Texas Tech University

Daan Liang, PH.D., P.E.

Interim Director


Email: daan.liang@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-0383

Fax: (806) 742-3488


National Wind Institute Building

Box 43155

Lubbock, TX 79409−3155

Research Interests:

  • Post-Storm Damage Assessment,
  • Disaster, 
  • Resiliency,
  • Remote Sensing,
  • Distributed Wind Energy

Daan Liang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering (CECE) and is the Interim Director of the National Wind Institute (NWI) at Texas Tech University.

Liang is the chief administrator responsible for leadership, management, and stewardship of NWI's facilities, finance, personnel, and operation. He is also responsible for an interdisciplinary doctoral program in wind science and engineering, and fosters strategic relationships with other research centers, universities, industries, government agencies,and national laboratories.

In 2014, Texas Tech's Senior Vice President of Research appointed Liang the Interim Director of NWI. Since then, the Institute has formed its first External Advisory Board made up of nine highly respected leaders in academia, government, and industry. Liang organized the inaugural board meeting in November 2014 and subsequent meeting in 2015. NWI also developed its first five-year Strategic Plan, collaborating with the External Advisory Board, university administration, and faculty affiliates.

Liang coordinated, supported, and participated in multiple large-scale proposals to the National Science Foundation (e.g. Hazards SEES, STC, NHERI, MRI) and to the Department of Energy (e.g. ARPA-E). He prepared the university's five-year graduate program review for the wind doctoral program, as well as the university's six-year performance review of NWI. He was credited for maintaining and enhancing NWI's national recognition in wind research,interdisciplinary involvement and engagement of faculty across colleges, excellence in new and existing capabilities, sustained growth in student enrollments, and the execution of transition from a primarily earmark-supported program to one that is largely supported through competitive and industry funds.

NWI serves as the hub for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary education, research, and commercialization related to wind science, wind energy, wind engineering and wind hazard mitigation. NWI offers university-wide research opportunities and employs ten full-time& administrative and technical staff members, 12 research and doctoral professors, and five instructors. In addition, 30 active faculty affiliates from five different colleges and 13 departments participate in NWI course instruction and research. The program houses 11 doctoral students, and 170 undergraduate students.


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (2001) – University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering (1999) – University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • B.Eng. in Engineering Management (1997) – Tianjin University, China

Professional Experience:

  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
    • Interim Director of National Wind Institute 2014 - present
    • Assistant, Associate Professor of Civil, Environment & Construction Eng. 2004-present
    • Coordinator of Doctoral Program in Wind Science and Engineering 2013-present
  • AMCC CORP., New York, NY
    • Project Manager / Estimator 2001-2004

Selected Research Grants:

  1. National Science Foundation, "Hyperspectral imagery: a new frontier for windstorm damage assessment", PI with Brian Nutter, Kishor Mehta, $150,414, 2008-2012
  2. National Science Foundation, "Development of a quantitative model for measuring regional economic resilience to hurricanes", PI with Brad Ewing, $278,726, 2010-2014
  3. Florida State University, "Characterization and testing of CAPS rim-drive wind turbine", PI, $37,685, 2010-2011
  4. National Science Foundation, "HI2: a new measure of hurricane impact for innovation in enterprise risk management", PI with Brad Ewing, $350,398, 2011-2016
  5. National Science Foundation, "Characterization, modeling and uncertainty analysis of tornado wind and its effects on buildings", PI with Xinzhong Chen, $250,000, 2014-2017
  6. American Institute of Steel Construction, "Storm Shelters", PI with 20% credit, total award: $48,681, 9/1/2015-8/31/2016
  7. Department of Energy, "Great Plains Wind Power Test Facility", Co-PI with Andy Swift (PI) and others, $3,279,200, 2008-2011
  8. Texas Dept. of Transportation, "Novel Materials Systems for the Next Generation Flexible Pavement Structures", co-PI with Sanjaya Senadheera (PI) and others, $596,436, 2015-2016

Recent Publications:

  1. Scott, Pataya; Liang, Daan (2015) Evaluation of shelter performance following the 2013 Moore tornado, Wind and Structures, Volume 21, Number 4, October 2015, Pages 369-381.
  2. Cui, Yuepeng; Liang, Daan; & Ewing, Bradley. (2015). Empirical Analysis of Building Permits in Response to Hurricane Landfalls. Natural Hazards Review, 10.1061/(ASCE) Last revised: January 20, 2015
  3. Luo, Jianjun s; Liang, Daan; & Weiss, Chris. (2015). Reconstruction of a near-surface tornado wind field from observed building damage. Wind and Structures, 20(3), 389-404.
  4. Luo, Jianjun; Cong, Zhen; & Liang, Daan. (2014) Number of Warning Information Sources and Decision- Making during Tornadoes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine
  5. Cui, Yuepeng; Liang, Daan; & Song, Lingguang. (2014). Simplified Method for Evaluating the Impact of a Transportation Network on Post Hurricane Access to Healthcare Facilities. ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities.