The University of Massachusetts Wind Energy Center is the nation's preeminent wind energy program. For over 40 years, our center has been conducting research, education and training in wind energy. We have graduated hundreds of alumni who work in wind energy and have helped to create the U.S. wind energy industry.
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Our faculty understand that in order for offshore wind development to be most adventageous to the U.S., innovation is necessary to develop a domestic industry, and big-picture thinking is needed to maximize benefits to all. Our research approach is comprehensive - we bring together researchers who understand the technical challenges, environmental implications, socioeconomic impacts and regulatory hurdles of offshore wind development.
Our world renowned educational program includes undergraduate and graduate classes, on campus and online, and an interdisciplinary PhD program. We also wrote the leading textbook, Wind Energy Explained. Our comprehensive program educates students in engineering, environmental science and social science to better position the U.S. workforce to be globally competitive in wind energy. Learn more about our courses, certificate programs, online classes, and more.
The offshore environment offers excellent wind resources and proximity to population centers, yet requires robustness to face the marine environment. Professors Schmidt, Arwade and Lackner are simulating how breaking waves will impact offshore wind turbine support structures.
Dr. David P. SchmidtComputational Fluid DynamicsOffshore Wind EnergyTwo-Phase Flow
Dr. Matthew LacknerAerodynamicsFloating Offshore Wind TurbinesStructural Control
Dr. Sanjay R. ArwadeExtreme Events (e.g. hurricanes) and their ConsequencesInterfaces Between Structural and Geotechnical EngineeringOffshore Reliability EngineeringOffshore Wind Energy Support Structures