Professor Mark Sterling BEng, PhD, CEng, CEnv, FRMetS, MIAgrE, FICE

Professor Mark Sterling

School of Engineering
Head of School of Engineering
Beale Professor of Civil Engineering

Contact details

Telephone
+44 (0) 121 414 5065
Fax
+44 (0) 121 414 3675
Email
m.sterling@bham.ac.uk
Address
School of Engineering
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

ice-fellows-sterlingProfessor Sterling has research interests in Fluid Dynamics, Wind Engineering and Water Engineering. His research in Water Engineering is mainly directed towards understanding and evaluating the conveyance capacity of rivers, while within the field of Wind Engineering he has carved out two distinct areas of research, namely the effect of wind on plants and the effects of extreme wind events. He has been involved in a variety of research council and industrial funded projects, with a research portfolio in excess of £4.5m and has published over 120 journal/conference publications.

He teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level on a variety of subjects including Fluid Mechanics and Structural Engineering.

Qualifications

• Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, 2013
• Chartered Environmentalist, 2005
• Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham, 2004
• Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, 2004
• Chartered Engineer, Engineering Council, 2002
• Member of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers, 2002
• PhD in Hydraulic Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK, 1998
• BEng in Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, 1994

Biography

Professor Sterling graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1994 with a First class BEng degree in Civil Engineering. He then moved to the University of Birmingham to read for a PhD in Fluid Mechanics/Hydraulic Engineering. Following completion of his doctorate he spent a short period in industry before returning to the University of Birmingham as a Research Fellow in the field of Wind Engineering, becoming the Beale Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of the School of Civil Engineering.

Teaching

He has taught a variety of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, spanning a number of different subjects.

Postgraduate supervision

He has taught a variety of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, spanning a number of different subjects.

Research

Professor Sterling’s has established an international reputation in the field of Wind Engineering. His research focuses on two distinct areas, namely the effect of wind on plants and the effects of extreme wind events. For musings on the interaction of transient winds with buildings please read: Winds of Change.

His research in Water Engineering is mainly directed towards understanding and evaluating the conveyance capacity of rivers, i.e., fluvial flow. He has developed this understanding via a three pronged approach: physical modelling, numerical and field work.

Other activities

• Chair of the Wind Engineering Society (2014 – 2016). Also committee member (2004 – 2008; 2011 – 2015). The Wind Engineering Society is an affiliated society of the Institutions of Civil Engineers.
• a member of the international scientific advisory committee for the 7th European-African Conference on Wind Engineering, 4 – 7 July 2017, Liege, Belgium.
• a member of the scientific advisory committee for International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications. 7 – 11 June 2016, Boston.
• European-African regional representative for the International Association of Wind Engineering.
• Chair of the Wind Engineering Society.
• a member of the international scientific advisory committee for the 1st International WINERCOST conference, Ankara, 21-22 April, 2016.
• a member of the international scientific advisory committee for the 13th Conference of the Italian Association for Wind Engineering (in-vento-2014) June 22-25, Genova, Italy.
• a member of the international scientific advisory committee for the 8th Asia-Pacific Conference on Wind Engineering (APCWE-VIII), Chennai, India, 10-14 December 2013.
• a member of the Civil Engineering for Sustainability and Resilience (CESARE ’14), Amman, Jordan, 24-27 April 2014.
• a member of the International Association of Wind Engineers Executive board (2009 – 2013).
• a member of the international advisory committee and scientific committee for the seventh international colloquium on bluff body aerodynamics and applications which took place in Shanghai, China (September 2-6, 2012).
• a member of the international scientific advisory board for the 13th International Conference on Wind Engineering, Amsterdam (2011).
• a member of the governing committee of the Wind Engineering Society (2004-2008; 2011 – 2015). The Wind Engineering Society is an affiliated society of the Institutions of Civil Engineers.
• a member of the editorial panel of the Proceedings of Institutions of Civil Engineers - Structures and Buildings Journal (2008 - 2012). I have also acted as guest editor for a themed edition of the journal on Wind Engineering (April 2010).
• a member of the general assembly of the International Association of Wind Engineers, (2006-2008).

Publications

Journal publications only

  1. Knight, D. W., and Sterling, M. (2000) Boundary shear in circular pipes running partially full. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, 126, No.4, Apr., 263-275.
  2. Sterling, M., and Knight, D. W. (2000) Resistance and boundary shear in circular conduits with flat beds running part full.  Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Water and Maritime Engineering. 142, Dec., 229-240.                           
  3. Sterling, M., and Knight, D. W. (2001) The free overfall as a flow measuring device in a circular channel. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Water and Maritime Engineering, Dec., Issue 4, 235-243.
  4. Sterling, M., and Knight, D. W. (2002)  An attempt at using the entropy approach to predict the transverse distribution of boundary shear stress in open channel flow. Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment Vol. 16, Issue 2, 127-142.
  5. Sterling, M., and Knight, D.W. (2003) Resistance and boundary shear in circular conduits with flat beds running part full.  Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Water and Maritime Engineering. 156 issue WM2, 211-213.
  6. Sterling, M., Baker, C. J., Berry, P. M., and Wade, A. (2003). An experimental investigation of the lodging of wheat. Journal of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Vol. 119, Issues 3 –4, 149 – 165.
  7. Berry, P. M., Sterling, M., Baker, C. J., Spink, J. H., and Sparkes, D. L. (2003). A calibrated model of wheat lodging compared with field measurements. Journal of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. Vol. 119, Issues 3 –4, 167 – 180.
  8. Sterling, M., Baker, C. J., and Hoxey, R. P., (2003) Short term unsteady wind loading on a low-rise building.  Wind and Structures, Vol. 6, No. 5, 403 - 418.  
  9. Berry, P. M., Spink, J. H., Sterling, M., and Pickett, A. A. (2003) Methods for rapidly measuring the lodging resistance of wheat cultivars. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science. 189, 390 – 401.
  10. Berry, P. M., Sterling, M., Spink, J. H., Baker, C. J., Sylvester-Bradley, R., Mooney, S. J., Tams, A. R., and Ennos, A. R. (2004) Understanding and reducing lodging in cereals. Advances in Agronomy. Vol. 84. 215-269.
  11. Sterling, M., Baker, C. J., Quinn, A. D., and Hoxey, R. P. (2005) Pressure and velocity fluctuations in the atmospheric boundary layer. Vol. 8, No. 1, 13-34.
  12. Berry, P.M, Sterling, M., and Mooney, S. J. (2006) Development of a model of lodging for barley. The Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, 192, 151-158.
  13. Sterling, M., Baker, C. J., Richards, P. J., Hoxey, R. P and Quinn, A. D. (2006) An investigation of the wind statistics and extreme gust events at a rural site. Wind And Structures. Vol. 9, No.3, 193-216.
  14. Scarabino, A., Sterling, M., Richards, P. J. Baker, C. J., and Hoxey, R. P. (2007). An investigation of the structure of ensemble averaged extreme wind events. Wind and Structures. Vol. 10, No. 2, 135-151.
  15. Durañona, V., Sterling, M., and Baker, C. J. (2007) An analysis of extreme non-synoptic winds. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. 95, 1007-1027.
  16. Quinn, A. D., Sterling, M., Robertson, A. P., and Baker, C. J. (2008) An Investigation of the wind induced rolling moment on a commercial vehicle in the atmospheric boundary layer. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D, Journal of Automobile Engineering. Vol. 221, Issue 11, 1367-1379.
  17. Metje, N., Sterling, M and Baker, C. J. (2008) Pedestrian comfort using clothing values and body temperatures. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. 96, 412-435.
  18. Ding, Y, Sterling, M and Baker, C. J. (2008). An alternative approach to modelling train stability in high cross winds. Proceedings of the Institute of mechanical Engineers Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transport. Volume 222, Number 1, 85-97.
  19. Jordan, S. C., Johnson, T., Sterling, M., and Baker, C. J. (2008) Evaluating and modelling the response of an individual to a sudden change in wind speed. Building and Environment. Volume 43. Issue 9, 1521-1534.
  20. Sterling, M., Baker, C. J, Jordan, S. C., and Johnson, T. (2008) A study of the slipstreams of high speed passenger trains and freight trains. Proceedings of the Institute of mechanical Engineers Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. Vol 222, Number 2, 177-193.
  21. Sterling, M., Beaman, F., Morvan, H and Wright., N., G. (2008) Bed shear stress characteristics of a simple, prismatic, rectangular channel. Journal of Engineering Mechanics. American Society of Civil Engineers. Vol. 134, Issue 12, 1085 -1094.
  22. Sharifi, S., Sterling, M., and Knight, D. W. (2009) A Novel Application of a Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithm Applied to Open Channel Flow Modelling. Journal of Hydroinformatics. Vol. 11, No. 1, 31-50.
  23. McConville, A. C., Sterling, M and Baker, C. J (2009) The physical simulation of thunderstorm downdrafts. Wind and Structures. Vol. 12, No. 2, 133-149.
  24. Jordan, S. C., Sterling, M., and Baker, C. J. (2009). Modelling the response of a standing person to the slipstream generated by passenger train. Submitted to the Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. Proceedings of the Institute of mechanical Engineers Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. Vol 223, No. 6, 567-579.
  25. Baker, C. J. and Sterling, M. (2009) Aerodynamic forces on multiple unit trains in cross winds. American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Journal of Fluids Engineering. October, Vol. 131, 101103-1 - 101103-14.
  26. Sterling, M., Baker, C. J., Bouferrouk, A., O’Neil, H., Wood, S., and Crosbie, E. (2009). An investigation of the aerodynamic admittances and aerodynamic weighting functions of trains. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. Vol. 97, 512–522. doi:10.1016/j.jweia.2009.07.009
  27. Sterling, M., Quinn, A. D., Hargreaves, D.M., Cheli, F., Sabbioni, E., Tomasini, G., Delaunay., D., Baker, C. J., and Morvan, H. (2010) A comparison of different methods to evaluate the wind induced forces on a high sided lorry. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. Vol. 98, 10-20.
  28. Sharifi, S., Sterling, M., and Knight, D. W (2010) The end depth ratio and principal component analysis. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Water Management. Vol. 163, September 2010, Issue WM8, 425-430. DOI 10.1680/wama.900068
  29. Martinez-Vazquez, P., Baker, C. J., Sterling, M., Quinn, A. D and Richards, P. J. (2010) Aerodynamic Forces on Fixed and Rotating Plates. Journal of Wind and Structures. Vol. 13, No. 2, 127-144.
  30. Kakimpa, B., Hargreaves, D.M., Owen, J.S., Martinez-Vazquez, P., Baker, C.J., Sterling, M and Quinn, A. D. (2010) CFD modelling of free-flight and auto-rotation of plate type debris. Journal of Wind and Structures. Vol. 13, No. 2, 169-189.
  31. Gunawan, B., Sterling, M andKnight, D. W. (2010). Using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler in a small river. Water and Environmental Journal, CIWEM. Vol. 24, Issue 2, June 2010, 147- 158. DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2009.00170.x
  32. Sharifi, S., Sterling, M., and Knight, D. W. (2011). Can the application of a multi objective evolutionary algorithm improve conveyance estimation?Water and Environmental Journal, CIWEM. Vol. 25, Issue 2, 230-240. DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2010.00223.x
  33. Sposaro, M.M., Berry, P.M., Sterling, M., Hall, A.J. and Chimenti, C.A. (2011) Modelling root and stem lodging in sunflower. Field Crops Research. Vol. 119, Issue 1, 125-134. doi:10.1016/j.fcr.2010.06.021
  34. Martinez-Vazquez, P., Sterling, M., Baker, C. J., Quinn, A. D., Richards, P. J. (2011) Autorotation of Square Plates with Application to Windborne Debris. Wind and Structures. Vol. 14, No. 2, 167-186.
  35. Nabavi, S. V., Beirami, M. K., Chamani, M. R and Sterling, M. (2011) Free Overfall in flat based circular channels and U-shaped channels. Flow Measurement and Instrumentation. Vol. 22, Issue 1. 17-24. doi: 10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2010.11.001.
  36. Sharifi, S., Sterling, M., and Knight, D. W. (2011) Prediction of End-Depth Ratio in Open Channels Using Genetic Programming. Journal of Hydroinformatics. Vol. 13, No. 1, 36-48. doi:10.2166/hydro.2010.087.
  37. Tang, X., Knight, D. W., and Sterling, M. (2011).Analytical model for streamwise velocity in vegetated channels. Engineering and Computational Mechanics, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Vol. 164, Issue EM2, 91-102. doi: 10.1680/eacm.2011.164.1.1
  38. Barrett, L., Wright, N. G and Sterling, M (2011) A comparison of 2D and 3D simulations of the River Blackwater. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Engineering and Computational Mechanics, Vol. 164 Issue EM4, December 2011, 217-232.DOI 10.1680/eacm.2011.164.4.217
  39. Cumberland, S., Bridgeman, J., Baker, A., Sterling, M., and Ward, D (2011) Fluorescence spectroscopy as a tool for determining microbial quality in potable water applications. Environmental Technology. Vol. 33, No. 6, March 2012, 687–693. DOI:10.1080/09593330.2011.588401
  40. Martinez-Vazquez, P., and Sterling, M  (2011) Predicting wheat lodging at large scales. Biosystems Engineering. Vol. 109, 326-337. Doi: 10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2011.04.012.
  41. Jesson, M., Sterling, M., and Bridgeman, J. (2012) An experimental study of turbulence in a heterogeneous channel. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Water Management. Vol. 166, Issue 1, July 2012, 16-26. DoI 10.1680/wama.11.00025.
  42. Xin, S., Gunawan, B., Sterling, M., Shiono, K., Knight, D. W., Rameshwaran, P., Chandler, J. H, Tang, X., Fujita., I and Tsubaki, R.. (2012) The application of LS-PIV, ADCP and ADV to a small river. Flow Measurement and Instrumentation. 24, 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2012.02.001.
  43. Martinez-Vazquez, P., Kakimpa, B., Sterling, M., Baker, C. J., Quinn, A. D., Richards, P. J. And Owen, J. S. (2012)Pressure field of a rotating square plate with application to windborne debris. Wind and Structures. Vo. 15, No. 6. 527-547
  44. Dorigatti, F., Sterling, M., Rocchi, D., Belloli, M., Quinn, A.D., Baker, C. J and Ozkan, E. (2013) Wind Tunnel measurements of crosswind loads on high sided vehicles over long span bridges. Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics. 107-108, 214-224. do:10.1016/j.jweia.2012.04.017.
  45. Hitchman, A., Sambrook Smith, G. H., Ju-Nam, Y., Sterling, M and Lead, J. R (2012) The effect of environmentally relevant conditions on PVP stabilised gold nanoparticles. Chemosphere. 90, 410-416. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2012.07.041
  46. Jesson, M., Sterling, M., and Bridgeman, J (2013) Modelling flow in a heterogeneous open channel. ASCE Journal of hydraulic research. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE Vol. 139, No. 2, February 2013, 195-204
  47. Baker, C. J., Jordan, S. C., Gilbert, T., Quinn, A. D., Sterling, M., Johnson, T and Lane J (2013) Transient aerodynamic pressures and forces on trackside and overhead structures due to passing trains. Part 1 Model scale experiments. Proceedings of the Institute of mechanical Engineers Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transport. DOI: 10.1177/0954409712464859
  48. Baker, C. J., Jordan, S. C., Gilbert, T., Quinn, A. D., Sterling, M., Johnson, T and Lane J (2013) Transient aerodynamic pressures and forces on trackside and overhead structures due to passing trains. Part 2 Standard applications. Proceedings of the Institute of mechanical Engineers Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transport. DOI: 10.1177/0954409712464859
  49. Jesson, M., Sterling, M and Bridgeman, J. (2013) Despiking velocity time-series-optimisation through the combination of spike detection and replacement methods. Flow measurement and Instrumentation. 30, 45-51. DOI: /10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2013.01.00
  50. Fintelman, D., Sterling, M., Hemida, H., and Li, F-X. (2014). Optimal cycling time trial position models: aerodynamics versus power output and metabolic energy. Journal of Biomechanics. 47 (2014) 1894 – 1898. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbio- mech.2014.02.029.
  51. Baker, C. J., Sterling, M., and Berry (2014). A generalized model of crop lodging.  Journal of Theoretical Biology. 363, 1-12.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2014.07.032.
  52. Soper, D., Baker., C. J., and Sterling, M. (2014) Experimental investigation of the slipstream development around a container freight train using a moving model facility. Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics.  125, 105-117. doi:10.1016/j.jweia.2014.10.001
  53. Dorigatti, D., Sterling, M., Baker, C. J and Quinn, A .D (2015) Crosswind effects on the stability of a model passenger train – a comparison of static and moving experiments. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics.  Vol. 138, March 2015, 36-51. Doi: 10.10.16/j.jweia.2014.11.009
  54. Jesson, M., Sterling, M., Letchford, C and Haines M (2015) Aerodynamic forces on generic buildings subject to transient downburst-type winds. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics.  137, 58-68. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jwea.2014.12.003
  55. Fintelmen. D. M., Sterling, M., Hemida, H and Li, F-x (2015) The effect of time trial Cycling position on physiological and aerodynamics variables. Journal of Sports Sciences. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2015.1009936
  56. Jesson, M., Sterling, M., Letchford, C and Baker, C. J. (2015). Aerodynamic forces on the roofs of low-, mid- and high-rise buildings subject to transient winds. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. Vol 143, August 2015, 42-49. doi: 10.1016/j.jweia.2015.04.020
  57. Fintelmen. D. M., Hemdia, H., Sterling, M and Li, F-X (2015). CFD simulations of the flow around a cyclist subject to cross winds. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics. 144 (2015) 31-41. http://dx.doi.org/j.jweia.2015.05.009.
  58. Jesson, M. A., Bridgeman, J., and Sterling, M (2015) Novel Software Developments for the Automated Post-Processing of High Volumes of Velocity Time-Series. Advances in Engineering Software. Vol. 89, November 2015, 36 – 42. doi:10.1016/j.advengsoft.2015.06.007
  59. Soper, D., Baker, C .J., and Sterling, M (2015) An experimnetial investigation to assess the influence of container loading configuration on the effects of a crosswind on a container freight train. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodyanmics. Vol. 145, October 2015, 304-317. doi:10.1016/j.jweia.2015.03.002.
  60. Fintelman, D., Hemida, H., Sterling, M and Li, F-X (2015) A numerical investigation of the flow around a motorbike when subjected to crosswinds. Engineering Applications of Computation Fluid Mechanics. Vol., 9, No. 1, 528 – 542. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19942060.2015.1071524