Arindam Gan Chowdhury, Ph.D.
Director, Laboratory for Wind Engineering Research,
International Hurricane Research Center
Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2004
Structural and Wind Engineering
(305) 348-0518 EC 3604
Dr. Arindam Gan Chowdhury is Associate Professor of Wind Engineering at FIU CEE and Director of the Laboratory for Wind Engineering Research at FIU’s International Hurricane Research Center. Dr. Chowdhury is conducting groundbreaking research at the Wall of Wind (WOW) facility at FIU.
Dr. Chowdhury’s current research is enabling, for the first-time ever, innovative testing of full-scale structures fully engulfed in properly simulated hurricane flows, leading to performance-based design for hurricanes through direct correlation of wind speed with performance and damage levels. Dr. Chowdhury’s current projects, funded by federal and state agencies and by private industry, are creating a sound scientific basis for developing risk-based and performance-based design criteria, and contributing to the attainment of a national objective: achieving more sustainable coastal communities.
Under Dr. Chowdhury’s direction, the Wall of Wind research team has had a significant impact in mitigating hurricane damage by enhancing building codes, validating innovative mitigation technologies and developing new materials. The team has a patent pending for a new type of roofing material. Additionally, recommendations made as a result of Wall of Wind testing were published in the 2010 Florida Building Code. The new code provisions are geared toward decreasing the vulnerability of roofs and rooftop equipment.
Dr. Chowdhury has received numerous awards and honors for his state-of-the-art research and excellent service to FIU. He recently won a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation and a Research to Application Award from the Florida Sea Grant Program. FIU has also honored Dr. Chowdhury by naming him a Top Scholar, granting him a Service and Recognition award, and lauding him with the President’s Council Worlds Ahead Faculty Award, which is the university’s highest recognition for faculty members.
Dr. Chowdhury received his Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Iowa State University in 2004. His research at Iowa State University (ISU) focused on flutter instability, an aeroelastic self-excited oscillation that can occur mainly in suspension or cable-stayed long-span bridges. He received the Iowa State University Research Excellence Award in the spring of 2004 in recognition of his outstanding research accomplishments in the field of Wind Structure Interaction.
Before pursuing his Ph.D., Dr. Chowdhury earned a Master of Technology degree in Structural Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai in 1995 and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University in Kolkata, India in 1992.
Dr. Chowdhury has received funding from or formed partnerships with a wealth of influential organizations, including the National Science Foundation, the Gulf of Mexico Regional Sea Grant Program, Florida Sea Grant College Program, the Florida Department of Community Affairs, the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Department of Commerce/National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.