Jon A. Peterka, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE, is principal at Fort Collins, Colorado–based Jon Peterka Engineering, a wind engineering consulting firm. He has more than 45 years’ experience in the definition of wind loads on structures and other applications of wind engineering.
His professional practice has included evaluation of wind loads on buildings and structures using boundary layer wind tunnels, and research and applications for wind effects on structures, such as pedestrian wind analysis, snow loads, and power-line amperage rating.
A forensic analyst and expert witness for wind damage, Peterka has served on the ASCE 7 Wind Load Subcommittee for more than 25 years and his research is responsible for the nonhurricane portion of the 1995 to 2010 versions of the ASCE 7 design wind map. This research earned him ASCE’s Raymond C. Reese prize in1999.
Chairman of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Standards Committee ASCE 49 on Wind Tunnel Testing of Buildings and Other Structures, Peterka participated in the wind speed requirements of Standard ASCE 37, Design Loads on Structures During Construction. He developed a wind uplift model for asphalt roofing shingles and developed an acceptance test (ASTM D7158) for certification of wind resistance of asphalt shingles.
Peterka, who has been emeritus professor of civil engineering at Colorado State University and cofounder of CPP, Inc., a wind engineering consulting firm, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from Colorado State University, and his Ph.D. in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics from Brown University.