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I am Professor Rodney Day and my role at London South Bank University is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation). I lead the institutions research and innovation activities and our ambitious plans for the future. I have experience in large-scale complex research projects, knowledge transfer partnership projects, industry consultancy and collaboration, business development and CPD provision. Before joining LSBU in April 2023, I was Dean of the School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

My early academic research was nationally and internationally recognised in the fields of river engineering, sediment transport and the performance of hydraulic structures. I was fortunate to work on a series of national design guides on bridge scour, culvert design and side weirs for the Environment Agency, DETR and CIRIA. Projects included research on the influence of near-bed turbulent flow structures on scour hole development at culvert outlets, local scour around bridge piers under steady and unsteady flow conditions, and turbulence closure models in suspended sediment-laden flows. Other research of national importance included extending the scope of Standard specifications for open channel flow gauging structures, the performance of side weirs, and considerations to be taken into account for decommissioning a weir or sluice.

More recently I have diversified my research and innovation interests to include a greater emphasis on computational modelling, applications of deep neural networks, research design, and fluid mechanics. This included leading a IUK Advanced Powertrain with Energy Saving project with Caterpillar, USA.

As well as carrying out research, my teaching has included fluid mechanics, hydraulic engineering, river engineering, project management and systems engineering. I've always maintained a strong connection with businesses and have undertaken a variety of consultancy projects for various organisations, acted as a knowledge-base lead and academic supervisor for many KTPs, lectured in China, and provided project management short courses in Poland. I completed my MBA in 2003, with a dissertation on Performance Management of Emergency Planning in the UK, working with the Civil Contingencies Secretariat.

I have collaborated on national and regional initiatives including the Alliance Group Energy DTA and the UUK Open Equipment scheme, and was a formerly held Directorships of Evalu8 Transportations Ltd and UH Ventures Ltd. I currently represent LSBU on the SC1 life sciences innovation district group. Over many decades I've been lucky to work in the field of researcher development, tutoring on national GRAD Schools, implementing the UKs Researcher Development Framework, as well as acting as co-ordinator for the Vitae East of England Hub and chairing the national Vitae Careers in Academia and Advancing in Academia events.

I am a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
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Mrs Niki Soleimani AmiriDoctoral Research ProjectPhD

Advanced thermal management system driven by phase change materials for power lithium-ion batteries: A review
Zhang, J., Shao, D., Jiang, L., Zhang, G., Wu, H., Day, R. and Jiang, W. (2022). Advanced thermal management system driven by phase change materials for power lithium-ion batteries: A review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 159, p. 112207. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2022.112207

Experimental investigation on environmental control of a 50-person mine refuge chamber
Zhang, Z., Jin, T., Wu, H., Day, R., Gao, X., Wang, K. and Mao, R. (2021). Experimental investigation on environmental control of a 50-person mine refuge chamber. Building and Environment. 21, p. 108667. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2021.108667

Temperature oscillation of a dual compensation chamber loop heat pipe under acceleration conditions
Lv, X., Xie, Y., Zhang, H., Xu, Y., Wu, H., Day, R. and Ren, J. (2021). Temperature oscillation of a dual compensation chamber loop heat pipe under acceleration conditions. Applied Thermal Engineering. 198, p. 117450. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2021.117450

A data driven deep neural network model for predicting boiling heat transfer in helical coils under high gravity
Liang, X., Xie, Y., Day, R., Meng, X. and Wu, H. (2020). A data driven deep neural network model for predicting boiling heat transfer in helical coils under high gravity. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 166, p. 120743. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2020.120743

Prediction of the release process of the nitrogen-extinguishant binary mixture considering surface tension
Liu, S., Xie, Y., Chen, M., Zhu, J., Day, R., Wu, H. and Yu, J. (2020). Prediction of the release process of the nitrogen-extinguishant binary mixture considering surface tension. Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. 145, pp. 185-199. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10973-020-10040-2

Energy Separation for Ranque-Hilsch Vortex Tube: A short review
Hu, Z., Li, R., Yang, X., Yang, M, Day, R. and Wu, H. (2020). Energy Separation for Ranque-Hilsch Vortex Tube: A short review. Thermal Science and Engineering Progress. 19, p. 100559. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tsep.2020.100559

Air Quality Control in Mine Refuge Chamber with Ventilation through Pressure Air Pipeline
Zhang, Z., Wu, H., Wang, K., Day, R. and Yuan, Y. (2020). Air Quality Control in Mine Refuge Chamber with Ventilation through Pressure Air Pipeline. Process Safety and Environment Protection. 135, pp. 46-58. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psep.2019.12.014

Thermal performance of a mine refuge chamber with human body heat sources under ventilation
Zhang, Z., Wu, H., Wang, K., Day, R. and Yuan, Y. (2019). Thermal performance of a mine refuge chamber with human body heat sources under ventilation. Applied Thermal Engineering. 162, p. 114243. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2019.114243

Thermal Performance Analysis of an Underground Closed Chamber with Human Body Heat Sources under Natural Convection
Zhang, Z., Day, R., Wang, K., Wu, H. and Yuan, Y. (2018). Thermal Performance Analysis of an Underground Closed Chamber with Human Body Heat Sources under Natural Convection. Applied Thermal Engineering. 145 (145), pp. 453-463. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2018.09.068

Powering lights with piezoelectric energy harvesting floors
Puscasu,O., Counsell, N., Herfatmanesh, M., Peace, R., Patsavellas, J. and Day, R. (2018). Powering lights with piezoelectric energy harvesting floors. Energy Technology. 6 (5), pp. 906-916. https://doi.org/10.1002/ente.201700629

Protein droplet actuation on superhydrophobic surfaces: A new approach toward anti-biofouling electrowetting systems
Abdul Latip, E.N., Coudron, L., McDonnell, M.B., Johnston, I., McCluskey, D., Day, R. and Tracey, M. (2017). Protein droplet actuation on superhydrophobic surfaces: A new approach toward anti-biofouling electrowetting systems. RSC Advances. 78, p. 49633–49648. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7ra10920b

Development of an automated smart trap for wheat pathogens
Kaye, R., Johnston, I., Baxter, R., Munro, I., Tracey, M., Day, R. and McCluskey, D. (2017). Development of an automated smart trap for wheat pathogens. Innovation in plant biosecurity 2017. 16 Mar 2017 Fera.

Design of a high efficiency cyclone for collection of rare and low concentration airborne pathogens
Baxter, R., Johnston, I., Kaye, R., Munro, I., Tracey, M., Day, R. and McCluskey, D. (2017). Design of a high efficiency cyclone for collection of rare and low concentration airborne pathogens. Innovation in plant biosecurity 2017. 16 Mar 2017

Proof-of-Concept Testing of a Sustained Vortex-Flow Configuration for Hybrid Rocket Motors
R. Wilkinson, R. Day, K. Hart and Day, R. (2010). Proof-of-Concept Testing of a Sustained Vortex-Flow Configuration for Hybrid Rocket Motors. Joint Propulsion Conf & Exhibit. 2010

Design considerations of scheduling systems suitable for PCB manufacturing
Fernandez-Flores, O., Speer, T. and Day, R. (2009). Design considerations of scheduling systems suitable for PCB manufacturing. Engineering and Technology. 58 (157), p. 794.

Business process re-engineering using a customised mapping model: a case study in a SME
L. Zong, R. Day and Day, R. (2007). Business process re-engineering using a customised mapping model: a case study in a SME. 24th International Manufacturing Conference. 2007

Experimental observations of obstructions on floodplains
Liriano,S.L., Marriott, M.J. and Day, R. (2001). Experimental observations of obstructions on floodplains. 29th IAHR World Congress. Beijing 2001