Dr Nicole Rockliff
Academic and research departmentsDepartment of Mechanical Engineering Sciences.
Dr Nicole Rockliff graduated with 1st class Honours degree in Applied Maths from the University of Adelaide in 1974. From September 1975 -1979 she undertook a PhD in Applied Maths at the University of Cambridge, on "Non-linear edge waves", graduating in early 1981. Postdoctoral fellowships at the Universities of Bristol and East Anglia followed, where she worked respectively on internal waves generated by underwater bodies and on coastal oceanography and upwelling over the continental shelf. From April 1984 she was a Lecturer in Mathematics at Plymouth Polytechnic, with a year spent on secondment at the University of Southampton. Dr Rockliff moved as a Lecturer to the Department of Mechanical Engineering (now Mechanical Engineering Sciences) at the University of Surrey in April 1989, where she remains to this day, currently as a Principal Teaching Fellow. During her time at Surrey, Dr Rockliff has had a wide range of major responsibilities, from admissions tutor, through schools liaison officer, Year Tutor, Programme Leader, and for more than 10 years, Director of Teaching and Learning for the department. She has also served on a wide range of University level committees, include three periods on Senate and one on the University Council. She is currently responsible for liaison with the Department's alumni.
Dr Rockliff is a Chartered Mathematician (CMath)and member of the Institution of Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA) . She has also been a member of the Women's Engineering Society (WES) since 1989 , and has served on WES Council and as Honorary Secretary and President. The promotion of engineering to women and of women in engineering remains a major interest.
Areas of specialism
Research: fluids mechanics, mathematical modelling and CFD;
Teaching: Engineering mathematics, numerical methods and programming, fluids mechanics
Affiliations and memberships
Hon Secretary 1996-99
- Computational Fluid Dynamics
- Bluff Body flows
- Stratified flows
- Coastal oceanographic modelling and water waves.
ENG1061 Mathematics 1
ENG1065 Mathematics 2
ENG1067 Experimental and Transferable Skills
ENG3163 BEng Project
ENGM247 MEng Project
Courses I teach on
2004 AA Sotiriadis, R.B.Thorpe, N.F.Kirkby & N.Rockliff Liquid recirculation beneath a ventilated cavity in a vertical pipe Proceedings of 3rd International Symposium on Two-Phase Flow Modelling and Experimentation Pisa, Italy 22-24 September, paper bja09. (ISBN 88-467-1075-4)
2002 N Rockliff and J Fielding Moving Up: a report of the Athena funded UniS Project UniS Briefing No 10 23 Sept 2002 4 pp
2002 N.Rockliff and J Fielding Moving Up Athena Project report no.13, Equality Challenge Unit, UUK 4 pp (summarized from full internal report c 60 pages of
same name to UUK ECU Athena Project Office)
2000 Sing Hon Lo, Peter Ryal Voke & Nicole Jacqueline Rockliff Three-dimensional Vortices of a Spatially Developing Plane Jet. International Journal of Fluid
Dynamics 4, Article 1 (21 pp) http://elecpress.monahg.edu.au/ijfd/200_vol4/paper1/paper.htm
2000 Sing Hon Lo , PR Voke & N Rockliff Eddy structures in a simulated turbulent boundary layer Flow, Turbulence and Combustion. 64, pp 1-28
1998 N Rockliff & N Steggel The effect of after-body geometry on the vortex-shedding characteristics of bluff bodies Proceedings 13th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, December 13-18 1998.
1997 N. Steggel & N.J. Rockliff Simulation of the effects of body shape on lock-in characteristics in pulsating flows by the discrete vortex method. J. Wind Eng. & Industr. Aero., 69-71, pp 317-329
1995 N Steggel, NJ Rockliff & IP Castro Numerical simulation of in-line oscillatory flow past square cylinders by the Discrete Vortex Method. Proceedings of
Applied Mechanics Division Symposium on Fluid Structure Interactions, 1995 ASME Winter Annual Meeting, San Francisco
1994 IP Castro & NJ Rockliff (eds.) Stably Stratified flows: Flow and Dispersion over Topography, IMA Conference Series 52, Clarendon Press, Oxford
1994 MF Paisley, IP Castro & NJ Rockliff Steady and unsteady computations of strongly stratified flows over a vertical barrier , pp 39-60 in Stably Stratified
flows: Flow and Dispersion over Topography, IMA Conference Series 52, Clarendon Press, Oxford
1992 MF Paisley, IP Castro & NJ Rockliff Two dimensional strongly stratified flows over obstacles Poster presented at ICFD conference on Numerical Methods in Fluid Dynamics, Reading University, April 1992
1986 J Johnson & N Rockliff Shelf break circulation processes, pp 33-62 in Baroclinic Processes on Continental Shelves (ed. CNK Mooers), AGU Coastal and Estuarine Sciences Series 3
1985 N Rockliff & R Smith Topographic effects on nonlinear edge waves Geophys. and Astrophys. Fluid Dynamics 34, 201-226
1984 N Rockliff The normal modes of a stratified shear flow: the effect of a free surface, J. Eng. Maths. 18, 287-298
1984 N Rockliff Long nonlinear waves in stratified shear flows , Geophys. and Astrophys. Fluid Dynamics 28, 55-75
1980 N Rockliff Nonlinear edge waves PhD thesis, University of Cambridge
1978 N Rockliff Finite amplitude effects in free and forced edge waves Math. Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc. 83, 463-479
Research Conference and invited presentations:
2003 Nicole Rockliff and Jane Fielding “Moving Up: the University of Surrey Athena project” 3rd European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education Genoa April 13-16 2003
2001 N Rockliff and J Fielding “Moving Up at the University of Surrey: initial results” Athena Project meeting Herriot-Watt University, 2001.
1996 N.Steggel & N.J.Rockliff Simulation of the effects of body shape on lock-in characteristics in pulsating flows by the discrete vortex method. Third
International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, USA
1996 N Rockliff & N Steggel Simulation of the flow about rectangular cylinders of varying aspect ratio by a viscous discrete vortex method British Applied
Mathematics/38th British Theoretical Mechanics Colloquium, Loughborough University of Technology
1995 N Steggel, NJ Rockliff & IP Castro Numerical simulation of in-line oscillatory flow past square cylinders by the Discrete Vortex Method. Symposium on Fluid Structure Interactions, Applied Mechanics Division 1995 ASME Winter Annual Meeting, San Francisco
1991 N Rockliff Circulation and upwelling at the continental shelf edge, Invited seminar, Department of Mathematics, University of Surrey.
1988 N Rockliff Secondary upwelling at the shelf break, Invited seminar, University of Southampton Mathematics Department.
1988 N Rockliff Secondary upwelling at the shelf break, 30th British Theoretical Mechanics Colloquium, Imperial College, London.
1984 N Rockliff The effect of the shelf break on upwelling, NERC Oceanic Modelling
Group Meeting, Norwich
1983 N Rockliff Circulation and upwelling over the shelf break 18th Gen Assembly IUGG Hamburg
1982 N Rockliff Forced internal waves in a shear flow, 24th British Theoretical Mechanics Colloquium (BTMC), City University, London
1980 N Rockliff Topographic effects on nonlinear edge waves , 22nd British Theoretical Mechanics Colloquium, Cambridge.
Publications on engineering education, careers and policy (solicited articles)
1998 N Rockliff To be - or not to be - an engineer? Careers Adviser (Summer issue)
1998 N Rockliff The Women’s Engineering Society in Surrey Surrey Framework:Surrey Branch Inst. of Structural Engineers Newsletter 2, p2.
1997 N Rockliff Profile The Woman Engineer, 16 (9) p10
1997 N Rockliff Engineering IS for girls Which Course, 27(1), p49
1997 N Rockliff Engineering Firm Foundations School Leaver 27(5), pp 14 -15
1994 N Rockliff The Engineering Council Review of Engineering Formation The Woman Engineer 15(6), pp 6-7.