B.J.E. (Bert) Blocken - Expertise

Blocken, B.J.E.
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
P.O. Box 513
Building Physics
Department of the Built Environment
Building Physics and Services
Professor (HGL)
Full Professor
VRT 6.B14 (VRT6.30)
+31 40-247 2138
Tel (internal):
040 2438595


  • D12700 - Gases, fluid dynamics, plasma physics
  • D14410 - Building technology
  • Building physics
  • Urban physics
  • Wind engineering
  • sports aerodynamics


Bert Blocken (born April 4th, 1974 in Hasselt, Belgium) is full professor in Building Physics and Urban Physics at the Unit Building Physics and Services (BPS) of the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. He is also a part-time full professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven(Leuven University) in Belgium and a Guest Lecturer at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamicsin Belgium. In 1998, he graduated from KU Leuven as Master in Civil Engineering (option Building Engineering) on a thesis in structural mechanics, under supervision of Guido de Roeck. In 2004, he received his PhD at the same university with the thesis “Wind-driven rain on buildings – measurements, numerical modelling and applications” from the Laboratory of Building Physics, Department of Civil Engineering, under the supervision of Jan Carmeliet and Hugo Hens. From 2004 to 2006, he held the post-doctoral fellowship of the Fund for Scientific Research in Flanders (FWO-Vlaanderen) for two years, one of which he spent at Concordia University in Montreal, under supervision of Prof.dr. Dominique Derome and Prof.dr. Ted Stathopoulos. In June 2006, Bert Blocken was appointed as assistant professor at the unit BPS. In January 2009, he was appointed as associate professor at the same unit and since April 2011, he is appointed as full professor and holds the position of Chair of Building Physics at the unit BPS. <br/> <br/> His main areas of expertise are Urban Physics and Environmental Wind Engineering. His research focuses mainly on numerical modelling of micro-scale wind flow and the related processes in the urban environment, including urban microclimate, urban wind energy, natural ventilation, air pollutant dispersion, pedestrian wind comfort, etc. In addition, he has worked extensively in the field of Sports Aerodynamics, especially when applied to professional cycling. <br/><br/>He has published 123 papers on these topics in international journals with peer review and more than 200 papers on these topics in the proceedings of international conferences. He teaches the course “Urban Physics” in the bachelor track at TU/e and the courses “Heat & Moisture / CFD” and "Sports & Building Aerodynamics" in the master track, as well as the CFD module in the International Building Physics Summer Course and Urban Physics Schools (since 2004). He has received the 2011 Best Lecturer Award by the bachelor students at the Department of the Built Environment at TU/e and the 2016 Best PhD Supervision Team Award (together with dr. Hamid Montazeri) from the PhD Student Network at the Department of the Built Environment of TU/e. He has also developed the first MOOC (= Massive Open Online Course) of Eindhoven University of Technology, on the topic Sports & Building Aerodynamics, which is available on the Coursera platform: <br/><br/>He has been the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the 5th International Symposium on Computational Wind Engineering (CWE2010) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US, in 2010 and the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the 13th International Conference on Wind Engineering (ICWE13) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 2011. He is Associate Editor of the ISI Journal Building & Environment (starting in Jan. 2015) and a member of the Editorial Board of the ISI Journals Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics, Building Simulation and Sports Engineering. He has received several national and international awards, including the 2013 Junior Award from the International Assocation of Wind Engineering, 6 Best Paper Awards from the leading ISI Journal Building & Environment (2009, 2011, 2012) and at International Conferences and a top-cited author award from the ISI Journal Atmospheric Environment (2010). Several of his papers and papers of his PhD students are top-cited papers in their respective journals. He is also a reviewer for more than 60 ISI journals ranging from Urban Physics to Sports Engineering. <br/><br/>He has supervised several PhD students, two of which received exceptional awards: PhD student Twan van Hooff was awarded the "PhD degree Cum Laude" from Eindhoven University in 2012 and PhD student Rubina Ramponi was awarded the "PhD degree Cum Laude" from Politecnico di Milano in 2014. <br/><br/>He is currently supervising a team of 3 postdoctoral fellows, 28 PhD students and 8 MSc students.

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