Arindam Chowdhury, PhD
Director and PI, Associate Professor
Leads scientific and operational vision; facilitates education/outreach; serves on Council
Arindam is an expert in wind and structural engineering and has co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed journal publications. As a principal investigator, he has received more than $3.5 million in research funding from the National Science Foundation, NOAA, Florida Department of Emergency Management, Sea Grant Programs, Department of Energy, and the industry. Recipient of the National Science Foundation’s prestigious “Faculty Early Career Development Program Award (CAREER),” Florida Sea Grant’s “Research to Application Award,” and FIU President’s Council “Worlds Ahead Faculty Award.”
Peter Irwin, PhD
Professor of Practice
Addresses research challenges in Science Plan; helps achieve operational goals
Peter is a renowned wind-engineering expert who comes to FIU with over 20 years of experience as a highly sought-after wind-engineering consultant. He spent 6 years with the National Research Council of Canada before moving into private engineering consulting with RWDI, Inc. He has done wind consulting for some of the most ambitious building projects on record, including the Petronas Towers (Malaysia), Taipei 101 (Taiwan) and Burj Khalifai (Dubai).
Ioannis Zisis, PhD
Co-PI, Assistant Professor
Oversees EF’s key deliverables/milestones; leads performance assessment
Ioannis has been studying wind effects on the built environment for the past 8 years. His research focus is structural and environmental wind engineering. He has been using advanced experimental methods, including wind tunnel and full-scale monitoring techniques, to examine how residential and other structures react to extreme wind events. The outcomes of his research efforts are aiming at the development and improvement of national and international wind standards and building codes of practice.
Maryam Refan, PhD
Site Operations Manager
Manages EF project planning and staff efforts; coordinates with NCO/Users; broadens EF user base
Maryam received her PhD in 2014 from the University of Western Ontario in the field of Wind Engineering. She is an experimentalist with 6+ years of experience ranging from hands-on research to proposal development to full management of multiple projects in the field of wind engineering involving a broad range of facilities, industries, measurement techniques and, interacting with diverse users from academia, industry and government. Prior to joining the Wall of Wind team in 2016, Maryam worked at the WindEEE Research Institute as a Research Scientist.
Management Laboratory and EH&S Manager
Performs EF maintenance; ensures EH&S compliance; provides user safety training
Walter joined the team during the development of the 6-fan Wall of Wind in 2006. The knowledge he acquired while working on numerous research projects and project management at the Applied Research Center at FIU proved invaluable in getting the Wall of Wind off the ground. His work has given continuity to the project and has managed the construction and commissioning of the 12-fan WOW.
Roy Liu Marques
Facilitates EF experiments, data acquisition, and data quality assurance
Roy joined the team during the early stages of development of the 6-fan Wall of Wind while pursuing his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2006. He has acquired over 9 years of unique experience while involved with the International Hurricane Research Center and the Wall of Wind. He assists with the technical aspects to the research and development of the WOW and related projects, as well as managing commercial testing projects.
Raphael Greenbaum, PhD
Implements cyberinfrastructure and facilitates cybersecurity; develops software; calibrates instruments
Raphael is a Research Specialist at the Florida International University Wall of Wind experimental wind tunnel facility. Raphael received his PhD in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics from Columbia University in 2014. His research focus was the experimental validation of rocking motion of rigid bodies models. At Columbia, he also developed, installed, and monitored a construction vibration monitoring system for various museums in the Northeastern US.
Ashkan Rasouli, PhD
Implements test protocols; facilitates experiments; ensures data quality; performs data processing
Ashkan received his B.Sc. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran in 2003 and continued his education in the field of Aerodynamics at Sharif University of Technology, Iran and obtained his M.Sc. degree in 2006. Afterwards, he started his Ph.D. studies at the University of Western Ontario’s Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel in Wind Engineering and obtained his degree in 2011. He joined WindEEE Research Institute as a postdoctoral researcher from 2011 to 2012 and worked in an industrial environment as a mechanical engineering manager prior to joining the Wall of Wind Experimental Facility.
Amal Elawady, PhD
Implements and pursues cooperation with EF collaborators to fulfill the plans
Amal’s academic background is in the field of structural and wind engineering. Her studies involve large-scale wind tunnel testing, wind effects analysis to examine structural response, and design of structures against extreme wind events. During the last few years, Amal was active in studying the response of power transmission infrastructure during downburst wind events. Her research aims at advancing the field of civil engineering for bettering structures' resiliency and sustainability against wind hazards