Texas Tech University

John L. Schroeder, Ph.D.

Professor of Atmospheric Science

Department of Geosciences

Email: john.schroeder@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-834-5678


Box 41053
Lubbock, TX 79409-1053

Research Interests:

  • Boundary Layer Wind Flow Structure
  • Wind Energy
  • Wind Engineering
  • Severe Storms
  • Tropical Cyclone Structure
  • Wind Plant Optimization

Dr. Schroeder is a Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Geoscience at Texas Tech University, and served as the founding Director of the National Wind Institute (NWI) from 2010 to 2014.

Dr. Schroeder has obtained over $25 million in grants and contracts from various governmental funding agencies and private industry. He has developed a nationally recognized and funded research program focused on the measurement and characterization of low-level wind fields, as well as created a unique suite of atmospheric observing technologies. Schroeder pioneered the usage of radar to measure wind farm complex flows, and executed numerous atmospheric field campaigns. Dr. Schroeder publishes peer-reviewed papers and has spoken on topics related to atmospheric measurements and boundary layer structure at conferences across the world.

Dr. Schroeder is also a founding partner of SmartWind Technologies, a technology development and service company specializing in providing hardware and software to measure and analyze complex wind flows in the lower atmosphere. In 2012, he received the International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE) Junior Award that recognizes outstanding achievements of researchers under age 40 for their significant and original contributions to wind engineering research, applications to wind engineering practice, and educational contributions in the field of wind engineering.


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (1999) – Texas Tech University
  • M.S. in Atmospheric Science (1997) – Texas Tech University
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering (1994) – University of Missouri - Rolla

Professional Experience:

  • 2001-present - Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
    • Professor, Atmospheric Science Group, Department of Geosciences 2012-present
    • Director, National Wind Institute (formerly Wind Science and Engineering Research Center) 2010-2014
    • Associate Professor, Atmospheric Science Group, Department of Geosciences 2006-2012
    • Assistant Professor, Atmospheric Science Group, Department of Geosciences 2001-2006

Selected Research Grants:

  1. National Science Foundation, "CAREER: Linking Education and Research through Measurement and Analysis", $580,169, 2002-2007.
  2. National Science Foundation, "Documenting the Engineering-Relevant Aspects of Extreme Thunderstorm Winds", $279,967, 2010-2015.
  3. National Science Foundation, "CBET: Building the Foundation for Smart Wind Farms through First-Order Controls Opportunities based on Real-Time Observations of Complex Flows", co-PI with Brian Hirth, $384,000, 2013-2016.
  4. US Department of Energy, "Sandia National Laboratories – Scaled Wind Farm Technology Facility", PI with Anna Young and Daan Liang, $1,171,283, 2011-2015.
  5. US Department of Energy, "Weather Forecast Improvement Project", co-PI with multiple institutional partners, $481,637, 2011-2013.
  6. US Department of Energy, "Cost of Energy Reduction for Offshore Wind Turbines with Tension Leg Platform Floating System through Advanced Control Strategies for Energy Yield Improvement, Load Mitigation and Stabilization", co-PI with multiple institutional partners, $474,955, 2011-2016.
  7. US Department of Energy, "The Incubation of Next‐Generation Radar Technologies to Lower the Cost of Wind Energy", PI with Jerry Guynes & Brian Hirth, $1,389,900, 2014-2016.

Selected Publications:

  1. Hirth, B. D., J. L. Schroeder, S. W. Gunter, and J. Guynes, 2015: "Coupling Doppler Radar-derived Wind Maps with Operational Turbine Data to Document Wind Farm Complex Flows," Journal of Wind Energy, 12, 529-540.
  2. Gunter, W. S., J. L. Schroeder and B. D. Hirth, 2015 "Validation of Dual-Doppler Wind Profiles with In-Situ Anemometry," Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 32, 943-960.
  3. Giammanco, I. M., J. L. Schroeder, and M. D. Powell, 2012: "Observed Characteristics of Tropical Cyclone Vertical Wind Profiles and Low-level Wind Maxima," Weather and Forecasting, 28, 77-99.
  4. Weiss, C. C., and J. L. Schroeder, 2008: "StickNet: A New Portable Rapidly Deployable Surface Observation System," Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 89, 1502-1503.
  5. Schroeder, J. L., B. P. Edwards, and I. M. Giammanco, 2009: "Observed Tropical Cyclone Wind Flow Characteristics," Wind and Structures, 12, 349-382. 
  6. Schroeder, J. L., W. S. Burgett, K. B. Haynie, I. Sonmez, G. D. Skwira, A. L. Doggett, and J. W. Lipe, 2005: "The West Texas Mesonet: A Technical Overview," Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 22, 211-222.