Bruce W. Melville, Professor and Head, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Auckland, is recognised internationally for his leading edge research on sediment transport mechanisms in streams and rivers contributing to structure-induced sediment scour, or bridge scour, a field of considerable significance in New Zealand because of our many, large, braided rivers. The methodologies he has developed and described in his authoritative textbook, Bridge Scour (2000) have become widely used in design in New Zealand and overseas.
Bruce Melville’s research is described also in more than 150 refereed journal and conference papers and book chapters; he is a frequent invited keynote speaker at international conferences and workshops, and is Associate Editor of the top-ranked Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, the most widely read journal in his field. He is an elected Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers of New Zealand, and in 2002 he was awarded the prestigious American Society of Civil Engineers Hydraulic Structures Medal for lifetime contributions to the field. In 2007 he was awarded the R. J. Scott Medal by the Royal Society of New Zealand.