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Professor Stephen Hicks

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Professor Stephen Hicks

Professor in Civil Engineering 

Stephen dot J dot Hicks at warwick dot ac dot uk
+44 (0) 24 7652 3967

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Biography

Stephen Hicks joined the University of Warwick in August 2019 to take up his current role as Professor in Civil Engineering. He has previously held senior management and leadership positions within research institutes in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, including the Heavy Engineering Research Association (HERA) in Auckland, New Zealand (2008 to 2019) and the Steel Construction Institute (SCI) in the UK (1997 to 2018).

His main areas of expertise are in composite steel and concrete structures and steel construction. As well authoring papers and industry standard design guides, he has a long history of working on the development of national and international standards, including the UK, European and Australasian design standards for composite steel and concrete buildings and bridges (he has been a UK delegate for the committee responsible for Eurocode 4 since 2005). Stephen has also worked on the development of several construction products, which are widely used in buildings around the world.

As well as working in research and development, Stephen has held several board and governance positions in engineering associations, construction product certification organisations and environmental product declaration (EPD) programme operators.

Stephen is a member of the Editorial Board for Steel & Composite Structures, An International Journal

Education

  • Leadership Development Program (LDP 256), University of Melbourne Business School, Mt Eliza, Victoria, Australia, 2017
  • PhD in Engineering, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, 1998
  • BEng(Hons) in Civil Engineering with First Class Honours, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London, 1993
  • BTEC HNC in Civil Engineering, Newham Community College, 1990
  • BTEC NC in Civil Engineering, Barking College of Technology, 1988

Research Interests

  • Steel and concrete composite structures
  • Steel construction
  • Vibration serviceability of floors
  • Structural reliability

Teaching Interests

Module Leader:

  • Third year BEng - ES3E1 Design Project with Construction Management (30 Credits), (Jointly with co-lecturers Dr A Rezaei and Dr J Russell)
  • Third year BEng Civil Engineering Degree Apprentice - ES3G3 Structural Engineering Project (30 Credits), (Jointly with co-lecturer Dr A Bloodworth)
  • Second year MEng/BEng - ES2C2 Civil Engineering Design 1 (15 Credits), (Co-lecturers Prof I Firth, Dr G Fowmes, Dr J Russell)
  • Second year BEng Civil Engineering Degree Apprentice - ES2F0 Civil Engineering Design (15 Credits), (Co-lecturers Prof. I Firth, Dr G Fowmes, Dr J Russell)

Contributions to:

  • Second year MEng/BEng - ES2C3 Civil Engineering Materials & Structural Analysis - Construction materials (15 Credits) (jointly with co-lecturers Prof. J.T. Mottram and Dr J Russell)
  • Second year BEng Civil Engineering Degree Apprentice - ES2F2 - Construction materials (15 credits) (jointly with co-lecturers Prof. J.T. Mottram and Dr J Russell)

Selected Publications

Projects and Grants

  • Member of Project Team SC4.T6: Development of revised EN 1994-1-1 (Mandate M/515 Phase 3-4 tasks for 2nd generation of EN Eurocodes). Prof. S.J. Hicks. Sponsor/type: EU/ Grant Agreement SA/CEN/GROW/EFTA/515/2017-08. 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2021. €14,750.

  • Member of Project Team SC4.T5: Development of rules covering shallow floor construction, and other flooring types using precast concrete elements (Mandate M/515 Phase 2 tasks for 2nd generation of EN Eurocodes). Prof. S.J. Hicks. Sponsor/type: EU/ Grant Agreement SA/CEN/GROW/EFTA/515/2016-02. 1 January 2017 to 30 April 2020. €21,000.
  • Member of Project Team SC4.T3: Development of revised rules for shear connection in the presence of modern forms of profiled sheeting (Mandate M/515 Phase 1 tasks for 2nd generation of EN Eurocodes). Prof. S.J. Hicks. Sponsor/type: EU/ Grant Agreement SA/CEN/GROW/EFTA/515/2014-02. 1 January 2015 to 30 April 2018. €10,891.
  • Specific design for multi-storey light steel framed buildings. Prof. S.J. Hicks (PI), Dr J. Cao and N. Mago (HERA). Building Research Levy Investment Programme - Project LR0477. 2015 to 2018. External Research Report ER34 NZD $100,000.
  • Evaluation of shear connectors in composite bridges. Prof. S.J. Hicks (PI) and Dr J. Cao (HERA), C. MiKenzie, M. Chowdhury and R. Kaufusi (Opus International Consultants). NZ Transport Agency - TAR 14/07. 2014 to 2015. Research Report 602 NZD $111,000.
  • Steel-concrete composite bridge design guide. Prof. S.J. Hicks (PI) and R El Sarraf (HERA), D. Iles (SCI), A Momtahan and D Easy (AECOM). NZ Transport Agency - TAR 09/08. 2009 to 2013. Research Report 602 NZD $360,000.

  • Economics of steel framed buildings in Europe (ESE). Prof. S.J. Hicks (PI), Dr B. Burgan (PI from 2008) and Dr J.W. Rackham (SCI), F.L. Labory (ArcelorMittal), M. Klósak (Poznan University of Technology) and B. Potjes (Bouwen met Staal). Research Fund for Coal and Steel (EU). Grant agreement: RFSR-CT-2007-00037. 1 July 2007 to 30 June 2016. Final Report €387,169
  • High quality acoustic and vibration performance of lightweight steel constructions (ACOUSVIBRA). J. Kesti (PI) (Ruukki), S.J. Hicks and J.W. Rackham (SCI), J. Widman (SBI), M. Villot and C. Guigou (CSTB), A. Rodriguez-Ferran and J. Polet-Puig (UPC), P. Sipari and A. Talja (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland), F. Ljunggren and A. Ångren (Luleå University of Technology). Research Fund for Coal and Steel (EU). Grant agreement: RFSR-CT-2003-00025. 1 September 2003 to 31 December 2006. Final Report €868,688

National & International Standards

United Kingdom
2020-date Member of BSI B/525 Committee: Building and civil engineering structures

2020-date

2003-2008

Member of BSI B/525/04 Committee: Composite structures

Responsible for: the UK input to CEN/TC250/SC4 Eurocode 1994 Design of composite steel and concrete structures; UK NAs to BS EN 1994-1-1, BS EN 1994-1-2 and BS EN 1994-2, together with earlier national standards BS 5950-3.1 and BS 5950-4.

Europe
2020-date UK Delegate to CEN Technical Committee CEN/TC250 - Structural Eurocodes
2019-date Vice Chair to CEN Subcommittee CEN/TC250/SC4, Elected November 2019
2005-date UK Delegate to CEN Subcommittee CEN/TC250/SC4 - Eurocode 4: Design of composite steel and concrete structures
Australasia
2011-2019 Chair of Standards Australia Joint Technical Committee BD-090-06 Bridge design - Steel and composite construction. Responsible for the first harmonized Australian and New Zealand steel and composite bridge design standard AS/NZS 5100.6: 2017
2013-2019 Member of Standards Australia Joint Technical Committee BD-032 Composite structures - Composte steel-concrete construction in buildings. Responsible for the first harmonized Australian and New Zealand composite building design standard AS/NZS 2327: 2017
2013-2019 Member of Standards Australia Joint Technical Committee BD-001 Steel structures. Responsible for the first harmonized Australian and New Zealand Structural steelwork fabrication and erection standard AS/NZS 5131: 2016
2012-2016 Member of Standards Australia Joint Technical Committee BD-023 Structural steel. Responsible for 2016 revision of product standards for hot rolled plates, sections, and cold-formed structural hollow sections AS/NZS 1163, AS/NZS 3678, AS/NZS 3679.1 and AS/NZS 3679.2.
New Zealand

2015-2019

Convenor of New Zealand IRG (International Review Group) for ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 167 Steel and aluminium structures. Responsible for forthcoming execution standard for steel structures ISO 17607

Board & Governance Roles

2018-2019 Director of EPD Australasia, Australia/New Zealand, Appointed by Life Cycle Association of New Zealand
2015-2019 Member of Management Commitee for the Stuctural Engineering Society of New Zealand, Elected 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019
2013-2019 Director of Australasian Certification Authority for Reinforcing and Structural Steels (ACRS), Australia, Elected 2013
2015-2019 Chair of New Zealand Group of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE), Elected 2015
2012-2019 Executive Councillor for Steel Construction New Zealand (SCNZ), Elected 2012
2009-2015 Chair of New Zealand Sustainable Steel Council, Elected 2009
2008-2018 Board Member of National Association of Steel-framed Housing (NASH), New Zealand, Elected 2008
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