Associate Professor Terry Lucke - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Associate Professor Terry Lucke

Doctor of Philosophy (Civil Engineering) UniSA, Master of Engineering (Water) UTS, Bachelor of Civil Engineering (1st Hons) UTS, Grad Cert in Education (University Teaching) UniSA, Grad Cert Research Commercialisation UniSA.

  • Associate Professor in Hydraulic Engineering
+61 7 5456 5185
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Sunshine Coast
Associate Professor Terry Lucke

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 USC 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

Some of Associate Professor Terry Lucke's 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



Project Title

Australian Research Council Linkage Grant

(SCC Industry Partner)


(T. $630,459)


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

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



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



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

Sunshine Coast Council



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



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

Sunshine Coast Council



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

Sunshine Coast Council



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

Sunshine Coast Council



Commitment to ARC Linkage Project:


Sunshine Coast Council



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

Sunshine Coast Council



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



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

Parklakes II P/L



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

SPEL Environmental



An Investigation of the Stormwater Pollution Removal Performance of SPEL Hydrosystem

Rocla Pipeline Products



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



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

BKB Building Solution P/L


SPEL Environmental



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

Rotary Fellowship to Visit Carnegie Mellon University



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

Ozzyform Industries



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

O2 - Environment and Engineering



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

Douglas Partners P/L



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)



Monitoring of the Humegard® at USC (PhD project)

Futurewave Energy Saver P/L



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

Internal USC Grants

USC/SCC Seed Research Grant



Relating water quality to urban form to enhance stormwater quality treatment

USC Exploratory L&T Grant



Attracting and retaining more USC engineering students using the CDIO approach




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




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

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

Teaching areas

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

Dr Terry Lucke's areas of expertise include Engineering Statics, Hydraulics, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering Practice, Construction Engineering, Water Sensitive Urban Design, Permeable Pavement Technology, Siphonic Roof Drainage Systems, Engineering Education, Climate Change Mitigation

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