The Wind Hazard and Earthquake Engineering Lab, WHEEL, is located
in Building 409F on the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering campus.
WHEELwas established in 1999 as part of the Department of Civil
Engineering to promote research in wind and earthquake engineering.
WHEEL conducts research, publishes reports and articles, and provides
partial financial support for students. Some of the research interests
include: passive and active structural control, sensor/actuator
placement using genetic algorithms, damage mitigation assessment
after natural disasters, computational fluid dynamics for the design
and analysis of structures exposed to high winds, mitigation of
pounding, analysis of earthquakes in the southeastern U.S. and computational
fluid dynamic applications to phase separation.
FAMU-FSU College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental
Civil engineers play a vital role in creating the man-made environment
and in protecting the natural environment, bringing together science
and art to create much of the tangible fabric of today's society.
Graduates of the civil engineering program may work as environmental,
hydraulic, construction, structural, transportation, or water resource
engineers. Students are taught to apply state-of-the-art computer
technologies to the solution of problems in these areas, ensuring
that graduates of the Department of Civil Engineering are well-prepared
to contribute to the betterment of tomorrow's society.