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NWI Researcher Directory

NAME / TITLE PHONE / EMAIL RESEARCH INTERESTS
Ancell, Brian, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Department of Geosciences 
(806) 834-3143
brian.ancell@ttu.edu
Predictability of high-impact weather events on a wide range of scales.
Avetisyan, Misak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department  of Economics
(806) 834-6156
misak.avetisyan@ttu.edu
Environmental and resource economics; Energy economics; Economics analysis of natural and nan-made hazards; Energy security; International economics.
Bae, Sang-Wook, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
(806) 742-3972
sangwook.bae@ttu.edu
Fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite material; Performance improvement of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures; Progressive collapse mitigation of concrete structures; Development of advanced repair and strengthening methods for corrosion-damaged concrete structures.
Barnes, Cal, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Professor,
Department of Geosciences
(806)742-3106
cal.barnes@ttu.edu
Igneous petrology & geochemistry.
Bayne, Stephen, Ph.D.
Professor,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
(806) 742-0526
stephen.bayne@ttu.edu
Power electronics for Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV); Design of compact power electronics converters; Evaluation of power devices for power electronics & pulse power applications.
Beruvides, Mario, Ph.D., P.E.
AT&T Professor,
Department of Industrial Engineering
(806) 742-3543
mario.beruvides@ttu.edu
Management of technology; Engineering management; White-collar/knowledge performance, measurement, production, and quality systems engineering; Applied ergonomics.
Boal, Clint, Ph.D.Professor,
Department of Natural Resources Management
(806) 742-2851
clint.boal@ttu.edu
Contemporary research and information needs of wildlife management agencies.
Bruning, Eric, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Department of Geosciences 
(806) 742-3120
eric.bruning@ttu.edu
Atmospheric electricity and lightning; cloud physics and dynamics; radar meteorology; severe storms meteorology.
Cao, Guofeng, Ph.D. Assistant Professor,
Department of Geosciences
(806) 834-8920
guofeng.cao@ttu.edu
Spatiotemporal pattern modeling and analysis in geographic phenomena and processes integrating heterogeneous spatial and spatiotemporal data (e.g. downscaling and upscaling); Modeling spatiotemporal uncertainty, and the uncertainty propagation in analysis and models; Data and computation intensive spatiotemporal analysis and modeling, and Geospatial-Enabled cyberinfrastructure (or Cybergis); Domain applications in environmental sciences, public health and social sciences.
Chen, Xinzhong, Dr. Eng.
Associate Professor,
Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
(806) 742-3476
xinzhong.chen@ttu.edu
Bridge and building aerodynamics; Wind engineering; Fatigue and extreme loads and responses of large wind turbines; Aero-elastic instability of onshore and offshore Wind turbines; Cable-Supported bridges and tall buildings; Structural dynamics and random wibration; Structural reliability and performance-based design codes and standards.
Ekwaro-Osire, Stephen, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs,
Whitacre College of Engineering
(806) 742-3451
stephen.ekwaro-osire@ttu.edu
Engineering design; Vibrations; Orthopaedic biomechanics, and Engineering education.
Ewing, Brad, Ph.D.
Professor,
Rawls College of Business
(806) 742-3939
bradley.ewing@ttu.edu
Energy economics; Energy policy; Energy sources; Geopolitics of energy; Ecological economics.
Giesselmann, Michael, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Professor,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
(806) 742-3533 x225
michael.giesselmann@ttu.edu
Power electronics; AC motor drives; Rotating machines; Utility power systems transformer design; Pulsed power technology; Computer simulations; Ignitrons gas discharges; High voltage and high current design; High-speed optical and electrical diagnostics (down to sub-ns regime); Digital data acquisition and image processing; Lasers.
Gilliam, Kathleen, Ph.D.
Instructor of Wind Energy &
Adjunct Faculty
(806) 742 3479 x328
kathleen.gilliam@ttu.edu
Under construction.
He, Miao, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
(806) 742-3533
miao.he@ttu.edu
Cyber-physical power systems; Monitoring and data fusion towards secure smart grids; Power system operations with high penetration of renewable resources; Online dynamic security assessment of power systems using PMU measurements.
Hirth, Brian, Ph.D. Research Professor,
National Wind Institute
(806) 834-0717
brian.hirth@ttu.edu
Wind plant complex flows measurements; Field measurements of extreme wind events; Doppler radar measurements and data analysis; Data acquisition and software development.
Hui, Qing, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
(806) 742-3563 x238
qing.hui@ttu.edu
Thermostabilization analysis and design for robustness and resilience in complex systems engineering; Human-interactive neuromorphic supercomputing networks via mobile autonomous and semiautonomous systems; Model-based and data-driven fault detection and diagnosis methods for large-scale distributed hybrid networks; Nature-inspired swarm intelligence algorithms and methods.
James, Darryl, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
(806) 742-3563 x239
darryl.james@ttu.edu
Physical simulation of tornado−like vortices; Computational & experimental fluid mechanics; Combined−mode heat transfer & fluid mechanics; Turbulence−enhanced heat transfer.
Kang, Song-Lak, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Geosciences
(806) 742-1139
song-lak.kang@ttu.edu
Atmospheric Boundary Layer (ABL); Wind power meteorology: Moist convection initiation; Interaction between Earth's surface and the atmosphere; Turbulence; Numerical weather prediction.
Li, Changzhi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
(806) 834-0383
changzhi.li@ttu.edu
Doppler radar for biomedical and structural health monitoring; CMOS RF and analog circuits; Microwave circuits.
Liang, Daan, Ph.D.
Interim Director, NWI; Professor,
Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
(806) 834-0383
daan.liang@ttu.edu
Post-Storm Damage Assessment; Disaster; Resiliency; Remote Sensing; Distributed Wind Energy.
McComb, Robert, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Department of Economics
(806) 742-2466 x240
robert.mccomb@ttu.edu
Industrial organization; Development economics; Microeconomic theory; Public finance, public enterprise, privatization of public enterprise.
Mehta, Kishor, Ph.D., P.E.
P. W. Horn Professor,
Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
(806) 742-3476 x323
kishor.mehta@ttu.edu
Wind loads on buildings and structures; Wind load standards and codes; Interdisciplinary research in natural hazard mitigation; Design for hurricanes and tornadoes; Damage investigation caused by windstorms.
Morse, Stephen M., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
(806) 742-3476 x241
stephen.m.morse@ttu.edu
Window glass strength design; Wind loads on structures; Finite element modeling of brittle materials; Large scale data processing and data mining.
Mulligan, Kevin, Ph.D. Associate Professor,
Department of Economics and Geography
(806) 742-2466 x243
kevin.mulligan@ttu.edu
Applied geospatial technologies (Geographic Information Systems); Remote sensing; GPS; Geospatial database design; Digital cartography, terrain visualization and Internet mapping.
Nejat, Ali, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
(806) 834-4065
ali.nejat@ttu.edu
Modeling dynamics of post-disaster recovery; Multi-agent systems; Agent-based modeling; System dynamics; Transportation construction management.
Parameswaran, Siva, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Program, Department of Mechanical Engineering
(806) 742-3563 x246
siva.parameswaran@ttu.edu
Designing better High Frequency Oscillating Ventilators (HFOV) for critical care pulmonary medicine; Modeling far-wake development behind wind turbine with swirl; Developing computational models for turbine-turbine interaction in off-shore wind farms; Developing unsteady, turbulence models for accurate prediction of lift-coefficients for flow around bluff bodies; Numerical issues of a thermal model for a battery system.
Peterson, Richard, Ph.D.
Professor,
Department of Geosciences
(806) 742-3418 richard.peterson@ttu.edu
Atmospheric vortices (hurricanes and tornadoes); Boundary-Layer meteorology; Dynamics of severe storms; Duststorms; History of meteorology and wind engineering.
Rainwater, Kenneth, Ph.D., P.E., D.W.R.E.
Professor,
Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
(806) 742-3940 x257
ken.rainwater@ttu.edu
Water resources management; Groundwater flow and contaminant transport; Groundwater rights; Remediation of contaminated soil; Groundwater and watershed management.
Rao, Vittal, Ph.D.
Professor,
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
(806) 742-3533
vittal.rao@ttu.edu
Electrical energy smart grid technologies; Smart structural systems; Tera−Hertz technologies; Cyber systems; Robust control systems; Data fusion & mining.
Ren, Beibei, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
(806) 834-6692
beibei.ren@ttu.edu
Nonlinear system control methods and algorithm design: Robust control; adaptive control; neural networks; Boundary control of systems modeled by PDEs; Real-time optimization using extremum seeking.
Schroeder, John, Ph.D.
Professor,
Department of Atmospheric Science
(806) 834-5678
john.schroeder@ttu.edu
Boundary layer wind flow structure; Wind energy; Wind engineering; Severe storms; Tropical cyclone structure; Wind plant optimization.
Seo, Hoyoung, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor,
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(806) 742-3523 x231
hoyoung.seo@ttu.edu
Foundation engineering; Analytical and numerical methods in geomechanics; Geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring; Development of in situ-test- and reliability-based design methods; Rock mechanics and rock engineering; Water jet applications in construction engineering.
Smith, Douglas A., Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Professor,
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
(806) 742-3476 x326
doug.smith@ttu.edu
Bluff body aerodynamics; Structural response to wind induced loading; Atmospheric boundary layer flows; Hurricane wind and surge damage prediction; Papercrete material usage and properties.
Smith, Milton, Ph.D., P.E. Professor,
Department of Industrial Engineering
(806) 742-3543
milton.smith@ttu.edu
Production scheduling and control including sequencing and scheduling algorithms; Simulation modeling of manufacturing systems; Design and evaluation of production systems, and 
Impact testing of materials Including hail and explosive propelled objects.
Smith, Phil, Ph.D. Associate Professor,
TTU Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH)
(806) 885-4567
phil.smith@ttu.edu
Air issues; Persistent organic pollutant exposure issues.
Sutton, Vickie, Ph.D., J.D. P. W.
Horn Professor and Director of Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy,
School of Law
(806) 742-3990 x264
vickie.sutton@ttu.edu
Environmental law; Lawl Science policy and scientific evidence; Native American law; Law and biotechnology; Law and bioterrorism; Constitutional law; Law, science and environment.
Swift, Andy, Sc.D. NWI Associate Director,
Education, NWI; Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
(806) 834 1990
andy.swift@ttu.edu
Wind energy.
Tanner, Larry, P.E., R.A.
Research Assistant Professor,
Manager, NWI Debris Impact Facility
(806) 834-2320
larry.tanner@ttu.edu
Storm investigation and documentation; Impact testing of materials for hazard mitigation; Mapping damage utilizing unmanned aerial systems.
Weiss, Chris, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Geosciences
(806) 834-4712
chris.weiss@ttu.edu
Severe thunderstorms; Tornado genesis and structure; Drylines and convection initiation; Radar meteorology.
Westergaard, Carsten, Ph.D.   Professor of Practice,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
(806) 834-7080
carsten.westergaard@ttu.edu
Wind energy technology and innovation; Aero-elasticity; Fluid structure interaction; Aerodynamics; Turbulence; Optical measurement technology; Microfluidics.
Yang, Jingzhou James, Ph.D. Assistant Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering
(806) 742-3563 x229 james.yang@ttu.edu
Biomechanics and bio-inspired systems; Robotics and multibody dynamic systems; Human modeling and simulation; Human locomotion; Slips and falls; Spine biomechanics; Human-centric design; Healthcare engineering.
Zuo, Delong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor,
Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
(806) 742-3476 x328
delong.zuo@ttu.edu
Wind loading on structures; Structural vibration and control; Characterization and numerical simulation of wind fields; Performance and loading of wind turbines.

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