J. Arn Womble, PhD, P.E.
Lead Research Engineer
Prior to joining IBHS in 2018, Dr. Arn Womble was an Assistant Professor of civil engineering at West Texas A&M University where he directed the Wind Hazards Engineering Research Program. He has previously taught wind engineering, engineering mechanics, mathematics, physics, and logic at Texas Tech University, South Plains College, and Kingdom Preparatory Academy Christian School. Dr. Womble has also worked in professional practice as a structural engineer, consulting wind engineer, and expert witness for windstorm damage litigation. Dr. Womble holds professional engineering registrations in Colorado and Mississippi, and he received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for the study on tornado effects on the built and natural environments via remote-sensing technologies.
Dr. Womble earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s and PhD in civil engineering from Texas Tech University. He also studied at Tyndale Theological Seminary and the Ezekiel School of Church Music. Dr. Womble is a member of the American Association for Wind Engineering, the Structural Engineers Association of Texas, and the ASCE Technical Council on Structural Wind Engineering. He chairs the Remote Sensing Subcommittee of the ASCE Tornado Speed Estimation Standards Committee.
Dr. Womble’s research interests include severe wind effects on structures, aerodynamics of structures, forensic wind engineering, and the use of remote-sensing technologies for windstorm damage assessment.