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Western's Research Team

 

Randy Van Straaten
Facility Manager


Facility Manager

Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel (BLWTL), Western
Tel: 519-495-4575
email: rvanstra@uwo.ca

Randy is responsible for facility maintenance. He will also be assisting research and commercial activities at the facility. Randy's background is building science, energy efficiency, HVAC design, and sustainable buildings.

Mike Bartlett
Professor


Structural behaviour and reliability

Civil & Environmental Engineering, Western
Tel: 519-661-2111 x. 83659
email: mbartlet@uwo.ca

Mike has particular interest in determining the load paths that the load takes through the structure between the point of application and the foundation.

Jon Galsworthy
Assistant Professor


Load paths and dynamic response of buildings

Civil & Environmental Engineering, BLWTL, Western
Tel: 519-661-2111 x. 88145
email: jg@blwtl.uwo.ca

Jon is a wind tunnel guy with a strong structures background.

Hanping Hong
Professor


Design code calibration & risk analysis

Civil & Environmental Engineering, Western
Tel: 519-661-2111 x. 88315
email: hhong@uwo.ca

Hanping is interested in human errors, why building inspectors flag (or don't flag) things that need to be fixed.

Diana Inculet
Assistant Professor


Wind-driven rain and moisture penetration

Civil & Environmental Engineering, BLWTL, Western
Tel: 519-661-2111 x. 88114
email: dri@blwtl.uwo.ca

Diana is the building envelope player on the team - the "Leaky Condo" person.

Greg Kopp
Assistant Professor


Ventilation and Solar Energy

Civil & Environmental Engineering, BLWTL, Western
Tel: 519-661-2111
email: pkarava@uwo.ca

Greg Kopp
Professor


Internal pressures in buildings

Civil & Environmental Engineering, BLWTL, Western
Tel: 519-661-2111 x. 88142
email: gak@blwtl.uwo.ca

Greg has taken a leading role in the development of the pressure box load actuators, and has also participated in damage surveys post Dennis and Katrina.

Jayshri Sabarinathan
Assistant Professor


Mould Research

Electrical & Computer Engineering, Western
Tel: 519-661-2111 x. 81173
email: jsabarinathan@eng.uwo.ca 

Jayshri has expertise in photoelectronics. She is working with Eric and James to develop a mould sensor that senses darker colour caused by mould in a wall and uses wireless technology to communicate the change to a central data acquisition unit.

Eric Savory
Associate Professor


Mould Research

Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Western
Tel: 519-661-2111 x. 88256
email: esavory@eng.uwo.ca

Eric's expertise is in wind engineering and measurement instrumentation. He is working with James and Jayshri on the development the mould sensor.

 

David Surry
Adjunct Professor

Low-rise building wind loads

BLWTL, Western
Tel: 519-661-2111 x. 83338
email: ds@blwtl.uwo.ca
 

 

External Collaborators

David Rosowsky
Professor


Department Head and A.P. and Florence Wiley Chair

Texas A & M University, USA
Tel:
979-845-2438
email: drosowsky@civil.tamu.edu

Dave is one of the best wind/reliability guys on the planet.

James Scott
Adjunct Professor


Mould Research

Public Health Sciences
Univeristy of Toronto
Tel: 416-946-8775
email: james.scott@utoronto.ca

James is a botanist with particular expertise in mould in the built environment. He is working with Eric and Jayshri on the development of the mould sensor.