Our Team

Post-Doctoral Fellows (In progress=1; Complete = 8; Total = 9)
Dr. Meseret Kahsay, Western University (In progress), Urban microclimate modeling for sustainable building design. (PhD received from Western University).
Dr. Anwar Awol, Western University (In progress). CFD model development for wind engineering and building science applications.
Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim, 2018-2018 Western University (Complete). Downburst simulation. Current Position: Senior Engineer AECOM, New York, NY. (PhD received from Western University).
Dr. Zaid Boutanios, 2018-2018 Western University (Complete). Computational Wind Engineering. Current Position: Principal Engineer, Binkz Incorporated, Montreal. (PhD received from Zagreb University).
Dr. Ahmed Elshaer, 2017-2018 Western University (Complete). Computational Wind Engineering. Current position: Assistant Professor, Lakehead University. (PhD received from Western University).
Dr. Bodhisatta Hajra, 2014-2015 Western University (Complete). Large scale testing for wind. Current Position. Senior Engineer, Ennova facades/Contract Glaziers Corp, Windsor. (PhD received from Concordia University).
Dr. Ahmed Elatar, 2014-2015 Western University (Complete). Aerodynamic optimization. Current Position, Research Scientist, Oakridge Laboratory, USA. (PhD received from Western University).
(a) Dr. Aly Mousaad Aly Sayed, 2012-2013 Western University (Complete). Wind load on green and energy infrastructures, Current Position, Assistant professor at Louisiana State University.
(b) Dr. Aly Mousaad Aly Sayed, 2009-2011 Florida International University (Complete). Full-scale testing of low-rise buildings for a hurricane (Wall of Wind). Co-Supervisor: Dr Arindam Chowdhury. Current Position: Assistant professor at Louisiana State University. (PhD received from Milan Poly-technique).
Dr. Teshome Jiru, 2010-2010 Florida International University (Complete). Natural ventilation, Co-supervisors: Dr Yong Tao and Dr Yimin Zhu. Current Position: Assistant professor at Oregon Institute of Technology. (PhD received from Concordia University).
Dr. Peng Huang, 2008-2009 Florida Integrational University (Complete). Full-scale testing of low-rise buildings for a hurricane. Co-Supervisor: Dr Arindam Chowdhury. Current position: Associate professor at Tongji University. (PhD received from Tongji University).
PhD. Students (In progress=13; Complete = 10; Total = 23)
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Dagmawi Demissie, 2019-present (In progress). Machine learning based urban feature extraction from remotely sensed data for CFD based applications. Co-Supervisor: Dr Miriam Capretz. Received his BSc and MSc from Addis Ababa Institute of Technology in Software Engineering (home department Software Engineering at Western Univeristy).
Anant Gairola, 2018-present (In progress). Numerical tornado modelling framework for neighborhood-scale assessment. Co-Supervisor: Dr Horia Hangan. He received his MSc from Western University in Wind Engineering and BSc from Stony Brook University in Mechanical Engineering.
Muna Younis, 2018-present (In progress). BIM integrated sustainable and resilient building design framework. Received her MEng from Western University.
Tewodros Alemayehu, 2018-present (In progress). Drone enabled environmental fluid mechanics modelling. Received his MSc from Adama University and BSc from Awassa University in Systems Engineering.
Christopher Howlett, 2017-present (In progress). Aero-structural optimization of tall buildings. Received his BSc from Western University in Civil Engineering.
Tsinuel Geleta, 2017-present (In Progress). Performance based design framework for a tornado. Received his MSc from Chonbuk University in South Korea and BSc from Adama University both in Civil Engineering.
Eric Rowland Lalonde,2017-present (In progress), Hybrid numerical and experimental wind and earthquake modelling of wind turbines Co-Supervisor: Dr Kaoshan Dai from Tongji University Received both his MEng and BSc in Civil Engineering from Western University Note Eric is a PhD student in a Western + Tongji sandwich program (2+2)
Kimberley Adamek, 2016 – present (In progress). Framework for multi-scale design of sustainable and resilient communities. Received her BArch and MArch from Waterloo University in Architecture.
Abiy Melaku, 2016-present (In progress). Computational aeroelastic and aerodynamic modelling of tall buildings. Received his MSc from Chonbuk University in South Korea and BSc from Adama University both in Civil Engineering.
Barelilo Nighana, 2016-present (In progress). Advanced building envelope systems: Thermodynamic optimization of building integrated photovoltaic/Thermal system and heat pump. Co-Supervisor: Dr. Fitsum Tariku from British Colombia Institute of Technology – BCIT. Received his MSc from BCIT in Building Science and BSc from the the University of British Colombia (UBC) in Mechanical Engineering.
Matiyas Bezabeh, 2016-present (In progress). Unified Probabilistic Performance-based Wind Engineering Frameworks for Tall Buildings. Co-Supervisor: Dr Solomon Tesfamariam from UBC. Industry Collaborator: Dr Marjan Popovski from FPInnovations. Received his MSc from UBC and BSc from Addis Ababa University both in Civil Engineering. Note. Matiyas is a visiting PhD student who did three and a half years of his PhD studies at Western.
Tibebu Berhane, 2014-present (In progress). Aerodynamic optimization of horizontal (bridge) structures, MSc from IIT Roorkee and BSc from Bahirdar University both in Civil Engineering.
Dr. Anwar Awol, 2014-2019 (Completed). Surrounding effects assessment for building energy performance evaluation. Co-Supervisor: Dr. Fitsum Tariku from BCIT. Received his MSc from IIT Bombay and BSc from Adama University both in Mechanical Engineering.
Dr. Meseret Kahsay, 2015-2019 (Complete). Optimization of fenestration configuration in buildings for thermal and lighting performance. Co-Supervisor: Dr. Fitsum Tariku from BCIT. Received his MSc from IIT Bombay, BSC in from Mekelle University both in Mechanical Engineering. Current Position: Postdoc with the Candidate.
Dr. Ahmed Elshaer, 2013-2017 (Complete). Numerical aerodynamic optimization and wind load evaluation framework for tall buildings. Co-Supervisor: Dr Ashraf El Damatty from Western University. Current position: Assistant professor at Lakehead University.
Dr. Zoheb Nasir, 2012-2017 (Complete). Numerical modeling of a tornado-like vortex and its interaction with bluff bodies. Current position: Senior Wind Engineer at Air World-wide, Boston.
Dr Mohammad Delavar, 2012-2017 (Complete). BIM assisted automation of Pre Engineered Buildings. Co-supervisor: Dr John Dickenson from Western University. Current position: Instructor at Fanshawe College.
Dr. Haitham Aboshosha, 2010-2014 (Complete). Effect of downbursts on transmission line structures. Co-supervisor: Dr. Ashraf El Damatty. Current position: Assistant Professor at Ryerson University.
Dr. Daniel Abdi, 2010 -2013 (Complete). Numerical evaluation of aerodynamic roughness for the built environment and complex terrain. Current position: NRC Postdoctoral fellow at Naval Postgraduate School, California. Received his MSc from IIT Roorkee and BSc from Addis Ababa University.
Dr. Workamaw Warsido, 2009 -2013 (Completed from FIU). Reducing uncertainties in the estimation of wind effects on tall buildings using aerodynamic wind tunnel tests. Current position: Senior Engineer at CPP Wind consultant, Fort Collins, Colorado. Received his MSc from FIU and BSc from Addis Ababa University.
Dr. Amanuel Tecle, 2008-2011 (Completed from FIU). Evaluation of internal pressure in low-rise buildings. Current Position: Senior Research Scientist in Wind Engineering at Core Logic (formerly EQECAT Inc.), Oakland, California. Received his MSc from Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology and BSc from Asmara University.
Dr. Agerneh Dagnew, 2007-2012 (Completed from FIU). Computational evaluation of wind loads on buildings. Current Position: Self-employed analytics consultant after 6 years of Senior Wind Engineer carrier with Air Worldwide in Boston. Received his MSc from IIT Roorkee and BSc from Jimma University.
Masters Students (In progress=5; Complete = 10; Total = 15)
Matthew Vandewiel, 2020-present (In progress) Machine learning applications for ene sustnable building energy monioring. Received his BSc from UWO in Civil Engineering. Co-Supervisor: Dr Miriam Capretz.
Cody Van Der Kooi, 2019-present (In progress) Wind performance of tall mass timber buildings. Received his BSc from McMaster University in Civil Engineering.
Hadil Abdallah, 2018- present (In Maternity leave). City growth impact (urban topology change) on the design wind load. Co-Supervisor: Dr Ayman El Ansary from Western University. Received her BSc in Architectural Engineering from Alexandrea University.
Hang You, 2018-present (In Progress). AI assisted building design. Co-Supervisor: Dr Ayan Sadhu. Received his BSc in Civil Engineering from Western University.
Shea Laventure, 2018-present (In Progress). Wind induced response system Identification. Co-supervisor: Dr. Ayan Sadhu from Western University. Received his BSc in Civil Engineering from Lakehead University.
Matthew Sparks, 2017 –2019 (Complete). Pressure equalization on multilayer roof system. Received his BSc from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Civil Engineering. Current position: Project Associate at Edison Engineers.
Anant Gairola, 2015-2017 (Complete). Generic numerical tornado model for a common interpretation of existing experimental simulators. Current position: PhD student at Western University.
Daniel Berhane Araya, 2014-2016 (Complete). Anomaly detection in smart buildings. Co-Supervisor: Dr Miriam Capretz. Current position: Risk analyst and Data Scientist at BMO in Toronto.
Zeineb Samani, 2014-2016 (Complete). Wind load on solar panel – comparisons between full-scale pressure and force balance aerodynamic data. Co-Supervisor: Dr Horia Hangan. Current position: Maternal leave.
Aditi Jog, 2012 -2013 (Complete). Numerical evaluation of downburst interaction with a bluff body. Current position. Engineer with Kiewit Construction, Alberta, Canada.
Johann Barata, 2010-2012 (Completed at FIU). Evaluation of wind loads on single solar panel and arrays. Current position: Senior Engineer at Samsung and CCE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Workamaw Warsido, 2009-2010 (Completed at FIU). Evaluation of wind loads on tall buildings. Current position: Senior Engineer at CPP Wind consultant, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Serge Fueze Lekem, 2009-2011 (Completed at FIU). Wind load on roof ridge and field tiles. Current Position: Completed his PhD from Virginia Tech and works as a Senior Engineer with Ministry of transportation, Maryland DC.
Humma Khan, 2008-2010 (Completed at FIU). Flow management devices for small scale 12-fan Wall of Wind. Current Position: Quality Control Manager, Odebrecht Construction, Inc., Miami, FL.
Dhawal Sambare, 2007-2009 (Completed at FIU). Full-scale assessment of roof secondary water barrier for wind. Current position: Structural Engineer at Pentacle consultants Pvt. Ltd. India.
MEng Project (i.e. one semester thesis) (In progress=0; Complete = 12; Total = 12)
Ameyu Tolera, 2017-2018 (Complete). Structural optimization of tall buildings under wind loads. Current position: PhD student at Florida International University.
Muna Younis, 2017-2018 (Complete). BIM integrated sustainable building design framework. Current position: PhD student at Western University.
Khaled Mahmoud, 2016-2017 (Complete). Sustainable design of mid-rise wood buildings. Co-Supervisor: Dr Ahmed Hamada. Current position:Project Engineer with Fox Contracting Ltd. Toronto.
Saif Haddadin, 2015-2016 (Complete). Wind loading on solar panel- a numerical study. Co-supervisor: Dr Ayman El Ansary. Current Position: Project Engineer with Stantec, London, On
Bader Mohammad, 2015-2016 (Complete). Life cycle cost analysis of sustainable building enclosure. Co-Supervisor: Dr Ayman El Ansary. Current Position: Project Engineer with blueprint2build, Toronto, ON.
Daniel J Rodriguez, 2010-2012 (Completed at FIU). Double Façade Systems. Current position: Professor at Miami Dade College, Miami, FL.
Esther Calle, 2010-2011 (Completed at FIU). Designing for natural ventilation. Current Position: Senior Engineer with M2M Engineering, FL.
Zakaria Lata, 2009-2011 (Completed at FIU). Mitigation of wind effects on vegetated roofs. Current Position: Principal Engineer with Plan Z Designs, FL.
Dr. Juan Londono, 2009-2011 (Completed at FIU). Wind turbine placement optimization. Current Position: Senior Research Engineer with Thornton Thomasetti-Weidlinger Applied Science, NY. Received his PhD from Columbia University.
Gonzalez, Adria Gonzalez, 2008-2011 (Completed at FIU). Wind loads on solar panels: a code approach. Current Position: Senior Structural Engineer with Jacobs Engineering, Miami, FL.
Amelia Sifres, 2009-2010 (Completed at FIU), Wind engineering for wind energy application. Current Position: Manager at Constructora CSN, SRL, Dominican Republic.
Elsa Bilbao, 2008-2010 (Completed at FIU). Vegetative roofing systems. Current Position: Civil Engineer with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville, FL.
BSc Thesis (In progress=0; Complete =5; Total =5)
Benjamin Vischschraper (Complete) Evaluating the Accuracy and Performance of Artificial Neural Networks as Surrogate Wind Load Models for Wind Turbine Blades.
Kate Current (Complete). Numerical modelling of downburst loading on low rise buildings. Current position, joining MSc program at UWO.
Michael Hockin, 2017 (Complete). Wind load evaluation on tall buildings. Current Position: Junior Structural Designer, Jablonsky, Ast & Partners, Don Mills, ON.
Lama El Naggar, 2016 (Complete). Aerodynamics of Roof Pavers. Current Position: Civil Engineer, Kleinfelder, NC, USA
May El Damatty, 2015 (Complete). The effect of assumptions in structural modeling on design wind loads. Current Position: Structural Engineer, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (RJC), Toronto.
Summer undergraduate research (In progress=1; Complete = 17; Total = 18)
Anuar Saenger Gomez (In progress): Air quality and social distancting resrach.
Kate Current, Summer of 2019. CFD based downburst wind characterization.
Fatima Abdul Hameed, Fall of 2017. Thermal performance of buildings. Funded through Western University work-study program.
Aya El Mallah, Fall of 2017. Sustainable building design. Funded through Western University work-study program.
Merva El-Gharably, Fall of 2017. Tornado loading on buildings. Funded through Wester work-study program.
Aya El Mallah, Summer of 2017. Tornado damage assessment.
Merva El-Gharably, Summer of 2017. Tornado damage assessment.
Louie-Alexander Pianta Summer of 2017. Wind load and wind induced stress evaluation: A CFD and FEM based evaluation. Funded through NSERC USRA.
Benjamin Hyland, Summer of 2012. WindEEE wind field measurement instruments and CFD modeling of flow around a low-rise building. Funded through NSERC USRA. Current position: Structural engineer with Strik, Baldinelli, Moniz, Ltd., London, ON.
Anurup Ganguli, Summer of 2012. Wind load on a wind turbine structure, visiting undergraduate student from IIT-Rajasthan. Completed his MSc from IIT Madras.
May El Damatty, Summer of 2012. Wind load on transmission tower structure Structural Engineer at RJC engineers, Toronto. Completed her MEng from the University of Toronto.
Vincent Crepel, Summer of 2012. Scale effects on wind loading of solar panels. Visiting student from ENSEIRB-MATMECA Bordeaux, France.
Hugo Altimari (FIU), 2010-2011. Construction & instrumenting of large-scale building models. Completed his MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida.
Dania Castillo (FIU), 2010-2011. Wall of Wind construction documentation.
Evelyn Rodriguez (FIU), 2009-2009. Undergraduate project: Google sketch-up for sustainable building design teaching. Current Position: Senior structural Engineer with EAC Consulting, Miami, FL.
Zakaria Lata (FIU), 2009-2009. Wall of Wind flow management development.
Alfredo Miralles (FIU), 2008-2009. LIDAR image processing for aerodynamic roughness estimation. Completed his MSc in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, California.
Alvaro Quinonez (FIU), 2008-2009. Large-scale testing of a low-rise building for a hurricane. Completed his MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champagne, IL