During the holiday period, HVAC&R News is featuring the winners of the AIRAH Awards 2022.
The AIRAH Awards category for Student of the Year – Higher Education or Research is open to all AIRAH members, recognising work carried out during 2020/2021.
This award is given to a student demonstrating outstanding commitment to their studies and/or research at any level in the HVAC&R industry. Nominations can only be made by a third party, and are restricted to AIRAH members only.
This year’s winner was Jason Jarvinen, Stud.AIRAH, from the University of South Australia.
Jarvinen has transitioned from a successful industry career in HVAC and building automation to performing cutting-edge research in his PhD studies. His studies focus on utilising HVAC as a source of flexible demand in the electricity market, while managing occupant comfort.
Jarvinen’s work has included both modelling and real-world case study demonstration. This is relevant and timely for the industry in light of AEMO’s change to a five-minute settlement period, and the introduction of the Wholesale Demand Response mechanism.
Balancing the competing demands of contributing new knowledge in the field, while providing industry with solutions that are highly practical and economically viable, Jarvinen’s work has contributed to knowledge sharing in the International Energy Agency.
More information on the AIRAH Awards is available here.