Wind Energy Minor
With Iowa as the nation’s second-leading state in wind energy production, a wind energy minor for Iowa State engineering students is a win-win for education and industry. The minor, available starting Fall 2012 semester, will provide knowledge of component design and manufacturing, electric generation, transmission, and grid operations. All skills and concepts students learn are directly applicable to roles as wind industry planners, manufacturers, developers, utilities personnel and maintenance providers. Learn more.
Research Experience for Undergraduates
Each summer Iowa State invites undergraduate students from all over the country to an intensive 10-week-on-campus research program in Wind Energy Science, Engineering and Policy (WESEP), funded by the National Science Foundation. Students investigate wind energy topics, which have included wind turbine materials, environmental impacts, and analyses of how wind will become a major U.S. energy source. To learn more about the program visit the WESEP REU page. To see what students did in summer 2011 visit innovate.engineering.iastate.edu and search “Exploring the power of wind.”
WESEP Ph.D. program and IGERT
Iowa State has developed the nation’s first Ph.D. degree in WESEP. This program is partly funded through a $3.1 million Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) award from the National Science Foundation. This award will support the work of 30 WESEP Ph.D. students over the 2012-16 period in interdisciplinary coursework and research focused on wind energy. For more information about WESEP and IGERT, please visit www.igert.windenergy.iastate.edu.