Wenxian is originally from China. He completed a BSc in Physics at Hubei Normal University in 1984 and a MEng in Mechanical Engineering at Yunnan Normal University in 1988. After working at Yunnan Normal University in the field of solar thermal energy for several years he completed a PhD in Fluid Mechanics at the University of Sydney in 2000. His PhD research investigated the transient behaviour of weak fountain flows and unsteady natural convection flows. Wenxian’s broad research interests include transient fountain flows, flow dynamics in water bodies, unsteady natural convection, boundary layers, ventilation, solar collectors, solar thermal energy, computational fluid dynamics, direct numerical simulation, large-eddy simulation, turbulence.