The medal is presented by the Structural Engineering Institute and the Engineering Mechanics Institute under the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Xinzhong Chen, a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering in the Texas Tech University Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering and a faculty affiliate of the National Wind Institute, has received the Jack E. Cermak Medal for his analytical and statistical approach toward researching wind-related issues.
The award is presented by the Structural Engineering Institute and the Engineering Mechanics Institute under the umbrella of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He is the second Texas Tech researcher to earn the medal, joining fellow NWI member Kishor Mehta, who was honored in 2014.
"I am very pleased, honored and humbled to receive this prestigious recognition," Chen said. "I am also proud to mention that Texas Tech is only school with two winners of this award. This recognition speaks well of our wind engineering program and will have great positive impact on my research program at Texas Tech."
According to the ASCE, the medal honors Chen's work in advancing wind engineering through advanced modeling and analysis approaches for wind load effects on structures, such as high-rise buildings, long-span bridges and wind turbines.
The medal was established to recognize the lifetime achievements of Jack E. Cermak, an expert in the field of wind engineering and industrial aerodynamics. It is awarded to researchers who have made numerous distinguished contributions in wind engineering and is considered one of the highest recognitions in the field.
He will receive the award April 7 at the Structural Congress 2017 in Denver.
"The National Wind Institute is proud of this major honor bestowed by ASCE upon Dr. Chen for his contribution to wind engineering," said Daan Liang, interim director of the NWI and a professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering. "As a renowned scholar, Dr. Chen has been actively involved in not only fundamental research, but also mentoring graduate students and developing international collaborations. He has raised the standards for all of us."
Chen received his doctorate in civil engineering from Kyoto University in Japan, where he also served as an assistant professor, and has been on the faculty at Texas Tech since 2004 after serving as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame.
His research interests include bridge and building aerodynamics, modeling and simulation of wind load effects on dynamically sensitive structures, non-linear aerodynamics and non-stationary wind load effects, reliability- and performance-based design of structures to extreme wind loading, probabilistic fatigue and extreme response of large wind turbines.
Chen is considered one of the leading authorities in bridge and building aerodynamics and has published more than 150 referenced technical papers.