The US Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology has awarded a $582,000 grant to TTU researchers.

The grant was given to John Schroeder, senior director of the National Wind Institute, Brian Hirth, research professor for the NWI, and Brian Ancell, and associate professor of atmospheric science.

This grant will be used to deploy new measurement and modeling techniques to advance understanding of windstorm characteristics and provide input and validation of numerical, experimental, and empirical modeling efforts, according to KAMC News.

Brian Hirth went on to say this:

This grant allows Texas Tech to remain at the forefront of advancing our understanding of the engineering-relevant aspects of significant windstorms leveraging the National Wind Institute’s unique mobile and deployable research facilities and rich history of deploying instrumentation into landfalling hurricanes and severe thunderstorms. [...] The Ka-band mobile radars and StickNet tower platforms will be used in tandem to obtain targeted measurements of the near-surface winds within these events.