Dan Gordon

Senior Research Engineer

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Hanna Neumann Building 145, Office 3.25


+61 2 6125 7601

Intelligent Systems

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Simulation and optimisation of electricity grids, renewable energy and storage, software engineering, scientific software, biological ion channels, crew scheduling optimisation, theoretical physics, computer languages (C++, python, rust, etc.).


Dan Gordon provides software engineering support and research in the field of simulation and optimisation of electricity grids, particularly with regard to the integration of renewable energy and storage. For example, his C++ SmartGridToolbox library has been deployed in several significan ARENA funded projects.


After completing a PhD in theoretical physics, Dan Gordon worked briefly in DSTO, before moving into the field of airline operations research as a developer of crew scheduling optimisation software and algorithms. In 2007 he moved back into academia, this time in the field of computational biophysics, where he specialised in simulating cell membrane ion channels. He became interested in the simulation and optimisation of electricity grids, renewable energy and storage after taking a job with NICTA’s power systems optimisation group. There, he developed the SmartGridToolbox software library, which has remained a focus of his activities. In 2016 he joined the ANU as part of the CONSORT Bruny Island Battery Trial project team, and has since participated in other ARENA funded projects in the clean energy and storage field.

Activities & Awards

Much of Dan Gordon’s work at the ANU has centered around research effort for externally funded ARENA projects, including the multi-award winning CONSORT Bruny Island Battery Trial, the Optimal DER Scheduling for Frequency Stability Study, the evolve DER Project and Project Converge.

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