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NWI Director Change Announced

The Office of the Vice President for Research has announced that Daan Liang, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has been appointed as the Interim Director of the National Wind Institute (NWI).

John Schroeder, professor of geosciences, who has led the institute since 2010, has elected to step down from the position to focus more time on his research and technology development opportunities. The change in leadership was effective Sept. 1.

During his leadership, Schroeder has oversaw the establishment of the new institute from its predecessor organizations, spurred record growth in external research funding, strengthened partnerships with industry and national laboratories, expanded student enrollment, and increased faculty participation from diverse disciplines.

Daan Liang joined Texas Tech in 2004 as an assistant professor of construction engineering and engineering technology. Before that, he worked for three years as project manager on multiple public school constructions in New York City. Dr. Liang has been active in interdisciplinary research on disaster impact assessment and mitigation as well as wind energy. A National Science Foundation-funded researcher, Liang has directed post-storm damage assessment efforts after Hurricane Katrina, and four tornadoes since 2008. He is representing NWI on a NOAA/NWS-led workgroup responsible for revising the EF-Scale standard. Liang also is working as co-PI for a number of transportation and energy-related projects providing his expertise in construction management and life cycle costing. He is the coordinator of the wind science and engineering doctoral program and the lead of the recent cluster hire initiative in wind hazard mitigation.