Graduate Students


Daniel Rhee
PhD Student
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 Ph.D student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specialized 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
PhD 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
PhD 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 on loading between atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) and thunderstorm-generated winds.


Guangzhao Chen
PhD 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 artificial neural network to estimate tornado model parameters based on tree-fall pattern.


Jason Lopez
MS/PhD Student
BS, Civil Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, May 2018
email: jasonml2@illinois.edu

Jason is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. His current work focuses on determining the wind load reliabilities for residential buildings. Before returning to school, Jason worked alongside his father and brother in a family-owned construction business. His background in residential construction led him to pursue a degree in civil engineering with a focus on structural and wind engineering.


Zach Wienhoff
MS Student
MS, Meteorology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, May 2016
BS, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, May 2013
email: wienhof1@illinois.edu

Zach has a background in supercell and tornado dynamics, and radar meteorology. His research focuses on the analysis of tornado debris patterns from post-storm damage surveys.

Prof. Frank Lombardo