Event Scheduled for Nov 3, 2017
Event: Seminar: Natural Hazard Research at National Science Foundation
Location: Laurel Hall 206
Time: 12:30 pm
Details of Event:
Eversource Energy Center
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
COLLOQUIUM Presented by:
Prof. Kishor Mehta
Texas Tech University
Dr. Mehta is a P.W. Horn Professor of Civil Engineering
“Natural Hazard Research at the
National Science Foundation”
Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Time: 12:30 -1:20 p.m.
A Brief Professional Data
Kishor C. Mehta, Ph.D., Dist. M ASCE, Fellow SEI, NAE
Dr. Mehta is P.W.Horn Professor of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering at Texas Tech University. He was Program Director for the Structural and Architectural Engineering and Co-Program Director for the Engineering for Natural Hazards at the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC during 2011-2015. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas-Austin. Prior to Ph.D. studies he worked on the construction project of Glen Canyon Dam in Page, Arizona for three years. He has been on the faculty at Texas Tech University since 1964. He is former Director of the Wind Science and Engineering (WISE) Research Center (now the National Wind Institute) at Texas Tech. He was elected to the Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2002 and to the National Academy of Engineers in 2004. He has been pursuing research in wind loads on buildings and structures since 1970. He chaired the committee of ASCE which produced the ASCE 7 for wind loads during 1976-1995. At Texas Tech he was PI for the NSF funded ten year project on Cooperative Program on Wind Engineering with Colorado State University during 1986-1996. He also developed a doctoral degree program in Wind Science and Engineering with NSF IGERT funding. The one-of-a kind Ph.D. in Wind Science and Engineering degree was approved by the State Board in 2007 and has graduated 30 students to date.
Natural Hazard Research at the National Science Foundation
Abstract: Natural hazard research at NSF is in a flux. The programs of Engineering for Natural Hazards, Structural and Architectural Engineering and Materials, and Geotechnical Engineering and Materials are merged in to one program, Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI; PD 17-073Y). However, the core of the three programs are incorporated in to the new program. The program focuses on physical infrastructure such as the soil-foundation-structure-envelope-nonstructural building system; geo-structures; and underground facilities. The program encourages collaboration with other fields such as bioinspired design, advanced computation, data science, materials science, additive manufacturing, robotics, and control theory. It views holistic building systems that view construction, geotechnical, structural, and architectural design as an integrated system; adaptive building envelope systems; nonconventional building materials; breakthroughs in remediated geological materials; and transformational construction processes. Principal investigators may consider civil infrastructure under operating condition, intermediate stress condition and/or severe condition of natural hazards (DCL NSF 17-147).
This change in program calls for changes in structural engineering. Structural engineering has focused in the past on skeleton of the building to make sure that the building survives in natural hazards of earthquake, hurricane, or tornado. Thanks to the excellent work in updating building codes the focus is pretty well accomplished. In the next two decades our goal is to enable buildings that can be continuously occupied and operated during its useful life. Considerations should be given to analysis and design, construction, operation, maintenance, retrofit, and repair of buildings.
Target Audience: Open to All
Sponsored By: Civil and Environmental Engineering
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