Panel discussion on future directions for wind engineering research

Dr. Dorothy Reed will chair a panel discussion on on future directions for wind engineering research. The three panelists will introduce themselves and pose a series of questions about the future of research. After their introductions there will be time for questions from attendees.

Prof. Dorothy Reed is currently the chair of AAWE.  As a native of  Savannah, Georgia, she knows what it is like to live in hurricane country.  She joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington in 1983 following two years at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  Her present research interests include the investigation of the resiliency and sustainability of civil infrastructure systems with particular emphasis on post-hurricane performance.  Her research has been featured in the NSF Science Nation series.  Her most cited article is on the use of tuned liquid dampers in tall buildings, which she investigated with Prof. Harry Yeh in the 1990s.  She is presently collaborating with Prof. Arindam Chowdhury of Florida International University and Greg Lyman of Central Washington University to model wind pressure loadings on building-attached photovoltaic panels.

Dr. Greg Kopp is a Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, where he has been since 1997. He currently holds the ImpactWX Chair in Severe Storms Engineering, leading the Northern Tornadoes Project and the ‘3 Little Pigs’ Project. Greg has been active in service to the community and is currently Chair of the ASCE 49 Standards Committee on Wind Tunnel Testing for Buildings and Other Structures. His research interests are building aerodynamics, wind effects on components & cladding, and mitigation of damage caused by severe wind storms.

Dr. Teng Wu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo. Wu’s current research interests include nonlinear and transient structural aerodynamics, performance-based wind engineering, and hurricane wind, rain and surge hazards under changing climate. His contributions have been recognized through 2014 AAWE Best Paper Award, 2016 ASCE Alfred Noble Prize, 2017 AAWE Robert Scanlan Award, 2017 IAWE Junior Award and 2018 IABSE Prize. Wu currently serves as the Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering, IABSE Structural Engineering International, and Frontiers in Built Environment-Wind Engineering and Science. He is an executive board member of IAWE.