I have extensive experience in research and practical facets of hydraulic engineering, developed in New Zealand and the former Soviet Union. My knowledge and skills relate to hydraulic and hydrological modelling; development of concepts and solutions for stormwater and surface water management; research investigations and monitoring of long-term planning of surface water systems; analysis and design of pipe and waterway networks; environmental impact assessments for waterway and drainage projects; and working with environmental community groups.
2019-20 AUSA and the University of Aberdeen Award for Excellence in Teaching
2018-19 AUSA and the University of Aberdeen Award for Excellence in Teaching (Certificate of Nomination) by students taking the course EG503B Geothermal and Hydro Energy
2014 Excellence in Teaching Award Nomination by students taking the course EG2004 Fluid Mechancis and Thermodynamics
2009 Excellence in Teaching Award Runner up
My current research interests relate to flow-vegetation interactions, with particular focus on vegetation effects on hydraulic resistance in open-channel flows. Interactions between flow and vegetation are complex and depend on environmental factors and vegetation characteristics. The goal is to better understand and quantify aquatic vegetation effects on hydraulic resistance in open-channel flows and to use this knowledge in both engineering and ecological applications.
2015, 2009, 2007
The Principal of University of Aberdeen Small Grant Awards
IAESTE International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, Project: “Hydraulic Resistance in vegetated open-channel flows”. Grant £1680, funded by the British Council
EPSRC Vacation Bursary Scheme, Project: “Mixing layer analogy for vegetated channels: an experimental study”. Grant £2500, funded by EPSRC
Brian Mason Scientific & Technical Trust Award, Project: “Effects of instream and streambank vegetation on hydraulic performance of Christchurch streams”, New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II Study Award – for studying Urban Hydraulics and Hydrology in Australia, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
- Supervision of postgraduate (PG) and undergraduate (UG) projects: PG projects for a range of MSc Engineering programmes, including Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas, Subsea Engineering; UG MEng and BEng Honours; ERASMUS projects (European students)
- PG courses (Campus and Online): EG503A/B Geothermal and Hydro Energy; EG552U/2V Marine and Wind Energy
- UG courses across all levels: Level 2 - EG2004 Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics; Level 3 - EM3019 Fluid Mechanics; EA3720 Civil Engineering Design & Surveying; Level 4 - EG4578 BEng Group Design Project
Teaching resposibilties in previous years: Level 1 - EG1076/EG1570 Engineering Communication, Design and Practice; Level 2&3 - EG2079/EG2570/EG3516 Engineering Design and Practice; EG2501 Design and Computing in Engineering Practice; EG3078/79 Engineering Design for civil students; Level 5 - EG5085 Advanced Topics for MEng Study
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Editor Assistant for Journal of Hydraulic Research (IAHR) and Member of Editorial Board for the Journal of Hydraulic Research (IAHR) (2011-2016)
Reviewer for: Journal of Hydraulic Research (IAHR); Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (ASCE); River Research and Applications; Advances in Water Resources; Water Recourses Research; Acta Geophysica
Member of the organising committee for the 19th Scottish Fluid Mechanics Meeting, 2006, Aberdeen
Working with environmental community groups to monitor headwater flow patterns of the Styx River and its tributaries, New Zealand (2004-2005)
Current admin responsibilties
Deputy Leader UG Civil Engineering Programme
Deputy Programme Coordinator MSc Renewable Energy Engineering
Coordinator and organiser of the following courses:
- EG2004 Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics
- EM3019 Fluid Mechanics
- EA3720 Civil Engineering Design & Surveying Field Trip (co-organiser)
- EG4578 BEng Group Design Project
- EG5909/M1 Individual Project Renewable Energy
EG552U/V Marine and Wind Energy
Virtual Learning Environment eLearning Champion for School of Engineering
Supervising and mentoring teaching demonstrators
Adviser of studies and Personal Tutor
Coordinator of the Teaching Fluids Laboratory
Admin responsibilities in previous years
Coordinator of the ERASMUS and International Exchange programmes (2009 – 2015)
Coordinator and organiser of the following courses:
- ES4071-4078 Engineering Project (Non-Graduating)
- EG4011 Individual Project Abroad BEng
- EG4513 Individual Project Abroad MEng
International Travel Grants
2010; 2009; 2008; 2007 The Royal Academy of Engineering, London, UK
Nikora, N., Nikora, V. 2015. Turbulence intensity in open-channel flows with submerged flexible vegetation. Proceedings of the 36th Congress of IAHR, The Hague, The Netherlands, CD ROM.
Nikora, N., Nikora, V. and O'Donoghue, T. 2013. Velocity profiles in vegetated open-channel flows: combined effects of multiple mechanisms. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, 139(10), 1021–1032.
Nikora, N., Nikora, V. and O'Donoghue, T. 2013. A Multi-Mechanism Model for the Velocity Profile in Vegetated Open-Channel Flows. Proceedings of the 35rd Congress of IAHR, Chengdu, China, CD ROM.
Nikora, V., Cameron, S., Albayrak, I., Miler, O., Nikora, N., Siniscalchi, F., Stewart, M., O’Hare, M. 2012. Flow-biota interactions in aquatic systems: Scales, mechanisms, and challenges. Environmental Fluid Mechanics. Memorial Volume in honour of Prof. Gerhard H. Jirka. IAHR Monograph Series, CRC Press/Balkema, Oxford.
Nikora, N., Nikora, V. 2010. Flow penetration into the canopy of the submerged vegetation: definitions and quantitative estimates. Proceedings of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics River Flow 2010, Braunschweig, Germany.
Nikora, N., Nikora, V., Fadanelli, I., Righetti, M., Tubino, M. 2010. Mixing layer analogy in vegetated open-channel flows: a laboratory study. Proceedings of the 1st European Congress of IAHR, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Nikora, N., Nikora, V. 2009. Self-regulation effects in open-channel flows: application to vegetated channels. Proceedings of the 33rd Congress of IAHR, Vancouver, Canada, CD ROM.
Nikora, V., Larned, S., Nikora, N., Debnath, K., Cooper, G., Reid, M. 2008. Hydraulic resistance due to aquatic vegetation in small streams: a field study. Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE, 134 (9). The paper has won the 2010 ASCE Journal of Hydraulic Engineering Best Technical Note Award.
Nikora, N., Nikora, V. 2008. A hydraulic resistance relationship for channels with high density of submerged flexible roughness elements. Proceedings of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics River Flow 2008, Çesme– Izmir, Turkey.
Nikora, N., Nikora, V. 2007. A viscous drag concept for flow resistance in vegetated channels. Proceedings of the 32nd Congress of IAHR, Venice, Italy, CD ROM.
Nikora, N., Nikora, V. 2007. Hydraulic resistance in vegetated channels: a viscous drag based model. Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Ecohydraulics, Aquatic Habitats: Analysis and Restoration, Christchurch, New Zealand, CD ROM.
Nikora, V., Goring, D., Biggs, B., Coleman, S., Nikora, N. 2007. Turbulence structure in vegetated and un-vegetated channels: A comparative analysis. Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium on Ecohydraulics, Aquatic Habitats: Analysis and Restoration, Christchurch, New Zealand, CD ROM.
Nikora, V., Larned, S., Debnath, K., Cooper, G., Reid, M., Nikora, N. Effects of aquatic and bank-side vegetation on hydraulic performance of small streams. Proceedings of the International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics River Flow 2006, September 6 – 8, 2006, Lisbon, Portugal, v. 1, Taylor and Francis, London, pp. 639-646.