ARINDAM GAN CHOWDHURY

Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environment Engineering
Florida International University

  Arindam Gan Chowdhury

PROFESSIONAL PREPARATION

Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, Civil Engineering, B.C.E.,
Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India, Structural Engineering, M.Tech., 1995
Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA, Engineering Mechanics, Ph.D., 2004

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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.

 


PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

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

SIGNIFICANT HONORS/AWARDS/PATENTS

  • 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.

SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES

  • 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.