Mathematics
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Assoc Prof Sarah Wakes

Office: Science III, room 217
Phone: 479-3148
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 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

Teaching

Sarah currently teaches:

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

Selected Recent Publications