Wind Research Center Named a Top Science Program
Popular Science magazine lists center as one of 25 coolest labs in the country.
Written by Karin Slyker
The magazine highlighted the wind cannon Texas Tech students use to help produce building designs that will hold up better in a hurricane or tornado.
For the second year in a row, Texas Tech’s Wind Science and Engineering Research Center (WISE) is listed in Popular Science magazine as one of the best places to pursue science in the United States.
The article invites readers to forget stuffy lecture halls and humming fluorescent lights, and check out “You Call This College? The 25 Coolest Labs in the Country.” WISE appears as image 8 of 25 in the photo gallery, and depicts atmospheric science students as they observe Texas Tech’s wind cannon hurling planks at a wall to measure hurricane damage. Information gathered here has led to building designs that will hold up better in hurricanes or tornadoes.
The article also credits WISE for having the only complete record of the intensity of Hurricane Katrina’s eye at landfall and the creation of the Enhanced Fujita Scale for measuring the force of tornadoes.
The Wind Science and Engineering Research Center
The Wind Science and Engineering (WISE) Research Center was established in 1970, following a tornado in Lubbock that caused 26 fatalities and over $100 million in damage. The WISE Center is focused on research, education and information outreach.
The Center offers interdisciplinary education in wind science engineering as well as develops information on windstorm disaster relief and other wind-related subjects for professionals and the public. Connect with WISE on Facebook.