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Dr. Theodore Stathopoulos, Expert on Wind Engineering

 
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Dr. Theodore Stathopoulos
Professor
Dept. of Building, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Concordia University, Rm: EV-6.139
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West
Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1M8

Dr. Stathopoulos'  work in the area of wind engineering and building aerodynamics has received national and international recognition and forms the basis for wind design of low-rise buildings in the 1990, 1995 and 2005 National Building Code of Canada.

Biography

Dr. Stathopoulos received his Civil Engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece and both his M.E.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He joined the Centre for Building Studies, Concordia University in 1979. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1982 and to the rank of Professor in 1987. He has been Associate Director of the Centre for Building Studies for the period 1983-1995.

In 1993, Prof.  Stathopoulos was appointed Associate Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, a position he held until 1998, when he became Director of the Centre for Building Studies for the period 1998-2001. Since the beginning of 2003, he has been Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Concordia University.

Dr. Stathopoulos has established an excellent teaching record at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has also been active in the development of educational models. In 1997, he received the Concordia Council on Student Life Teaching Excellence Award and in 2006, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has an outstanding research record with more than 350 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

His work in the area of wind engineering and building aerodynamics has received national and international recognition. It forms the basis for wind design of low-rise buildings in the 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995 and 2005 National Building Code of Canada, and it has been partly included in the 1982 American National Wind Standard (later ASCE 7-88, 93, 95, 98, 02, 05) and in other standards as well.

Dr. Stathopoulos has established the Building Aerodynamics Laboratory at the Centre for Building Studies and has developed, in cooperation with Dr. D. Surry of the University of Western Ontario, the so-called pneumatic-averaging technique for the measurement of area-averaged fluctuating wind pressures on buildings. This technique has been used routinely around the world.

He received the Best Paper Award for the paper entitled “Wind-Tunnel Studies of Buildings and Structures” published in the ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering in 1996. Dr. Stathopoulos' research has been receiving continuously significant support by NSERC (operating, equipment, strategic, discovery, cooperative research and development grants), FCAR, later NATEQ (operating and equipment grants) and several other organizations.

Dr. Stathopoulos has participated actively in numerous external bodies including the ASCE Standards Committee of Minimum Design Loads of Buildings and Other Structures. He has been elected America’s Regional Representative in the Executive Board of the International Association for Wind Engineering – IAWE (2003-07); and to the Board of Directors of the American Association for Wind Engineering – AAWE (2003-07).

He has served on several ASCE bodies and chaired the Aerodynamics, the Experimental Analysis & Instrumentation, as well as the Wind Effects Committees of ASCE; he is a past member (Chair in 2000-01) and current Advisor of the Executive Committee of the Aerospace Division of ASCE.

He has been invited and keynote speaker, chairman and rapporteur in short courses, national and international conferences taken place in Canada, the U.S.A., Europe, Japan and Australia. He has been consultant to numerous projects on issues related to wind-building interaction. He has acted as expert witness on cases related to wind-building interaction.

He also has industrial experience, gained before his engagement in research. He has been honored by the American Association for Wind Engineering and he received the 1997 Engineering Award of the National Hurricane Conference for his “exhaustive studies leading to the adoption of the new ASCE-7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures which is already leading to safer, more hurricane-resistant construction in many areas”. He received the ASCE Aerospace Division’s Outstanding Professional Service Award for the year 2004. He has been appointed Editor of the International Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, as well as Editorial Board member of several prestigious journals in his field.

Dr. Stathopoulos is a professional engineer registered in Québec, Ontario and in Greece; he is Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and also Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Research

  • Wind effects on buildings
  • Building aerodynamics
  • Wind environment
  • Dispersion of pollutants in the urban environment
  • Computational wind engineering
  • Codification of wind effects

  • Books / Contributions to Books

  1. Stathopoulos, T. (2006) “Introduction to Wind Technology”, Lecture Series 2006-02, von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, B-1640 Rhode Saint Genèse, Belgium.
  2. Lazure, L., Stathopoulos, T. and Saathoff, P. (2005) “Qualité de l’air des edifices: L’influence de la hauteur et de l’emplacement des cheminées”, Prevention au travail, publié par la CSST et l’IRSST, Volume 18, no. 3.
  3. Stathopoulos, T., (2005) “Wind-induced Dispersion of Pollutants from Building Exhaust”, Wind Effects Bulletin, Vol. 3, February, Invited Article.
  4. Stathopoulos, T., et al., (2004) “Outdoor Human Comfort and its Assessment”, prepared by a Task Committee of the Aerodynamics Committee, Aerospace Division, ASCE, Reston, VA.
  5. Stathopoulos, T., (2004) “Wind on Low-Rise Buildings”, Wind Engineering, Commemorative Volume, Indian Society for Wind Engineering & Dept. of Applied Mechanics, VNIT, Nagpur, India.
  6. Stathopoulos, T., (2000) "Wind Loads on Low Buildings – Progress in the State-of-the-Art", Wind Safety and Performance of Wood Buildings, Forest Products Society, Madison, WI, USA.
  7. Stathopoulos, T., et al., (1999) "Manual of Practice for Wind Tunnel Studies of Buildings and Structures", prepared by a Task Committee of the Aerodynamics Committee, Aerospace Division, ASCE, Reston, VA.
  8. Stathopoulos, T., (1995) "Evaluation of Wind Loads on Low Buildings: A Brief Historical Review", State-of-the-Art Volume on Wind Engineering, Elsevier Science Inc.
  9. Stathopoulos, T., (1987) "Wind Loads on Low Buildings", Wind Loading and Wind-Induced Structural Response, State-of-the-art report prepared by the Committee on Wind Effects, ASCE.
  10. Stathopoulos, T., (1987) "Adverse Wind Loads on Low Buildings", Civil Engineering Practice, Structures, Technomic Pub. Co. Inc, Vol. 1.
For a list of papers published  and the thesis guided by him visit: http://www2.bcee.concordia.ca/index.php/Dr._T._Stathopoulos
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