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Kishor Mehta

Email:  kimehta@nsf.gov
Phone: (703) 292-7081
Fax: (703) 292-9053
Room: 545 N
Organization:   (CMMI)
Title:  Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Decision Frameworks for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings (RSB)
Engineering for Natural Hazards (ENH)
Interdisciplinary Research in Hazards and Disasters (Hazards SEES)
Structural and Architectural Engineering (SAE)

Biography:
Kishor Mehta obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Michigan. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D. in structural engineering at the University of Texas-Austin he worked for three years as design engineer at the construction site of Glen Canyon Dam (Lake Powell) in Page, Arizona. After his stint in Austin he joined Texas Tech University as civil engineering faculty. At Texas Tech he was one of the founding members of the wind engineering research program in 1970 when a devastating tornado damaged and destroyed almost half of the city of Lubbock (population 160,000). The research and education program in wind evolved in to an interdisciplinary Wind Science and Engineering (WISE) research center with national and international reputation. He was director of the center from 1986 through 2003. With the assistance of NSF IGERT grant he developed interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree program in Wind Science and Engineering in 2007, the only degree of its kind in the country. His research contribution includes development of above-ground shelter for tornado, EF-scale for tornado intensity rating, and wind engineering field research laboratory (WERFL). He was chairman of the wind load task committee of ASCE 7 during 1976 through 1995. He is Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2004.


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