Dr Stuart Norris

BE (Hons), ME (Dist), PhD


Stuart grew up in the shadow of Huntly Powerstation, and is heir to a family tradition of engineering and the sea. He was educated in New Zealand and Australia, and before returning to the Mechanical Engineering Department, he worked as a research engineer in the Bioengineering Institute, a scientific programmer for a special effects studio in Los Angeles, a computer systems administrator at the University of New South Wales, and as a garbo for the Otahuhu City Council.

His interests are the development and application of computational techniques for the solution of heat and fluid flow, and their application to heat transfer and yacht aerodynamics problems.


BE (Hons) Mechanical Engineering, The University of Auckland (1990)
ME (Dist) Mechanical Engineering, The University of Auckland (1993)
PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Sydney (2000)

Research | Current

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Heat transfer and buoyancy driven flows
  • Yacht aerodynamics
  • High performance computing

Research groups

  • Yacht Research Unit
  • Thermofluids laboratory
  • Fluid Dynamics Research Group (University of Sydney)

Teaching | Current

  • MECHENG 211 Thermofluids
  • MECHENG 311 Thermal Engineering
  • MECHENG 711 Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • MECHENG 713 Energy Technology

Postgraduate supervision

Current Students:

  • Stefano Nava, "Modelling the Aerodynamics of Downwind Yacht Sails using Large Eddy Simulation"
  • Peihua Li, "Flow condensation of CO2 in a horizontal tube at low temperatures"
  • Sonja Sredojev, "Computer fluid dynamics algorithms development for steady and unsteady flow'
  • Eric Bretscher, "Development and optimisation of displacement craft hulls to reduce residuary resistance using a CFD approach"
  • Joë Pelmard, "Numerical analysis of density-driven flows"
  • Farzad Farvizi, "Tsunami forces on coastal structures"
  • Ehsan Hendi, "Hydrodynamics of sediment retention ponds"

Graduate Studies

Inquisitive and enthusiastic students wishing to study for a PhD or Masters degree can email me directly including a CV and an academic transcript. Financial assistance may be available for successful applicants at postgraduate levels. If you are interested in doctoral studies, please follow the following link to complete an expression of interest: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/for/future-postgraduates/how-to-apply-pg/apply-for-a-doctorate.html

Projects on the development, implimentation and application of DNS methods are available in conjunction with the University of Sydney, and will involve study at both Auckland and Sydney.

Further projects are available in the following areas:

  • Development of methodologies for modelling heat and fluid flow
  • Yacht aerodynamics
  • Buoyancy driven flows
  • Convective heat transfer

You can find a listing of projects in the FindaThesis website, or by searching by my name on the facilty research project website.

Chinese PhD students

Generous funding is available from the China Scholarship Council to support a Chinese student studying for a PhD in Engineering at Auckland: www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/is-chinese-scholarship-council-scholarships

Scholarships for international postgraduates

The University of Auckland has a number of scholarships available for post-graduate study. To find out closing dates and what you might be eligible to apply for, visit the following: www.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/home/for/current-students/cs-scholarships-and-awards/cs-search-for-scholarships-and-awards


Faculty of Engineering Top Teacher award 2016, 2013.


Postgraduate advisor (Taught) for Mechanical Engineering

Areas of expertise

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Aerodynamics and fluid mechanics
  • Heat transfer
  • High performance computing

Committees/Professional groups/Services


Professional affiliations

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)


Contact details

Primary location

Level 7, Room 703
New Zealand

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