Postdocs and Graduate Students

Faiaz Khaled
Postdoctoral scholar
PhD, Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, LA, Aug 2022
MS, Civil Engineering, Louisiana State University, LA, Aug 2022
BS, Civil Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, Mar 2016
email: faiazk@illinois.edu

Faiaz is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, specializing in Structures in Civil Engineering. His research focuses on large-scale aerodynamic experiments and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations to improve estimation of aerodynamic loads on low-rise buildings. Faiaz previously worked on efficiency improvement of CFD simulations of building aerodynamics and CFD simulations of scour around bridge piers.


Justin Nevill
Ph.D. Student
MS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, May 2018
BS, Architectural Engineering, University of Texas, Austin, TX,  May 2016
email: jbn2@illinois.edu

Justin is dedicated to the development of SWERF, the Smart Wind Engineering Research Field Laboratory. His research is focused on full-scale wind experiments and the development of the field laboratory. Justin has a background in construction inspection and materials testing.


Guangzhao Chen
Ph.D. Student
MS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, May 2018
BS, Civil Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, CHN, May 2017
email: gc4@illinois.edu

Guangzhao Chen focuses on tornado vortex modeling using image recognition algorithms to obtain tornado damage patterns from aerial imagery. He uses an artificial neural network to estimate tornado model parameters based on tree-fall patterns.


Sung Min Moon
Ph.D. Student
MS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, Dec 2021
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, Dec 2019
email: smoon16@illinois.edu

Sung Min Moon is working on collecting wind and surge experimental and field observations with the objective of informing the next generation of wind and water facilities. His interests are in wind engineering, and thunderstorm characteristics.


Cory Lhotka
MS Student
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, May 2021
email: clhotka2@illinois.edu

Cory is a MS Student, Focusing on Structural Engineering. His research is focused on the mitigation of across wind excitation due to vortex shedding and the study of vented structures. Specifically, the effect that vented structures have on the wind loading of neighboring structures and the effect of nearby structures on vented structures. Cory has a background in Forensics Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Land Development.


David Roegner
MS Student
BS, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, May 2022
email: dtr2@illinois.edu

David is a master student in the atmospheric sciences department. His research focuses on extreme wind climatology, mesoscale meteorology, and radar meteorology. He is currently working on developing an algorithm that can automatically capture and categorize various storm types based on radar data.


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