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J. Arn Womble

J. Arn Womble, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor

Office: Palo Duro Research Center, Room 154
Email: awomble@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2507

Professional Profile

Dr. Womble joined the School of Engineering and Computer Science in 2013. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering (Structures) from Texas Tech University in 1991, an M.S. in Civil Engineering (Wind Engineering) from Colorado State University in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Wind Science and Engineering) from Texas Tech University in 2005 as an NSF-IGERT Fellow. He has completed additional studies at Tyndale Theological Seminary and the Ezekiel School of Church Music.

Dr. Womble has worked in professional practice as a structural engineer, consulting wind engineer, and expert witness for windstorm damage litigation. He also holds Professional Engineering Registrations in Colorado and Mississippi. 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.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Womble currently teaches structural engineering and engineering mechanics courses for civil and mechanical engineering students.

Dr. Womble is the author of “Remote-Sensing Applications to Windstorm Damage Assessment.” He is a co-author of “Imagery-Based Wind Damage Functions,” “The Enhanced Fujita Scale: For Use beyond Tornadoes?” and “Common Misconceptions in Determining Wind/Water Damage Causation.” Dr. Womble is a contributing author to “Wind Issues in the Design of Buildings (ASCE/SEI)”. He presented the plenary address “Forensic Wind Engineering: Tools and Myths,” for the ASCE 5th Congress on Forensic Engineering.

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.


Research and Creative Activity

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.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Womble lives in the west Texas countryside near Canyon with his wife Patty and their three children. Their family has strong interests in home schooling, church music, theology, Christian worldview matters, family history research, and home renovation. Dr. Womble believes that studying math, science, engineering, and music is fascinating because it reveals the magnificent order found consistently throughout the created universe. Soli Deo Gloria!