Luke Verstraten is currently completing his PhD, entitled ‘Performance and boundary conditions of roof drainage systems with box gutters, overflows and downpipes, an empirical approach’ at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
His research will advance the current understanding of the hydraulic conditions that occur during common and extreme rainfall events in order to improve on the design of roof drainage systems.
Luke successfully ran his own irrigation and landscaping business for over 10 years before deciding to further his education with a Bachelor in Environmental Science at USC in 2011.
After graduating he worked on several national and international collaborative research projects with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (Federal and Qld), The Indian Ocean Commission, University of the Sunshine Coast, Griffith University, La Trobe University and the University of Queensland, before accepting a PhD scholarship from USC and the Association of Hydraulic Services Consultants Australia (AHSCA) for his current research.
Luke has a passion for undertaking research projects with practical and relevant benefits to industry and society and delivering scientifically tested, performance based solutions.