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. All McDonald-Mehta Lectures will take place on the TTU Lubbock campus in the Experimental Sciences building, Room 120. Start time is 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a reception to follow.
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(Above) - Dr. Whittaker from the University of Buffalo.March 02, 2016 - Dr. Jonathon Naughton, University of Wyoming. Lecture title: " "Wind Plant Stimulation and Validation."
(Above) Dr. Jonathan Naughton from the University of Wyoming.
February 12, 2016 - Dr. Joseph E. Minor , Horn Professor Emeritus and co-founder of NWI (formerly WiSE). Lecture title: " "Discoveries made while researching..."
(Above) Dr. Joseph E. Minor Horn Professor Emeritus and co-founder of NWI (formerly WISE).
(Above) Dr. John van de Lindt from Colorado State University.
(Above) Dr. Julie Lundquist from the University of Colorado-Boulder stands by Dr. Kishor Mehta, one of the co-founders of the McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series.
April 22, 2015 - Mr. Brian S. Smith, Director, Wind Technology Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Lecture title: "National Wind Technology Center: 35 Years of Innovation Leading the Way to a Clean Energy Future."
(Above) - Mr. Brian Smith from NREL.
(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.
(Above) - Dr. Jason Jonkman from NREL stands with (L-R) NWI's Dr. Andy Swift and Dr. Delong Zuo.
(Above) - Dr. Andrew Kennedy talks during his lecture as part of the 2014 McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series at TTU-NWI.
(Above) - Dr. Andrew Kennedy, Univ. of Notre Dame, receives his plaque from NWI's Interim Director Dr. Daan Liang.
(Above) (L-R) Dr. Jim McDonald with NWI, Dr. Forrest Masters from the University of Florida and Dr. John Schroeder with NWI.
(Above) Dr. Forrest Masters presents his lecture as part of the 2014 McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series.
(Above) Nick Johansen from Iberdrola Renewables receives his award plaque from
Dr. Ernst Kiesling, Research Professor with NWI.
(Above) Nick Johansen with Dr. Delong Zuo, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Faculty Affiliate of NWI.