McDonald, James 2013-10-17

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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, McDonald worked as a consultant for storm damage and was instrumental in reworking the Fujita scale. McDonald, along with Kishor Mehta, established the McDonald-Mehta Lecture Series.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: James McDonald

Additional Parties Recorded: n/a

Date: October 17, 2013

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Andy Wilkinson

Length: 01:25:21 (one hour, 25 minutes)


Background; Coming to Texas Tech to study engineering; Teaching and pursuing graduate work in engineering; Coming back to at Texas Tech; Studying effects of wind on structures; Method of studying damage; How research interests developed and cooperative work; Working with Colorado State; Consulting for wind safety in structures; Graduate students and other noteworthy people; The department’s key to success; How to get people to protect their houses; The future of the National Wind Institute; Work on the Fujita scale; Effect of climate change; On the scene of a disaster; Addendum on McDonald-Mehta seminar

Access Information

Original Recording Format: born digital audio

Recording Format Notes: audio cd available in reading room

Transcript: found here:

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