Upcoming Events

2018 Joint Wall of Wind and RAPID Experimental Facility User Workshop

May 17-18, 2018

Target audience: Faculty members and Post-Doctoral Fellows

The NHERI Wall of Wind (WOW) Experimental Facility (EF) and the NHERI Natural Hazards Reconnaissance Facility (referred to as the “RAPID Facility") will be hosting a one and a half day user workshop at Florida International University (FIU), Miami, FL. The focus of the workshop is to:

  1. Provide researchers with information on the capabilities of the NHERI WOW EF and RAPID EF for advanced natural hazard engineering research
  2. Explore opportunities to use the NHERI EFs for unsolicited, CAREER, and other types of NSF proposals -- one session will be dedicated to “Preparing a Competitive NSF Proposals (including CAREER Proposals)”
  3. Describe the procedures to perform large- and full-scale experiments using the NHERI WOW EF and use the RAPID EF and its tools for planning reconnaissance efforts
  4. Provide one-on-one sessions between EFs’ team members and workshop participants to discuss research ideas and experimentation plans for NSF proposals
  5. Discuss the Science Plan focusing on key research areas emerging in natural hazard engineering
  6. Provide a platform for collaboration to facilitate multi-disciplinary, multi-hazards research

This onsite workshop will provide faculty members with valuable information about the resources and services available at the NHERI WOW and RAPID EFs, and how to better engage the EFs for obtaining NSF funding for natural hazards mitigation research and other basic science research. Also, the workshop will include a tour of the NHERI WOW EF facility and a live test demonstration of the two EFs’ capabilities. Participation and financial support for travel will be limited and priority will be given to faculty planning to submit NSF proposals that intend to use the NHERI WOW and/or RAPID EFs. Financial support for attending the workshop will be awarded in order of registration. We look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming workshop. Please register using the form on this page.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Maryam Refan (WOW) at mrefan@fiu.edu or Dr. Jake Dafni (RAPID) at dafnij@uw.edu.


Research Planning Workshop


NHERI Wall of Wind (WOW) Experimental Facility (EF) is currently accepting requests from faculty (potential EF users) to attend Research Planning Workshops, throughout the year, at the WOW EF in Miami, FL.

The Research Planning Workshops are designed for individuals and smaller groups (2-3) to help them determine the best way to engage with the WOW facility while developing NSF proposals. This one-day workshop can be scheduled any time of the year. The main focus of these workshops is to:

  1. Help potential EF users in developing the experimental section of their individual or collaborative NSF proposals in a one-on-one setup with the EF team
  2. Provide researchers with information on the capabilities of the NHERI WOW EF to advance natural hazard engineering research
  3. Provide a tour of the NHERI WOW EF and describe the three main types of multi-scale tests (aerodynamic/aeroelastic, destructive and wind-driven rain) conducted at the NHERI WOW EF
  4. Discuss the NHERI Science Plan and recent advancements in experimental and numerical research in natural hazard mitigation
  5. Help users to explore opportunities to utilize the NHERI WOW EF for NSF projects, including but not limited to, projects focusing on validating computational fluid dynamics and other numerical simulation methods


There is no registration fee, however, participation and financial support are limited. For more information about this workshop, contact Maryam Refan (mrefan@fiu.edu).