Kiesling, Ernst 2013-10-17

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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 Michigan State University to pursue graduate studies before returning to Texas Tech for his academic career. Kiesling has been heavily involved in research related to above-ground storm shelters and details his involvement with such projects in the interview. Kiesling also discusses effective leadership and how teamwork was instrumental in his department’s success.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Ernst Kiesling

Additional Parties Recorded: n/a

Date: October 17, 2013

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Andy Wilkinson

Length: 01:53:32 (one hour, 53 minutes)


Background and growing up in the San Angelo area; Drought and irrigation; Beginning teaching and graduate work; Experimenting with wind resistance after the Lubbock tornado; Faculty accomplishments; Documenting storm damage in Texas; Gerald tornado and promotion of above-ground shelter; Storm shelter project compared with other campus research projects; Changes in department and faculty and research funding; Individual versus community storm shelters; The role of the social sciences in implementation of storm shelters; The future of the wind program; Current state of wind technology and the future of wind technology; Interest in engineering; Developing good leadership; The challenges of interdisciplinary programs; Building relationships with the Covey philosophy; How the interviews are used and discussion about teamwork

Access Information

Original Recording Format: born digital audio

Recording Format Notes: audio cd available in reading room

Transcript: found here:

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