Engineering and Physics

Engineering and Physics

Dr. Ajal Kumar

[BSc, GCEd, PGDip (Phy) MSc, PhD (USP)]


Senior Lecturer in Physics
School of Engineering & Physics

  • Email: kumar_a(at)
  • Telephone: +679 32 32147
  • Facsimile: +679 32 31511/ 32 31538
  • Postal: School of Engineering & Physics, USP, Private Mail Bag, Laucala Campus, Suva, FIJI ISLANDS.




<font size="2">Research Projects:</font>

  • Wind Characteristics and Resource Assessment around Laucala Bay Area, Suva, Fiji. PDF
  • Solar–Wind Hybrid System. PDF



<font size="2">Current Position</font>

  • Senior Lecturer

<font size="2">Research and Teaching Area</font>

  • Renewable Energy
  • Environmental Physics
  • Natural radioactivity

<font size="2">Academic Information</font>

  • Bsc GCEd, P.G.Dip (Phy). MSc, PhD (S.Pac)

<font size="2">Previous Experience</font>

  • 1994 - present Lecturer, USP


  • Research interests:
    • Renewable Energy (Wind power meteorology)
    • Natural Radioactivity
    • Neutron activation analysis
    • Soil erosion using 137Cs technique
    • Environmental Physics


  • Semester 1:
    • PH 102 Classical Physics
    • ES201  Soil Science
    • PH204  Quantum Physics
  • Semester 2:
    • PH 301 Energy Supplies
    • PH202  Environmental Physics
    • PH300  Research Project in Physics
    • PH407  Wind Power Theory and Applications

Administrative Tasks and Other Duties

  • Departmental Responsibilities:
    • Review of 100 level courses
    • Analysis of student enrolments

Selected  Publications  and Related Work

<font size="2">JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS:</font>

1<font size="2">.   </font><font size="2">A. Kumar, S. Prasad. 2010 Examining wind quality and wind power prospects on Fiji Islands. Renewable energy 35, 536-540</font>

<font size="2">2.   R. Deo, A. Kumar, and P. Kumar. Effects of UV radiation on Human Health - Levels of Ultraviolet Radiation in Suva, Fiji'. Fiji Medical Journal. Volume 25        (2), 2006.</font>

<font size="2">3.   A. Kumar and R. Deo. Wind Regime in the proximity of the 20 kW experimental turbines at Nabua, Fiji. The South Pacific Journal of Natural Science. Volume 24, 2006.</font>

<font size="2">4.   Garimella,S., and Kumar A.  </font><font size="2">Natural radioactivity levels in soils of South-Eastern Vitilevu, Fiji.  The South Pacific Journal of Natural Science Volume 15, 1996.</font>

<font size="2">5.   Garimella,S., Koshy, K.,  Chand, S., Kumar, A., Jafar, M., and  Prasad, U.   </font><font size="2"> “Instrumental neutron activation analysis of tropical mangrove sediments of Fiji”, SOPAC Bulletin, 1998.</font>


<font size="2">CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:</font>

<font size="2">1.       </font><font size="2">Prasad, S.B. and Kumar, A. “Energy audit of the University of the South Pacific”, 2nd  European Congress on Economy and Management of Energy in Industry proceedings (Estoril, Portugal), 5-9 April 1994.</font>

<font size="2">2.       </font><font size="2">Garimella,S.,  Jafar, M.,  Kumar, A.,  and  Prasad, U.  “Natural radioactivity of soils of Viti Levu, Fiji”, VIII Pacific Science Inter-Congress,  Suva, Fiji, 13-19 July 1997.</font>

<font size="2">3.       </font><font size="2">Garimella,S.,  Koshy, K.,  Chand, S., Kumar, A., Jafar, M.,   and  Prasad, U.  “Neutron activation analysis of alluvial gold in tropical mangrove sediments of Fiji”, VIII Pacific Science Inter-Congress, Suva, Fiji, 13-19 July 1997.</font>

<font size="2">4.       </font><font size="2">Garimella,S.,  Kumar, A., Prasad, U., and  Jafar, M.,  “Natural radioactivity levels in soils of Fiji”,  Radioactivity and the Environment,  Conference of the South Pacific Environmental Radioactivity Association (SPERA),  Christchurch, New Zealand,  16-20 February 1998.</font>

<font size="2">5.       </font><font size="2">Weir, T. and Kumar, A. “Wind power in Fiji: (almost) too little or too much”, 3rd Internal solar energy society conference. Asia Pacific Region, Sydney, Australia, 25-28 November, 2008.</font>

<font size="2">6.       </font><font size="2">Kumar, A. “Central Data Repository (CDR) for renewable energy initiatives of the Pacific Island Countries (PIC’s). Sustainable Renewable Energy Resources Workshop, USP, Suva, Fiji, 04 Dec, 2009.</font>

<font size="2">7.  Teaching Physics in high Schools, UNESCO funded Science Teachers Workshop, USP, 6 December 2007 (Public Lecture).</font>

<font size="2">8.   Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development. USP Tonga Campus, 17 September, 2009, 6.30 pm (Public Lecture).</font>


<font size="2">Research/Reports:</font>

<font size="2">1. Kumar, A.  The study of natural radioactivity of soils using gamma-ray spectroscopy,  MSc Thesis, 1996.</font>

<font size="2">2. Kumar, A.  Using the Caesium-137 (137Cs) technique to assess soil erosion under sugarcane cultivation in Fiji, PhD Thesis, 2006.</font>

<font size="2">Consultancy/Reports:</font>

<font size="2">1. Kumar, A., M. Kumar, S.B. Prasad and J.Roberts Energy audit of the University of the South Pacific, 1994. </font>

<font size="2">2. Kumar, A. Sound level monitoring around China Club 1996.</font>

<font size="2">3. Kumar, A and A. Gautam.   Environmental Effects from a Wood-fired Boiler, 2007.</font>

Special Responsibilities

1.   USP Anti-litter committee (2002-2003)

2.   Staff student Liaison Committee (2006- 2009)

3.   Fiji College of Agriculture Academic Board (2006)

4.   FST Calendar Committee (2006)

5.   CROP (EWG) chaired by SOPAC

6.   Moderator, FIT Diploma in Agriculture (I) Physics Paper.

7.   FST degree 2 and degree 3 advisor (2007-2009)

8.   FIT foundation physics assessor for USP Accreditation

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