James F. Manwell Receives the European Academy of Wind Energy Scientific Award

James F. Manwell
James F. Manwell

James F. Manwell, director of the UMass Wind Energy Center and professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, has received the European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE) 2019 EAWE Scientific Award. The presentation was made recently at the conference banquet of the Wind Energy Science Conference in Cork, Ireland.

In making the award, the EAWE says Manwell has served on the International Electro-technical Commission and the International Council for Science Panel on Renewable Energies. “He is a founding member and one of the main forces behind the North American Wind Energy Academy. He has been honored with awards from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the U. S. Department of Energy, and the University of Massachusetts,” the EAWE says.

He received the Distinguished Research Outreach Award from UMass Amherst in 2007; the AWEA Academic Achievement Award in 1994 and 2006; the Western Reserve Academy’s Edward W. Morley Science Medal in 2005; the U. S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Regional Advocacy Award in 2004, and the U. S. Department of Energy Wind/Diesel Systems Pioneer Award in 2002.

“Jim has distinguished himself not only for his lifelong commitment to wind energy, but also for his educational activities,” the EAWE says. “We all have in our offices his famous book Wind Energy Explained (coauthored with Jon McGowan and Anthony Rogers), which has contributed to the education of countless wind energy professionals.”

Manwell earned his bachelor’s degree in biophysics from Amherst College, and a master’s degree and doctorate from UMass Amherst. His areas of research and expertise are in offshore wind energy system design and analysis, remote sensing techniques applied to wind resource assessment, and hybrid power and battery storage.