August 19, 2011
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.
National Wind Institute (NWI) is world-renowned for conducting innovative research in the areas of wind energy, wind hazard mitigation, wind-induced damage, severe storms and wind-related economics.
NWI is also home to world-class researchers with expertise in numerous academic fields such as atmospheric science, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, mathematics and economics, and NWI was the first in the nation to offer a doctorate in Wind Science and Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Wind Energy.