Strategic Plan 2015-2019
Goal 1 – Transform the NWI field site at Reese Technology Center into a national and international
epicenter for full-scale wind studies.
We will leverage our unique assets, our infrastructure, and the natural environment
at NWI's 67-acre field site to further enhance its observational capabilities for
studies of atmospheric characteristics and fluid-structure interactions. A wide range
of instruments (combined with NWI's extensive historical records) will position NWI
as the leading provider of benchmark data for modal development and full-scale testing
for emerging technologies. NWI, in collaboration with Reese Technology Center and
with TTU's Office of the Vice President for Research, will make Lubbock one of the
premier R&D centers of the growing global wind energy industry.
Goal 2 – Build an institute-wide cyber infrastructure to spur scientific recovery.
We will integrate existing and add new computing resources to build an industry-grade,
cloud-based cyber infrastructure (CI) to support NWI-related research needs and future
opportunities. The CI will store data generated from NWI facilities (e.g., the wind
tunnel, Mesonet network, and met towers) and from research projects conducted by NWI
researchers (e.g. post-storm damage survey, radar imaging, Sticknet) and offer a user-friendly
interface for browsing, querying, and retrieving data for further research. NWI shall
be recognized as the leader in cyber-enabled discovery, big data management and analytics,
and in cyber security.
Goal 3 – Strengthen our partnership with industry on technology transfer and commercialization.
We will partner with industry on transforming NWI-related research findings into products
with economic benefits. The institute will coordinate closely with the TTU Office
of Research Commercialization to develop working knowledge to better support our researchers
who are interested in pursuing commercial opportunities. NWI will maintain an inventory
of intellectual properties generated by our researchers and market it to external
Goal 4 – Enhance the quality and accessibility of wind-focused educational programs.
We will pursue innovative ways in delivering high-quality wind programs at the Bachelor's,
Master's and doctoral levels. Working with TTU Administration and TTU System Institutional
Advancement, NWI will identify and leverage both internal (e.g. course fees) and external
resources (e.g., grants, donations, endowed scholarships) to provide sufficient and
sustainable instructional and administrative support.
Goal 5 – Lead and support wind-related research.
We will provide financial flexibility and administrative support to NWI researchers
who are active in attracting external funding and contributing to the Institute's
mission. NWI will develop the expertise and infrastructure needed for leading large-scale
proposals and for managing complex projects. NWI will strive to become a model organization
for financial transparency, accountability, and sustainability.
The National Wind Institute's mission is to serve as Texas Tech University's intellectual
hub for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary education, research, and commercialization
related to wind science, wind energy, wind engineering and wind hazard mitigation.
The institute will support Texas Tech faculty, students, and external partners involved
in these activities and in other related areas of interest.
The vision of NWI is to educate the next generation of wind workforce and researchers;
stimulate discovery and innovation; provide and implement solutions to wind-related
problems; and establish multi-dimensional relationships within the wind field.
* Adapted from the NWI Establishment Document.
The five-year NWI Strategic Plan serves as the road map for addressing some of the
most complicated and pressing scientific problems lying at the intersections of traditional
disciplines and advancing the NWI twin tenets:
To reduce the impact of wind hazardsTo maximize the benefit of wind energy
The efforts proposed will further strengthen NWI's support of interdisciplinary and
potentially transformative ideas by complementing existing efforts with a portfolio
of innovative coordinated research and educational endeavors.