July 2, 2015
U.S. Senator John Cornyn and Texas Tech University president Duane Nellis visited with students attending the Run on the Wind summer camp.
The camp, part of a partnership between Texas Tech University's Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) and the National Wind Institute (NWI), teaches middle school students about wind science.
During his visit, Senator Cornyn experienced first-hand a popular wind camp activity - wind sailing.
The mission of the Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) is to provide distinctive and unique academic enrichment programs that promote academic excellence, citizenship/leadership, diversity, and an appreciation of the arts for children in grades kindergarten through 12. IDEAL is a part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement.
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.