Our people

Comprised of academic staff and postgraduate researchers with expertise across the full range of fluid mechanics disciplines

The Fluid Mechanics section is comprised of 7 full-time academic staff members, with expertise across the full range of fluid mechanics disciplines. Academic staff are active in teaching, research and consultancy. Our student population comprises approximately 15 full-time PhD students who are based in our state-of-the-art Hydrodynamics laboratory. Our students have come from varied backgrounds, some direct from undergraduate studies and others after a period in industry, with first degrees in a range of disciplines including mathematics, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering, energy, and environmental engineering. 

Members of the Fluid Mechanics Section

Fluid Mechanics Academic and Teaching Staff A-Z

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 Jose Alsina

Jose Alsina

Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics, PhD
Sediment transport and morphodynamics, surf and swash zones dynamics, beach protection, field and laboratory morphodynamic experimentation, including scale laws and scaling effects in laboratory experimentation.
 Henry Burridge

Henry Burridge

Lecturer in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, PhD
Transport of heat and mass by convection; Convection in the built environment; Effective ventilation of buildings; Modification of natural materials for use in buildings.
 Marios Christou

Marios Christou

Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics and Mathematics, PhD, DIC, MEng, ACGI
Metocean, Offshore and Coastal Engineering; Wave statistics; Freak/rogue waves; Analysis of Field Measurements; Wave-structure interaction; Wave-vessel interaction; Infragravity waves; Side-by-side and tandem offloading; Boundary Element Modelling.
 John Craske

John Craske 

Research Fellow / Lecturer, PhD
Building physics; Buoyancy-driven turbulence; Jets and plumes; Numerical analysis; Inverse problems; Adjoint methods; Flow optimisation; Data assimilation.
 Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes

Chair in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, PhD
Buoyancy-driven flows; Stratified turbulence and mixing; Convection; Turbulent plumes and jets; Flow energetics. 
Chris Swan 

Chris Swan

Professor of Hydrodynamics, PhD, CEng, MIMarEST
Surface water waves; Extreme ocean waves; Wave kinematics; Wave statistics; Wave-structure and wave-vessel interactions; Wave loading; Impact loading; Experimental and numerical modeling. 
 van Reeuwijk

Maarten van Reeuwijk 

Senior Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics, BSc MSc PhD
Buoyancy driven flows; Atmospheric and oceanic turbulence; Sustainable cities; Flow and dispersion in urban canopies; Heat and mass transfer; Direct Numerical Simulation; Large-eddy simulation.
Fluid Mechanics Academics A-Z
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Fluid Mechanics Research Staff A-Z

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Fluid Mechanics Research Students A-Z

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 Liliane Auwerter

Liliane Autwerter

Started Oct 2014
Low energy water transmission in pipelines by hydrophobic coatings 
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.Cheeseman, C.Tempelton, M.
Email Liliane
 Emma Bangun

Emma Bangun

Started Oct 2014
Hydrodynamic analysis of floating oscillating water columns
Supervised by: Spinneken, J.
Email Emma
 Magnus Beyer

Magnus Beyer

Started Aug 2014
Non-linear wave-current interactions
Supervised by: Swan, C.Christou, M.
Email Magnus
 Mark Bruggemann

Mark Bruggemann

Started Oct 2012
Floating body hydrodynamics: a load driven approach
Supervised by: Spinneken, J.; Swan, C.
Email Mark
 Livio de Lutio

Livio deLutio

Started Oct 2010
The evolution of extreme waves in intermediate and shallow water depths
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Email Livio

Sonja Eichentopf

Sonja Eichentopf

Started Oct 2016
Influence of sea level rise, storm sequencing and beach recovery on sediment transport and beach resilience 
Supervised by: Alsina, J.
Email Sonja
Alex Gray 

Alex Gray

Started Oct 2014
Improving storm surge modelling
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: Swan, C., Christou, M.
Email Alex
 Tom Grylls

Tom Grylls

Started Oct 2015
Large-eddy simulation of air quality and building energy efficiency in urban areas 
As part of the CDT in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.
Email Tom
 Demetris Hadjigeorgiou

Demetris Hadjigeorgiou

Started Oct 2014
Submarine pipelines: Fluid-structure interactions and fluid loading
Supervised by: Swan, C., Christou, M.
Email Demetris
 Owen Jordan

Owen Jordan

Started Oct 2015
Effect of buoyancy on turbulent entrainment in environmental flows
As part of the CDT in Fluid Dynamics across Scales
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M., Vassilicos, J.C. 
Email Owen
 Erwan Kasiman

Erwan Kasiman

Started Feb 2013
Numerical modelling of breaking waves and wave-structure interactions
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Email Erwan
 Yannis Karmpadakis

Yannis Karmpadakis

Started Oct 2014
Modelling shallow water waves
Supervised by: Christou, M.Swan, C.
Email Yannis
 Li ma

Li Ma

Started Oct 2012
Fluid-structure interaction and the prediction of extreme fluid loads
Supervised by: Swan, C.
Email Li
 Isavella Makri

Isavella Makri

Started Oct 2013
Hydrodynamics of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines
Supervised by: Christou, M.; Spinneken, J.
Email Isavella
 Enrique Padilla

Enrique Padilla

Started Oct 2014
Hydrodynamics in the inner surf and swash zone
Supervisor: Alsina, J.Swan, C.
Email Enrique
 Ivo Suter

Ivo Suter

Started Oct 2013
Simulating the impact of blue-green infrastructure on the local microclimate of urban areas
Supervised by: van Reeuwijk, M.; Maksimovic, C.
Email Ivo
 Eleni Zve

Eleni Zve

Design wave cases for marine wave energy devices
Supervised by: Spinneken, J.,
Email Eleni
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Fluid mechanics Emeritus, Senior Research Investigators, Visitors and Honorary staff

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 Rod Sobey

Professor Rod Sobey

Senior Research Investigator, Emeritus Professor of Fluid Mechanics
Professor Sobey has continued his research and writing since his formal retirement in October 2009, focusing on short and long wave kinematics and evolution. This research has been recognised in two awards from the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK - the 2010 Telford Premium award for his paper 'Analytical Solutions for Steep Standing Waves', and the 2013 David Hislop Prize for his paper 'Steep Progressive Waves in Deep and Shallow Water'.
Emeritus and Senior Research Investigators
Emeritus and Senior Research Investigators

Visiting and honorary staff

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Peter Tromans
Visiting Professor 
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Technical, laboratory and administration staff

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 Paul Crudge  

Paul Crudge

Head Laboratory Technician, Fluid Mechanics
Room 001a, +44 (0)207 594 5938, Email Paul
 Dave de Ruyter  

Dave de Ruyter 

Laboratory Technician, Fluid Mechanics
Room 101b, +44 (0)207 594 5925, Email Dave
 Rob Sherer

Rob Sherer

Laboratory Technician, Fluid Mechanics
Room 010a, +44(0)207 594 5925, Email Rob
 Rebecca Naessens

Rebecca Naessens

Research Group Administrator, Fluid Mechanics
Room 328, +44 ( 0)207 594 5990, Email Rebecca
Professional Services Staff
Finance, HR and Research Admin