Risk Analysis (CEE460, Spring)

Fundamentals of probabilistic risk analysis. Stochastic modeling of hazards. Estimation of extremes. Vulnerability modeling of natural and built environment. Evaluation of failure chances and consequences. Reliability analysis. Decision analysis and risk management. Examples and case studies involving natural hazards, including earthquakes, extreme winds, tornadoes, rainfall flooding, storm surges, hurricanes, and climate change, and their induced damage and economic losses.



Wind Engineering (CEE566, Fall)

“Wind Engineering is best defined as the rational treatment of interactions between wind in the atmospheric boundary layer and man and his works on the surface of Earth.”
— Dr. Jack Cermak

This course provides a broad introduction to Wind Engineering, which is a discipline that has evolved, primarily during the last half century, following disastrous collapses of bridges and buildings during windstorms. The students will learn how to account for wind effects in structural design to ensure the adequate performance (safety and serviceability) of structures subjected to the action of wind during their anticipated lifetimes. The subject is multi-disciplinary, drawing theories from atmospheric sciences, aerodynamics, structural dynamics, and probability and statistics. These theories are combined into three main topics:

  1. Wind environment (meteorology, wind climatology, and micrometerology);
  2. Wind forces (drag, lift, and torsional forces); and
  3. Structural responses (static, dynamic, and aeroelastic responses).

In addition to these basic theories, the wind tunnel is described as an empirical tool to study the wind forces on structures and their responses, the current building code is discussed, the recent development of wind (and wind-induced storm surge) hazard mitigation is presented, and a new topic on climate change affecting wind (and storm surge) climatology is introduced.