McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series

McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series

The McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series is named after and funded with the endowment of Dr. Kishor C. Mehta and Dr. James R. McDonald, founding faculty members of the former Wind Science and Engineering Research Center (WiSE), now National Wind Institute (NWI), at Texas Tech. The lecture series invites nationally-known scientists and experts in wind-related industries to speak about ongoing research around the world.

Dr. McDonald is a former Professor and Chairman of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas Tech. He specialized in research related to tornado hazards, windborne debris, and the design of buildings and structures to resist extreme windstorms. He has conducted more than 30 years worth of on-site damage documentation and more than a dozen on-site damage documentation studies with the late Dr. Ted Fujita. Dr. Mehta is a P. W. Horn Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the former Director of WiSE. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineers, and currently serves as Director of Hazard Mitigation and Structural Engineering in the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation at the National Science Foundation.


McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series 2014

All McDonald-Mehta Lectures will take place on the TTU Lubbock campus in the Civil Engineering building, Room 209. Start time is 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a reception to follow.

McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series Fall 2014 Schedule


  • October 29, 2014 - Dr. Jason Jonkman from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Lecture title: Design and Modeling Challenges for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines.
Dr. Jason Jonkman from NREL stands with (L-R) NWI's Dr. Andy Swift and Dr. Delong Zuo.

(Above) - Dr. Jason Jonkman from NREL stands with (L-R) NWI's Dr. Andy Swift and Dr. Delong Zuo.

Dr. Jason Jonkman (NREL), an invited speaker of part of the 2014 McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series, receives his plaque from NWI's Dr. Andy Swift.

(Above) - Dr. Jason Jonkman (NREL), an invited speaker of part of the 2014 McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series, receives his plaque from NWI's Dr. Andy Swift.

  • October 22, 2014 - Dr. Andrew Kennedy from the University of Notre Dame. Lecture title: Waves, Surge, and Building Damage during Tropical Cyclones
Dr. Andrew Kennedy talks during his lecture as part of the 2014 McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series at TTU-NWI.

(Above) - Dr. Andrew Kennedy talks during his lecture as part of the 2014 McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series at TTU-NWI.

Dr. Andrew Kennedy, Univ. of Notre Dame, receives his plaque from NWI's Interim Director Dr. Daan Liang.

(Above) - Dr. Andrew Kennedy, Univ. of Notre Dame, receives his plaque from NWI's Interim Director Dr. Daan Liang.

  • April 30, 2014 – Dr. Forrest Masters, Associate Professor of Civil and Coastal Engineering, Engineering School of Sustainable Infrastructure & Environment, University of Florida
(L-R) - NWI's Dr. Jim McDonald, Dr. Forrest Master (Univ of FLA) and NWI'S Dr. John Schroeder.

(Above) - (L-R) - NWI's Dr. Jim McDonald, Dr. Forrest Masters (Univ of FLA) and NWI'S Dr. John Schroeder.

Dr. Forrest Master presents his materials as part of the 2014 MML Series.

(Above) - Dr. Forrest Masters presents his lecture as part of the 2014 McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series.

  • March 12, 2014 – Nick Johansen, Systems Engineer, Commercial Operations Technical Division, Iberdrola Renewables, LLC.
Nick Johansen from Iberdrola Renewables receives his award plaque from Dr. Ernst Kiesling, Research Professor     with NWI.

(Above) - Nick Johansen from Iberdrola Renewables receives his award plaque from Dr. Ernst Kiesling, Research Professor with NWI.

Nick Johansen with Dr. Delong Zuo, associate professor of chemical engineering and faculty affiliate of NWI.

(Above) - Nick Johansen with Dr. Delong Zuo, associate professor of chemical engineering and faculty affiliate of NWI.


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For further information, please contact Dr. Daan Liang who is the MMLS Coordinator at (806) 834-0383 or email: daan.liang@ttu.edu .