Dr Venki Venugopal has joined the University of Edinburgh as Lecturer in 2005 and he is currently Reader with the Institute for Energy Systems, School of Engineering.
He received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering (1991), Master of Technology in Ocean Engineering (1994) and PhD in Ocean Engineering (United Kingdom, 2003). His research interests include numerical modelling of wave and tide propagation in ocean and bay scale, wave and tidal power resource modelling, interaction of wave–current-turbulence-marine energy structure modelling, arrays of wave and tidal energy devices modelling, physical modelling of wave and tides in laboratory and their interaction, extreme waves, offshore wind energy, climate change modelling, environmental impact modelling of waves and currents, breakwaters, general offshore structures modelling and ocean wave statistics.
He is currently leading the EPSRC research [FlowTurb project, EP/N021487/1] on the characterisation of combined wave-current-turbulence interactions on tidal energy resources, performance of tidal turbines in turbulent flow conditions, and the resulting fatigue loads on tidal turbine rotor blades and support structures for both floating and seabed fixed tidal turbines. His previous work [EPSRC TeraWatt, EP/J010170/1] explored ways in which marine spatial planning and policy development can enable the maximum level of marine energy extraction, while minimizing environmental impacts.