Prof. dr. ir. Bert Blocken


Prof. dr. ir. Bert Blocken (*1974, Hasselt, Belgium) is a Belgian national and a Civil Engineer holding a PhD in Civil Engineering / Building Physics from KU Leuven in Belgium. He is Full Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and part-time Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven (Leuven University) in Belgium. He has led the design and construction of the Eindhoven Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel and currently acts as its Scientific Director. His main areas of expertise are urban physics, wind engineering and sports aerodynamics.

He has published 207 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. His h-index values are 57, 61 and 73 on Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar, respectively. He has graduated 22 PhD students. He 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 of the Department of the Built Environment at TU/e. According to the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) & Elsevier, he is among the 150 most cited researchers world-wide both in the field of Civil Engineering and in the field of Energy Science & Engineering. He is listed as 2018, 2019 and 2020 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) for production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science Core Collection, ranking him in about the top 0.1% researchers in his field according to Clarivate Analytics (https://hcr.clarivate.com/). He was listed as one of the 15 engineers world-wide "who mattered in 2020" by Engineering.com (https://new.engineering.com/story/engineers-who-mattered-in-2020). His first paper on COVID-19, ventilation and fitness centers was ranked by Altmetric in the top 0.003% of tracked articles (www.altmetric.com/top100/2020/).

He is associate editor of the peer-reviewed journals Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics and Sports Engineering, and continuous Guest Editor of the Ten Questions Initiative of the peer-reviewed journal Building and Environment. He is member of the editorial board of the journals Building Simulation and the International Journal of Ventilation. He has acted as a reviewer for more than 70 different ISI journals. He is supervising a team of 6 senior researchers and 22 PhD students (see here).

He works with government authorities and companies in the successful implementation of academic research into practice. He also works with professional sports organizations and professional teams and athletes towards safe and successful achievements.

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