Dr Georges Kesserwani

Dr Georges Kesserwani

Lecturer in Computational Hydraulics

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering
Kroto Research Institute
North Campus
University of Sheffield
Board Lane
Sheffield S3 7HQ

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5746
Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5701
Email: g.kesserwani@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: G08 Kroto


  • PhD, University of Strasbourg (2008)
  • MSc, Francophone University Agency (2004)
  • BSc, Lebanese University (2003)


My main research interest has been to cross-fertilize skills and ideas across the disciplines of numerical analysis, hydraulic engineering, and computational sciences, to address frontier issues in modelling of hydrodynamics for water resource and environmental problems.

From a background in Mathematics I switched to water engineering since my PhD study (2005-2008) at ENGEES (National School for Water and Environmental Engineering). During PhD, I developed new scientific formulations for modelling 1D/2D water flows through urban channel networks. I also entered into a multidisciplinary collaboration with researchers at Lyon University (Prof Rivière) to validate these model formulations against experiments and 3D computations.

In Oct. 2008, I moved to Newcastle University (UK) to commence post-doctoral research with Prof Liang (EP/F030177/1), and in close involvement with the Flood Risk Management Research Consortium (EP/F020511/1). Since then, I have focused on tackling outstanding challenges in flood modelling research, by harnessing the latest cross-disciplinary advances (incl. multiscale analysis, discontinuous Galerkin method, adaptive meshing techniques, efficiency speedup algorithms, etc.).

In Aug. 2011, I took up a lectureship at Sheffield, joining their international Water and Fluid Mechanics Groups. Here, I have developed new partnerships and broader activities spanning fundamental, experimental and applied research, with a vision to improve our sustainable living with water and environmental change.

Research interests

  • Integrated modelling of floods and their consequences
  • Wavelet-based numerical methods for conservation laws
  • High-performance computing and Agent-based modelling
  • Interaction between CSO systems and surface flooding
  • Risk analysis and uncertainty quantification techniques

Research grants and awards

  • Co-I on the EPSRC-funded project (EP/K040405/1): “Experimental and numerical investigation of the behaviour of interface points and the transport of pollutants in urban flooding events”, with J. Shucksmith (PI), A. Saul, W. Brevis, J. Leandro and S. Djordjevic.
    • Duration: Sept. 2014 – Aug. 2017; Amount: £532,435
    • Researchers: M. Rubinato and S. Lee
  • PI on the EPSRC-funded project (EP/K031023/1): “Unified flood model with optimal zooming and linking at multiple scales”, with Prof S. Müller from RWTH as project partner.
    • Duration: Mar. 2013 – Jul. 2015; Amount: £100,808
    • Researchers: D. Caviedes-Voullième and N. Gerhard
  • PI on the DAAD-funded visiting fellowship (A1372005): “Transforming flood risk modelling - collaborative research schedule with RWTH Aachen”.
    • Duration: Sept. 2013 – Jan. 2014; Amount: €5,125
    • Researchers: G. Kesserwani and D. Caviedes-Voullième
  • PI on the feasibility study project: “Agent-based flood modelling on GPUs with active integration of 3D terrain”, with A. Saul, E. Lange and D. Lerner.
    • Funded by the Pennine Water Group’s EPSRC platform grant.
    • Duration: Nov. 2011-Apr. 2012; Amount: £14,641
    • Researcher: Lewis Gill
  • Travel and training fund (amount: £1,180) awarded by the Pennine Water Group’s EPSRC platform grant. Facilitated participation in the IAHR World Congress (Jun. - Jul. 2015, The Hague, Netherlands) to promote and disseminate the research of project EP/K031023/1 to broader engineering audiences.
  • Santander research mobility award (Dec. 2014, amount: £470). Facilitated exploring a collaborative research agenda with the Fluid Mechanics Department at the University of Zaragoza to connect with latest advances in finite volume flood models.
  • Travel and training fund (amount: £675) awarded by the Pennine Water Group’s EPSRC platform grant. Facilitated participation in the International Conference on Flood Resilience (5 - 7 Sept. 2013, Exeter, UK).

Activities and recognitions

  • Chair of “Advances in Numerical Modelling of Hydrodynamics” Workshop, 24-25 Mar. 2015.
  • Guest editor for “Applied Mathematical Modelling” journal (2015-2016) facilitating the publication of a special issue.
  • Research highlights in scientific newsletters (e.g. “Seed of Change”, www.internationalinnovation.com/seeds-of-change/).
  • Reviewed papers for many scientific journals and proposals for funding bodies.
  • Acted as external examiner for the PhD work of Mario Morales-Hernández undertaken at the University of Zaragoza.
  • Award of the best oral presentation: “Deuxième journée doctorale en hydrologie urbaine (JDHU), Nantes, France, Octobre 2006.
  • Member of FCERM-Net (Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network) and the “Evolving Urban‐Water Systems” working group of the Panta Rhei.

Selected Publications

Journal articles