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Keynote Lectures:


"Wind Loading Codification in the Americas:

Fundamentals for a Renewal"


Dr. Emil Simiu
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Building and Fire Research Laboratory

Structures Group

Dr. Simiuís research activities have included the estimation of wind and wave effects on buildings, bridges, and deep-water compliant offshore platforms; structural reliability; structural, fire, and chaotic dynamics; and structural design and assessment criteria for low-cost shelter in developing countries. He has developed the database-assisted design concept and pioneered its systematic use for structures subjected to wind loads.

Dr. Simiu is a registered professional engineer in the states of California, New York, and New Jersey. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, served as chairman of its Committee on Wind Effects, Committee on Dynamic Effects, and Committee on the Reliability of Offshore Structures, and is a distinguished member of the ASCE Standard Committee on Loads. He was a senior engineer with Lev Zetlin Assoc., New York, Severud Assoc., New York, and Ammann and Whitney, Inc., New York, and a consultant to Argo-Zetlin, a forensic engineering firm. Dr. Simiu was a U.S. Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow and consultant at the World Bank. He served as Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University (1986-2004); Distinguished Visiting Professor, Florida Atlantic University (2000); and is Distinguished Research Professor, Florida International University (2007-present).

Dr. Simiu is the co-author of Design of Buildings and Bridges for Wind (Wiley, 2006; Chinese translation, 2008), the author of Chaotic Transitions in Deterministic and Stochastic Dynamical Systems (Princeton Univ. Press, 2002; Russian translation, 2007), the co-author of Wind Effects on Structures (3rd Ed., Wiley, 1996; Dover Publications, 2008; Russian translation, 1984; Chinese translation, 1992), and a co-author of A Modern Course in Aeroelasticity (Springer, 2004). He is the author or co-author of about 80 publications in refereed journals in the fields of structural, mechanical, wind, ocean, and reliability engineering, engineering mechanics, physics, and nanotechnology, and is a member of the editorial boards of Struct. Safety, Int. J. Non-Linear Mech., and Int. J. Wind Eng. Ind. Aerodyn.

He was the 1984 recipient of the Federal Engineer of the Year award from the National Society of Professional Engineers, the inaugural recipient of ASCE's Scanlan Medal (2003), the recipient of five U.S. Department of Commerce Medals, including two Gold Medals, and a 2006 recipient of the Japan Association for Wind Engineering Prize for the outstanding wind engineering publication of the year.


"Wind Engineering Research Needs,
Building Codes and Project Specific Studies

Dr. Peter A. Irwin
Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc. (RWDI)
Senior Consultant

Peter Irwin joined the company back in 1980 and became the President of RWDI in 1999.  In 2008, Peter stepped down as President and now assumes the role of Chairman.  His experience in wind engineering dates back to 1974 and includes extensive research and consulting in wind loading, aeroelastic response, wind tunnel methods, instrumentation as well as supervising many hundreds of wind engineering studies of major structures since joining RWDI.  Examples of tall building projects he has worked on are the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Taipei 101 building in Taipei, Two International Finance Centre in Hong Kong and the Burj Dubai tower in Dubai.  Peter earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia and is a Fellow of the ASCE and CSCE. He has published over 120 papers and won several awards for his work, including the Jack E. Cermak Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2007 and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering's Gzowski Medal in 1995. He serves on several committees for codes and standards, such as the Standing Committee on Structural Design for the Canadian Building Code, and the wind committees of the ASCE 7 and ISO standards.


"Tropical Cyclone Destructive Potential by

Integrated Kinetic Energy"

Dr. Mark D. Powell
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
Hurricane Research Division

Mark D. Powell is an atmospheric scientist for NOAA's Hurricane Research Division (HRD), located at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) in Miami, Florida. He began his NOAA career in 1978 with the National Hurricane Research Laboratory, which was renamed HRD and absorbed into AOML in 1982. At HRD he has been active in microscale and mesoscale studies, concentrating on boundary layer wind structure in landfalling hurricanes, hurricane rainband thermodynamics, development of standards for the measurement and archival of surface winds. He is currently leading a project on real-time surface wind analysis, providing experimental wind field products to the National Hurricane Center. These products are available to the public on the HRD web site and have become the standard to which risk models and new wind measurement systems are compared.

He has served as lead project scientist on NOAA P3 hurricane research flights, the Genesis of Atlantic Lows Experiment (GALE) in 1986, and the Tropical Experiment in Mexico (TEXMEX) in 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science from The Florida State University in 1975, his Master of Science from Penn State in 1978, the Ph.D. from Florida State in 1988, and the Certified Consulting Meteorologist designation from the American Meteorological Society in 1990. He has chaired or served several committees including: Chairman of the Research Committee of the 1990 Interdepartmental Hurricane Conference, Meteorologist for the National Research Council Disaster Study Team on Hurricane Hugo's landfall in the mainland U.S., Chairman of the Meteorology Subcommittee for the American Society of Civil Engineers Task Committee on Wind Damage Investigation, the U.S.-Japan Natural Disaster Task Committee on Wind hazards, the FEMA HAZUS Wind Committee, the U. S. Weather Research Project's Prospectus Development Teams for Hurricanes and for Coastal Meteorology, and the National Research Council's Committee to review the need for a large-scale test facility for research on the effects of extreme winds on structures.

He was the scientific operations officer for NOAA's Marine Olympic Weather Support Team in Savannah, Ga. for the 1996 Summer Olympic Game and also served the U.S. Olympic Committee as team meteorologist for the U. S. Sailing Team at the 1991 Pan American Games. He has served on the board of the American Association for Wind Engineering, and is a member of the American Meteorological Society, and the American Geophysical Union. In 1992 he was awarded the Department of Commerce Gold Medal (a group award presented for performance during Hurricane Andrew), and in 1999 his project development team won the "Best JAVA Implementation" award from the NOAA Tech 2000 Conference for H*WIND: A Distributed Real-time Hurricane Wind Analysis System. Since 1991, he has served as principal investigator on research projects worth over $1.5 million in non-base-funded resources. He has published in several journals including Journal of Geophysical Research, Monthly Weather Review, Weather and Forecasting, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Journal of Physical Oceanography, and Shore and Beach.