Professor Receives International Award

John Schroeder received the 2012 International Association for Wind Engineering Junior Award.

Schroeder is an associate professor of atmospheric science and was named director of WiSE in 2010.

Schroeder is an associate professor of atmospheric science and was named director of WiSE in 2010.

John Schroeder, director of the National Wind Institute (NWI) at Texas Tech University, has received the 2012 International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE) Junior Award.

IAWE promotes international cooperation among scientists, engineers and other professionals for advancement of knowledge in wind engineering. The award recognizes outstanding achievement of researchers under age 40, within the previous five-year period. Recipients should have made significant and original contributions to wind engineering research, applications to wind engineering practice, or educational contributions in the field of wind engineering.

“It is indeed an honor to receive this IAWE award,” Schroeder said. “I have been fortunate to receive a wealth of wisdom and advice from so many good mentors over the years and have been encouraged throughout my career by so many wonderful colleagues. This award is only possible because of those individuals and my graduate students who worked so diligently to accomplish our contributions.”

Schroeder, who also is an associate professor of atmospheric science, was named director of WiSE in 2010. Previously, he directed the university’s hurricane research program and the West Texas Mesonet Network, a multicounty project that provides real-time weather and agricultural information.

“Dr. Schroeder has made significant contributions to the field of wind science,” said Lawrence Schovanec, dean of the Texas Tech's College of Arts and Sciences. "He has been successful in promoting a cooperative, multidisciplinary approach that has enhanced Texas Tech status as a leader in wind science and engineering.”

Most recently, Schroeder has been instrumental in creating a partnership between Texas Tech, Sandia National Laboratories and Vestas, a leading wind turbine manufacturer. The partnership will create a Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWIFT) facility at Texas Tech’s wind research facility at Reese Technology Center.

“Dr. Schroeder has been instrumental in the university’s wind studies for more than a decade,” said Taylor Eighmy, senior vice president for research at Texas Tech. “He has extensive experience in wind flow characterization and atmospheric measurements. His multidisciplinary background and strong record of collaboration and scholarship will allow Texas Tech to move closer to its goal of becoming an international leader in renewable energy.”

Schroeder received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla; his master’s in atmospheric science and doctorate in wind engineering from Texas Tech. His research specialties include wind flow characterization, boundary layer structure, wind hazards such as hurricanes and thunderstorms, instrumentation, data acquisition, weather monitoring networks, weather radar, wind engineering, and statistical and time series analysis.


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National Wind Institute

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.

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