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Professor Hongwei Wu (FIMechE, FRAeS, FEI) is a full Professor of Thermofluids in the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science, and Leader of the Research Group in Monitoring Climate and its Impact (MCI) at University of Hertfordshire. Professor Wu is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of esteemed organisations such as the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), the Energy Institute (FEI), and the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Academic Champion, a visiting professor at East Kazakhstan State Technical University, and a member of the UK Turbulence Consortium. He received his BEng, PhD (Joint PhD Programme with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - HKUST) in Thermofluids all from Beihang University. He has an academic and research profile previously developed at Northumbria University, University of the West of Scotland, Birmingham University and Brunel University London in UK, as well as at the University of British Columbia & University of Alberta in Canada.

Professor Wu's research mainly focuses on Advanced Cooling Technology, Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies, Renewable Energy and Energy System, Battery Thermal Management System (BTMS), Two Phase and Multiphase Flow, Fluid-Solid Conjugate Heat Transfer, Modelling/Simulation methods (CFD)-DNS, LES, MDS, Optimisation and Process Control, AI-Machine Learning (ML)-Deep Neural Networks (DNNs). He leads various UK/EU based research projects funded by the Horizon Europe, EPSRC, British Council, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Innovate UK, and various industry partners.

Professor Wu has published more than 180 papers with over 130 peer-reviewed journal publications including top journals such as Applied Energy, Applied Thermal Engineering, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Journal of Power Sources, etc. His commitment to academic excellence extends to serving as a frequent reviewer for leading journals and holding editorial roles as an Editor or Editorial Board Member for many international journals. He plays pivotal roles as a general Chair/co-Chair and session Chairs/co-Chairs, OCM and TPC members, as well as presenting as plenary and keynote speaker at numerous International Conferences. He serves as a Panel Member for EPSRC Engineering Prioritisation, EPSRC New Horizons, UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) and Interview Panel, and British Council International Science Partnerships Fund (ISPF). He is an UKRI Talent Panel College Member and EPSRC Peer Review Full College Member. He also serves as External Examiner for PhD Viva at many other Universities.

Research interests

Professor Wu has many years' experiences in Thermofluids, his research minaly focuses on but not limited to: heat transfer enhancement; efficient cooling technology (microchannel boiling and condensation, heat pipes, film cooling, pin-fin cooling); two phase and multiphase flow; refrigeration system and technology; renewable energy, energy system and energy efficiency, as well as thermal management; CFD in different research area; AI-machine learning; industrial process modelling, optimisation and control; rotating machinery (turbine blade, cavity).


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