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NWI Discovery Program

Discovery Program Overview

In 2012, the National Wind Institute (NWI) was formed from its predecessor organizations, making the beginning of a new era of wind research at Texas Tech University. As a part of the establishment agreement, NWI receives annually matching funds from the Office of the Vice President of Research (OVPR) based on the F&A generated from NWI-supported grants.

The NWI Discovery Program was established in 2015 to support innovative, early-stage, and entrepreneurial concepts proposed by the Institute's faculty affiliates. Its aim is to initiate and/or advance the Institute's presence in strategic areas, while setting a high standard for accountability and transparency.

Discovery Program 2016 Awarded Projects:

Project Title PI Department Co-PI Collaborator Student Award Amount
Forecast Tools into the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2016 Spring Experiment Brian Ancell Department of Geosciences N/A N/A N/A $29,875
Weather Front-Induced Wind Farm Power Ramps:
Probabilistic Modeling, Risk Assessment and Online Operation Tools
Miao He Department of Electrical Engineering N/A N/A N/A $23,969
Simulation of Nonstationary Winds for Applications in Wind Hazard Mitigation and Wind Energy Delong Zuo Department of Civil Engineering N/A N/A N/A $22,670

Discovery Program 2015 Awarded Projects:

Project Title PI Department Co-PI Collaborator Student Award Amount
Toward a Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure for Enhancement of Community Resilience to Tornado Hazards Guofeng Gau Department of Geosciences N/A N/A Ashley Morris
Morgan Kraft
Establishment of a Joint Atmospheric Sciences-National Wind Institute Research Electronics Lab at Texas Tech University Eric C. Bruning Department of Geosciences Jennifer K. Vanos N/A Grant McKercher
Samatha Berkseth
Inflow Wind Shear R&D Kornel Rozavolgyi National Wind Institute Arquimedes Ruiz (NWI) Suhas Pol (Mechanical Engineering) Walter Gutierrez Andrew Buchok $27,414
Finite Element Simulation Platform for Tornado Shelter Door System James Yang Department of Mechanical Engineering Larry Tanner (NWI) N/A N/A $30,356

2017 NWI Discovery Program is now open for applications.

Any tenure track or tenured TTU faculty member who had one or more active NWI-affiliated grants in FY2016 is eligible to apply.

  • 2017 NWI Discovery Program Solicitation Information
  • 2017 NWI Discovery Program Solicitation Form