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Peter Irwin completed his Bachelor's, Master's and PhD degrees and worked for two years in aeronautical research before becoming involved in wind engineering at Canada's National Research Council, Ottawa in 1974. There he undertook research and studies in the wind engineering of large structures and was responsible for wind testing of a number of long span bridges and other large structures. He invented what became known as the Irwin Sensor now used worldwide to measure wind speeds at ground level on wind tunnel models. In 1980 he entered private business as a wind consultant in 1986 was a founding partner of the firm of Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc (RWDI), being appointed to Director of Technical Services. He became President and CEO of RWDI for 8 years (1999 - 2008) during which time the firm's business tripled and it became international in scope and the largest wind engineering firm in the world. He has been the wind engineer for many landmark structures including the world's tallest buildings, Burj Khalifa, Taipei 101 and the Petronas Towers as well as many major bridges in North America and abroad. He has published widely, served on code and standard committees for both Canada and the USA and won a number of awards for his contributions, including the ASCE's Jack Cermak Medal for Wind Engineering.
PeterA.Irwin,
Ph.D., P.E., P.Eng, F.SEI, F.ASCE
SEI Fellow Since 2013