Dr. Emil Simiu is a NIST Fellow in the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Dr. Simiu's research activities have included: the estimation of wind and wave effects on buildings, bridges, and deep-water compliant offshore platforms; chaotic dynamics; structural reliability; and structural design and assessment criteria for low-cost shelter in developing countries. He developed the database-assisted design concept and pioneered its systematic use for the structural design of buildings subjected to wind loads.
Dr. Simiu is a registered professional engineer in the states of New York and New Jersey. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), served as chairman of its Committee on Wind Effects, Committee on Dynamic Effects, and Committee on the Reliability of Offshore Structures, and is a distinguished member of the ASCE Standard Committee on Loads. He was a senior structural engineer with Lev Zetlin Assoc., New York, Severud Assoc., New York, and Ammann and Whitney, Inc., New York, and a consultant various structural engineering firms, Argo-Zetlin Forensic Engineering, NASA, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Urban Development Department of the World Bank, where he served as a U.S. Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow. He served as Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University (1986-2004); Distinguished Visiting Professor, Florida Atlantic University (2000); and Distinguished Research Professor and Professor of Practice, Florida International University (2007-2019).
Dr. Simiu is the co-author Wind Effects on Structures (4th ed., Wiley, 2019; Chinese translation, 1992; Russian translation, 1984); author of Chaotic Transitions in Deterministic and Stochastic Dynamical Systems (Applied Mathematics Series, Princeton Univ. Press, 2002; Russian translation, 2007; paperback ed., 2009); author of Designing Buildings for Wind (Wiley, 2011), and co-author of Design of Buildings and Bridges for Wind (Wiley, 2006), and co-author of A Modern Course in Aeroelasticity (Springer, 2004). He is the author or co-author of over 100 publications in refereed journals in the fields of structural, mechanical, wind, ocean, reliability, and multi-hazard engineering, engineering mechanics, and chaotic dynamics, and served as a member of the editorial boards of Struct. Safety, Int. J. Non-Linear Mech., Int. J. Wind Eng. Ind. Aerodyn., J. Struct. Eng., and Engineering Structures.
Dr. Simiu is a recipient of: the 2019 Executive Office of the President “Gears of Government” award; the 1984 National Society of Professional Engineers’ U.S. Federal Engineer of the Year award; the inaugural ASCE's Scanlan Medal; six U.S. Department of Commerce Medals, including three Gold Medals; and the 2006 Japan Association for Wind Engineering Prize for the outstanding wind engineering publication of the year.