Our team 

ResTech has a core team of experienced engineers. Our permanent staff are supplemented by academics from the University of Newcastle.

As part of the research process, staff are seconded to where our customers applications are located. This is aimed at ensuring our work remains focussed on delivering commercially viable solutions for industry.

The expertise of the ResTech staff is spread across power systems, electronics and computer systems (software development, microcontrollers, etc.). This mix of skills and experience is vital to the success of the company because of the increasing need to apply some traditional 'light current' techniques (digital control, communications, computer-controlled devices, etc.), to the power systems area.

 

Peter Stepien

Peter Stepien

Peter was a Cadet Engineer with the Electricity Commission of NSW while undertaking a degree in Computer Engineering at the University of Newcastle. Since completing his degree in 1987, he worked in the Power Projects (Electrical section) at the Sydney head office of the Electricity Commission of NSW.

In 1988 he started work at the Centre for Industrial Control Science at the University of Newcastle, initially as a Research Engineer and later as the Engineering Manager. During this time he was involved in numerous projects, including Orbtrack, a satellite tracking system for earth stations and UNAC, an advanced control system. The involvement was predominately in electronic hardware and microprocessor based digital system design. Peter also assisted with teaching duties at the University, including running a course in microprocessing interfacing and assembly language.

Peter commenced a Ph. D. in 1997 at the University of Sydney. His research covered Unsupervised Learning Algorithms and Architectures for the Implementation of Visual Processing. Peter was also employed as a casual academic in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney while completing his Ph.D. and also after being awarded his Ph.D. His duties included teaching a number of courses with topics including digital systems design, computer architecture, signals and systems and network programming.

In 2007, Peter started work at ResTech where he currently holds a position as Senior R&D Engineer. Work carried out at ResTech includes electronic circuit design, digital systems design, systems integration and other duties related to electrical and computer engineering.


Adrian Bastiani 

Adrian Bastiani

Adrian completed his Computer Engineering degree in 1990 and has worked as a research engineer in a number of Australian Research Council Centres for Excellence at the University of Newcastle (The Centre for Industrial Control Science and later The Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control).

Adrian has experience in signal processing, control and embedded systems from involvement in a diverse range of projects including commercial satellite tracking systems, mobile hardware & real time embedded software for a commercial Mine Vehicle Monitoring System, the development of software for use in a rapid prototyping of control systems, educational software for control system design and online condition monitoring equipment for large transformers.

In 2000, Adrian completed his Masters of Engineering and joined ResTech to continue technical engineering across a variety of projects for industrial clients.

 

 


Robin Fisher 

Robin Fisher

After completing his Computer Engineering degree in 2005, Robin became a member of NuBots, the Newcastle University robotics team. During his time with the NuBots the team achieved 1st place in the international Robocup robotics competition. Robin also helped to design and write the code for a robotic bear and dog which was offered as a replacement when the Robocup changed platforms.

During his higher education, Robin worked part time for the University of Newcastle as an IT manager. This work involved the administration of Database systems in the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  Robin was also employed by the University as a tutor and occasional lecturer in the area of computer programming.

In 2007 Robin joined ResTech and specialises in embedded systems and general software development.


Urs Grimm  

Urs Grimm

Urs studied engineering in Switzerland and worked for ABB in the UPS design department for six years before moving to Australia in 1990. Since 1991 he has been an R&D engineer with Ampcontrol and moved to Restech in 2011. In his time with Ampcontrol and Restech he designed control and power electronics for high current rectifiers and various other mining electronic products including intrinsically safe types. 

Besides the design tasks he factory tested high current rectifiers and he enjoys travelling to sites for commissioning projects. On the power front he was also involved in designing high voltage power factor correction equipment using capacitor banks.


Richard Griffiths

Richard Griffiths

Richard received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Newcastle in 1978. After brief employment at a telecommunications company and a local coal mine he joined Scientechnic (now Ampcontrol). For the next eighteen years he worked as a research and development engineer and the Technical Manager and was involved in the design, manufacture, installation and field support for a wide range of products, including mining protection relays, intrinsically safe systems, mine data transmission and control systems, battery chargers and large 415V and 1000V soft starters for mining conveyor belts. Around 1988, the work in power electronics began to extend into higher power areas such as traction rectifiers for trains (1550VDC) and trams (600VDC) and then to very high power rectifiers. 

Ampcontrol’s first “Rectiformer” (large water cooled rectifier and transformer combination) was designed and built for a copper refinery in Wollongong in 1989. As the principle designer of the rectiformers and their associated harmonic filters, Richard gradually spent more and more time working in this area and eventually transferred to the Power Division of Ampcontrol around 1996. In the period between 1989 and 2009 Ampcontrol constructed about 25 rectiformers and medium voltage harmonic filters with ratings up to 70,000 A DC and 25 Megawatt. Customers included Aluminium Smelters, Copper and Zinc refineries and Chlorine plants. 

Other work undertaken for Ampcontrol's Power division included extensive work on power factor correction system design, earth grid design, equipment cooling design and arc fault containment.

Richard transferred to Restech in July 2011 and has been contributing to work started by Tim Wylie and Peter Stepien on the analysis and simulation of IT power systems in underground coal mines and the impact of Variable Speed Drives and EMC filters.


Greg Adams

Greg completed his Computer Engineering degree in 1989, his Master of Engineering in 1991 and his PhD in 1994, all at the University of Newcastle. He has worked as a research academic in a number of Australian Research Council Centres for Excellence at the University of Newcastle (The Centre for Industrial Control Science from 1994 to 1996, and later The Centre for Complex Dynamic Systems and Control from 2003 to 2011), where he was involved in researching and implementing advanced control algorithms in C/C++ for UNAC (an advanced control design and implementation platform).

From 1997 to 1999 he worked for CICS Automation doing software and consulting work in signal processing, systems modelling and multivariable control. Between 2000 and 2003, Greg worked as a software engineer for Fairlight, doing assembly language, DSP, embedded C and C++ coding. From 2011 he worked as a control and automation engineer for Primatec and Ampcontrol Automation, involving PLC and SCADA projects, and on-site commissioning work.

Greg's project work has involved the development of software and algorithms for use in rapid prototyping of advanced control systems, modelling + control consulting for an airborne minerals exploration system, software for audio editing and mixing consoles, modelling + control + optimisation of sugar mills and grinding mills, automation systems for water treatment plants and other systems, and modelling + control of power distribution networks.

In 2015, Greg joined ResTech as an R&D Engineer. Work carried out at ResTech so far includes embedded systems programming and electronic circuit design.


Justin Gavranich

Justin graduated from Griffith University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Engineering with First Class Honours and has since achieved exceptional success in the hazardous areas industry.

While completing his final year of studies at University, Justin joined the team at Connexa designing electronics for hazardous areas with a focus on safety. Justin’s professional skills developed at a rapid pace and after only 12 months was promoted to lead Certification Engineer for Connexa, where they relied on Justin's insight and interpretation of Standards to successfully achieve numerous key milestones in the design, development and marketability of their products in the mining industry. Some highlights include 13 Ex Certificates of Conformity to numerous standards in the AS/NZS 60079 series. As a result, a suite of these certified products were made available across both national and international markets increasing safety for Miners across the globe.  

It was this passion for safety and conformity to both Australian and International Standards that led Justin to apply for the 2014 Standards Australia Young Leaders Program. Only the top 10 applicants were accepted through a competitive selection process, opening the door to a world of possibilities where Justin gained exposed to the nation's peak non-government Standards Organisation. Justin was provided with the opportunity to grow as a young professional through personal development programs and involvement with voluntary technical committees. Since the completion of the program, Justin has joined a number of committees and sub committees as a technical expert, including EL-014 Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres, EL-014-04 Intrinsic Safety, EL-014-09 Gas Detectors, ET-006 Australian IEC Conformity Assessment and ET-006-01 Australian IEC Ex Conformity Assessment.

Since completion of the Standards Australia Young Leaders Program, Justin has gone onto attend the 2015 International Electrotechnichal Commission (IEC) Young Professional Workshop held in Minsk, Belarus. Justin was also one of the Australian delegates to attend the IECEx Management committee held in Christchurch, New Zealand in September 2015.

Justin was awarded the 2015 Griffith University Sciences Young Alumnus of the Year award for his willingness to take on an active role with both Standards Australia and also his representation of innovative product design in the hazardous areas sector. This milestone in his career, after only three years since graduation cements him as a young leader of the future in the area of hazardous area product design, conformity assessment and standardisation. As the 2015 Griffith Sciences Young Alumnus, Justin has gone onto inspire young Engineers of the future about his experiences in hazardous areas and standards development via a guest lecture at Griffith University in late 2015.

In 2016 Justin started work at ResTech where he currently holds a R&D Engineer – Embedded Systems position, bringing his expertise in hazardous areas, intrinsic safety, electronic design and conformity assessment to supplement the diverse capabilities of ResTech.