Texas Tech Announces Changes in Wind Science and Engineering Research Center Leadership

John Schroeder will take over as director of WISE.

Texas Tech University

Andy Swift has stepped down as director of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center (WISE). John Schroeder takes over as director immediately.

Swift, a professor of civil engineering, will transition to University College to help grow the workforce training programs in wind energy within Texas Tech’s Texas Wind Energy Institute. Swift was instrumental in developing the relationship with the Texas Workforce Commission and their significant financial support of the training programs at Texas Tech and with various two-year colleges within Texas. The program is the first of its kind in the country.

Schroeder, an associate professor of atmospheric sciences, brings extensive experience in wind flow characterization and atmospheric measurements, including directing Texas Tech’s hurricane research program and the West Texas Mesonet. Schroeder has a multidisciplinary background and a strong record of collaboration, scholarship and competitive funding.

“I look forward to Dr. Swift’s leadership in growing the academic programs, outreach and training activities of the Texas Wind Energy Institute,” said Matt Baker, dean of University College. “Andy has been at the forefront of developing innovative training at the two-year, four-year and graduate levels. This is an important opportunity for Texas Tech’s integrated work in wind energy.”

Taylor Eighmy, Texas Tech vice president of research, said, “We are grateful for Dr. Swift’s leadership in positioning Texas Tech as a leader in wind energy research and development and we look forward to strong collaborations between the Texas Wind Energy Institute, WISE, and our new National Wind Resource Center. I am delighted that Dr. Schroeder has agreed to lead WISE, particularly as we continue to grow significantly in this strategic R&D area.”