Teng Wu, USA

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Teng Wu is currently an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York, USA. Dr. Wu’s research addresses the effects of service and extreme winds on the built environment, with an emphasis on bridges. His studies include buffeting and flutter analyses, vortex-induced vibration, rain-wind induced vibration, nonlinear aerodynamics, fluid-structure interaction, Volterra theory, hurricane hazard modeling, reduced-order modeling, and computational fluid dynamics. Dr. Wu has made significant contributions to the development of analytical and computational methods focusing on nonlinear and unsteady features of bridge aerodynamics. His contributions have been recognized through the 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship, 2014 American Association for Wind Engineering (AAWE) Best Paper Award, 2016 ASCE Alfred Noble Prize, 2017 AAWE Robert Scanlan Award and 2017 International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE) Junior Award. Dr. Wu currently serves as the Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering and Frontiers in Built Environment-Wind Engineering and Science, and the Editorial Board Member for several international journals. He also serves on a number of ASCE committees including Wind Engineering Division’s Structural Wind Engineering Committee. He is a member of Super-Long-Span Bridge Aerodynamics Working Group of IABSE.

Dr. Wu has authored 48 journal articles (among them 10 are currently under review), which are published in highly respected journals in the civil/structural engineering field. Dr. Wu has authored a book focusing on nonlinear bridge aerodynamics. He has also attended to and presented his work on numerous national and international conferences with around 50 reviewed conference papers (among them 2 are invited keynote lectures co-authored with Dr. Ahsan Kareem). Dr. Wu's publishing record is viewed as well above the average of his peers. His research accomplishments have been highly recognized both nationally and internationally. Dr. Wu is currently in charge of an NSF project focusing on changing bridge aerodynamics in transient winds of hurricanes and downbursts. He is also in charge of two international projects to consider nonstationarities and nonlinearities of wind-induced effects on bridges, respectively. Dr. Wu’s research directly benefits practices. For example, he collaborated with University of Notre Dame for mitigating the dynamic response of footbridges of non-profit Bridges to Prosperity and Bridging the Gap Africa; collaborated with Tongji University for enhancing the flutter performance of Xihoumen Bridge; collaborated with Hunan University for mitigating the rain-wind induced vibrations and for enhancing the aerodynamic stability of iced stay cables of two cable-stay bridges; collaborated with Southeast University for investigating the wind-induced dynamic performance of Sutong cable-stay and Jiangyin suspension bridges based on the field-measurement data; collaborated with Central South University for designing an adjustable, louver-type wind barrier to achieve better aerodynamic performance of the train-bridge system. In my opinion, Dr. Wu is the most outstanding researcher and among the very best at his career stage in this field. He is one of the few researchers, in his earlier academic career, who have made many contributions in very broad research areas., ‘in recognition of his significant contribution in strengthening the role of structural engineers in complex international and multidisciplinary projects and his involvement in many innovative structural design achievements in the field of architecture and building structures’.