Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Henry is a Senior Lecturer in the Fluid Mechanics section in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London.

Background: He has an MEng in Mechanical Engineering with Process System from the University of Bristol (2001) and a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Imperial College London (2012). Henry worked, for 6 years, as a trader with Credit Suisse, ultimately as a vice president responsible for all mutual fund derivatives trading within the bank. Following his PhD, Henry has worked as a Post Doctoral Researcher at the University of Cambridge, initially in the Engineering Department and then in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

Research: Henry's research focuses on fluid mechanics for the built environment. This ranges from the fundamental understanding of the transport and mixing of turbulent flows with buoyancy, includes the practical application of this understanding to the human- and climate change-focused ventilation of buildings, and encompasses the slow viscous flow of liquids in wood and timber. Collaboration sits at the core of his philosophy, to this end Henry is a Co-Investigator for the Tackling Air Pollution At Schools (TAPAS) network and the Future Urban Ventilation Network (FUVN): the Breathing City (both funded under the NERC funded SPF Clean Air Programme).

Henry primarily applies his expertise to indoor air quality and ventilation, leading to his presenting evidence to the Common Select Committee for Health and Social Care and contributing to the Technical Advisory Panel on Ventilation for HM Government's Cabinet Office, and being an author for the 'Indoor Air Quality and Health' chapter within the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report 2022: air pollution. A focus area of application is schools, and Henry currently leads the initiative towards School Air quality Monitoring for Health and Education via the SAMHE project, seeking to establish large-scale monitoring in UK schools and engage pupils with their school environment. He also leads the CoSchools hub to deliver school facing air quality resources. However, Henry maintains broad research interests; for example, supervising PhD's on topics from atmospheric downdraught's to cloud physics.

In response to the pandemic, Henry was ventilation lead within Task 7 of the Royal Society's 'Rapid Assistance in Modelling the Pandemic (RAMP)' and is the ventilation lead for the COVID-19 National Core Studies (NCS) programme PROTECT funded by the HSE to manage transmission in workplaces. Henry is a Co-Investigator on the EPSRC funded project CO-TRACE investigating COVID-19 transmission in schools. Henry is joint Principal-Investigator of the Department for Education's pilot project investigating the 'Changes In the Ventilation Of Schools when monitoring CO2 (CIVOS-CO2)' which has received funding from the Department of Health and Social Care. He was an invited author on the SAGE EMG paper 'Role of ventilation in controlling SARS-CoV-2 transmission' and the SAGE EMG & SPI-B paper 'Application of CO2 monitoring as an approach to managing ventilation to mitigate SARS-CoV-2 transmission'.

Teaching: Henry co-teaches Fluid Mechanics II and Mathematics II which are both core modules within his department undergraduate course, and at postgraduate level he co-teaches the Urban Fluid Mechanics and Modelling Tools modules as part of his department's MSc in Engineering Fluid Mechanics. Alongside industrial partners, he leads group design projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In his role as a tutor to around a dozen students, Henry enjoys engaging more personally with students that reflect Imperial's global intake.



Finneran J, Burridge HC, 2024, Inferring ventilation rates with quantified uncertainty in operational rooms using point measurements of carbon dioxide: classrooms as a case study, Building and Environment, Vol:254, ISSN:0360-1323

Vouriot CVM, van Reeuwijk M, Burridge HC, 2024, Robustness of point measurements of carbon dioxide concentration for the inference of ventilation rates in a wintertime classroom, Indoor Environments, Vol:1, ISSN:2950-3620

Huang J, van Reeuwijk M, Burridge H, 2023, Local entrainment across a TNTI and TTI in a turbulent forced fountain, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:977, ISSN:0022-1120

Chatzidiakou L, Archer R, Beale V, et al., 2023, Schools’ air quality monitoring for health and education: Methods and protocols of the SAMHE initiative and project, Developments in the Built Environment, Vol:16, ISSN:2666-1659, Pages:100266-100266

West SE, Way L, Archer R, et al., 2023, Co-designing an air quality web app with school pupils and staff: the SAMHE web app, Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, Vol:8, ISSN:2057-4991

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