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Alok Jha Delivers Lecture on Hurricane Risk to Offshore Wind Turbines in US Waters

ATLANTA, Ga. — Alok Jha, PhD, delivered his lecture, "Hurricane Risk to Offshore Wind Turbines in US Waters," at Stanford University on February 2, 2011. His presentation was a part of the John A. Blume Earthquake Engineering Center's Winter Seminar Series.

In his lecture, Alok gave an overview of the engineering challenges that need to be addressed in analyzing offshore wind turbines to include the metocean loads imposed where both the aerodynamic and hydrodynamic loads may be equally significant. He also provided engineering insights on ultimate strength analysis and the implicit safety levels, that inform the design process for offshore wind turbines, giving due regard to the geographical variation of hurricane risk in United States' waters.

Alok is based in Oakland, Ca., with MMI Engineering, a Geosyntec subsidiary. He has co-authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and reports on topics ranging from offshore structural engineering to natural disaster risk assessment. Alok has a PhD in civil engineering from Stanford University and an MS in civil engineering from North Carolina State University. He received an undergraduate degree, also in civil engineering, from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India.