Meet the wind engineers of tomorrow, London

20 January, 2016 | 18:00 - 20:00

Meet the wind engineers of tomorrow, London

About this event

The three winners from the WES Research Day held on 14 October 2015 at University of Reading will present their papers to a wider audience. This event is organised by WES's Young Members Group.

The three topics are:

  • Investigating the power fluctuations of large offshore wind farms,
  • Comparison of analytical vortex models to experimentally modelled tornado-like vortices.
  • Surface Roughness and Wind Characteristics at the Neighbourhood Scale in Urban Areas.


Dr Dan Drew (University of Reading)

In 2007, Dan completed an MSc in Renewable Energy at the University of Reading. He stayed at the University for his PhD which analysed the performance of small wind turbines in urban areas (in collaboration with Imperial College London).

During this time he developed a model to assess the variability of the wind resource across a city taking into account the urban morphology. Since then he has been working as a postdoctoral research assistant, funded by National Grid, assessing the challenges posed by the planned future expansion of offshore wind capacity.

Stefanie Gillmeier (University of Birmingham)

Stefanie completed her MSc degree in Meteorology at the University of Hamburg in December 2014. She did her Masters in a boundary layer wind tunnel of the Environmental wind tunnel laboratory on wind flow over complex terrain.

She started her PhD in January 2015 in Wind engineering at the School of Civil Engineering University of Birmingham. Her research is about the validation of our currently used tornado-like vortex models regarding their applications and limitations.

Christoph Kent (University of Reading)

Christoph's undergraduate studies began at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, where he studied a BSc. in Environmental in Geographical Science. After receiving a first class pass, Christoph chose to stay at the University of Cape Town to pursue an honours degree in Atmospheric Science, which he was also awarded a first class pass for.

Christoph was on the Deans merit list for the duration of his studies, was class medallist of four academic courses, including the honours year and as a result of his academic success was awarded scholarships and bursaries of almost £10,000.

In addition to his studies, Christoph was involved in research projects determining the status quo of South African agriculture, investigating the spatial distribution of rainfall in South Africa and last but not least looked at wind trends (diurnal, seasonal and climatological) on the west coast of Southern Africa, which is where his interest in wind began. Christoph is now coming to the end of the first year of his PhD at the University of Reading, where his initial work has focussed on different methods to determine surface roughness and the implications for wind in urban areas.