July 16, 2014
The roles of an Integrated Scholar have come naturally for atmospheric science professor John Schroeder. His focus is on all things wind at Texas Tech. His research, which involves analyzing the wake patterns caused by an array of wind turbines, aims to improve the performance of wind farms, so they may yield greater amounts of energy at more affordable rates.
In the area of wind engineering, Schroeder has also made notable developments with his publications and technologies. He has led the development of dual Doppler Radar platforms, the WEMITE instrument towers, Stick-Net probes and mobile mesonets to document the wind and inner workings of hurricanes, tornadoes and severe weather events.
As director of the National Wind Institute, Schroeder works to recruit faculty from various colleges and departments to collaborate on the institute’s projects. Interaction with colleagues across campus has proven valuable and strengthens the interdisciplinary essence of research in wind science. That approach also carries over to the classroom, and Schroeder is a champion of academics with a multidisciplinary format. As a result, Texas Tech’s bachelor’s program in wind energy and doctoral program in wind science and engineering stand out because of their foundational curricula and industry-centered research perspective.
Integrated Scholars are faculty who dedicate themselves to a course of lifelong learning and advance Texas Tech's role in educating, serving and inspiring others to do the same.
Integrated Scholars are not only outstanding in teaching, research and service, but they are also able to generate synergy among the three functions. Faculty members who are Integrated Scholars consistently promote active learning and infuse the results of their research and scholarship in courses and other learning experiences. Integrated Scholars publish results of their teaching innovations in peer-reviewed journals. Finally, Integrated Scholar faculty members plan and execute service commitments to complement their teaching and research goals.