August 21, 2013
Popular Science highlighted the Debris Impact Facility where students test building designs that may hold up better in a storm.
Texas Tech University’s National Wind Institute (NWI) is listed in Popular Science magazine as one of the “most awesome” places to pursue science in the United States.
The article titled “The 10 Most Awesome College Labs of 2013” invites readers to consider a lab where research meets white-knuckled adventure. Texas Tech appears as image 4 of 10 in the photo gallery, and depicts graduate students from the NWI at the Debris Impact Facility as they fire two-by-fours at structures (video) to simulate the ravages of Mother Nature. Information gathered here has led to building designs that can better withstand hurricanes or tornadoes.
The article also makes reference to the portable StickNet weather stations used by the NWI research team to take valuable measurements from hurricanes and thunderstorms; and two graduate students who worked on a Federal Emergency Management Agency-funded project to assess how storm shelters held up in the EF-5 tornado that devastated Moore, Okla. in May.
“Texas Tech has been a global leader in wind-related research and education for decades,” said John Schroeder, director of NWI. “Our doctoral program is one-of-a-kind, and our graduates are in demand.”
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.