Keynote Speakers

The general and scientific organisation of BBAA IX Colloquium is co-ordinated in agreement with the IAWE, International Association for Wind Engineering.

Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to be able to confirm the following keynote speakers.

Sinisa Krajnovic

Professor Sinisa Krajnovic, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden

"Aerodynamic flow control for road vehicles: from open-loop applications to machine learning aided solutions"

Professor Sinisa Krajnovic is Professor of Computational Fluid Dynamics at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. He has conducted research in automotive aerodynamics in the last 20 years, aiming at improving vehicle performance with regard to energy consumption, stability relevant to road safety and other aerodynamic aspects.

The core of his research consists of development of unsteady numerical techniques and their applications in bluff body aerodynamics. Large part of his work is devoted to application of turbulence scale resolving simulations and hybrid methods for various bluff-body flows and in particular flows around bodies with application in vehicle aerodynamics.
His recent research interests have heavily focused on so called bridging models, which combine RANS and LES. Detached-eddy simulation (DES), unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (URANS) and especially Partially-averaged Navier-Stokes (PANS) are examples of these bridging models used by Professor Krajnovic in his research. He has also interest in aerodynamic shape optimization and flow control techniques. Since 2016 Professor Krajnovic is Director of the Area of Advance (AoA) Transport at Chalmers where he is leading transport research, utilisation and education at Chalmers. 



Ruth Shilston, RWDI, UK

"Wind engineering, a commercial perspective"

Ruth is an Associate at RWDI and leads their major projects business in Europe.  With over 13 years' experience working in wind engineering and climate aware design, Ruth is an experienced user of both computational fluid dynamics and physical wind tunnel testing methodologies.

In her current role, Ruth works with architects, engineers and developers to define and deliver wind engineering on varied projects including large residential masterplans, premier league stadia and major transport hubs.


Maarten van Reeuwijk

Maarten van Reeuwijk, Imperial College, UK

"Hot air in urban wind prediction"

Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk is a Reader in Environmental Fluid Mechanics at Imperial College London. He carried out a PhD in Applied Physics at the Technical University of Delft on direct and large-eddy simulation of turbulent convection. After moving to Imperial College London, he worked on a large range of problems involving wall-bounded turbulence, turbulent entrainment and buoyancy, before discovering the tantalising complexity (and importance) of urban flows. The main interests of his group are in understanding how heterogeneity, non-neutral atmospheric conditions and vegetation influence urban wind and microclimate. 


Catherine Gorle x 150

Catherine Gorlé, Stanford University, USA

"Uncertainty quantification and data assimilation for predictive computational wind engineering"

Catherine Gorlé is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University. Her research activities focus on the development of predictive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations to support the design of sustainable buildings and cities. Specific topics of interest are: the coupling of large- and small-scale models and experiments to quantify uncertainties related to the variability of boundary conditions, the development of uncertainty quantification methods for low-fidelity models using high-fidelity data, and the use of data assimilation to improve CFD predictions. 

Catherine received her BSc (2002) and MSc (2005) degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Delft University of Technology, and her PhD (2010) from the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics in cooperation with the University of Antwerp. She has been the recipient of a Stanford Center for Turbulence Research Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010), a Pegasus Marie Curie Fellowship (2012), and an NSF CAREER award (2018).


Forrest Mastersx150

Forrest Masters, University of Florida, USA

"Mechatronics, machine learning, and the shaping of flows: exploring the near future of boundary layer wind tunnel modeling"

Forrest Masters, Ph.D., P.E. is a Professor of Civil and Coastal Engineering in the Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment at the University of Florida. His research interests primarily focus on the hurricane boundary layer and its effect on the built environment. He is one of several ‘full-scale’ academic researchers in the international wind engineering community, having conducted experiments in (1) extreme wind events to study wind, wind-driven rain and structural loading and (2) the laboratory, where full-scale building systems are subjected to realistic simulations of fluctuating wind load and rain conditions to evaluate their performance. Dr. Masters has received support from more than 40 grants from state, federal and private sources, including the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) and Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) Programs. He also leads one of seven Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) experimental facilities for the NSF to study the damaging effects of extreme wind events on civil infrastructure. Dr. Masters has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and given more than 100 invited presentations. He serves on the Board of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes and recently served on the NIST National Advisory Committee on Windstorm Impact Reduction. In 2014, Dr. Masters was awarded the junior International Association of Wind Engineering award, which is the highest award in his field that recognizes significant and original contributions to research by an individual under the age of 40. He was also honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award in Mitigation at the National Hurricane Conference.

In 2015, Dr. Masters began serving as Associate Dean for Research and Facilities in the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. In that role, he serves on the Executive Committee for one of the largest engineering colleges in the US (15 degree programs, ~700 faculty/staff, ~10,000 students), leading efforts to foster a vibrant research culture that values advancement, strategic collaboration, and faculty wellbeing.


Tim K.T. Tsex150

Tim K.T. Tse, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

"Phenomenological studies on the aerodynamics and wind fields of bluff-bodies – the classic and the contemporary"

Tim Tse is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). His research interests include aerodynamic behaviour of slender structures, structural and aerodynamic coupling, fluid-structure interaction, bluff-body aerodynamics, topographical effects on wind distribution for structural and environmental considerations, wind energy harvesting, and artificial intelligence (AI) in wind engineering. He has published over 200 refereed journal and conference papers, and consulting reports. He has received a number of international awards and best papers, including the IAWE Junior Award in 2016 in recognition of his pioneering contributions to dynamic wind load effects and wind-resistant analysis of tall buildings. He serves as an Associate Editor for Advances in Structural Engineering and Editorial Board Members of international journals. He is the President of the Hong Kong Wind Engineering Society and also serves in government committees, including Hong Kong wind code, air ventilation assessment, curtain wall design, appeal tribunal panels for building ordinance and town planning.