Potential Collaborators

Potential multidisciplinary collaborators for your NSF proposal


Aiming at fostering multidisciplinary collaboration among scientists for broadly inclusive research, the NHERI WOW EF team has communicated with several wind engineering faculty and established a new platform on DesignSafe-CI website that includes a referral database of Wind Engineering experts across the U.S. This helps EF users to find research collaborators in the field of wind engineering and wind tunnel testing. The platform provides contact information and research interests for the wind hazard researchers who are willing to contribute, as collaborators, to NSF proposals being submitted by potential EF users who propose utilization of the NHERI experimental facilities.


Nigel B. Kaye
Associate Professor
Clemson University
(864) 656-5941

Wind borne debris problems including launch conditions, flight modeling, and parameter sensitivity analysis ; wildfire modeling including ember transport and spot fire risk modeling; green infrastructure response to extreme events including green roof system wind failures and flood mitigation.


Suren Chen
Associate Professor
Colorado State University

Analytical and experimental studies of wind effects on long-span bridges; Performance-based assessment and design of long-span bridges under wind hazards; Simulation of bridge, traffic and wind interactions; Risk assessment of safety, comforting and efficiency of traffic under windy conditions;  Safety and resilience of traffic system in wind-prone areas; Risk-based traffic management of long-span bridge system subjected to winds.


Peter Irwin
Professor of Practice
Florida International University

Wind response of large structures; aeroelastic modeling; structural reliability; wind tunnel methodology; snow loading; pedestrian wind environment; performance based wind engineering.


Arindam Gan Chowdhury
Florida International University
(305) 348-0518

Bluff body aerodynamics; Bridge aeroelasticity; System identification; Large- and full-scale hurricane simulation and testing; Wind-driven rain intrusion study; Innovative mitigation techniques; Design of wind tunnels .


Ioannis Zisis
Assistant Professor
Florida International University
(305) 348-4869

Impact of wind and wind-driven rain on low-rise residential structures, building components and cladding elements, Wind design of non-structural building attachments, Wind performance of infrastructure systems (including traffic, energy systems), Development and enhancement of wind standards and building codes of practice.


Amal Elawady
Assistant Professor
Florida International University
(305) 348-0256

Downburst and tornado simulation and loading; Wind effects on structures; wind effects on tranimssion lines; wind effects on cable structures, Wind tunnel and full-scale modeling, Aeroelasticity of civil structures.


Sungmoon Jung
Associate professor
Florida State University
(850) 410-6386

Wind energy, wind turbines, fatigue due to wind, fragility, vulnerability.


Partha Sarkar
Iowa State University

Wind Engineering/Wind Energy – Wind tunnel/computational simulations of ABL and non-synoptic (tornado, downburst, gust) wind for assessing wind loads on civil structures; aeroelasticity of civil/aerospace structures; aerodynamic load models and parameter identification; wind-induced response of long-span bridges, tall buildings, high masts, signal lights, airplane wings, wind turbine blades and towers, cables; wind-induced fatigue; design of wind tunnels.


Steve C.S. Cai
Louisiana State University

Wind effects on low rise buildings (nonlinear modeling, damage assessment); Wind effect on long-span bridges (aerodynamic loading, vibration mitigation, wind and traffic-induced fatigue); Wind effect on transportation infrastructures (loads on vehicles, vehicle performance, wind-vehicle-infrastructure interactions); Wind and wave combined effects on structures.


Aly-Mousaad Aly
Assistant Professor
Louisiana State University
(225) 578-6654

Experimental/computational multiscale assessment of windstorms impact on the built environment; wind tunnel testing, physical modeling of the atmospheric boundary layer; open-jet testing, hurricane wind simulation; large and full-scale testing, bluff body aerodynamics; tornado and down-burst effects on structures, computational fluid dynamics (CFD).


Guirong “Grace” Yan
Assistant Professor
Missouri University of Science and Technology
(573) 341-6280

Wind hazard mitigation and computational fluid dynamics; Structural health monitoring and condition assessment; Nonlinear system identification and damage detection; Resilient civil space structures and bridges in multi-hazard environments.


Luca Caracoglia
Associate Professor
Northeastern University

Structural dynamics; random vibration, wind engineering; fluid-structure interaction of civil engineering structures; nonlinear cable network dynamics; wind energy and wind-based energy harvesting systems.


Ahsan Kareem
Notre Dame University

Modeling non-synoptic wind effects; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Uncertainty propagation; Wind tunnel and full-scale modeling; Stochastic simulations and Cyber-infrastructure; Real-time sensing; controls and actuation systems; Codes and standard.


Dae Kun Kwon
Research Assistant Professor
Notre Dame University

Wind effects on structures and their applications in codes and standards; Extreme winds and their modeling/simulation: hurricane, thunderstorm/downbursts, tornado; Wind tunnel experiments: bridge/building aerodynamics and wind-resistant design; Evaluation/Mitigation of wind-induced motion on structures; Full-scale measurement and structural health monitoring; Fusion of information technology and wind engineering.


Chris W. Letchford
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Experimental fluid mechanics; Bluff body aerodynamics; Extreme wind modeling and simulation; Extreme wind climatology.


Teng Wu
Assistant Professor
State University of New York at Buffalo
(716) 645-5152

Dr. Wu’s research addresses the effects of service and extreme winds on the built environment. His interests include hurricane wind and rain hazards, non-synoptic (transient) winds, nonstationary analysis and synthesis, nonlinear aerodynamics, Volterra theory, reduced-order modeling, and computational fluid dynamics.


Xinzhong Chen
Texas Tech University

Wind load effects on buildings, bridges and other structures; Reliability analysis and performance-based design of wind-excited structures; Non-synoptic and non-stationary wind effects on structures; Inelastic response of wind-excited structures; Random vibration and structural dynamics.


Delong Zuo
Associate professor
Texas Tech University

Bluff-body aerodynamics; wind loading on structures; wind-induced vibration and vibration control.


Forrest Masters
University of Florida
(352) 294-7792

Surface-level tropical cyclone winds and wind-driven rain; Objective standardization of surface weather wind speed observations; Wind and wind-driven rain effects on low-rise structures; Stochastic simulation of natural hazard events; Human perception of hazard risk; Structural optimization.


Kurtis R Gurley
University of Florida
(352) 294-7795

Stochastic modeling of wind hazards; structural response; Wind engineering.


Franklin Lombardo
Assistant Professor
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
(217) 265-7556

Tornado and Thunderstorm Loading; Extreme Wind Characterization Full-Scale Experimentation; Wind Speed – Load – Damage; Relationship; Terrain Characterization and Effects.


Dorothy A. Reed
University of Washington

My research interests are in structural and wind engineering, with a focus on the modeling of the physical and functional resilience of civil infrastructure systems subject to hurricanes and winter storms. The models have been derived and calibrated with full scale post event dat.a


David Prevatt
Associate Professor
University of Florida

Wind engineering structural load paths mitigation of hazards in low-rise structures experimental and numerical modeling of structural behavior forensic engineering and post-hazard damage investigation.


Lance Manuel
The University of Texas at Austin

Atmospheric inflow turbulence for wind energy generation; Reliability of land-based and offshore wind turbines and wind farms; Fatigue and extreme loads on wind turbines; Downbursts, hurricanes and off-standard atmospheric transient loads on wind turbines.