Wind Research Group
National Wind Institute
Zhen Cong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
The focus of Dr. Cong's research is to bridge current theories on wind disaster responses and resilience with theories of gerontology, focus on family dynamics that contextualize individual's interactions with broader social environment, and use systemic sciences methods to examine how individual decision-making results in collective patterns, as well as the dynamic interactions of multilevel factors in affecting the impact especially the social and health impact of disasters. Her research on tornadoes and hurricanes is funded by the NSF.
Changzhi Li, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Li's research interest is wireless sensors. He has been developing ultra-low-cost sensors for water level monitoring before/during/after hurricane, and wireless sensors for structural health monitoring in response to wind impact.
Daan Liang, Ph.D. P.E.
Professor of Construction Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
Dr. Liang's research expertise includes windstorm damage evaluation, as well as risk assessment and mitigation.
Kishor Mehta, Ph.D.
P. W. Horn Professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering
His expertise is in assessment of impact of wind on buildings and structures as well as design for extreme winds. He has conducted extensive building damage documentation in major tornadoes as well as in Hurricane Frederic in 1979 and Andrew in 1992. He is founding member of the Texas Tech wind program in 1970. He developed Ph.D. degree curriculum in Wind Science and Engineering.
John L. Schroeder, Ph.D.
Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Geosciences
Dr. Schroeder is a Professor of Atmospheric Science in the Department of Geosciences at Texas Tech University and served as the founding Director of the National Wind Institute (NWI) from 2010 to 2014. He has developed a nationally recognized research program focused on the measurement and characterization of hurricane and thunderstorm low-level wind fields, created a unique suite of atmospheric observing technologies (e.g. West Texas Mesonet, StickNet, TTUKa radars, etc.), pioneered the usage of radar measurements to examine microscale flow structures, and executed numerous atmospheric field campaigns. Dr. Schroeder has successfully published numerous peer-reviewed papers and spoken at conferences across the world on topics related to atmospheric measurements and boundary layer structure.
Douglas A. Smith, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, F.ASCE
Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering
Dr. Smith has conducted windstorm damage investigations and serves on the ASCE 7 wind Loads Subcommittee that develops wind loads for the national standard "Wind Loads on Buildings and Other Structures". He serves on the expert panel that developed the methodology for predicting wind-induced damage to buildings destroyed by hurricane induced surge for the Texas Department of Insurance and is currently being implemented by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association.
Associate Director, National Wind Institute (NWI)
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Swift's expertise includes grid resiliency, research and education. Our education program at NWI has a focus on power grid integration of renewables as well as critical infrastructure and grid resiliency. We offer courses on these topics and our faculty do research in micro-grid applications, to include wind, solar, batteries, and other grid related topics.
Manager, TTU NWI Debris Impact Facility
Mr. Tanner has been the Manager of TTU NWI Debris Impact Facility (DIF) for 19 years, performing work for national, international clients and individual tests doing tornado and hurricane shelter research and testing. The most recent research was the Pressure and Impact Performance of Non-complying Tornado Shelter Doors. The DIF is a multi-investigative laboratory. Some of those tasks included debris impact testing for shelter manufacturers, commercial door impact and pressure testing, hail impact testing, product development for worldwide businesses and researchers, and documentation of windstorm damage utilizing Drone's or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's).