Full Professor

Bert Blocken

One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike - and yet it is the most precious thing we have.” (Albert Einstein)

Group / Unit
Building Physics
Department / Section
The Built Environment
Floor / room

Research Profile

Bert Blocken is a Belgian national and a Civil Engineer holding a PhD in Civil Engineering / Building Physics from KU Leuven in Belgium. He is a Full Professor at the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and a part-time Full Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. His areas of expertise are urban physics, wind engineering & sports aerodynamics. His research activities include both basic and applied research. The methods applied are numerical simulation with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel testing and field experimentation. The basic research is mainly focused on CFD grid generation, wall function development and analysis of basic flow phenomena. The applied research includes topics of high societal relevance and impact such as climate adaptation of buildings and cities, air pollution, wind energy and important aerodynamic effects in cycling that can be decisive in terms of winning or losing the race.

Academic Background

Bert Blocken obtained his MSc (with great distinction) in Civil Engineering from KU Leuven, where he also received his PhD in Building Physics. In addition to his work at TU/e, Bert is a part-time Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. He is the scientific director of the Eindhoven Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel facility. He also developed TU/e’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) ‘Sports & Building Aerodynamics’ on the Coursera platform. He received the 2011 and 2018 Best Bachelor Teacher Award from the students at the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology. He received the 2013 Junior Award from the International Association of Wind Engineering. The 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) & Elsevier list Bert as one of the 150 most cited researchers worldwide in both Civil Engineering and Energy Science & Engineering. He is listed as 2018 and 2019 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) for the production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in the Web of Science Core Collection (https://hcr.clarivate.com). He is editor of the journal Building & Environment, associate editor of the Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics and assistant editor of the journal Sports Engineering. Bert is also a member of the editorial board of the journal Building Simulation and the International Journal of Ventilation. He has published 180 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He is leading a research team of 5 senior researchers, 26 PhD students and 5 MSc students.

Ancillary Activities

  • Expert reviewer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Guest lecturer and joint coordinator, International Urban Physics Winter & Summer Schools
  • Member Task Committee on Environmental Wind Engineering, Subcommittee on Wind-driven Rain Effects, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Editor Journal Building & Environment, Elsevier
  • Reviewer, 44 ISI journals in environmental modelling, wind engineering, building physics, hydrology, earth sciences, agricultural engineering
  • Part-time full professor, Leuven University, Flanders, Belgium
  • Guest lecturer, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Chairman of Task Committee on Computer-Aided Wind Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Reviewer, STW Open Technology Program
  • Committee member, Research Fund - Flanders (FWO-Flanders)
  • Member Editorial Board, ISI Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
  • Commission Member, Level Acoustics
  • Member Editorial Board, ISI Journal Building and Environment
  • Associate Editor tijdschrift Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics, Elsevier
  • Expert reviewer for industrial, PhD and postdoc grants and scholarships, IWT-Flanders
  • Contributing Author, ASHRAE Handbook of Fundamentals (incl. revisions)
  • Expert reviewer Strategic Research Funding, City University of Hong Kong