Wind and Engineering Speaker Series Hosts Tokyo University Professor

Texas Tech University’s Wind Science and Engineering Research Center (WISE) presents the first event in its McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series on Nov. 3. Yukio Tamura, a professor at the Wind Engineering Research Center at Tokyo Polytechnic University, will lead the lecture at 3:30 p.m. in Room 217 in the Electrical Engineering Building on the Texas Tech campus. Tamura also is the president of the International Association of Wind Engineering and is the director of the Global Center of Excellence Program, a component of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. Tamura will introduce recent topics focusing on wind engineering techniques monitoring wind speeds, wind pressures and building responses. Also included are different measurement techniques in the laboratory and field as well as simulation of strong wind events in a wind tunnel. The McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series is named after and funded with the endowment of Kishor C. Mehta and James R. McDonald, founding faculty of WISE. The lecture series invites nationally known scientists and experts in wind-related industries to speak about ongoing research throughout the world. Tamura is the first speaker of the year for the 2010-2011 series. The research center will present four other speakers in the following months:
  • Feb. 2, 2011, Greg Kopp, professor and Canada research chair in Wind Engineering, University of Western Ontario
  • March 2, 2011, Jamie Kruse, chief economist and senior advisor for the Social Sciences, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • April 6, 2011, Mark Powell, atmospheric scientist for the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories
  • April 27, 2011, Timothy Reinhold, senior vice-president for Research and Chief Engineer, Institute for Business and Home Safety
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