In addition to interviews pertaining to the National Wind Institute, oral histories have been conducted with various individuals whose lives have been impacted by wind engineering in the Southwest. For example, interviewers have spoken with farmers and ranchers who witnessed the rise of wind turbines on their properties and adjacent lands, employees of electrical co-ops, and engineers who helped logistically create the large wind farms.

Recent Submissions

  • Peterson, Richard 2013-07-31 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Peterson, Richard (2013-07-31)
    This interview features Richard Peterson, who discusses his background in astronomy and eventual studies in meteorology. He explains his work at Texas Tech, as well as his research done in conjunction with the engineering ...
  • Mehta, Kishor 2014-01-20 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Mehta, Kishor (2014-01-20)
    This interview features Kishor Mehta, who discusses how Texas Tech University's reaction to the Lubbock Tornado of 1970 developed into the National Wind Institute.
  • McDonald, James 2013-10-17 

    Wilkinson, Andy; McDonald, James (2013-10-17)
    This interview features Texas Tech engineering professor, James McDonald. McDonald discusses his career at Texas Tech in the Department of Engineering and his research on structural damage from natural disasters. Furthermore, ...
  • Kiesling, Ernst 2013-10-17 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Kiesling, Ernst (2013-10-17)
    This interview features Texas Tech engineering professor, Ernst Kiesling. Kiesling discusses growing up in West Texas and attending Texas Tech to study engineering. After developing an interest in teaching, Kiesling attended ...
  • Pete Laney and Bobby Gierisch oral history 2011-03-30 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Laney, Pete; Gierisch, Bobby (2011-03-30)
    Pete Laney and Bobby Gierisch discuss the deregulation of the Texas electric utility industry. They delve into the CREZ lines, examining complications with transmission, impacts on the consumer, and those who originally ...
  • Andy Swift oral history interview 2014-11-14 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Swift, Andy (2014-11-14)
    This interview features Andy Swift, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Texas Wind Energy Institute, discussing the history, current state, and possible future of the wind power industry.
  • Andy Swift oral history interview 2013-12-18 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Swift, Andy (2013-12-18)
    This interview features Andy Swift. Swift discusses his time working with Wind Energy around the state of Texas. He discusses the history behind wind research, where it is today, and where the future is headed. He also ...
  • Ken Starcher oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Starcher, Ken (2015-10-27)
    This interview features Ken Starcher. Starcher discusses his work with wind energy and the Alternative Energy Institute. Starcher talks about working with industries, manufacturers, and federal programs on alternative ...
  • Carol Ann Stanley oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Stanley, Carol Ann (2013-08-08)
    This interview features Carol Ann Stanley, a former employee in the wind sciences department at Texas Tech University. Stanley discusses the collaborative nature of the department, her experiences working with students, ...
  • Joe Golden oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Golden, Joe (2018-07-23)
    Joe Golden discusses his interest and research in the field of meteorology. Joe describes his work with waterspouts in the Florida Keys and his work on the tornado intercept project.
  • R. Nolan Clark oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Clark, R. Nolan (2014-12-16)
    This interview features R. Nolan Clark, wind energy pioneer and laboratory director of the Bushland USDA Conservation and Production Research Laboratory, who discusses the past, present, and possible future of wind research ...
  • David Miller oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Miller, David (2014-03-14)
    This interview features David Miller. Miller discusses his work with Texas Tech and NIRE. Miller also describes his views on innovation in the industry of Wind Energy.
  • Charlie and Suzanne Davis oral history interivew. 

    Wilkinson, Andy.; Davis, Suzanne.; Davis, Charlie. (2011-07-06)
  • Mark Harral oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Harral, Mark. (2014-02-18)
    This interview highlights Harral's work with renewable energy in the form of wind power.