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What’s New at the Wind Energy Center

Inaugural Meeting of the North American Wind Energy Academy

August 7th - 9th, 2012 University of Massachusetts Amherst ELab II

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is pleased to host the inaugural meeting of the North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA) this summer from August 7th - 9th. NAWEA is an organization of universities, research laboratories, and industry participants dedicated to coordinating wind energy research and education activities in order to advance the state of wind energy technology and to develop the next generation of wind energy engineers, researchers, scientists, and innovators in North America.

For more information, and to register, please go to: Meeting Registration Website


National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) interdisciplinary graduate program in Offshore Wind Energy Engineering, Environmental Science, and Policy starts at UMass Amherst


WEC Launches Graduate Certificate in Wind Power Engineering Beginning Fall 2011

The University of Massachusetts Amherst's Wind Energy Center is launching the first wind energy graduate certificate program in the U.S. This 15 credit, 5 course certificate program offers a unique opportunity for students or professionals to obtain in-depth knowledge of all aspects of wind energy at the preeminent academic wind energy program in the U.S.

This certificate is designed to meet the needs of:

  • Recent graduates of undergraduate engineering programs interested in a career in the wind energy industry
  • Current industry practitioners interested in additional education and credentials
  • Professionals in other industries interested in transitioning into the wind energy industry

The requirements for the certificate are successful completion of three core courses in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and two elective courses. Prerequisites for the core courses include undergraduate level calculus and physics, and fluid dynamics. For more information on the graduate certificate visit Our Courses Page

The UMass WEC, founded in 1972, is the oldest and most well known academic wind energy program in the U.S. Its faculty have authored the widely used textbook Wind Energy Explained, and are leaders in wind energy research and education. The program boasts over 200 graduates, many of whom now hold senior level positions in industry and national research centers.


Second Edition of Wind Energy Explained now available

Wind Energy Explained
by James Manwell, Jon McGowan, Anthony Rogers

A new edition of this classic text is now available. Found in every wind energy graduate education setting worldwide, the text has been completely rewritten and updated.

Wind Energy Explained is a great introduction to the field of wind energy engineering. The material for this textbook comes from course notes from Wind Energy Engineering, a course which has been taught at the University of Massachusetts since the mid 1970s, and teaches the fundamentals of energy conversion from wind energy to electricity and its use by society. The topics covered include meteorology, resource assessment, aerodynamics, electrical, mechanical, and design considerations, turbine control systems, siting issues, and economic and environmental considerations. Though it is geared for college seniors, first-year graduate students, and professionals in related fields, plenty of introductory information is given, making the material accessible to anyone with math, physics, or engineering backgrounds.

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