Dr Aziz Ahmad

Location: Building 182, Room 3001


PhD, Auckland University of Technology

Professional memberships

Member of The Electricity Engineers' Association (EEA)



Aziz studied Electrical and Electronics as an undergraduate at the University of Peshawar and Communication Engineering as a postgraduate student, at the University of Manchester. On completing his studies, he was employed as electronics design engineer at Randox Laboratories Ltd (Northern Ireland) where he worked on designing detection systems for medical devices. He worked at ENER-G Combined Power Ltd as hardware engineer where he worked on updating control systems for CHP power generation plants. He also worked at the National ICT R&D Fund (Ministry of Information Technology) as manager project evaluation where he was responsible for technically evaluating research and development proposals for funding. After moving to New Zealand in 2010 he worked at Audio Engineering Ltd as hardware design engineer, where he worked on the development of multi-zone audio amplifiers. He secured a PhD scholarship at Auckland University of Technology in 2013 and subsequently awarded his PhD for a thesis entitled “Advanced Control of Domestic Grid Connected Photovoltaic Systems with Battery Storage”. He is currently working as a Lecturer at Unitec Institute of Technology where he continues to develop his research on advance control of solar energy systems.

Teaching Areas:

Electronics Design
Power Electronics
Sustainable Energy
Advance controllers for Photovoltaic applications
Printed circuit board design

Research Areas:

Advance controllers for Solar Energy (Solar Thermal and Photovoltaic/Thermal Energy Systems)
Renewable Energy
Sustainable Built Environments

Current Research Projects:

Model Predictive Control of domestic solar hot water systems

Intelligent Control of Solar Energy systems
Solar irradiance forecast using artificial neural network models
Power consumption forecast of residential households for small scale PV systems


Ahmad, A., Anderson, T., Swain, A., Lie, T., & Holmes, W. (2017). Home Energy Management Using Model Predictive Control. 2017 ITPNZ Applied Research Symposium, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Ahmad, A. (2017). Advanced Control of Domestic Grid Connected Photovoltaic Systems with Battery Storage. Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

Ahmad, A., Anderson, T. N., Lie, T. T., & Swain, A. K. (2017). Maximizing Photovoltaic Array Energy Usage Within a House Using Model Predictive Control. IEEE xPlore, Asian Conference on Energy, Power and Transportation Electrification (ACEPT 2017).

Ahmad, A., Anderson, T., Swain, A., Lie, T., Currie, J., & Holmes, W. (2016). Residential Household Electrical Appliance Management Using Model Predictive Control of a Grid Connected Photovoltaic-Battery System. 2016 Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference, Canberra, Australia.

Ahmad, A., and Anderson, T. (2015). Hourly Global Solar Irradiation Forecasting for New Zealand. Journal of Solar Energy (Vol. Volume 122).

Ahmad, Aziz., & Timothy, Anderson. (2015). Hourly power consumption prediction for a single family residential house. APSRC, 53rd 2014 Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference.

Ahmad, A., Anderson, T., Lie, T., & Alradadi, H. (2015). Excel based tool for global solar radiation forecasting using artificial neural network models. Meteorological Society of New Zealand, Raglan, New Zealand.

Mutaz, T., & Ahmad, A. (2015). Solar Radiation Prediction Using Radial Basis Function Models. Eighth International Conference on Developments in eSystems Engineering, DeSE 2015, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Ahmad, A., Anderson, T., & Lie, T. (2015). A platform for analysing advanced photovoltaic energy controllers. 2015 Asia-Pacific Solar Research Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

Ahmad, A., Hu, Z., and Holmes, W. (2014). Characterization of Photonic Bandgap Transmission Lines for device miniaturization. The twenty-first Electronics New Zealand Conference, Waikato, New Zealand.

Ahmad, A., and Anderson , T. (2014). Global Solar Radiation Prediction using Artificial Neural Network Models for New Zealand. 52nd Annual Australian Solar Council Scientific Conference, Melbourne, Australia.

Ahmad , A., and Anderson, T. (2014). Hourly Power Consumption Prediction For New Zealand Residential Houses Using Artificial Neural Network Models. Asia Pacific Solar Research Conference, Sydney, Australia.

Ahmad, A., & Ahmad, I. (2008). Telecom Technologies Review. Wilson, T. Dubai, UAE (Vol. 1st).