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Terese Milford

Senior Future Technologies Development Engineer
Investigates new technologies which will help to transform Queensland’s electricity network
Industry
Energy, gas and oil
Company
Energy Queensland, sponsored by Yurika
Job Level
Senior
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About me

  • International Experience
  • Regional Background

I am a Senior Engineer in Ergon Energy and Energex’s Intelligent Grid New Technology team. I have a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical & Space) from UQ, a PhD in Engineering (Metals Combustion) from QUT and a Graduate Certificate in Power Supply Engineering undertaken during the first years of my career in electricity industry.

I develop, test and deliver innovative solutions to emerging network challenges. For the past five years I have worked on network analytics tools in collaboration with industry partners to enable a future filled with rooftop solar, batteries and electric vehicles. This work won Energy Networks Australia's 2021 Industry Innovation Award.

I was awarded the 2021 Women in Technology "Rising Star Technology Award" and was a finalist in the Excellence in STEM category. I am passionate about supporting women in STEM with regular engagements at schools and universities.

About my role

  • Confident
  • Curious
  • Logical
  • Personable

The Senior Engineer in Intelligent Grid New Technology is responsible for researching, identifying, investigating and delivering new technologies to enable electricity distribution networks Energex and Ergon Energy to improve network operations and transition Queensland to a renewable energy future. The team’s focus is on distributed energy resources, energy management, renewable energy, demand management, power management and network modelling. The work contributes towards ensuring the safe, reliable, secure and affordable operation of the Queensland electrical network.

The Senior Future Technologies Engineer leads field trials of emerging low voltage regulation and battery technologies. This role also represents the business on collaborative research projects with Universities, research organisations and industry bodies. Senior Engineers work as the technical lead engaged in collaborative initiatives with prominent University researchers and industry partners. The work applies innovative network analyses to support the integration of rooftop solar, batteries and electric vehicles.

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Education

  • Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical & Space)
  • PhD in Engineering
  • Graduate Certificate (Power Supply Engineering)

Awards

  • University Medal (UQ)
  • Conway Prize (Electric Energy Society of Australia – Best Member Presentation)
  • Up in Lights Award – Recognition of Excellence in Performance, internal Energy Queensland annual awards.

Hobbies

  • Acting
  • Running
  • Travel

15 year old me!!

“Don’t wait for the light at the end of the tunnel, walk down there and light it yourself. (From my Grade 6 teacher)”

My career journey

Curious to know how I got here? Here’s a snapshot of my career pathway.
  1. Completed Bachelor of Engineering
  2. Undertook a PhD in Engineering
  3. Commenced work in the electricity industry
  4. Took leave to raise a family
  5. Working on innovative industry projects

My employer

Yurika is a team of market leading experts in distributed energy, electrical infrastructure, metering and telecommunications solutions. Yurika works with businesses to deliver innovative, fit for purpose solutions that meet the companies needs.