ARINDAM GAN CHOWDHURY
Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environment Engineering
Florida International University
Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, Civil Engineering, B.C.E.,
RESEARCH AND EDUCATION INTERESTS
Aerodynamics and aeroelasticity of structures; Wind and wind-driven rain effects on buildings; Vulnerability assessment; System identification of aerodynamic/aeroelastic parameters; Database Assisted Design (DAD);
Mitigation methodologies; Integration of research and education through inductive learning.
2017 – Present Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE); Co-Director, Wall of Wind (WOW) Facility, International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC), FIU, Miami, FL
2012-2017 Associate Professor, CEE; Director, WOW Facility, IHRC, FIU, Miami, FL
2006-2012 Assistant Professor (CEE) and Director of LWER (IHRC), FIU
2005-2006 Project Director, Thornton Tomasetti, Fort Lauderdale, FL
2003-2005 Project Engineer, Lear Corporation, Iowa City, IA
2002 Summer Pollution Prevention Intern, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Des Moines, IA
- Under Dr. Chowdhury’s leadership the NHERI WOW EF was lauded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to receive the 2018 Charles Pankow Award for Innovation.
- In collaboration with his colleagues, Dr. Chowdhury obtained U.S. Patents for Hurricane Resistant Concrete Roof System and Aerodynamics Mitigation and Power System (AMPS).
- 2012 Winner of FIU President’s Council “Worlds Ahead Faculty Award” in recognition of sustained excellence in teaching, research, and service.
- Winner of Florida Sea Grant’s “2012 Research to Application Award” for research that has identified innovative and practical ways to improve the structural integrity of buildings.
- Received Iowa State University Research Excellence Award for Spring 2004.
- Development of Research Tools, Databases, and Mitigation Products. WOW has been developed as a multi-user large- / full-scale holistic testing facility to support research and education. Extensive databases were developed on aerodynamic and wind driven rain effects on structures. Moreover, new databases are being archived on NHERI DesignSafe-CI portal and made available to other researchers.
- Broadening the Participation of K-12 Students and Underrepresented Groups in STEM. In collaboration with his colleagues, Dr. Chowdhury is reaching out to K-12 students and underrepresented groups for fostering the next generation of wind engineers. The goal is to engage K-12 students in grade-appropriate, interactive wind effect lessons, reflecting WOW-enabled wind mitigation innovations.