• Advanced energy systems
  • Biomass gasification
  • Drying and dehumidifying
  • Energy system simulation and optimisation
  • Green buildings and sustainable renewable energy technologies
  • Heat pumps
  • Life cycle analysis of energy systems
  • Natural working fluids
  • Thermal storage



  • Lu Aye is an Associate Professor in the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at The University of Melbourne.

    A/Prof. Aye obtained his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the Rangoon Institute of Technology and Graduate Certificate in Computing, at the Rangoon Institute of Computer Science. He received his Masters of Engineering Science (Mechanical), PhD (Advanced Energy Systems) and Graduate Certificate in University Teaching at the University of Melbourne. 

    Research interests
    - Renewable energy
    - Energy efficiency technologies
    - Biomass gasification
    - Green buildings
    - Energy system simulation and optimisation
    - Thermal storage
    - Advanced energy systems
    - Heat pumps
    - Life cycle analysis of energy systems

    A/Prof. Aye has an international collaboration in Exchange programs, Research, Technical Assistance/ Training with the Chiang Mai Univeristy, Thailand. 

    A/Prof. Aye (Member of the IIR Commission E2), was the Chairperson for HVAC Best Practice Conference 2008, held on September 18 – 19, 2008 in Melbourne.
    The main aim of this Conference was to provide a forum for the dissemination and discussion of topics relevant to new knowledge in the following fields:
    • Solar air conditioning and heating of buildings
    • Comfort and indoor environment quality in energy efficient buildings
    • Energy efficient building integration 

    He is also a member of the University of Melbourne Energy Institute Energy Efficiency and Smart Grids research groups.   


Member of

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineering. Member 2004 -
  • International Institute of Refrigeration. Member 2004 -
  • Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating. Fellow 1993 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • 2012: L. Aye, A. Ooi, T. Ngo, C. Nguyen, 'An innovative large scale solar PV deployment system', Research Collaboration Grant, University of Melbourne, $20K

    2011: R. Crawford, L. Glover, L. Aye, K. Hinton and D. Jones, 'A comprehensive environmental assessment model: Informing environmental decisionmaking across disciplines', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI), University of Melbourne 

    2010: P. Mendis, H. Malano, A. Rajabifard, I. Johnston, C. Duffield, L. Aye, A. Western, R. Crawford, B. Davidson, T. Ngo, H. Doloi, 'MUtopia - A collaborative-interdisciplinary platform for visualisation, simulation and testing innovative ideas of future sustainable urban development', Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, Melbourne Sustainable Societies Institute (MSSI) and Melbourne Energy Institute (MEI), University of Melbourne, $50K   


Education and training

  • GCertUniTeaching, University of Melbourne 2008
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1996
  • MEngSc, University of Melbourne 1991
  • GCertComp, Rangoon Institute of Technology 1982
  • BE (Mechanical), Rangoon Institute of Technology 1981

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, 2004
  • Member of Sigma Xi Scientific Reseach Society, 2004



Available for supervision

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