Team

Current Members

Faculty

Photo of Aly MousaadAly Mousaad Aly, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director, WISE Research Lab @ LSU

3230H Patrick F. Taylor Hall

Phone: (225) 578-6654

Email: aly@lsu.edu

My team's research aims at creating knowledge in Wind Engineering and Structural Optimization and Control to build the more resilient and sustainable coastal infrastructure, to enhance safety and reduce the huge cost of rebuilding after storms. Dr. Aly is the director of the LSU Windstorm Impact, Science, and Engineering (WISE, wise.lsu.edu) research and education program. The LSU WISE lab is equipped with state-of-the-art experimental facilities, such as the recently built small and large open-jet wind simulators (with a test section of 4m x 4m, capable of producing realistic hurricane winds at high speeds), the boundary layer wind tunnel, as well as high performance commuting for advanced CFD simulations. Our research looks at things like homes, transportation infrastructure, solar panels, and wind turbines, to build them stronger. This will help homeowners, local governments, and insurance companies deal more effectively with storms, for example, it may help officials fine tune design codes, or give coastal residents options for making their dwellings more storm resistant. Aly has worked at Western University, as a research fellow in wind engineering with a focus on green energy infrastructure. Dr. Aly carried out a vegetated building envelope experimental study for the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) building in Milan. He worked at the wind tunnel of Polytechnic University of Milan (2006-2009) on research activities related to wind effects on civil engineering structures (tall buildings, large roofs, bridges and sensitive structural members). He executed experimental aerodynamic/aeroelastic studies of the CityLife-Milano project which involved three building towers: Isozaki Tower, Hadid Tower, and Libeskind Tower. He developed new techniques for the implementation of smart dampers in super tall buildings, and a novel energy-based probabilistic approach to assess the efficacy of the smart damping strategy. Aly received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic University of Milan, M.Sc., and B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from Alexandria University.

Graduate Students

Photo of Feng XieFeng Xie

Ph.D. Student,Wind/Structural Engineering

M.S. in Civil Engineering, Syracuse University

B.S. in Civil Engineering, China University of Geosciences

Photo of Md FaiazMd Faiaz Khaled

Ph.D. Student,Wind/Structural Engineering,

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology

Photo of Suvash ChapainSuvash Chapain

Ph.D. Student, Control/Structural Engineering,

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Tribhuvan University

Wise LogoRonald Lee  

Ph.D. Student, Control/Structural Engineering,

B.S., MIT

Photo of Mathew ThomasMatthew Thomas     

M.S.  Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University,

- LCOPRI ASCE scholarship recipient, Project: Open-Jet Testing;

- 2018 LSU Discover Scholar Awardee

Wise LogoHannah DiLeo  

M.S. Student,  Structural/Bridge Engineering,

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University.

wise logoEmily Rone  

M.S. Student, Structural/Bridge Engineering,

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University.

Wise LogoJames Powers

M.S. Student, Structural Engineering,

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University

Wise LogoBianca Goodlow

M.S. Student, Structural/Architectural Engineering,

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University

Wise LogoJack Clarke

M.S. Student, Structural Engineering,

Engineer at Joule Energy

Undergraduate Students

wise logoRyan T Clancy 

Undergraduate Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

LSU President's Future Leaders on Research Awardee.

Wise LogoEli P Barbin

Undergraduate Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

LSU President's Future Leaders on Research Awardee.

Alumni

Postdoctoral Researchers

Photo of Milad RezaeeDr. Milad Rezaee

Civil Engineering, LSU, 2017

Photo of HamzehDr. Hamzeh Gol-Zaroudi

Civil Engineering, LSU, 2017-2018.

Graduate Students

Photo of Milad RezaeeMilad Rezaee, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, LSU, 2017-2018

Thesis: Vibration Control in Wind Turbines for Multihazards

Photo of HamzehHamzeh Gol-Zaroudi

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, LSU, 2017.

Thesis: Atmospheric Boundary-layer Processes to Mimic Peak Pressures on Low-Rise Buildings: CFD Versus Full-scale and Wind Tunnel Measurements

Photo of Nader YousefNader Yousef      

M.S., Wind/Structural Engineering, 2020

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Universidade Anhanguera Uniderp

 Area:   Experimental and computational investigations of wind-induced loads on low-rise buildings.
 

 
Wise LogoJames Benson 

M.S.,  Structural Engineering, 2020

Thesis: CFD Study of Wind Loads on Overhead Sign Structures

 B.S. in Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University.
 

Wise LogoErin Dougherty  

M.S.,  Structural Engineering, 2019

Thesis: CFD ANALYSIS OF BRIDGE PIER GEOMETRY ON LOCAL SCOUR POTENTIAL

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT

 
 


Wise LogoJennifer Whipple 

M.S., Wind/Structural Engineering, 2020

Thesis: Investigation of Wind Loading on Ground-Mounted Solar Arrays: A Comparative Study

B.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
 

 Photo of Marc HoffmannMarc Hoffmann

M.S. in Civil Engineering, LSU, 2018.

Thesis: Over-Height Vehicle Impact Reduction on Bridges: A Case Study

Photo of Laura Iverson Laura Iverson

M.S. in Civil Engineering, LSU, 2016.

Thesis: Aerodynamic Mitigation of Roof Suction Using Solar Panels.

Photo of Srinivasa Adithya Srinivasa Adithya Sailesh Abburu

M.S. in Civil Engineering, LSU, 2015.

Thesis: Vibration Mitigation in High-Rise Buildings Under Multi-Hazard.

Photo of Amar CumurovicAmar Cumurovic

M.S. in Civil Engineering, LSU, 2014.

Area: Dynamic response and mitigation of steel stacks under wind loads

Photo of Mujahed ShalabiMujahed Shalabi

M.S. in Civil Engineering, LSU 2014.

Area: Flow validation in a new open-jet simulator at LSU

Photo of Brian CarringtonBrian Carrington

M.S. in Civil Engineering, LSU, 2014.

Area: Aerodynamic retrofitting of roof geometry on low-rise buildings to reduce uplift

Undergraduate Students

 Photo of Mathew ThomasMatthew Thomas

Undergraduate Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University,

– LCOPRI ASCE scholarship recipient, Project: Open-Jet Testing;

– 2018 LSU Discover Scholar Awardee

Photo of Emily RoneEmily Rone  

Undergraduate Student,  Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University.

Photo of Raymond Poche

Raymond Poche

Undergraduate Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University

– 2018 LSU Discover Scholar Awardee

Talk a little about your Research, Involvement, or skills learned at LSU.

My research at LSU is focused on the effects of strong wind loads on roofs and roof mounted solar panels. I am studying why solar panels fail when subjected to loads often less than the advertised load capacity. There are many variables that affect how the panels withstand these wind forces including the location of solar arrays with respect to the roof, the array shape and size, inclination angles, mounting scheme, wind direction, and even the aerodynamics of the roof design itself. In performing this research, I learned about the fluid mechanics and dynamics of wind and ran computational fluid dynamic simulations in the OpenFOAM software to visualize flow fields and measure pressure and velocity profiles at various locations. In my research and in my classes at LSU, I developed many skills that I believe will help me for the rest of my life. These include diligence, self-discipline, time management, communication, motivation to improve myself and others, and even the ability to learn new information quickly while building upon previously learned fundamental material. I have applied these skills to the best of my ability here at LSU, allowing me to publish a journal with my research mentor, maintain a 4.2 GPA, earn several scholarships, and build new friendships along the way, and I hope to continue this success in years to come.

Photo of Fabiola CampoblancoFabiola Campoblanco

Senior Undergraduate Student, 2014

Area: Hurricane wind generation in a new Open-Jet simulator at LSU

Photo of Sunny NguyenSunny Nguyen

Undergraduate, B.S.

Area: Wind Engineering

Photo of Lisa Goodgion Lisa Goodgion

Undergraduate, B.S.

Area: Hurricane Engineering and Open-Jet Testing

Photo of Joseph BresowarJoseph Richard Bresowar

Undergraduate, B.S.

Area: Open-Jet Testing and Aerodynamic Mitigation

 

  WISE LogoDalton R Guidry  

Undergraduate, B.S.

Area: Wind Engineering.
 

K-12 Student Researchers

Brice Sanders, Kenilworth Science and Technology School, 3rd Place Winner, 2018 Region VII Science Fair

Derrick Batiste, Kenilworth Science and Technology School, 3rd Place Winner, 2018 Region VII Science Fair

Jordan Freeman, Kenilworth Science and Technology School, 4th Place Winner, 2017 Region VII Science Fair

Kolby Trosclair, Kenilworth Science and Technology School