What’s New at the Wind Energy Center
Inaugural Meeting of the North American Wind Energy AcademyAugust 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:
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
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.