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2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Wind Science and Engineering, Ph.D.

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Program Coordinator: Dr. Delong Zuo, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

About the Wind Science and Engineering Doctoral Program

Program Coordinator: Dr. Delong Zuo, Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering

Texas Tech University offers a unique multidisciplinary Ph.D. in Wind Science and Engineering. The educational objective of the program is to provide students with the broad education necessary to pursue research and solve problems related to the detrimental effects of windstorms (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms) and to learn to take advantage of the beneficial effects of wind (e.g., wind energy). Each student’s core coursework and dissertation research are multidisciplinary. The doctorate requires at least 60 semester hours of graduate studies in addition to a dissertation (12 semester hours of WE 8000 ).

These 60 hours include six required core courses listed below, field of emphasis courses, and an external internship.

A master’s degree is strongly recommended. Graduate courses completed during a master’s degree can be transferred if they are in an emphasis field of study (i.e., atmospheric science, engineering, economics, business administration, or a combination to have an emphasis area in wind energy, wind engineering experiments, economics/risk management, damage documentation, emergency management). The courses to be transferred have to be approved by the program advisor.

Required Courses

Additional Courses

Additional courses are required to fulfill requirements of 60 semester credit hours. The specific courses are chosen by the student with the advice and consent of the graduate advisor, depending on the student’s area of research emphasis. Some of the courses available to fulfill the additional course requirements are:

Additional Requirements

Coursework for students is tailored with the advice and consent of their graduate advisor to provide background for interdisciplinary dissertation research. Course descriptions are given under each departmental listing of courses.

Students are also required to complete 6-credit hours of summer off-campus external internship at an academic institution, in a governmental or private laboratory, or with a private company. Opportunities are also available to complete this internship requirement abroad.

Students pursue interdisciplinary research under the guidance of the chair or co-chairs of their advisory committee. Graduate faculty members from at least two disciplines will be represented on each student’s advisory committee. Research must be interdisciplinary and can include a combination of engineering, atmospheric sciences, economics, physical sciences, and mathematics. Field/lab experiments, analytical research, or numerical simulations are examples of acceptable dissertation research.

Students must complete a qualifying examination to be admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. The qualifying examination questions are based on a dissertation proposal, which is provided to the advisory committee by the student prior to the qualifying examination. Additionally, students shall have at least one paper based on their dissertation research published (or accepted to be published) in a peer-reviewed journal prior to graduation.

Financial support in the form of scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships is available to qualified students. See the National Wind Institute (www.depts.ttu.edu/nwi/) for more details of the degree program, the research interests of faculty affiliates, and ongoing research topics.

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