Our Instructors

Dr Carl Fung


Dr Carl Fung is a process engineer with over 20 years’ consulting experience in a broad range of processing and chemical industries.

Carl has extensive experience in topics such as hydrogen production and storage, large scale battery safety, solar thermal processes and industrial energy efficiency. Carl has worked with large organisations such as Orica, BHP, and CSIRO, through to startups looking to commercialise new energy technologies.

Carl has provided specialist technical and expert witness advice to industry, advocate organisations and government, and is also an accredited consultant for several government led sustainability and energy efficiency programs.

David Leask

Electronics Technician 

David leads Emergent Group’s initiatives in the agricultural sector. Previously an Associate Faculty Director at TAFE NSW, he has led teaching initiatives from renewable energy and engineering to advanced manufacturing. In this role, he worked closely with rural and regional sectors to introduce high-level technology to traditional agricultural practices and collaborated with industry partners to implement clean energy technologies across campus. Passionate about showing the benefits of new technology to a

range of students and sectors, David is also a farmer, electronics technician and Internet of Things (IoT) expert.

Professor Glenn Platt

Project Manager

Professor Glenn Platt is an influential leader with an international reputation in the energy, clean technology and R&D sectors. He has held executive positions and advisory roles for several technology and engineering firms and has founded multiple companies in the clean technology field. Glenn has led project teams from engineers to economists, providing advice and technology solutions, and leading many Australian energy firsts–including first virtual power station, first grid-scale battery and first vehicle-to-grid project. 

Glenn appears regularly on TV and radio to provide advice and commentary on energy transition issues, and prior to joining Emergent Group he led renewable energy, energy economics, energy efficiency and battery storage efforts at CSIRO.

Dr Hamish Waterer

Operations Research

Dr Hamish Waterer’s expertise is operations research, the “science of better”, which is critical to the success of the energy transition. Hamish is passionate about:

* Managing the massive logistical risks associated with trying to deploy many large-scale renewable energy projects simultaneously across rural and remote parts of Australia.

* Optimisation of the planning and layout of large-scale renewable energy farms.

* Optimisation of the operation of battery energy storage systems.

Hamish has taught tertiary education courses in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, and presented his research in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe.

Phil Howlin

Lead Mechanical Engineer

Phil leads Emergent Group’s mechanical engineering efforts, who have worked on energy transition topics ranging from thermal processes to energy storage and offshore wind energy.

Phil’s team have also completed a number of feasibility studies considering the viability and risks associated with renewable energy projects on mine sites.

Phil joined Emergent Group following three years as an Associate Lecturer at the University of NSW, where he was awarded a Faculty of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award for innovations in education.

Simon Bull


Simon is Emergent Group’s electric transport and energy storage expert and has over twenty years engineering experience from diverse areas including defence, rail transport and electric mining vehicles.

As an expert witness, Simon has investigated and provided expert opinions on multiple incident failure investigations for transportation, mining and commercial clients.