Associate Professor Terry Lucke

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Associate Professor Terry Lucke

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Teaching areas

  • Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
  • Engineering Mechanics
  • Road and Drainage Design
  • Structural Engineering
  • Construction Engineering

Research areas

  • Leader of USC Stormwater Research Group (SWRG)
  • Stormwater management
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD)
  • Floating wetland treatment systems
  • Roof and gutter system hydraulics
  • Stormwater filtration systems
  • Siphonic roof drainage systems
  • Permeable Pavement Technology
  • Engineering Education

Profile

Associate Professor Terry Lucke is a professional engineer with over 10 years’ academic experience in the university sector. Before moving into academia, Terry was involved in the civil engineering and construction industries and he has nearly 20 years’ experience working on all types of residential and commercial construction projects. Terry has strong links to Engineers Australia where he is a Chartered Engineering Executive member.

Terry founded and leads the Stormwater Research Group (SWRG) which is a significant research concentration at the University of the Sunshine Coast in the area of stormwater management and water sensitive urban design. The vision of the SWRG is to engage and collaborate with industry partners to develop an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in the area of stormwater management. The SWRG team includes Postdoctoral, PhD and Honours researchers, as well as administration and technical staff.

Terry has been awarded approximately $5.0 million in competitive research funding since 2010, including USC Engineering’s first ARC Linkage project to investigate the potential of using street trees with permeable pavement surrounds and underlying storage reservoirs to enhance urban tree performance and improve stormwater quality. His research work has produced many quality research outputs and won numerous awards.

Because of his extensive industry background, Terry knows how important it is for engineering graduates to have practical engineering skills, as well as a sound knowledge of engineering principles. As such, he incorporates many experiential learning and project-based learning activities into his teaching. Terry is extremely passionate about engineering education and undertakes research into improving the effectiveness of engineering education to improve student learning outcomes. In 2013, Terry was fortunate to have the quality of his teaching recognised at the national level by the award of an Australian Government, Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) Teaching Citation.

Research Publications

Many of A/Prof Lucke's publications are available from the USC Research Bank. Some of his latest journal publications include:

  1. Nichols, P. and Lucke, T. (2016). Field Evaluation of the Nutrient Removal Performance of a Gross Pollutant Trap (GPT) in Australia. Sustainability, 8(7), 669.

  2. Lucke, T., Dunn, P. and Christie, M. (2016). Activating learning in engineering education using ICT and the concept of ‘Flipping the classroom.’ European Journal of Engineering Education, 42(1), 45-57.

  3. Nichols, P., Lucke, T., Drapper, D. and Walker, C. (2016). Performance Evaluation of a Floating Treatment Wetland in an Urban Catchment. Water, 8(6), 244; doi:10.3390/w8060244.

  4. Nichols, P. and Lucke, T. (2016). Evaluation of the Long-Term Pollution Removal Performance of Established Bioretention Cells. Int. Journal of GEOMATE, 11(24), 2363-2369.

  5. Kathiravelu, G., Nichols, P.W.B., and Lucke, T. (2016). Rain drop measurement techniques: A review. Water, 8(29), 1-20.

  6. Lucke, T., Beecham, S. and Qu, Y.Y. (2016). Estimating flowrates through individual outlets of siphonic roof drainage systems. Building Research and Information, 44(3), 289-300.

  7. Lucke, T and Nichols, P.W.B. (2015). Field Evaluation of Hydrologic, Nutrient and Heavy Metal Pollution Removal Performance of Bioretention Basins Receiving Street Drainage. Science of the Total Environment, 536, 784–792.

  8. Mullaney, J., Lucke, T., Trueman, S.J. and Hosseini Bai, S. (2015). The effect of permeable pavements with an underlying base layer on the ecophysiological status of urban trees. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Elsevier, 14, 686–693.

  9. Nichols, P.W.B., and Lucke, T. (2015). Local level Stormwater Harvesting and Reuse: A Practical Solution to the Water Security Challenges Faced by Urban Trees. Sustainability, 7(7), 8635-8648.

  10. Beecham, S. and Lucke, T. (2015). Air Water Flows in Building Drainage Systems, Urban Water. Taylor & Francis, 12(6), 455-467.

 

Research Grants and Funding as Lead CI (Since 2010)
Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants

Funding Body

Funding

Year

Project Title

Australian Research Council Linkage Grant

(SCC Industry Partner)

$150,000

(T. $630,459)

2012-2015

Optimising permeable pavements with underlying reservoirs to enhance urban tree performance (LP (Permtree-LP120200678)

Australian Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) - Citation Award

$10,000

2013

For bringing engineering to life for my students through personal passion, enthusiasm and engaging curricula based on experiential learning

Category 2: Other Public Sector Research Income

Sunshine Coast Council

$334,167

2016-2018

Evaluating the Performance of Indigenous Plant Species in Floating Wetland Treatment Systems (Honours project)

Sunshine Coast Council

$18,000

2016

Development of a Mobile Stormwater Quality Testing Rig to Undertake Baseline Stormwater Quality Studies of Urban Catchments on the Sunshine Coast (Honours project)

Sunshine Coast Council

$36,000

2016

Evaluation of the Performance of the Earnshaw Street Stormwater Infiltration Basin at Golden Beach

Sunshine Coast Council

$310,786

2015

Optimisation of Culvert Design Processes to Reduce Flooding, Environmental Damage and Community Costs on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Council

$113,850

2013

Developing More Appropriate Culvert Blockage Factors for Use in Flood Modelling Studies on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Council

$480,459

2012-2015

Commitment to ARC Linkage Project:

Permtree-LP120200678

Sunshine Coast Council

$59,000

2012

An Investigation into the Long-term Viability of Bio-retention and other WSUD Systems (Hons project)

Sunshine Coast Council

$354,955

2011

Using Permeable Pavements to Promote Healthier Street Trees and Reduced Pavement Maintenance (PhD project)

Category 3: Industry and Other Research Income

Pelican Waters Heart P/L

$784,381

2016

Performance Monitoring of Floating Wetland Treatment Systems in Saline Water Conditions at Pelican Waters (PhD Project)

Parklakes II P/L

$716,901

2015

Performance Monitoring of Floating Wetland Treatment Systems at Bli Bli (PhD Project)

SPEL Environmental

$94,254

2015

An Investigation of the Stormwater Pollution Removal Performance of SPEL Hydrosystem

Rocla Pipeline Products

$65,000

2015

Using the Hydro-Brake to control and attenuate urban stormwater runoff, improve WSUD treatment processes and reduce downstream flooding risk

Ass. of Hydraulic Services Consultants Australia

$482,882

2015

Developing Accurate Australian Performance & Design Guidelines for Commercial Roof Drainage Systems (PhD Project)

BKB Building Solution P/L

$70,000

SPEL Environmental

$327,500

2013

Stormwater quality improvement by SQID treatment trains using a WSUD approach (PhD Project)

Rotary Fellowship to Visit Carnegie Mellon University

$4,000

2012

Expanding Development of a ‘Best Teaching Practice’ Statics Course for First Year Engineering Students

Ozzyform Industries

$19,777

2012

Evaluating the Strength and Suitability of a New Styrofoam Wall Panelling System for Australian Domestic Housing Applications

O2 - Environment and Engineering

$21,137

2012

Development of a Standard Test Method for Geotextile Erosion Control Performance (Hons project)

Douglas Partners P/L

$10,000

2012

Determining an accurate correlation for the shrink/swell index and swell pressure for the design of piles in reactive clays on the Sunshine Coast (Hons project)

Holcim Australia (Humes Concrete)

$279,124

2011

Monitoring of the Humegard® at the University of the Sunshine Coast (PhD project)

Futurewave Energy Saver P/L

$11,500

2011

Determining Minimum Energy Performance Standards for the Future Wave Energy Saver (Research Consultancy project)

Internal USC Grants

USC/SCC Seed Research Grant

$10,000

2013

Relating water quality to urban form to enhance stormwater quality treatment

USC Exploratory L&T Grant

$10,000

2012

Attracting and retaining more USC engineering students using the CDIO approach

USC OLTGP Grant

$6,000

2011

Development of a ‘Best Teaching Practice’ Statics Course for First Year Engineering Students to Improve Student Learning Outcomes (T&L project)

USC URG Grant

$20,000

2010

Permeable Pavements for Climate Change Adaption Including Flood Reduction and Water Quality Improvement (PhD project)

Total Research Funding Secured Since Commencing at USC over $4.8M

  

Principal Research Supervision

PhD Candidates

March 2016 - present

PhD Principal supervisor: Chris Cunningham, PhD Title: Quantifying Flow Rates through Roof Drainage Storm Water System Outlets under Typical Australian Rainfall Conditions

Jan 2016 - present

PhD Principal supervisor: Rick Jaeger (TUM), PhD Title: Optimisation of Culvert Design Processes to Reduce Flooding, Environmental Damage and Community Costs on the Sunshine Coast

Dec 2015 - present

PhD Principal supervisor: Peter Schwammberger (TUM), PhD Title: Understanding the Stormwater Pollution Treatment Processes of Floating Wetland Treatment Systems in Urban Environments

June 2015 - Present

PhD Principal supervisor: Luke Verstraten, PhD Title: Performance and boundary conditions of roof drainage systems with box gutters, overflows and downpipes, an empirical approach

 

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