Summary

Building the more resilient coastal infrastructure, with the reality of limited resources (sustainability constraints), is the challenge that our research is focused on, to enhance safety and reduce the huge cost of rebuilding after hurricanes and other types of windstorms.

With current climate change, monster hurricanes could become more destructive than before. Given the loss of life and property, it is crucial to build the more resilient community. Consequently, our research focuses on retrofitting existing infrastructure and building new ones to survive stringent windstorms in an optimal way.

Located in a hurricane vulnerable region, Louisiana and the southern part of the U.S. have been suffering catastrophic losses of life and property. My team’s research aims at innovating structural designs to protect the inhabitants and to reduce the economic losses. Our research focuses on the reliable characterization of wind impact on the built environment, to build the more resilient community with the reality of limited resources. Its potential applications include the design aspects of the infrastructure for windstorm: residential homes, offshore structures, bridges, transportation infrastructure, energy infrastructure (wind turbines, solar panels, and petrochemical structures), etc. The research activities are beneficial for students, as they provide potential opportunities to learn with direct involvement in real world applications. In addition, researchers and students with interests in structural, coastal, mechanical, computer, agricultural and marine sciences can find a fertile environment for innovations that brings science into practice. Furthermore, the data produced are directly applicable to solving challenging industry issues, improving design codes, and helping the government and the insurance companies to improve their policies. This will lead to sustainable solutions that can improve the performance of the infrastructure under complex hurricane loads, reduce structures’ life cycle costs and increase efficiency in design.

Selected Publications