Girma Bitsuamlak

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Wind Engineering

PhD., PEng.

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Research Director WindEEE Research Institute
Research Director Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory 
Western's site leader for Sharcnet



Dr. Bitsuamlak is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Wind Engineering. His research expertise is in climate-resilient and sustainable buildings and neighborhoods. Currently, his team is actively working on modeling of (i) extreme wind effects on civil infrastructure (e.g. hurricane and tornado), and (ii) interplay between aerodynamics and other micro-climate stressors for assessing sustainable building thermal and energy performance, natural ventilation, and wind-driven-rain/snow effects. His research utilizes a combination of computational fluid dynamics-based simulations (and assisted with Artificial Intelligence) by using a high-performance computing and physical experiments in wind tunnels.  

Dr. Bitsuamlak serves as the Western Site-leader for the Sharcnet computing center, and the Research Director both for the WindEEE Research Institute that houses the WindEEE Dome and the historical Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory at Western. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers. He has executed wind-induced load and response studies for socially and historically significant super tall buildings such as Freedom Tower in New York, International Commerce Center in Hong Kong, and Burj Khalifa in Dubai.