Siemens is a global leader in energy-efficient technologies, having launched its innovative ‘Fusesaver’ product in 2013. As the world’s fastest medium voltage circuit-breaker, Fusesaver helps eliminate up to 80% of sustained electricity outages on rural networks in over 30 countries.
When this Australian-developed product required an upgrade, Siemens turned to PhD-enabled technological expertise through APR.Intern as the solution to improve the system’s wireless communication.
Partnering with Australia’s only national PhD internship program, Siemens was matched with the skillset of Furqan Hameed Khan – a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland (UQ). During a four-month internship carried out at Siemens’ Yatala-based manufacturing facility, Furqan applied his postgraduate-level expertise in short-range radio signals to this industry challenge – a fine example of local research with global application.
“Furqan’s research provided valuable insight into the reliability of our radio technology. He identified behaviours we had not previously seen and enhanced our understanding of the system’s characteristics,”
Joshua Adler, Siemens R&D Manager and Furqan’s Industry Supervisor
Under the guidance of Academic Mentor, UQ Associate Professor Marius Portmann, Furqan conducted a series of field tests in developing a diagnostic tool to measure the effectiveness of the Fusesaver product.
“This research collaboration enabled Siemens and I to gain from each other’s knowledge. For me, the internship had multiple benefits. It was an opportunity to apply theory to a real-world problem with wider industrial importance, and to interact with industry in a professional environment,”
Furqan Hameed Khan, former PhD Intern at Siemens Australia
“This valuable experience also makes me a stronger candidate for future employment. I would like to thank Josh Adler and Siemens for the opportunity to contribute to this interesting project,” Furqan added.
Furqan Hameed Khan’s research set the groundwork for new and improved radio technology, keeping Siemens at the forefront of sustainable energy technology solutions.
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