Wind Engineering Pioneer Honored

May 17, 2018

ASCE has honored Hans-Jürgen Niemann with the 2018 Jack E. Cermak Medal for introducing the field of wind engineering to practice, and for his research on the interaction of wind and structures leading to the design of safe and reliable engineering structures.

Niemann joined the newly established Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, in Germany, in 1968. The test facility he developed included the country’s first boundary layer wind tunnel. He played central roles in the formation of prestigious and well-funded collaborative research centers that implemented wind engineering technologies into engineering practice, and co-founded the German-Austrian-Swiss Society for Wind Technology. He is also responsible for developing the German Wind Code and for establishing the German Wind Engineering Society. He authored or co-authored some of the most important guidelines and codes in the field of wind effects on natural-draft cooling towers, masts, and wind-exposed structures.

With his outstanding achievements in research, Niemann introduced wind engineering to practice that led to the design of safe, reliable engineering structures. The focal point of his scientific work is the understanding and description of the interaction of wind and structure as a combined system. His pioneering work on wind effects on natural-draft cooling towers has received recognition in the international scientific and professional communities.

This medal was established by the Engineering Mechanics Division/SEI to recognize Dr. Jack E. Cermak’s lifetime achievements in the field of wind engineering and industrial aerodynamics.

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