Personnel




John Schroeder, PhD - Principal Investigator

Dr. Schroeder is the principal investigator for the Texas Tech Hurricanes at Landfall (TTUHAL) Project as well as the founder of the TTUHRT program. Dr. Schroeder is also the Director of the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla, a MS in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech, and a PhD in Wind Engineering from TTU. Dr. Schroeder was the designer of the original WEMITE #1 ruggedized instrument tower and has been heavily involved in the acquisition and development of the TTU Ka-band Doppler radar systems. His primary research interests include boundary layer flows in a variety of conditions. Dr. Schroeder is one of the most well regarded experts on hurricane winds at landfall and serves on the board for the American Association for Wind Engineering. He continues to bridge the gap between the engineering and meteorological communities with his expertise in extreme wind events and damage. His work has been published in numerous peer reviewed scientific journals. In 2012, he was awarded the International Association for Wind Engineering Junior Award for his outstanding contributions to the field of Wind Engineering.

Email: john.schroeder@ttu.edu Phone: 806.742.2813





Jerry Guynes, P.E. - Radar Engineer

Jerry Guynes came to Texas Tech in 2006 to design and build Texas Tech's new Ka Band pulse compression radar systems. Guynes is an alumni of Texas A&M with a background in electrical engineering. He is one of the world's top weather radar engineers. He has also designed and built the SMART-Radars which Texas Tech has been a partner in as well as contributed to the design of the new NOAA Mobile Dual-Polarization X-Band system. He also participated in numerous field project providing technical support for Doppler radar systems around the world.

Email: jerry.guynes@ttu.edu




Rich Krupar - Field Coordinator

Rich Krupar III is the field coordinator for the TTUHRT and has assumed the role beginning in 2011. He also provides web support for the TTUHRT. Rich is a PhD student in Wind Science and Engineering and holds a BS in Atmospheric Science from Valparaiso University. He is a native of Elyria, Ohio. Krupar was a member of the 2010 TTU VORTEX 2 team where he was responsible for StickNet deployments and also drove TTUKA-2. He has participated in TTUHRT deployments for Hurricane Irene (2011) and Hurricane Isaac (2012). Krupar's research interests lie in the use of near-surface tower and WSR-88D data to develop surface adjustment techniques for Doppler velocity data from landfalling tropical cyclones.

Email: rich.krupar@ttu.edu Phone: 806.885.4644



Ian Giammanco, PhD - Faculty Associate

Ian Giammanco is currently a Research Scientist at the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety and a Faculty Associate within the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center. He is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and holds a BS in Atmospheric Science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and a MS in Atmospheric Science and PhD in Wind Science and Engineering from Texas Tech. Giammanco was the field coordinator for TTUHRT from 2005-2010 and has participated in over 15 tropical cyclone deployments over nearly a decade of meteorological field research. His research interests lie in hurricane boundary layer characteristics and vertical wind profiles, as well as obsvations and measurement systems. Ian is a technician licensed Ham radio operator (W5WWX).

Email: ian.giammanco@ttu.edu Phone: 803.789.4207






Brian Hirth, PhD - Research Faculty

Brian Hirth has nearly a decade of meteorological field experience. A native of Columbia Station, Ohio, Brian holds a BS in Meteorology from Valparaiso University, and an MS and PhD in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech. Brian was a principal investigator and the field coordinator for Projects WIRL 2004 and 2005, which examined the thermodynamic and kinematic structure of Rear Flank Downdrafts in tornadic and non-tornadic supercell thunderstorms. His PhD research involved using mobile research radar data to study the coastal transition zone in the hurricane boundary layer at landfall. He also developed the data acquisition software used on the StickNet platforms. Brian is currently a Research Professor within the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center, focusing on using the TTU Ka-band pulse compression Doppler radar systems to assess complex boundary layer flows associated with wind turbine wakes. He also provides web and operations support for the West Texas Mesonet and developed the data acquisition software for the WISE 200-m instrumented tower.

Email: brian.hirth@ttu.edu Phone: 806.885.4644





Tanya Brown, PhD - Faculty Associate

Dr. Tanya Brown has been a part of TTUHRT since 2008 and is currently a faculty associate in the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center and a full-time research engineer for the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety . She is an expert in wind damage and has participated in numerous post-event damage surveys. Her primary research work at TTU focused on using remote sensing techniques to determine damage states.

Email: tanya.brown@ttu.edu Phone: 806.885.4644





Scott Gunter, MS - Research Scientist

Scott Gunter joined TTUHRT in 2010. Scott holds a BS in Meteorology from Mississippi State University and a MS in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech. His Master's research focused on a dual-Doppler analysis of hurricane rainbands during the landfall of Hurricane France (2004) using SMART-Radar data. Scott is a primary radar operator for the TTUKA radars and operated TTUKA-2 during the landfall of Hurricane Irene (2011). Gunter also participated in the TTUHRT StickNet deployment for Hurricane Isaac (2012). He is currently a PhD student in Atmospheric Sciences and his research focuses on dual-Doppler analyses of thunderstorm outflows and their associated wind flow characteristics using the TTUKA radars.

Email: scott.gunter@ttu.edu Phone: 806.885.4644


James Duncan, MS - Research Scientist

James Duncan is a recent graduate of The Florida State University where he received both his M.S. and B.S. in Meteorology. While at Florida State, James’ research was centered about climatic variability with an emphasis upon the distribution of extreme events utilizing stochastic theory. As a native of South Florida, James’ interest in the atmospheric sciences blossomed with the historically active 2004 Hurricane season where he witnessed the devastating effects of two landfallling hurricanes on his hometown. James is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Wind Science and Engineering with a focus on wind energy and the development of ‘smart’ wind farms.

Email: james.b.duncan@ttu.edu Phone: 806.885.4644




Listed are the primary personnel currently involved in the day to day operation and management of the Texas Tech Hurricanes at Landfall Project. There have been numerous people since the project began which have contributed to TTUHRT and the Hurricanes at Landfall Project. Thanks to all who have made all instrument deployments safe and scientifically rewarding while contributing to our understanding of hurricane winds at landfall.



TTUHRT is dedicated to mitigating the effects of landfalling hurricanes on life and property