Texas Tech University

Delong Zuo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Email:  delong.zuo@ttu.edu

Phone:  (806) 834-0383


Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
Texas Tech University
Box 41023
Lubbock, TX 79409−1023

Research Interests:

  • Wind loading on structures,
  • Structural vibration and control,
  • Characterization and numerical simulation of wind fields,
  • Performance and loading of wind turbines

Dr. Zuo's has developed and maintained a strong research program in the area of characterizing and modeling of wind and, on this basis, assessing wind effects on structures and wind turbines, especially wind-induced vibration. His research has been sponsored by both federal (NSF, FHWA and DOE) and state agencies (TxDOT), as well as industry associations (ISA, OAAA) and other private industry entities (e.g., GE Renewable Energy). Dr. Zuo has received more than 20 external research grants or contracts, totaling more than $1.6M to his credit.

His major research efforts include investigations on the vibrations and control of cable-supported bridges, traffic signal support structures, high-mast lighting towers and transmission towers, as well as the loading and performance of wind turbines subjected to various types of wind.


  • Ph. D. in Civil Engineering, the Johns Hopkins University, 2005
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, the Johns Hopkins University, 2003
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering (with highest honor), Chongqing Jiaotong University, China, 1996

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University (September 2012 – Present)
  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, Texas Tech University (September 2006 – August 2012)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, the Johns Hopkins University (April 2005 –August 2006)
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (August 2002 - August 2004)

Selected Research Grants

  1. Department of Energy: "Optimization of Wind Turbine Performance (subcontract from Alstom Power, Inc.)", September 2014-August, 2015, PI: Delong Zuo, Co-PI: John Schroeder. Total Award of $148,483 (50%)
  2. National Science Foundation: "Development of a Practical Model for Wind- and Rain-Wind-Induced Stay Cable Vibrations", September 2009 – August 2012, PI: Delong Zuo. Total Award of $150,529 (100%)
  3. National Science Foundation: "Wind Tunnel Comparative Study", Co-PI: Douglas Smith, Co-PI: Delong Zuo. Total Award of $20,000 (50%)
  4. Texas Department of Transportation: "Fatigue Resistance and Reliability of High Mast Illumination Poles (HMIPs) with Pre-existing Cracks (Collaboration with University of Houston)", September 2014 – August 2016, PI: Delong Zuo: Total Award of $198,713 (100%)
  5. Texas Department of Transportation: "Development of Design Guidelines and Mitigation Strategies for Wind-Induced Traffic Signal Structure Vibrations", September 2010 – August 2014, PI: Delong Zuo, Co-PI: Xinzhong Chen: Total Award of $459,465 (55%)

Selected Publications

  1. Ding, J., Chen, X., Zuo, D. and Hua, J., "Fatigue life assessment of traffic-signal-support structures from analytical approach and long-term vibration monitoring data." Journal of structural engineering, accepted for publication.
  2. Zuo, D., Smith, D.A. and Mehta, K.C. (2014), "Experimental study of wind loading of rectangular sign structures." Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 130: 62-74.
  3. Smith, D.A., Zuo, D. and Mehta, K.C. (2014), "Characteristics of net force and torques on a rectangular sign measured in the field." Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 133: 80-91.
  4. Zuo, D. (2014). "Full-scale measurement of wind pressure on the surface of an oscillating circular cylinders." Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 133, 65-79.
  5. Liu, M., D. Zuo, and Jones, N.P. (2013). "Analytical and numerical study of deck-stay interaction in a cable-stayed bridge in the context of field observations." Journal of Engineering Mechanics 139(11): 1636-1652.
  6. Zuo, D. and Letchford, C.W. (2010). "Wind-induced vibration of a traffic-signal-support structure with cantilevered tapered circular mast arm." Engineering Structures, 32(10): 3171-3179.
  7. Zuo, D. and Jones, N.P. (2010) "Interpretation of field observations of wind- and rain-wind-induced stay cable vibrations." Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 98(2): 73-87.
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