Ph.D. in Wind Science & Engineering


The Wind Science and Engineering (WiSE) Ph.D. program follows general requirements and policies of doctoral program and policies of the Graduate School of Texas Tech University. Special considerations for the WiSE Ph.D. program are given here.

The Purpose of a Ph.D.

A person with a Doctor of Philosophy is a steward of the discipline. He or she is responsible for the creation and implementation of knowledge. The Ph.D. qualifies people to conduct independent research and thereby to contribute to the creation of new knowledge in the field. It also prepares graduates for research positions in industry.

The specific goals of Ph.D. study are:

  • Multidisciplinary knowledge of the research, literature, models and practices in the fields of engineering, atmospheric science, economics, or physical sciences.
  • The ability to conceptualize, conduct, and report original research contributing to the creation of knowledge in wind science and engineering.
  • The ability to transmit knowledge about wind science and engineering through teaching to students and industry practitioners.
The Ph.D. in Wind Science and Engineering at Texas Tech

NWI at Texas Tech University is pleased to offer the first doctoral degree program in Wind Science and Engineering in the country. The educational objectives of the program are to provide graduates with the broad education necessary to pursue studies and solve problems related to the detrimental effects of windstorms (hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms, and others) and to take advantage of the wind’s beneficial effects (wind power, natural ventilation, pollution dispersion, etc.). NWI is focused on education and committed to producing quality graduates that improve people's everyday lives.

For CVs of the Program Director and the Instructors for the doctoral program, please see below:

Admissions Standards

Students are admitted to this program if they have a master’s or bachelor's degree in engineering, atmospheric sciences, economics or physical sciences. Preference is given to students with a master’s degree. In addition, admission is granted only after personal interview with at least two faculty members representing the NWI program. Applications are only accepted for students beginning their study in the fall semester. More about Applying to the WiSE Ph.D. program.

Years of Study

Average length of study is three years after master’s degree and four years after bachelor’s degree. Length of study depends heavily on dissertation progress and each student's progress will not be considered 'typical'. Each student's progress is up to the student, therefore length of study depends on each student's drive and passion to complete their research.

Curriculum Requirements

The doctorate requires at least 60 semester hours of graduate studies in addition to a dissertation (requirement of the Graduate School of Texas Tech University). This 60 hours includes core courses, field of emphasis courses and a 3- to 4-month internship. More about WiSE Ph.D. program curriculum.

Doctoral Degree Plan/Advisory Committee

Each student is required to file a doctoral degree plan during the first year of the program or no later than the early part of the second year of the program. The program will be developed through evaluation of the student’s background and with advice and consent of a review committee established by the program director. An advisory committee of faculty representing at least two different disciplines will be recommended to the Graduate School dean. A chairman of the advisory committee shall be identified in this recommendation.

Annual Review

There will be a review of each student in the fall, spring, and summer semesters to assess his/her progress. The review will be conducted by the graduate coordinator.

Qualifying Examination

The qualifying examination for Admission to Candidacy for the doctoral degree will be administered by the advisory committee. The qualifying examination shall consist of a two-day written examination and an oral examination. It is expected that the qualifying examination be completed in the early part of the third year of the program after a bachelor’s degree and in the second year of the program after a master’s degree. Successful completion of this examination is a significant milestone for the applicant.

Dissertation Proposal

Each student is required to submit and defend a dissertation proposal in front of his/her advisory committee. The proposal should be in the format required for an NSF proposal with all the necessary components. This should be accomplished along with or soon after the qualifying examination.

Financial Assistance

Students admitted to the WiSE Ph.D. program will receive funding as a research assistant during the time allotted for their study. It is expected that students with a master’s degree will complete their doctoral degree in three years and with a bachelor’s degree in four years. If dissertation research takes more time, their support will be at the discretion of the Advisory Committee chair. The research assistantship includes a stipend and tuition and fee assistance.

We strongly encourage students to complete the free application for student aid because as graduate students you may qualify for grants. Please look at the Student Financial Aid website:

More Information

At our website,, you will find more information and applications, plus links to Texas Tech’s Graduate School website. For the Graduate School catalog and course schedule, go to Please print the applications and start preparing them. After you look at the website, please contact the Ph.D. coordinator if you have questions.

Dr. Daan Liang, Ph.D., P.E.
NWI Ph.D. Program Coordinator - (806) 834-0383