Dr. Girma Bitsuamlak, BASc, MS, PhD is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Wind Engineering. His research expertise is in the area of climate-resilient and sustainable buildings and neighborhoods. Currently, his team is actively working on the modeling of (i) extreme wind effects on civil infrastructure (e.g. hurricane and tornado), and (ii) interplay between aerodynamics and other micro-climate stressors for assessing sustainable building thermal and energy performance, natural ventilation, and wind-driven-rain/snow effects. His research utilizes a combination of computational fluid dynamics-based simulations (and assisted with Artificial Intelligence) by using high-performance computing and physical experiments in wind tunnels.
Dr. Bitsuamlak serves as the Western Site-leader for the SHARCNET computing centre and the Research Director both for the WindEEE Research Institute that houses the WindEEE Dome and the historical Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory at Western. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers. He has executed wind-induced load and response studies for socially and historically significant super tall buildings such as the Freedom Tower in New York, International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, and Burj Khalifa in Dubai.