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

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

Teaching

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

Postgraduate supervision

Mark Sterling has research interests in wind engineering which fall into two general areas of research, i.e., the effect of wind on plants and the effects of extreme wind events.

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

Recent publications

Book

Baker, C, Johnson, T, Flynn, D, Hemida, H, Quinn, A, Soper, D & Sterling, M 2019, Train Aerodynamics: Fundamentals and Applications. 1 edn, Elsevier.

Article

He, M, Huo, R, Hemida, H, Bourriez, F, Robertson, F, Soper, D, Sterling, M & Baker, C 2019, 'Detached eddy simulation of a closely running lorry platoon' Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics.

Jesson, M, Lombardo, F, Sterling, M & Baker, C 2019, 'The physical simulation of a transient, downburst-like event – how complex does it need to be?' Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, vol. 189, pp. 135-150. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2019.03.021

Baker, C & Sterling, M 2019, 'Are Tornado Vortex Generators fit for purpose?' Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics.

Baker, C & Sterling, M 2018, 'The calculation of train stability in tornado winds' Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, vol. 176, pp. 158-165. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2018.03.022

Baker, C & Sterling, M 2018, 'A conceptual model for wind and debris impact loading of structures due to tornadoes' Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, vol. 175, pp. 283-291. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2017.11.029

Gallagher, M, Morden, J, Baker, C, Soper, D, Quinn, A, Hemida, H & Sterling, M 2018, 'Trains in crosswinds – comparison of full-scale on-train measurements, physical model tests and CFD calculations' Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, vol. 175, pp. 428–444. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2018.03.002

Gillmeier, S, Sterling, M, Hemida, H & Baker, C 2018, 'A reflection on analytical tornado-like vortex flow field models' Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, vol. 174, pp. 10-27. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2017.12.017

Jesson, M & Sterling, M 2018, 'A simple vortex model of a thunderstorm downburst – a parametric evaluation' Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, vol. 174, pp. 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2017.12.001

Baker, CJ & Sterling, M 2017, 'Modelling wind fields and debris flight in tornadoes' Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, vol. 168, pp. 312-321. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2017.06.017

Swan, R, Sterling, M & Bridgeman, J 2017, 'Optimisation of water treatment works performance using genetic algorithms' Journal of Hydroinformatics. https://doi.org/10.2166/hydro.2017.083

Swan, R, Bridgeman, J & Sterling, M 2016, 'An assessment of static and dynamic models to predict water treatment works performance' Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology - AQUA, vol. 65, no. 7, pp. 515-529. https://doi.org/10.2166/aqua.2016.005

Jesson, M, Sterling, M & Baker, D 2016, 'Application of ISO4359 for discharge calculation in a narrow flume' Flow Measurement and Instrumentation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.flowmeasinst.2016.06.015

Jesson, MA, Bridgeman, J & Sterling, M 2015, 'Novel software developments for the automated post-processing of high volumes of velocity time-series' Advances in Engineering Software, vol. 89, pp. 36-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.advengsoft.2015.06.007

Conference contribution

Baker, C, Sterling, M, Blackburn, A, Whyatt, D, Gullick, D, Berry, P & Smilie, I 2016, Reducing losses due to crop lodging. in 7th European and African Conference on Wind Engineering, EACWE 2017. International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE), 7th European and African Conference on Wind Engineering, EACWE 2017, Liege, Belgium, 4/07/17.

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