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NWI Discovery Program

Discovery Program Overview


In 2012, the National Wind Institute (NWI) was formed from its predecessor organizations, making the beginning of a new era of wind research at Texas Tech University. As a part of the establishment agreement, NWI receives annually matching funds from the Office of the Vice President of Research (OVPR) based on the F&A generated from NWI-supported grants.

The NWI Discovery Program was established in 2015 to support innovative, early-stage, and entrepreneurial concepts proposed by the Institute's faculty affiliates. Its aim is to initiate and/or advance the Institute's presence in strategic areas, while setting a high standard for accountability and transparency.

Discovery Program 2016 Awarded Projects:
Project Title PI  Department Co-PI Collaborator Student Award Amount
Forecast Tools into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2016 Spring Experiment
Brian Ancell  
Department of Geosciences
Weather Front-Induced Wind Farm Power Ramps:  Probabilistic Modeling, Risk Assessment and Online Operation Tools
Miao He       
Department of Electrical Engineering
Simulation of Nonstationary Winds for Applications in Wind Hazard Mitigation and Wind Energy
Delong Zuo                
Department of Civil Engineering
Discovery Program 2015 Awarded Projects:
Project Title PI Department Co-PI Collaborator Student Award Amount
Toward a Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure for Enhancement of Community Resilience to Tornado Hazards
Guofeng Gau            
Department of Geosciences
Ashley Morris
Morgan Kraft          
Establishment of a Joint Atmospheric Sciences-National Wind Institute Research Electronics Lab at Texas Tech University                                                         
 Eric C. Bruning
Department of Geosciences
Jennifer K. Vanos
Grant McKercher
Samatha Berkseth
 Inflow Wind Shear R&D
 Kornel Rozavolgyi
National Wind Institute         
Arquimedes Ruiz (NWI)
Suhas Pol (Mechanical Engineering)
 Walter Gutierrez
Andrew Buchok
Finite Element Simulation Platform for Tornado Shelter Door System
 James Yang
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Larry Tanner (NWI)






2017 NWI Discovery Program is now open for applications.

Any tenure track or tenured TTU faculty member who had one or more active NWI-affiliated grants in FY2016 is eligible to apply.

  • 2017 NWI Discovery Program Solicitation Information
  • 2017 NWI Discovery Program Solicitation Form
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