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Assoc Prof Sarah Wakes

Office: Science III, room 210
Phone: 479-3148

** Head of Department **

Associate Professor Sarah Wakes joined the University in 2002.

Sarah is the Director for the Clothing and Textile Sciences programme. She is a chartered member of Engineering New Zealand, a member of the Institute of Marine Engineers Science and Technology and both a chartered engineer and marine engineer in the UK. She is also a member of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society and New Zealand Coastal Society.

Sarah’s current research interests are based around using Computational Fluid Dynamics software to predict flows over sand dunes and the interaction of technology and industrial design. She is interested in air/wind interaction with complex geometries as well as sedimentation effects.

Sarah is currently supervising students engaged in a variety of investigations such as examination of:

  • Application of design thinking to SMEs
  • Application of computational modelling to coastal geomorphology


Sarah currently teaches:

  • MATH 160 (calculus, S2)
  • Sustainability of materials (MATS 204)
  • Bioengineering design (BIOE 403)

Selected Recent Publications

  • Wakes, S. J., Maegli, T., Dickinson, K. J., & Hilton, M. J. (2010). Numerical modelling of wind flow over a complex topography. Environmental Modelling & Software, 25(2), 237-247. doi: 10.1016/j.envsoft.2009.08.003
  • Pattanapol, W., Wakes, S. J., Hilton, M. J., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2008). Modeling of surface roughness for flow over a complex vegetated surface. International Journal of Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, 2(1), 18-26.
  • Fahey, M., Wakes, S. J., & Shaw, C. T. (2008). Use of computational fluid dynamics in domestic oven design. International Journal of Multiphysics, 2(1), 37-57.
  • Jiao, Y., Lloyd, C. R., & Wakes, S. J. (2012). The relationship between total embodied energy and cost of commercial buildings. Energy & Buildings, 52, 20-27. doi: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2012.05.028
  • Wakes, S., & Caudwell, J. (2010). The illusion of weightlessness. International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion, 17(2), 95-102. doi: 10.1080/17457300903308316