Congratulations to Amal Elawady, PhD, professor, and wind researcher for becoming FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing’s 20th NSF CAREER Award recipient. As a result, Elawady will receive more than $700,000 in the form of an NSF grant earmarked to advance research into the impact of downburst winds, caused by thunderstorms, on building structures worldwide.

Downburst wind events account for significant civil infrastructure damage and fatalities on a yearly basis in the United States and worldwide. There is a major gap in knowledge, considering that the nature of downbursts and their impacts on buildings are different and more complex than for straight-line wind and hurricanes.

For a full list of FIU College of Engineering and Computing NSF CAREER Award recipients, click here.

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