National Wind Institute announces McDonald-Mehta Lecture speaker

National Wind Institute announces McDonald-Mehta Lecture speakers

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The McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series is named after and funded with the endowment of James (Jim) McDonald and Kishor Mehta, the founding faculty members of the former Wind Sciences and Engineering Research Center (WiSE), now the National Wind Institute.

Mehta is a Horn professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering in the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech. McDonald is a former professor and chairman of Texas Tech’s Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering and has since retired.

The lecture series invites nationally known scientists and experts in wind-related industries to speak about ongoing research around the world.

The spring 2018 series kicks off on Monday (Feb. 19) with Qingshan Yang, professor and dean of the School of Civil Engineering at Chongqing University in Chongqing, China. Yang’s lecture is titled, “Wind Load Standard for Roof Structures in China.” He will discuss the recommendations for wind loads acting on roof components/cladding and main frames. He will speak from 1-2 p.m.

David O. Prevatt is the speaker for the April 11 lecture. Prevatt is an associate professor for the University of Florida’s Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure and the Environment. Prevatt’s lecture, “Wind Hazard Engineering and Community Resilience,” centers around the ultimate fundamental motivation for wind engineering research, which is to build safe structures that reduce injuries and loss of possessions after hurricanes and tornadoes.

The final lecture will be held on April 18. The guest speaker is Joseph Golden, CEO of Golden Research & Consulting in Boulder, Colorado. During his lecture, “The Art and Technology of Hurricane Forecasting,” Golden will describe how modern hurricane forecasting utilizes computer models and new technologies such as weather satellites and data from hurricane-hunter aircraft to produce improved forecasts of hurricane track and intensity.

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