ASCE Recognizes Mehat with its Jack E. Cermak Medal

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May 22, 2014

Kishor C. Mehta, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, is the recipient of the Jack E. Cermak Medal for outstanding contributions to wind engineering, particularly for systematic studies of structural damage caused by windstorms and leadership in the development of structural design standards for wind loads. P.W. Horn Professor of Civil Engineering at Texas Tech, Mehta is a household name in the field of wind, civil, and structural engineering and is recognized worldwide as an authority in wind engineering. He was the first person from Texas Tech University selected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering for his systematic studies of structural damage caused by windstorms, and for leadership in the development of structural design standards for wind loads. Mehta was the first to study tornado damage from an engineering perspective and develop techniques for estimating tornado wind speeds by structural analysis of damaged and undamaged structures; he has also built facilities and collected full-scale wind data for calibration of wind tunnels around the world. At Texas Tech, Mehta was one of the founding members of the wind engineering research program. The research and education program in wind evolved into an interdisciplinary Wind Science and Engineering (WISE) research center with national and international reputation. His research contributions include development of an above-ground shelter for tornadoes, the widely recognized EF-scale for tornado intensity rating, and the Wind Engineering Field Research Laboratory (WERFL), which he organized and of which he became director in 1988.

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