Robert commenced his career in the electricity supply industry in
1973 as a cadet engineer with Prospect Electricity. He was appointed
as a professional engineer with Prospect Electricity in 1976 & gained
experience in electricity distribution including load forecasting and
system planning. Robert joined Illawarra Electricity as System Control
Engineer in 1982 and was later appointed Area Manager Nowra with
overall responsibility for electricity supply to 28,000 customers in
the Nowra/Shoalhaven area of NSW.
Robert has managed and worked for his company "Electric Power
Consulting Pty Ltd" since 1990 and has dealt with a wide range of power
quality and general electricity industry problems.
Dr Barr was recognised by the Electrical College
of Engineers Australia as the
2012 Professional Electrical Engineer of the Year
and was announced as being appointed as a
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
in the Queen's Birthday 2013 Honours List for significant
service to engineering, particularly electrical energy
supply and distribution.