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Short Course:


"Designing for Wind Effects"


Dr. Ted Stathopoulos
Concordia University


Dr. Ahsan Kareem
University of Notre Dame



The course will address the fundamentals of wind engineering related to design practice. Special emphasis will be placed to the design methodology for buildings and their cladding elements and the application of wind standard and codes of practice provisions in design. Both experimental and computational approaches will be outlined.

Puerto Rico especially is vulnerable to the impact of extreme winds in hurricanes as a large stock of buildings and other structures frequently fall in the path of hurricanes, which enhances their risk to failure.  Courses related to wind effects on structures are needed to address this challenge, but are not generally available to the engineering curriculum of most universities around the world at present. However, the effects of wind are extremely important for contemporary structural design. Therefore, this course intends to cover the lack of relevant advanced professional training with emphasis on practical aspects. Particularly, it will provide practical understanding of wind and how it interacts with structures and the corresponding loads and their effects; it will explain provisions of ASCE 7-05 and its correct interpretation; wind tunnel technology and introduction to computational tool.

The course will be of interest to engineers, researchers and academicians who work on relevant scientific research or design topics in research centers, universities, industry and government agencies.


Course  Outline


I)                   Wind Characteristics – boundary layer winds, hurricanes, tornadoes and gust fronts, design winds, structural damage

II)                Wind loads  Fundamentals and design practice

a.       Low-rise buildings – Pressure coefficients; local and area-averaged pressures; roof loads, wall loads, eaves and parapets

b.      High-rise buildings -- Gust loading factor; dynamic response

III)             Wind tunnel modeling; full-scale measurements and computational techniques

a.       Wind tunnel technology

b.      Full-scale measurements of wind characteristics and structural response

c.       Computational tools/databases

IV)       Wind loads on buildings: ASCE 7 provisions and how to use them

V)        Questions and answers



The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico is an authorized provider of Continuing Education for Engineers and Land Surveyors, approved by the College of Engineers and Land Surveyors of Puerto Rico “Colegio de Ingenieros y Agrimensores de Puerto Rico” (CIAPR). The CIAPR accredits five continuing education units (Professional Development Hours - PDHs) for this course. For short-course registration fees click here

Notice that online registrations for the short-course are NOT available.  For registration please contact:

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

Center for Professional Education and Training

PO Box 192017, San Juan, PR 00919-2017

Phone: 787-622-8000 ext. 470, 464, 429

Direct: 787-758-7915

Fax: 787-294-1816

e-mail: wcrespo@pupr.edu, apantoja@pupr.edu.


About the Lecturers:

Dr. Theodore Stathopoulos

Professor of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Member, Centre for Building Studies

Concordia University



Dr. Stathopoulos received his Civil Engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and both his M.E.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He joined the Centre for Building Studies, Concordia University in 1979. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1982 and to the rank of Professor in 1987. He has been Associate Director of the Centre for Building Studies for the period 1983-1995. In 1993, he was appointed Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, a position he held until 1998, when he became Director of the Centre for Building Studies for the period 1998-2001. Since the beginning of 2003, he has been Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Concordia University. Dr. Stathopoulos has established an excellent teaching record at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has also been active in the development of educational models. In 1997, he received the Concordia Council on Student Life Teaching Excellence Award and in 2006, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has an outstanding research record with more than 350 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. His work in the area of wind engineering and building aerodynamics has received national and international recognition. It forms the basis for wind design of low-rise buildings in the 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 2005 National Building Code of Canada, and it has been partly included in the 1982 American National Wind Standard (later ASCE 7-88, 93, 95, 98, 02, 05) and in other standards as well. Dr. Stathopoulos has established the Building Aerodynamics Laboratory at the Centre for Building Studies and has developed, in cooperation with Dr. D. Surry of the University of Western Ontario, the so-called pneumatic-averaging technique for the measurement of area-averaged fluctuating wind pressures on buildings. This technique has been used routinely around the world. He received the Best Paper Award for the paper entitled “Wind-Tunnel Studies of Buildings and Structures” published in the ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering in 1996. Dr. Stathopoulos' research has been receiving continuously significant support by NSERC (operating, equipment, strategic, discovery, cooperative research and development grants), FCAR, later NATEQ / FQRNT (operating and equipment grants) and several other organizations. Dr. Stathopoulos has participated actively in numerous external bodies including the ASCE Standards Committee of Minimum Design Loads of Buildings and Other Structures. He has been elected America’s Regional Representative in the Executive Board of the International Association for Wind Engineering – IAWE (2003-07 and 2007- 11); and to the Board of Directors of the American Association for Wind Engineering – AAWE (2003-07). He has served on several ASCE bodies and chaired the Aerodynamics, the Experimental Analysis & Instrumentation, as well as the Wind Effects Committees of ASCE; he is a past member (Chair in 2000-01) and current Advisor of the Executive Committee of the Aerospace Division of ASCE. He is a member of the Executive Committee (Chair in 2007-09) of the Technical Council of Wind Engineering (TCWE) of ASCE. He has been invited and keynote speaker, chairman and rapporteur in short courses, national and international conferences taken place in Canada, the U.S.A., Europe, Japan and Australia. He has been consultant to numerous projects on issues related to wind-building interaction. He has acted as expert witness on cases related to wind-building interaction. He also has industrial experience, gained before his engagement in research. He has been honored by the American Association for Wind Engineering and he received the 1997 Engineering Award of the National Hurricane Conference for his “exhaustive studies leading to the adoption of the new ASCE-7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures which is already leading to safer, more hurricane-resistant construction in many areas”. He received the ASCE Aerospace Division’s Outstanding Professional Service Award for the year 2004. He has been appointed Editor of the International Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, as well as Editorial Board member of several prestigious journals in his field. Dr. Stathopoulos is a professional engineer registered in Québec, Ontario and in Greece; he is Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and also Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.




Dr. Ahsan Kareem

Natural Hazard and Mitigation

Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences

University of Notre Dame





Ahsan Kareem, the Robert M. Moran Professor of Engineering, Department of Civil

Engineering and Geological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, prior to joining

Notre Dame in 1990 served as Professor and Director of the Structural Aerodynamics and Ocean Systems Modeling Laboratory at the University of Houston. Ahsan received his

bachelor’s degree with distinction from Pakistan University of Science and Technology, followed by a Master’s degree from the University of Hawaii through a joint program at MIT under the Fulbright Program and his doctorate from Colorado State University. His research interests cover a wide spectrum of topics in Civil Engineering, with his primary work focusing in probabilistic structural dynamics with applications to wind, waves and earthquake loadings and the attendant structural safety. Through the use of computer models coupled with laboratory and full-scale experiments, he can better understand the

impact of natural hazards on the built environment and develop mitigative strategies to enhance the performance and safety of structures.


His work has made significant contributions to the existing literature, with 165 technical articles in refereed journals. His research efforts have been further distinguished by numerous honors, including among of the initial recipients of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from the White House Office of Science and Technology in 1984. Most recently, Ahsan received the 1999 Munro Prize for the best paper award from the international journal, Engineering Structures, initial recipient of the 2002 ASCE’s J. E. Cermak Medal for outstanding contribution to wind engineering, 2005 ASCE’s Robert H. Scanlan Medal for outstanding original contributions to analysis, quantification, modeling and simulation of wind-load effects for structural design, achieved by merging the fundamentals of structural mechanics and fluid dynamics and among the initial recipients of the 2007 Alan G. Davenport Medal of the International Association of

Wind Engineering for fundamental contributions to quantification, modeling, simulation and analysis of wind load effects for structural design. In 1997 he received the Engineering Award from the National Hurricane Conference for his contributions to the development of safer, more hurricane-resistant construction, while being named in 1998 as Distinguished Alumnus of Colorado State University for his overall services to the field of Engineering.


In addition to his research interests, Ahsan is active in a number of organizations and several editorial boards and past Editor-in-Chief for an international journal, Wind and Structures. He is past associate editor for the Journal of Engineering Mechanics, past associate editor of the Journal of Structural Engineering, guest editor of the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics and Structural Safety and currently serves on the editorial board of five international journals by Elsevier. He is a former President of the American Association for Wind Engineering and currently serves as

Regional Secretary for North and South America, International Association for Wind Engineering, past Chair of the Engineering Mechanics Division of ASCE and currently, Chair of its Advisory Board has served on several panels and the Committees of National Research Council, National Academies of Sciences and Engineering. He has also served as senior consultant to several major oil, insurance, and consulting engineering companies, as well as the United Nations.