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Professor Luiz Wrobel

Professor Luiz Wrobel
Institute Director Materials & Manufacturing



  • PhD in Civil Engineering (1981), University of Southampton, UK
  • MSc in Civil Engineering (1977), COPPE/Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • BSc in Civil Engineering (1974), Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil


  • 2004 - Date: Deputy Head of School (Research), School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University London, UK
  • 1996 - Date: Professor, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University London, UK
  • 1989 - 1996: Reader, Wessex Institute of Technology, Ashurst, Southampton, UK
  • 1981 - 1989: Associate Professor, Civil Engineering Department, COPPE/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1975 - 1977: Structural Engineer, Engenheiros Associados Ltda, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Design of reinforced and prestressed concrete


Co-author of four technical books.

122 papers in refereed international journals.

21 chapters in edited books.

204 papers in international conferences.

Supervisor of 26 PhD theses successfully defended, with another 4 currently under supervision.

Supervisor of 5 MPhil and 18 MSc theses successfully defended.

Supervisor of 9 post-doctoral Research Fellows.

Supervisor of 61 MEng and BEng final year projects, including the winner of the Vehicle Technology Prize of the Institute of Vehicle Engineers for Best Project of 2002.

External Examiner to the BEng and MEng courses in Mechanical Engineering at the School of Mechanical, Materials, Manufacturing Engineering and Management, University of Nottingham, from 2002 to 2005.

External Examiner to the BEng and MEng courses in Mechanical & Automotive Engineering at the School of Engineering, Design and Technology, University of Bradford, from 2002 to 2003.

External Examiner to the interdepartmental MSc course in Computational Fluid Dynamics, University of Leeds, from 2000 to 2004.

External Examiner to the courses BEng Mechanical Engineering, BEng Mechanical Engineering with Management, BEng Manufacturing Systems with Mechanical Engineering, BEng Manufacturing Systems with Management and BEng Mechanical and Automotive Engineering at the Department of Mechanical and Medical Engineering, University of Bradford, from 1999 to 2002.

External examiner of PhD students at the University of Exeter (1993); University of Wales, Swansea (1993); Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (1994); University of Leeds (1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006); Zagazig University, Egypt (1996); Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1997); UMIST (1998); University of Maribor, Slovenia (2000, 2005); University of Hertfordshire (2001); Queen Mary, University of London (2002); University of Southampton (2003); University of Greenwich (2003); University of Nottingham (2004); Nottingham Trent University (2005); University of Seville, Spain (2006), Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia (2007), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia (2008).

External examiner of MPhil and MSc by Research students at the State University of Sao Paulo, Brazil (1987); Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (several between 1981 and 1989); University of Exeter (1991); University of Durham (2006).

Member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) College, 2003-2005, 2006-2009.

Member of the Steering Committee and the International Advisory Board of the Centre of Excellence for Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems and Processes,Technical University of Silesia, Gliwice, Poland.

Member of the University of Leeds Marie Curie Steering Group.

Director (Brunel) of the University of Surrey/Brunel University London Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Environmental Technology, 2001 to date.

Lecturer of short courses on Numerical Methods in Engineering in Brazil, England, Japan, Switzerland, Morocco and USA.

Invited lecturer at the Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil; Federal School of Engineering of Itajuba, Brazil; State University of Campinas, Brazil; State University of Sao Carlos, Brazil; State University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; COPPE/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; National Laboratory for Scientific Computation, Brazil; University of Mogi das Cruzes, Brazil; University of Southampton, England; University of Portsmouth, England; Oxford University Computing Laboratory, England; University of Exeter, England; University of Greenwich, England; University of Leeds, England; University of Bradford, England; University of Swansea, Wales; University of Minnesota, USA; University of Central Florida, USA; Fukuoka University, Japan; Okayama University, Japan; Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal; University of Ghent, Belgium; University of La Coruna, Spain; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; University of Maribor, Slovenia; Zagazig University, Egypt; Cairo University, Egypt; Silesian University of Technology, Poland; Universite Abdelmalek Essaadi, Morocco; Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Australia; Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China; Tsinghua University, China.

Referee of research proposals to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK; Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK; The Leverhulme Trust, UK; The Nuffield Foundation, UK; National Sciences Foundation (NSF), USA; Fund for Scientific Research (FWO), Flanders, Belgium; Ministry of Science and Technology, Slovenia; Ministry of Education, Slovak Republic; British Council, Poland; Austrian Science Fund, Austria.

Member of the Editorial Board of the journals Brazilian Journal of Mechanical Sciences, ABCM (1989-1992); Advances in Water Resources, Elsevier (1989-1996); Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements}, Elsevier (1984-date); International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat and Fluid Flow, Emerald Press (1991-date); International Journal of Dynamics of Fluids, Research India Publications (2004-date); and of the Advisory Board of International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Wiley (2001-date).

Guest Editor of two special issues of the journal International Journal of Numerical Methods for Heat and Fluid Flow, 2003.

Newest selected publications

Silva, ABCG., Wrobel, LC. and Ribeiro, FLB. (2018) 'A thermoregulation model for whole body cooling hypothermia'. Journal of Thermal Biology, 78. pp. 122 - 130. ISSN: 0306-4565

Journal article

Alabi, AA., Moore, PL., Wrobel, LC., Campbell, JC. and He, W. (2018) 'Tensile Behaviour of S690QL and S960QL under High Strain Rate'. Journal of Constructional Steel Research, 150. pp. 570 - 580. ISSN: 0143-974X

Journal article

Hoslett, J., Massara, TM., Malamis, S., Ahmad, D., van den Boogaert, I., Katsou, E., et al. (2018) 'Surface water filtration using granular media and membranes: A review.'. Sci Total Environ, 639. pp. 1268 - 1282. ISSN: 1879-1026 Open Access Link

Journal article

Lais, H., Lowe, PS., Gan, T-H. and Wrobel, LC. (2018) 'Numerical modelling of acoustic pressure fields to optimize the ultrasonic cleaning technique for cylinders.'. Ultrason Sonochem, 45. pp. 7 - 16. ISSN: 1350-4177 Open Access Link

Journal article

Mroue, H., Ramos, JB., Wrobel, LC. and Jouhara, H. (2017) 'Performance evaluation of a multi-pass air-to-water thermosyphon-based heat exchanger'. ENERGY, 139. pp. 1243 - 1260. ISSN: 0360-5442 Open Access Link

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