First Northeastern University – Tongji University Workshop on Wind Engineering (NU-TJU WWE1), 2019

On May 23, 2019, the Wind Engineering Research Group at Northeastern University hosted faculty and student members from Tongji University (Shanghai, China) for an all-day workshop on wind engineering. The latest developments in wind and structural engineering were discussed through a series of presentations and panel discussion. The workshop, co-chaired by WERG PhD students Viet Le (2020) and Shaoning Li (2021), was organized with the guidance of Professor Luca Caracoglia (Civil and Environmental Engineering Department), the assistance of the College of Engineering, and the financial support from the Graduate Dissertation Research Grant provided as a collaboration among the college, the Office of the Provost for Research and Graduate Education, and the Graduate Student Government.

The workshop was covered in article written by News@Northeastern

For additional information, program details can be downloaded here.

Additional photos can be viewed here.

Eighth International Colloquium on Bluff Body Aerodynamics and Applications (BBAAVIII), 2016

BBAAVIII was held at Northeastern University on June 7-11, 2016. The conference offered attendees to exchange results on the latest advances in the study of the separated flow around bluff bodies both in terms of fundamentals as well as applications. The conference was co-hosted by Northeastern University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in cooperation with the International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE) and the American Association for Wind Engineering (AAWE).

The official website of the conference is linked here. In addition, an article was written by News@Northeastern covering the conference.

Additional details and presentation titles can be downloaded from the program details.

Additional photos can be viewed here.

UMass Amherst-Northeastern Workshop on Fluid Structure Interaction, 2012

The first UMass-Northeastern Workshop on Fluid-Structure Interactions (FSI workshop) was held at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst on September 14th, 2012. The workshop was led by Professor Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi and organized by the Fluid-Structure Interactions Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering At the University of Massachusetts.

The workshop was programmed with ten total presentations, five from each institute. The following members of this group participated in the workshop (in alphabetical order): Said Aouinati, Luca Caracoglia, Gian Felice Giaccu, Farid Moghim, Dong-Woo Seo, Frank Xia.

The official web-page of the workshop may be found here. A few pictures from the event are presented.

Third American Association for Wind Engineering Workshop, 2012

The 3rd American Association for Wind Engineering (AAWE) Workshop was the third in a series of workshops held every 18 to 24 months by the American Association for Wind Engineering. This event was held in the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis (Cape Cod), Massachusetts on August 12nd-14th, 2012. The AAWE2012 workshop was an excellent opportunity for interaction between engineers, students, scientists, architects, planners and practitioners in the various fields of wind engineering and related disciplines.

The official website for the workshop is linked here.

Program details are linked.

Second United States – Japan Workshop on “Structural Dynamics and Monitoring of Bridges and Flexible Structures against Wind Hazards”, 2011

This mini-workshop was a platform for sharing information on the latest developments on structural dynamics and monitoring of bridges and slender structures with an emphasis to wind hazards.

The following topics were discussed: structural dynamics, random vibrations, numerical methods, experimental methods (wind tunnel and full scale), monitoring and structural identification, aerodynamic and aeroelastic phenomena, stochastic simulations.

The main focus of the mini-workshop was on flexible bridges. Presentations, related to other slender structures, such as buildings and other emerging applications in wind engineering, were also part of the event.

Invited speakers from Japan and United States were kindly requested to prepare a 20-minute PPT presentation. Each presentation was followed by a brief discussion. The objective of the presentations was to promote discussion among researchers and to possibly identify common topics for future academic interaction. Additional details can be found in the linked program.

The workshop was featured by News@Northeastern.

Wind-tunnel Laboratory Session, 2009

As part of NSF sponsored activities, a “Wind-tunnel Laboratory Session” was created and implemented for the students of the CIVE 7354 – Wind Engineering graduate class in 2009. The title of the lecture was “Measurement of the H1* Flutter Derivative of a Truss-Type Bridge Deck.” This activity utilized a small-scale wind tunnel laboratory available at NU and administered by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (NU-MIE). Graduate students were introduced to experimental testing. Dynamic tests were conducted by the students on a 1:250 section model of a truss bridge, simulating the response of a 1200 m long-span structure. Data acquisition, analysis and processing were directly carried out by the students, utilizing the “NU Aeroelastic Force Balance.”


Building Bridges

As an example of outreach activities within the College of Engineering, I have been involved in “Building Bridges,” organized by NUPRIME (NU Division of Multi-cultural Engineering) for high-school students, since 2006. In the December 2009 session, high-school students were introduced to long-span bridge aerodynamic design. A presentation was shown during the outreach activity designated as “Building a Bridge.” The wind tunnel setup for aeroelastic analyses and the NU-AFB were introduced to the students.