February 7, 2008
They can speak to issues from home safety to the Enhanced Fujita Scale, such as:
• How does the Enhanced Fujita Scale work?
• Where is the best place to hide during a tornado?
• How do homeowners ensure an in-home shelter will withstand a wind storm?
Through the collaborative Wind Science and Engineering Research Center, scientists and engineers have collected one of the country’s largest repositories of wind data and helped develop the Enhanced Fujita Scale implemented by the National Weather Service last year.
Larry Tanner, research associate in civil engineering, has years of field experience studying tornado damage and debris. Tanner’s research of approximately 400 manufactured homes damaged by a 2005 tornado that killed 22 people in Evansville, Ind., prompted new standards for mobile home installation in the region. Tanner can be reached in the field at (806) 543-4957, on campus at (806) 742-3476 ext. 336 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andrew Swift, director of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center, has been a member of review panels for the Department of Energy Wind Energy Program and for the National Science Foundation. In addition to his faculty duties, he teaches short courses and seminars on wind power. He can be reached at (806) 742-3476 ext. 342, or email@example.com.
Kishor Mehta, former director of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center, helped lead a team that developed the new Enhanced Fujita Scale implemented by the National Weather Service in February 2007. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering for his studies of structural damage caused by windstorms and leadership in developing structural design standards for wind loads. He can be reached at (806) 742-3479 ext. 323, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ernst Kiesling, professor of civil engineering and executive director of the National
Storm Shelter Association, specializes in debris impact and above-ground shelters.
He has more than 30 years of experience documenting debris damage and testing materials
and construction. He can be reached at (806) 742-3476 ext. 335, or email@example.com.