An election is called for the AFMS executive and council members which will serve for two years following the 21AFMC. The nominations received for various positions are listed below. The AFMS requests your vote to determine the next AFMS executive members - President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and eight elected council members. You can vote online via the following polling site:

You need to select one candidate for each of the executive positions via the dropdown list and a maximum eight members for the elected council member positions. Please note that you do not need to vote for the council members in order of preference; all that is required is to select no more than 8 of the names by checking the appropriate boxes. The voting will close on Friday 7th December at 5pm and the results will be announced at the AFMS Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 12th December at Adelaide during the 21st AFMC. If you have any question regarding the council elections please contact the AFMS admin at afms.admin [at]

The AFMS thank you for your participation in this election.

Prof. A.(Tony) D.Lucey (President)

(Professor) Tony Lucey has been closely involved with, and committed to, the AFMS having served as its Secretary and as an Executive Committee member ever since the Society’s inauguration in 2008. He currently serves on three of the Society’s sub-committees, namely: Student prizes, ARC College of Experts, and Regional Branches (now called Local Chapters). He is also editor of the Society’s newsletter. Accordingly he has long experience of working for the Society and understands its history, purpose and ethos together with its current trajectory and future development as a force for the promotion and advancement of Fluid Mechanics in Australasia.

Tony is a Head of School and twice former Dean of Engineering at Curtin University; these roles have honed his strategic, management and procedural skills. He has served on the ARC College of Experts (2012-2014), has been president of the WA Division of Engineers Australia (the peak professional body for Engineering), and is also recognised as an expert in engineering-education practice and research. His research interests in Fluid Mechanics span the range from fundamental problems to applied projects, the latter in conjunction with Industry and/or medical experts. Thus, Tony would bring his broad background in research, industry and education to the Society together with his experience of building fruitful synergies between these three elements that, in effect, underpin the purpose and activities of the Society.

Prof. Jim Denier (President/ Vice President/ Council member)

Jim Denier is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at Macquarie University, where he also holds the position of Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. His research interests are generally focussed towards understanding the processes behind transition to turbulence where he makes use of asymptotic methods and appropriate computational techniques.

Jim was one of the founding executive of the AFMS and has sat on the executive and council since then. He is a past Vice President of the Society and has held many leadership roles in the Australian mechanics community, including chair the AAS National Committee for the Mechanical Sciences, was a long-time member of the NCIs merit allocation committee and has represented both Australia and New Zealand on the General Assembly of IUTAM. In all these roles he has been a strong advocate for fluid mechanics research to government, scientific organisations and the higher education sector.

Jim's statement

Australia has a long and proud tradition in fluid mechanics research, a discipline that transcends traditional academic boundaries. Fluid mechanics research in Australia makes a direct and clear contribution to the national economy and as such our discipline is one in which all of our research is “in the national interest”. As teachers and researchers in this foundational science, we are charged with ensuring that the future generation of Australian students has the opportunity to engage with the beauty of our chosen field, and be trained in research laboratories of the highest international standards. As Pres./Vice-Pres/Council. I will continue working with the executive and council to ensure that the research endeavours of Australasia’s fluid mechanists are front and centre of policymakers and that our community receives appropriate and adequate support for our future endeavours and that we, as a society, present an inclusive and supportive community for all.

Prof. Hugh Blackburn (Vice President)

I am a professor in Monash University's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and carry out research into turbulent and transitional flows, based largely on direct numerical simulation and flow stability analysis. Since 1988 I have worked at Monash and at CSIRO in research areas related to fluid mechanics. My teaching is now mostly aerospace-related (aircraft performance and design), I co-supervise the Monash Unmanned Aerial Systems (Monash UAS) undergraduate team and am Director of the Monash Aerospace Engineering Degree. I have been involved with AFMS in various roles since its inception and am honoured both to be a Fellow of the Society and its outgoing President. I would like to serve as Vice President partly in the interests of maintaining continuity in direction and in formulating policy changes as the Society matures.

Dr. John Cater (Vice President/ Council member)

John Cater graduated with a PhD in fluid mechanics from Monash University, and is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His research interests include the development of experimental and computational methods, which have led to recent publications in wind energy and bio-medical fluids.

John has served on the AFMS council (by invitation) since 2016, and was an active member of the sub-committee which developed the rules for Local Chapters of the Society. John is dedicated to AFMS and will work towards extending membership to those working in a broader range of fluids-related areas, particularly environmental fluid flows. He hopes to be an active contributor to the organisation for many years to come.

Prof. Steve Armfield (Vice President/ Treasurer/ Council member)

I am happy to nominate for these positions and if selected will work tirelessly to advance the interests of the Australasian fluid mechanics community.

Dr. Vincent Wheatley (Vice-president/Secretary/Council member)

Fluid mechanics is a fascinating field of research that remains crucial to challenges as significant and varied as climate change, fusion and biomedical applications, to name a few. My 20 years in the field have been greatly rewarding, taking me from a Masters in Queensland, to a PhD in California, to a post-doc in Switzerland before returning home to become a continuing academic. At every stop I have built lasting, strong collaborations enabling us to delve deeply into problems like controlling instabilities that are detrimental to fusion, enhancing combustion in scramjets, or thermally controlling fluids in microchannels, which never cease to surprise. I am seeking election to the AFMS Executive Committee to help promote and lead this amazing field of research that has given so much to me. I aim to help impress upon government, funding agencies and the media the continued significance of the field to the greatest challenges facing humanity, and to pass on the wonder of fluid mechanics to the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Dr. Scott Draper (Secretary/Council member)

Dr Draper is an Associate Professor within the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he has worked since 2011. He completed his undergraduate study at UWA (BEng, BCom, 2005), before working in industry and then completing a DPhil in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford (DPhil, 2011). Scott's research focuses on fluid mechanics applied to both the oil and gas and marine renewable energy industries. He works on a range of problems, including: the stability and scour of subsea infrastructure; the optimum arrangement/ operation of marine renewable energy devices and, wave-structure interaction. In combination with his colleagues at UWA, Scott's research has been kindly supported by a number of industry partners, including Woodside, Shell, Bureau Veritas, Lloyds Register Group and Carnegie Wave Energy. He has also undertaken short term research projects with Subcon, Fugro AG, Technip, Arup and Bombora Wave Energy.

Scott has served on the AFMS council (as a co-opted member) for the past 12 months, and helped to organize the 20th AFMC in Perth, 2016. He has very much enjoyed being a part of the council and would enjoy to continue working with the Society (as a council member or as a secretary) if the opportunity arises in future. He also looks forwards to working to support a local WA Chapter of the AFMS.

Prof. Ivan Marusic (Treasurer)

AFMS plays an important role in fostering fluid mechanics in Australia and New Zealand, and will be an important vehicle in helping our field address the significant challenges ahead in terms of funding of research and the need for enhanced co-ordination and engagement with the broader community. I am very proud to have been one of the founding members of AFMS, and have served on the Executive Committee for two terms as Inaugural President and for the past 3 terms as Treasurer. I’m nominating again (for a 4th and final term) for the role of Treasurer to offer my continued service on the Executive Committee. That said, I’d be very happy to assist others if they are elected to this role to ensure a healthy renewal and continued success of AFMS.

Dr. Bianca Capra (Treasurer/Council member)

I am currently an elected AFMS council member, chair of the sub-committee’s for Women in Fluid Mechanics and Local Chapters and a member of the sub-committee for communication. In these roles I have worked to establish guidelines for the formation of local AFMS chapters and proposed a range of initiatives for increasing gender equity within the AFMS. If re-elected, I will continue to implement and advocate gender equity policies and initiatives within the AFMS, as I believe this work can only help grow our Society and improve our effectiveness as an advocate for increasing STEM participation I will also continue my role with the AFMS council to establish an effective communication strategy between the AFMS and key stakeholders to raise the visibility of the AFMS in a manner that supports the society and its members.

Prof. Richard Manasseh (Council member)

I served as President and then Vice-President of AFMS from 2012-2018. During my term, I was struck by the enthusiasm and depth of support within the Australasian fluid mechanics community; we only had to suggest initiatives and people would gladly volunteer. I am particularly keen on encouraging young researchers to choose careers in fluid mechanics, and wish to continue my work in the Outreach Subcommittee that I set up. High the agenda would be promotion of our research to the wider community including school and undergraduate students. Greater awareness would help us win the support of governments and business alike as we strive to get our research funded by both traditional (ARC and NHMRC) and non-traditional means (direct government and business contracts and philantrophy). I hope my fairly diverse career will help AFMS get across the amazing versatility and relevance of the study of fluid flows. You can read more about me at:

Dr. Tracie Barber (Council member)

Dr. Emilie Sauret (Council member)

I have been elected Council Member of the Australasian fluid Mechanics Society in 2016, and since have served as acting chair for the Women in Fluid Mechanics and Local Chapters sub-committees during 2018, contributing to new initiatives (such as child care, and women networking event) that will be implemented at the 21st AFMC in Adelaide and the launch of the EOI for the local chapters. I am also the co-treasurer of the 22nd AFMC conference that will be held in Brisbane in 2020. I am strongly committed to engage more females in the fluid mechanics community and support them progressing their academic careers. I also have a strong focus on mentoring early-career academics and PhD students.

I am currently the leader of the CFD group in LAMSES ( ) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). I have been specialised in developing advanced numerical techniques for a variety of engineering applications in energy and bio-engineering. My current research interests include advanced numerical methods for renewable power systems (turbine, heat exchangers, real fluids, uncertainty quantification), industry and environmental applications (particle transport and deposition, mass and heat transfer through porous media), and bio- and micro- fluidics.

Dr. Justin Leontini (Council member)

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Product Design Engineering at the Swinburne University of Technology. Through my research, I aim to bring my own knowledge, and that of our fluid mechanics community, to bear on problems of scientific and social importance. My current research interests are the flow-induced vibration of arrays of structures, reciprocating pipe flows, ocean waves and wave power, and respiratory flows. In addition to a research supervisor of Ph.D., masters and final year projects, I have been a departmental HDR advisor and a fellow of Swinburne’s Innovation Precinct which brings together academics from across the university to learn and develop research commercialisation ideas. I have contributed to AFMS as a paper reviewer and session chair in past AFMCs and looking forward to more active contribution as a council member.

In the near future, there are three primary roles that I feel the AFMS should play:
  • Dissemination: the AFMS can promote the importance and relevance of our community’s work, to extend the reach of our science and develop the understanding of what we can provide as a community to other sciences, engineering and society at large.<\li>
  • Inclusion: the AFMS can help break down the barriers to entry into fluid mechanics and the STEM disciplines for different social groups to continue to bring a fresh approach to a traditional but vitally important discipline.
  • Advocacy: the AFMS can agitate at a national level for representation with bodies such as the ARC and the Australian Academy of Science. These roles are particularly important now, given the difficult political and financial environment that many of our members need to operate in.
If selected, I will contribute to these goals and will ensure the continued success of the AFMS.

Dr. Richard Kelso (Council member)

A/Prof. Richard Kelso has a BE(Mechanical) and PhD (Fluid Mechanics) from the University of Melbourne. Prior to joining the University of Adelaide in 1995, he worked at CSIRO, DSTO and Princeton University as well as two private engineering companies. His principal interests lie in the areas of flow structure and control, with application areas being aerospace engineering, wind engineering and sports aerodynamics. Kelso actively consults and collaborates with industry in projects from dust mitigation and combustion system design to cycling aerodynamics. He also teaches undergraduate and masters courses in aerodynamics and experimental methods. Over the last four years Kelso has contributed to the AFMC Student Prize and Outreach subcommittees and is Chair of the 21AFMC organising committee.

Prof. Wenxian Lin (Council member)

I am a professor at the College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University (JCU), and obtained PhD from the University of Sydney in 2000, specializing in computational fluid dynamics. I have served in the Council since 2012, as the Chair of the Student Prizes Subcommittee. I endeavor to promote fluid mechanics and the AFMS in young researchers and promising undergraduates, particularly in regional areas.

My research interests encompass computational fluid dynamics, buoyancy-driven flows, turbulent flows, stratified flows, heat transfer, natural convection, boundary layers, scaling analysis, environmental fluid dynamics, solar thermal energy, building heating and ventilation, etc.

My professional website is:

Dr. Rajnish Sharma (Council member)

Hi everyone, I am an Academic at the University of Auckland in NZ, leading a large research group engaged in research on the Fluid Dynamics, with and without Heat Transfer, of Microscale to Atmospheric scale problems. I am passionate about Fluid Mechanics and my work is of relevance to Australasia as well as the South West Pacific. As a Council member, I look forward to serving the membership, and helping the organisation grow further in NZ and the South West Pacific, through my connections and leveraging links with regional organisations. Further details on my background and activities will be found at:

Dr. Fangbao Tian (Council member)

Dr Fang-Bao Tian is a DECRA fellow and Senior Lecturer at UNSW. He mainly works on CFD methods for fluid-structure interactions and their applications in many biological and engineering areas such as laryngeal aerodynamics, fish swimming and insect flying, blood flow and blood cells, hypersonic fluid-structure interactions and fluid-structure-acoustics interactions. Due to his achievement in developing numerical methods and conducting fluid-structure interaction benchmark cases, he has been invited to publish 4 journal papers and 1 keynote presentation.

Dr. Paul Brandner (Council member)