Asim Mumtaz is a multidisciplinary researcher and engineer, combining his background in engineering management, innovation, and sustainability to investigate alternatives to prescribed burning, public perception towards back burning and exploring feasibility of mechanical fuel load reduction technique for Australian forests.
Asim holds a Bachelor of Engineering from University of Engineering & Technology (2010-2014) and Master degree in Project Management (with major in Engineering Management) (2015-2017) from University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
Currently, Asim is doing research towards a Doctor of Philosophy degree. It stems from UTS Blue sky research project which led him to this PhD project.
My research interests are primarily about forest biomass collection for energy purposes, forest fuel management, bush fire management and impact of various fuel reduction techniques on the society, ecology and people. In particular, I'm interested in research in the following area:
- Alternatives to Hazard reduction burning.
- Life cycle assessment of forests and wood products.
- Feasibility of Mechanical Fuel Load Reduction (MFLR) in Australian forests.
- Biomass collection from forests and regional Australia biomass supply chain efficiency.
- Energy return on energy invested (EROEI) from forest biomass.
At PERSWADE, Asim is part of the research team exploring alternatives to Hazard reduction burning (commonly known as prescribed burning). Hazard reduction burns are a cheap and widely used method to reduce the risk from bush fires. However such burns have multiple side effects, including deteriorating air quality affecting people's health and wellbeing, ecological impacts on the bushland, and GHG emissions from the burn. There is additionally a risk of fire escape and uncontrolled spread. People with asthma are affected the most, while smoke may aggravate existing heart and lung conditions and cause irritated eyes, coughing and wheezing, especially affecting children and elderly. Worldwide there is an increasing interest in bioenergy, when biomass is used to produce energy in various forms - from direct burning for electricity or heat, to biogas and biofuel production in chemical processes. Bioenergy is an important component in the low carbon energy portfolio, being less dependent on weather variability and immediately available as a substitute for conventional fossil fuels, easily used in, say, transportation.
The aim of Asim’s PhD project is to explore the feasibility and desirability of biomass collection for energy production as an alternative to hazard reduction burns in Australia. He is investigating unconventional technologies for biomass collection and their energy efficiency. He aims to explore the alternatives to hazard reduction burning, with a particular emphasis on biomass collection for energy production, accounting for the socio-economic repercussions associated with such alternatives. The project will work on the costs and benefits of different prescribed burning strategies (Life Cycle Assessment), the return on their investment (Energy Return on Energy Invested), and the trade-offs between different options.
- Research Paper on “Earned Value Management in Projects” to International Journal of Advanced Engineering and Nano Technology Volume-3 Issue-8
- Submitted research report on Quick response project funded by “Bushfire and Natural Hazard Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC) Australia”, project report on Tathra fires. The report is under review and is expected to publish soon.
- Blue Sky Research Project (October 2017-March 2018).
- Mapping the area of Tathra to study if MLFR (Mechanical Fuel Load Reduction), along with prescribed burning, can save houses (in future) at Tathra NSW (March 2018-June 2018).