Postdocs and Graduate Students


Daniel Rhee
Postdoctoral scholar
PhD, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, May 2021
MS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, Aug 2016
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, May 2014
email: rhee16@illinois.edu

Daniel Rhee is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, specializing in Structures in Civil Engineering. His research focuses on tornado modeling and estimating near-surface wind speed, using tree-fall and damage patterns.


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.


Antonio Zaldivar
Ph.D. Student
MS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, May 2017 BS, Civil Engineering, ITESM Campus Queretaro, MEX, Dec 2014
email: zldvrdl2@illinois.edu

Antonio is investigating thunderstorm-generated wind loading on low-rise buildings. He is using full-scale data and QST to analyze the differences in loading between atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) and thunderstorm-generated winds.


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.


Rachel Kovar
MS Student
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, May 2018
email: kovar2@illinois.edu

Rachel is a MS student, focusing on Structures in Civil Engineering. Her research is focused on evaluating the relationship between roof age and wind speed on roof performance during high wind events. Rachel has a background in construction.


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.

Prof. Frank Lombardo