Partha P Sarkar


Interim Department Chair & Professor
Director, WiST Laboratory
Professor, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (Courtesy)


1200a Howe
537 Bissell Rd.
Ames, IA 500111096


2343 Howe



EDUCATION Ph.D. Civil (Structural) Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 1992 M.S. Civil (Structural) Engineering, Washington State University, 1986 B.Tech. Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur), 1985


  • ASCE Cermak Medal, 2023
  • Fellow, ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), 2020
  • Fellow, SEI (Structural Engineering Institute), 2019
  • T.A. Wilson and Grace Miller Endowed Chair in Engineering, 2000-2008.
  • Member of Editorial Boards, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics (Elsevier), International Review of Aerospace Engineering (Praise Worthy Prize).
  • Guest Professor, Global Center of Excellence on Wind Eng., Tokyo Polytechnic Univ., Atsugi, Japan, 2008-2013.
  • Best paper award for a paper at Japanese National Symposium on Wind Engineering, 2010.
  • Hawley award for the best paper in the Texas Section ASCE, 1999.

TEACHING Undergrad: AerE 321 Flight Structures Analysis, AerE 422 Vibrations and Aeroelasticity, EM274 Statics, EM 324 Mechanics of Material. Graduate: AerE/EM 570 Wind Engineering, AerE/WESEP 511 Wind Energy System Design, WESEP 501 Wind Energy Resources (20%), EM 543 Intro to Random Vibrations and Nonlinear Dynamics.

RESEARCH Interest Areas: Wind Engineering/Wind Energy/Fluid Structure Interaction

  • Wind tunnel/computational simulations of ABL and non-synoptic(tornado, downburst, gust) wind and wind loads on civil structures;
  • Aeroelasticity (e.g. flutter) of civil/aero structures – aero load models and system identification (e.g. long-span bridges, tall buildings, high masts, signal light structure, airplane wings/rudder, cables);
  • Wind-induced fatigue;
  • Full-scale measurements;
  • Aerodynamic/dynamic loads/wakes and structural response of wind turbines;
  • Fluid-induced energy harvesting.

Selected Sponsored Projects: $32M total from 60 grants incl. 34 federal (NSF (22), NOAA, DOE, NAS), 6 state, 13 industry; Several wind-tunnel service center projects from industry.

  1. Mid-scale RI-1 (M1:DP): National Testing Facility for Enhancing Wind Resiliency of Infrastructure in Tornado-Downburst-Gust Front Events (NEWRITE), PI: P. Sarkar, Co-PIs: A.Alipour (CCEE), A. Sharma (AERE), G. Yan (Miss. S&T), D. Zuo (TTU), 10/2023 to 09/2027, NSF, $14M.
  2. Dynamics and Control of a Novel Wave-augmented Floating Offshore Wind Turbine, PI: Ossama Abdelkhalik, Co-PI: P. Sarkar, 9/2023 to 8/2026, NSF, $386,389.
  3. PFI-RP: Dynamically-Adaptive, Smart Morphing Building Facades for Wind Hazard Mitigation, with A.Alipour (CCEE), B.Shafei (CCEE), J. Hobeck and M. Mashnad, 09/2022 to 08/2025, NSF, $550,000.
  4. Prototyping an Aerodynamic Solution for Vibration Mitigation of Traffic Signals, with A. Alipour, 10/2022 to 05/2024, NCHRP-IDEA, $125,000.
  5. Collaborative Research: Rethinking the Role of Building Envelopes with Smart Morphing Facades, with A.Alipour (CCEE), B.Shafei (CCEE) and J. Hobeck (Kansas State Univ.), 01/2019 to 08/2023, NSF, $501,997.
  6. Development of a Novel Aerodynamic Solution to Mitigate Large Vibrations in Traffic Signal Structures, with A. Alipour (CCEE), 06/2017 to 04/2020, NAS/NCHRP-IDEA, $136,612.
  7. Predicting Dynamic Response of Structural Cables and Power Transmission Lines in Hurricanes and Other Windstorms, with A. Sharma (AERE), 09/2015 to 08/2019, NSF, $337,831.
  8. Development of High Performance Control Systems for Wind Response Mitigation, with S. Laflamme (CCEE), A. Alipour (CCEE) 09/2015 to 08/2020, NSF, $399,034.
  9. IGERT: A New Ph.D. Program in Wind Energy Science, Engineering and Policy, with J. McCalley (ECpE), J. Jackman (IMSE), and E. Takle (AGR), 06/2011 to 02/2019, NSF, $3.21M.
  10. Collaborative Research: Characterization, Modeling and Uncertainty Analysis of Tornado Wind and Its Effects on Buildings, with Texas Tech University, 06/2014 to 05/2017, NSF, $500,000 (ISU: $250,000).



Selected Publications (of 234 pubs. including 80 journals, 1 book chapter, 4 patents, 3 ed. proceedings; h-index: 36; i10-index: 80; Citations: 4422 (Google 1/31/24).

1.      Hareendran, S.P,   Alipour, A., Shafei, B., Sarkar, P. (2023). Characterizing Wind-Structure Interaction for Performance-based Wind Design of Tall Buildings, Engineering Structures, 289.

2.      Hou, F., Sarkar, P., Alipour, A. (2023). A Novel Mechanism – Smart Morphing Façade System – to mitigate Wind-induced Vibration of Tall Buildings, Engineering Structures, 275.

3.      Hareendran, S.P, Alipour, A., Shafei, B., Sarkar, P. (2022). Performance-Based WindDesign of Tall Buildings Considering the Nonlinearity in Building Response, ASCEJournal of Structural Engineering, pp. 1-15.

4.      Jafari, M., Sarkar, P. (2021). Buffeting and Self-excited Load Measurements to Evaluate Ice and Dry Galloping of Yawed Power Transmission Lines, ASCE Journal of StructuralEngineering, 147(11).

5.      Hou, F., Sarkar, P. (2021). Time-domain Model for Prediction of Generalized 3DOFBuffeting Response of Tall Buildings using 2D Aerodynamic Sectional Properties,Engineering Structures, 232.

6.      Razavi, A., Sarkar, P. (2021). Effects of Roof Geometry on Tornado-induced StructuralActions of a Low-rise Building, Engineering Structures, 226.

7.      Hou, F., Sarkar, P. P. (2020). Aeroelastic Model Tests to Study Tall Building Vibration in Boundary-layer and Tornado Winds, Engineering Structures, 207.

8.      Wu, X., Jafari, M., Sarkar, P., Sharma, A. (2020). Verification of DES for Flow over Rigidly and Elastically-Mounted Circular Cylinders in Normal and Yawed Flow, Journal of Fluids and Structures, 94.

9.      Alipour, A., Sarkar, P., Dikshit, S., Razavi, A., and Jafari, M. (2020). Analytical Approach to Characterize Tornado-induced Loads on Lattice Structures, ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 146(6).

10.  Jafari, M., Sarkar, P.P. (2019). Parameter Identification of Wind-induced Buffeting Loads and Onset Criteria for Dry-cable Galloping of Yawed/inclined Cables, Engineering Structures, 180, pp. 685-699.

11.  Jafari, M., Sarkar, P.P. and Alipour, A (2019). A Numerical Simulation Method in Time Domain to study Wind-induced Excitation of Traffic Signal Structures and its Mitigation, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 193.

12.  Razavi, A., Zhang, W., Sarkar, P. (2018). “Effects of Ground Roughness on Near-Surface Flow Field of a Tornado-like Vortex,” Experiments in Fluids, 59: 170.

13.  Razavi, A., Sarkar, P. (2018). “Laboratory Study of Topographic Effects on the Near-surface Tornado Flow Field,” Journal of Boundary Layer Meteorology, Vol. 168, pp. 189-212.

14.  Razavi, A., Sarkar, P. (2018). “Tornado-induced Wind Loads on a Low-rise Building: Influence of Swirl Ratio, Translation Speed and Building Parameters,” Engineering Structures, 167, 1-12.

15.  Hou, F., Sarkar, P. (2018). “A Time-domain Method for Predicting Wind-induced Buffeting Response of Tall Buildings,” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 182, pp. 61-71.

16.  Sauder, H., and Sarkar, P.P. (2017). “Real-time Prediction of Aeroelastic Loads of Wind Turbine Blades in Gusty and Turbulent Wind using an Improved Load Model,” Engineering Structures, 147, pp. 103-113.

17.  Haan, F.L., Sarkar, P.P., Kopp, G.A., Stedman, D.A. (2017). “Critical Wind Speeds for Tornado-induced Vehicle Movements,” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 168, pp. 1-8.

18.  Cao, B. and Sarkar, P.P. (2015). “Numerical Simulation of Dynamic Response of a Long-Span Bridge to assess its Vulnerability to Non-Synoptic Wind,” Engineering Structures, 84, pp. 67-75.

19.  Zhang, , Sarkar, P. and Hu, H. (2015). “An Experimental Investigation on the Characteristics of Fluid-Structure Interactions of a Wind Turbine Model Sited in Microburst-like Winds,” Journal of Fluids and Structures, Vol.57, No. 8, pp. 206–218.

20.  Zhang, Y., Sarkar, P. P. and Hu, H. (2014). “An Experimental Study on Wind Loads acting on a High-rise Building Model induced by Microburst-Like Winds,” Journal of Fluids and Structures, Vol. 50, pp. 547-564.

21.  Zhang, Y., Hu, H. and Sarkar, P.P. (2014). “Comparison of Microburst-wind Loads on Low-rise Structures of various Geometric Shapes,” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 133, pp. 181-190.

22.  Case, J., Sarkar, P.P. and Sritharan, S. (2014). “Effect of Building Geometry on Tornado Induced Wind Loads,” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Vol. 133, pp. 124-134.

23.  Cao, B. and Sarkar, P.P. (2013). “Extraction of Rational Functions by Forced Vibration Method for Time-domain Analysis of Long-span Bridges,” International Journal of Wind and Structures, Vol. 16, No. 6.

24.  Hu, H., Yang, Z. and Sarkar, P. (2012). “Dynamic Wind Loads and Wake Characteristics of a Wind Turbine Model in an Atmospheric Boundary Layer Wind”, Experiments in Fluids, 52: pp. 1277-1294.

25.  Thampi, H., Dayal, V. and Sarkar, P. (2011). “Finite Element Analysis of Interaction of Tornados with a Low-rise Timber Building,” Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Vol. 99, pp. 369-377.

Primary Strategic Research Area

Resilient Infrastructures