My name is Dr. Gough Lui, 28 years of age (as of 2017), single. I am fully fluent in English, and know a small amount of Cantonese. Currently, I reside mainly at Chester Hill, in the south-west of Sydney, Australia with my mother and younger brother.
In 2016, I graduated from UNSW with a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The research topic was Photovoltaic-powered light-emitting diode based disinfection of water for point of use application under APA, ERA and ASI/ARENA scholarships.
In 2012, I graduated from UNSW with a Bachelors of Engineering in Photovoltaics and Solar Energy with First Class Honours. During my undergraduate career, I had authored two conference papers, one of which received a highly commended award for the Wal Read Memorial Prize titled Comparison of Bypass Diode Technologies published in the AuSES Solar 2011 Conference Proceedings.
I was a Taste of Research Scholarship recipient undertaking a project with the School of Surveying and Spatial Information Systems on Wi-Fi localization, authoring several posters, one of which was award winning. This summer scholarship resulted in my first conference paper titled Differences in RSSI readings made by different Wi-Fi chipsets: A limitation of WLAN localization published in the ICL-GNSS 2011 Conference Proceedings which is available to IEEE Xplore members here.
During the period of 2009 to 2012, I was involved as a lab demonstrator for UNSW Electrical Engineering and Telecommunication’s ELEC2141 (Digital Circuit Design) and ELEC2142 (Embedded Systems Design) courses. In doing so, I was responsible for assessing students, as well as facilitating their learning through programming and circuit construction exercises. A certain level of debugging ability is required, and new challenges always present themselves along the way. It was very enjoyable and refreshing to see different ways of solving a problem, as well as challenging to debug code in Verilog, C and ARM-Assembly that was written by someone else. I was also engaged as a lab manual author and editor for ELEC2141, having developed several exercises and refined the content of the manual over several years.
I was also mentioned in the UNSW Engineering Dean’s Honour List for high achievement in 2008, recognising my academic achievements in 2007. I had also represented UNSW Electrical Engineering on their open days in 2007 and 2009. I was also a member of BlueSAT, a student run organization at UNSW to build and launch a student-built amateur radio packet satellite (which still hasn’t happened yet). I was responsible for several teams and was involved in maintenance of their antennas (you can see some photos here if you scroll down).
I was a Co-Op scholarship recipient, having entered UNSW in an Electrical Engineering program. As part of the program, I had undertaken leadership camp (quite an enjoyable experience) and undergone industrial training at the NSW Department of Commerce in the Building Engineering Services department where I was responsible for drawings of the photovoltaics system on the NSW Parliament House for the development application and was involved in the tender process, as well as performing lighting modelling, circuit breaker sizing and cost estimations. My final presentation for my industrial training experience is here.
I was schooled in Australia and attended Cabramatta West Public School, Harrington Street Public School, Hambledon Primary School and Sefton High School. I was a selective school student at Sefton High, as well as being a prefect, peer mediator and yearbook editor. I received a double premier award (the highest merit system award), as well as the Deputy Principal’s award for technical services to the school. I was also involved in school representation in the Australian Science Olympiad, as well as the Great Engineering Challenge having ranked highly in science subjects. I was also involved in leading the Electronics Club and developing a CNC-milling pattern for their electronics courses.
From a very young age, I have been interested in electronics and computing no doubt thanks to the teachers who have schooled me along the way (especially Mr. Mitchell Thomas, Mr. Brian Cawley and Mr. George Frangos), and my Dad who taught me how to use the computer. Over time, this has expanded to other technical hobbies including photography, satellite TV, amateur radio, scanning and short-wave listening/monitoring. I enjoy building computers, and overclocking. I am proficient at soldering and like to build circuits and work with embedded systems/microcontrollers.
For a period of time, I was a writer for Australian Personal Computing (APC) Magazine (some contributions I wrote here, here, here, here and here) but that eventually became problematic due to organizational problems.
Lately, I have been involved with element14’s community, especially in producing RoadTest reviews and featuring in instructional webinars.
I currently am a licensed foundation level radio amateur license and possess a full unrestricted driver’s license.
This blog represents a work of passion – which I hope will come in useful or handy for those who read it. I don’t earn anything from it – in fact, I pay for it to be hosted, and I write what I feel like, and make no bones about it. There is fact, and there will be experience and opinion – I try to present it the way I feel makes most sense and covers an area in a complete holistic manner. It is built from the spare time and energy that I have, and sometimes “distracts” me from work I should be doing because I enjoy writing for you – the reader.
For a full list of publications and appearances, please see this page.