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Associate Professor Sarah Wakes

BSc (Jt Hons), PhD (Nott), CEng (UK), CMarEng (UK), MIMarEST, MIPENZ

Tel 64 3479 3148Sarah Wakes
AppSc Building, Room 1.04
Email sarah.wakes@otago.ac.nz
Office Hours: by arrangement

Associate Professor Sarah Wakes joined the University in 2002.

Sarah is the Director for the Applied Science major, Design for Technology. Sarah is also the Postgraduate Co-ordinator for the Centre for Materials Science and Technology. For all postgraduate enquiries please email materials.postgrad-coord@otago.ac.nz.

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

Advisor of studies

  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences majoring in Design for Technology
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate study in Design for Technology

Research expertise

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics applications related to industrial, real-life or design applications
  •  Interface of technology and design with particular emphasis on fluid flow and/or structural analysis
  •  Fluid dynamics associated with wind flow or energy

Teaching

  • Industrial Design
  • Materials
  • Design methods
  • Bioengineering design
  • Structural theory and Finite Element Analysis
  • Fluid dynamics theory and Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Research methods
  • Sustainability
  • Frugal Innovation

Postgraduate supervision

The complete list of theses supervised is available elsewhere on this site.

PhD

Pattanapol, W. Wind flows over complex topography (Supervisors: S Wakes, K Dickinson and M Hilton) Completed: 2010

Fahey, M. Using CFD for oven design (Supervisors: S Wakes and S Kim) Completed: 2007

Masters

Niimi, M. Design for sustainable behaviour (Supervisors: M McGuire and S Wakes) Completed: 2013

Jiao, Y. Investigation of the relationship between total embodied energy and cost for commercial buildings (Supervisors: R Lloyd and S Wakes) MAppSc Completed: 2012

Ott, C. Interface for personal picture management (Supervisors: R Hebecker and S Wakes) Completed: 2010

Gardner, H. T. Communication design by Maori for Maori (Supervisors: C McCaw, S Wakes and B Hokowhitu) Completed: 2009

Levine, A. M. Seat design in preventing DVT (Supervisors: S Wakes and A van Rij) Completed: 2008

Mazarack-Finch, M. Art in packaging (Supervisors: S Wakes and C McCaw) Completed: 2007

Le Comte, P. Information graphics in weather (Supervisors: M McGuire and S Wakes) Completed: 2007


Honours

White, L. An examination of potential benefits from Feed In Tariffs implemented at a municipal level (Supervisors: R Lloyd (Physics) and S Wakes) Completed 2012

Holt, A. How does the packaging and marketing of food affect our choices? (Supervisors: S Wakes and M McGuire) Completed: 2010

Douma, L. Reintroduced carnivores; our friends or foes? (Supervisor: S Wakes) Completed: 2010

Hutchings, C. What is the potential for domestic energy micro-generation in New Zealand? (Supervisor: S Wakes) Completed: 2010

White, T. Biofuels; A New Zealand context (Supervisor: S Wakes) Completed: 2010

Jankowska, L. Design and social entrepreneurship (Supervisors: S Wakes and N Laird) Completed: 2009

Jeffery, J. Generating personal energy (Supervisor: S Wakes) Completed: 2009

Johnstone, A. Does height equal fun (Supervisors: S Wakes and A Wallace) Completed: 2008

Hughes, J. Visualising home energy efficiency (Supervisor: S Wakes) Completed: 2008

Chong, N. Access for all (Supervisors: S Wakes and M McGuire) Completed: 2008

PGDip

Chen, K. Use of numerical analysis in Bioengineering (Supervisors: S Wakes and A Ali) Completed 2013

White, J. The heritage redevelopment process in Dunedin (Supervisor: S Wakes) Completed 2010

Munro, T. Consumer stereoscopic media delivery systems versus user expectation and experience (Supervisor: S Wakes) Completed: 2010

Sheppa, C. The experience of chance (Supervisors: S Wakes and R Hebecker) Completed: 2009

Wang, W. Functionality analysis for assistive devices (Supervisors: S Wakes and M McGuire) Completed: 2008

Current memberships

  • Institute of Marine Engineers, Science and Technology (UK)
  • Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)
  • Australian Fluid Mechanics Society
  • New Zealand Coastal Society
  • CERF Society
  • International Environmental Modelling and Software Society
  • Designers Institute of New Zealand (DINZ), associate member

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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

Journal - Research Article

White, L. V., Cooke, I. R., Wakes, S. J., & Sowerby, S. J. (2013). Quantitative particle microscopy in self-metered fluids. Journal of Microscopy, 250(3), 159-165. doi: 10.1111/jmi.12031

White, L. V., Lloyd, B., & Wakes, S. J. (2013). Are Feed-in Tariffs suitable for promoting solar PV in New Zealand cities? Energy Policy, 60, 167-178. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.04.079

Wakes, S., & Beukes, A. (2012). Height, fun and safety in the design of children's playground equipment. International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion, 19(2), 101-108. doi: 10.1080/17457300.2011.603148

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

Hart, A. T., Hilton, M. J., Wakes, S. J., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2012). The impact of Ammophila arenaria foredune development on downwind aerodynamics and parabolic dune development. Journal of Coastal Research, 28(1), 112-122. doi: 10.2112/jcoastres-d-10-00058.1

Petersen, P. S., Hilton, M. J., & Wakes, S. J. (2011). Evidence of aeolian sediment transport across an Ammophila arenaria-dominated foredune, Mason Bay, Stewart Island. New Zealand Geographer, 67(3), 174-189. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7939.2011.01210.x

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

Wakes, S., & Caudwell, J. (2010). The illusion of weightlessness. International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion, 17(2), 95-102. doi: 10.1080/17457300903308316

Wakes, S., Fahey, M., & Shaw, C. T. (2010). Enhancing and optimising the use of engineering tools within the design process. Design Principles & Practices, 4(1), 23-32.

Goellner, M., Wakes, S., & Shaw, C. T. (2009). Industrial designers' processes and tools: Projections for developing web-based design guidelines. Journal of Design Research, 8(1), 66-86.

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.

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. (2007). Exploration of a horizontal confined impinging heated jet using both experimental and numerical methods. International Journal of Multiphysics, 1(4), 433-455.

Pattanapol, W., Wakes, S. J., Hilton, M. J., & Dickinson, K. J. M. (2007). Modeling of surface roughness for flow over a complex vegetated surface. Proceedings of World Academy of Science, Engineering & Technology, 32, 273-281.

Wakes, S. J., Holdo, A. E., & Meares, A. J. (2002). Experimental investigation of the effect orifice shape and fluid pressure has on high aspect ration cross-sectional jets behaviour. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 89(1), 1-27.

Meares, A. J., Holdo, A. E., & Wakes, S. J. (1997). A novel method of seeding a pressurised air system for flow visualisation. Measurement Science & Technology, 8(10), 1183-1186.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Pattanapol, W., Wakes, S. J., & Hilton, M. (2011). Using computational fluid dynamics to determine suitable foredune morphologies in New Zealand. Journal of Coastal Research. (Special Issue 64), (pp. 298-302). [Full Paper]

Wakes, S. J., Maegli, T., Dickinson, K. J. M., & Hilton, M. (2008). Three-dimensional flow simulation over a complex sand dune system. In C. A. Brebbia (Ed.), Environmental Problems in Coastal Regions VII. (pp. 221-230). Ashurst, UK: WIT Press. [Full Paper]

Goellner, M., Wakes, S., & Shaw, C. T. (2008). Systematic design tools: A South Pacific approach to investigate the use of new design guidelines. In I. Horváth & Z. Rusák (Eds.), Proceedings of the Tools and Methods for Concurrent Engineering Symposium. (pp. 479-493). TMCE. [Full Paper]

Wakes, S. J., & Brown, C. (2006). Numerical modelling of a hand in water. Proceedings of the Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference and the Eleventh International Conference on Pressure Vessel Technology. 4, (pp. 183-188). New York: ASME. [Full Paper]

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Commissioned Report for External Body

Pattanapol, W., Hilton, M. J., & Wakes, S. J. (2011). Effects of topography on wind flow and sand transport & development options: Ocean Beach Domain. Commissioned by Dunedin City Council. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. 22p.

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