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Bert Blocken

Bert Blocken

Professor Aerodynamics, United Kingdom and KU Leuven, Belgium

Cycling aerodynamics: from academic research to product development


Prof. Dr. Ing. 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 United Kingdom, Part-time Full professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven (Leuven University) in Belgium and the CEO of the engineering and consultancy company ANEMOS BV in Belgium. His main areas of expertise are urban physics, city and building aerodynamics and sports aerodynamics.
He has published 229 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. His h-index values are 69, 75 and 88 on Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar, respectively. He has graduated 28 PhD students. He developed a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Sports & Building Aerodynamics on the Coursera platform. According to the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) & Elsevier, he was 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, 2020, 2021 and 2022 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/). Papers authored by his PhD students received best-paper awards in top journals in 2009, 2011, 2012. He received the Best Review Paper Award over a 5-year period in the journal Building Simulation in 2020 for a single-authored review paper.
He is editor of the peer-reviewed journal Building and Environment and associate editor of the journal Sports Engineering. He is member of the editorial board of the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, the journal Building Simulation, the International Journal of Ventilation and the journal SN Applied Sciences. He has acted as a reviewer for more than 70 different ISI journals.


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