was announced as being appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday 2013 Honours List for significant service to engineering, particularly electrical energy supply and distribution.

Dr Peeter Muttik

Senior Engineer, Systems Solutions Group Australia, GE Energy Management Grid Solutions

Peeter holds Ph.D, B.E. (Hons) and B.Sc degrees from the University of Adelaide. Peter has many years of experience in a wide variety of electric power projects, power systems analysis and design including substations and high power electronics.

Dr David Sweeting

Director, Sweeting Consulting Pty Ltd

David holds Ph.D, B.Sc and B.E. (Hons) degrees from Sydney University. He is an Honorary Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Senior Member of IEEE, and a member of the Electric Energy Society of Australia, Consult Australia and CIGÉ finishing his PhD David worked for Brown Boveri in Switzerland for 4 years on circuit breaker development, testing and switching transients. On returning to Australia he joined the Sydney County Council, now Ausgrid, where he held positions in substations, overhead transmissions, the Testing Branch and ran the Lane Cove High Power Testing Station. In 1980 he joined the consulting firm Bassett and Partners where he became an Associate Director. In 1989 he began Sweeting Consulting Pty Ltd specialising in High Voltage Electrical Engineering. David has over 40 years experience in HV electrical distribution, power quality reviews and being an expert witness. He has been and still is involved on many National and International Standards Committees covering short circuit currents, standard voltages, power quality and arcing hazards.

Mr Ty Christopher

General Manager Asset Management, Endeavour Energy

Ty Christopher started in the Electricity Supply Industry in New South Wales in 1986 as a cadet engineer. Over the last 29 years, his career within the industry has included responsibility for substation and mains design, project management, system operations, network planning, asset strategy and most recently program delivery. In his current role Ty is accountable to the Chief Operating Officer for overall program management and delivery of network capital and maintenance programs. This includes the management of a Portfolio Management Office to provide end to end management of projects, including those undertaken by contract resources and delivery of efficient and effective network asset management services. The portfolio delivered is in the order of $500 million per annum. Ty has led his current team through a period of transformational change required to successfully deliver the largest network investment program ever undertaken by Endeavour Energy or its predecessor organisations, with substantial results delivered by contract service providers.

CPEE Prospectus

CPEE Prospectus