Emeritus Professor Hal Gurgenci

Emeritus Professor

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology


Professor Gurgenci's current research interests include energy systems analysis; geothermal and concentrating solar thermal power plant technologies; development of intelligent tutoring and compterised assessment systems for teaching machine design.

Hal Gurgenci, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has many years of industry and academic experience in solar energy, manufacturing and mining. Professor Gurgenci is the Founding Director of the Queensland Geothermal Energy Centre of Excellence (QGECE).

Research Interests

  • Renewable Power Generation
    Advanced power cycles, power cycle fluids, and power plant equipment for geothermal and solar thermal applications

Research Impacts

2012 A key researcher and a Node leader in the Commonwealth-funded Australian Solar Thermal Research Initiative

2009-2012 Invited referee and the advisor for the US Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Program

2008 Queensland Government funding to establish a centre of excellence to undertake research to expedite the uptake of geothermal energy in Australia

2005 Research Excellence Award 2004 for the Best Underground Coal Mining Research Project completed with ACARP assistance : “Longwall Automation”

2003 Engineering Excellence Award (Commendation) from the Institution of Engineers (Queensland) for the innovative design of a new mining machine technology (“Universal Dragline”). This technology is now being commercialised by the CRCMining spin-off Unidig and CRCMining partner P&H.

1986 Australian Design Award given to the design team for the design of the ICP Spectrometer product Plasmascan.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Miami
  • Masters (Coursework) of Science
  • Bachelor of Science, Middle East Technical University


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Book Chapter

  • Hooman, K., Guan, Z. and Gurgenci, H. (2017). Advances in dry cooling for concentrating solar thermal (CST) power plants. Advances in concentrating solar thermal research and technology. (pp. 179-212) edited by Manuel J. Blanco and Lourdes Ramirez Santigosa. Duxford, United Kingdom: Woodhead Publishing . doi: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100516-3.00009-5

  • Guan, Zhiqiang, Hooman, Kamel and Gurgenci, Hal (2016). Dry cooling towers for geothermal power plants. Alternative Energy and Shale Gas Encyclopedia. (pp. 333-349) edited by Jay H. Lehr, Jack Keeley and Thomas B. Kingery. Hoboken, NJ, United States: John Wiley & Sons. doi: 10.1002/9781119066354.ch32

  • Bongers, Daniel R. and Gurgenci, Hal (2008). Fault detection and identification for longwall machinery using SCADA Data. Complex system maintenance handbook. (pp. 611-641) edited by Khairy A.H. Kobbacy and D.N.Prabhakar Murthy. London, United Kingdom: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-84800-011-7_25

  • Townson, P., Murthy, D.N.P. and Gurgenci, H. (2003). Optimization of Dragline Load. Case Studies in Reliability and Maintenance. (pp. 517-544) edited by Wallace R. Blischke and D.N. Prabhakar Murthy. New Jersey, USA and Canda: John Wiley and Sons, Inc. doi: 10.1002/0471393002.ch23

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Emeritus Professor Hal Gurgenci is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision