IGERT and Wind Fellow News

Date Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019
Wind Energy Fellow Hannah Johlas, a 3rd-year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, presented her work "Modeling Breaking Waves for Fixed-Bottom Support Structures for Offshore Wind Turbines" at the The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) first International Offshore Wind Technical... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Wind Energy PhD Student, Destenie Nock has advanced to the final round of Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. In the final round of the competition 10 students will each have to explain their research to a general audience in 3 minutes or less. Destenie's talk focuses on equality issues in... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Offshore Wind IGERT Fellow Luis Pagan-Quinones was a speaker representing the Puerto Rico National Institute of Energy and Sustainability (INESI) at an energy forum ("Encuentro Energético: Transformación desde las comunidades") in Hato Rey, PR, last December.  He is currently coordinating with... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Offshore Wind IGERT Fellow Destenie Nock has been invited to be a plenary speaker at the First Annual Georgia Tech Data Science for Social Good Workshop, which will be held on April 1st and 2nd, 2019. The Workshop will focus on the application of data science techniques to problems of... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Three undergrads from 3 different departments are working on research projects with IGERT fellows Destenie Nock and Franklyn Kanyako. Destnie is advising Ami Khalsa, an undergraduate student in Environmental Science researching low carbon electricity options for the New England power grid and... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Offshore Wind IGERT PHD candidate Destenie Nock has started a blog called "PhD-ing It" which offers advice for PhD students and those looking to go to graduate school. It can be found here. https://destenienock5.wixsite.com/destenienock/blog-posts  
Date Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019
UMass Wind Energy Fellows Destenie Nock, and Franklyn Kanyako, along with faculty members Erin  Baker and Leonce Ndikumana, were recently awarded a Worldwide University Network Seed Grant to host stakeholder energy workshops in Ghana in August 2019. The focus of the workshops will be to gather... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019
IGERT grad Wing Goodale, PhD, has had the second chapter of his dissertation "Assessing the cumulative exposure of wildlife to offshore wind energy development" accepted for publication in the April 2019 edition of the Journal of Environmental Management.  Two other chpters have been accepted for... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
On May 16 - 18th IGERT Fellows Destenie Nock, Bob Darrow, and Casey Fontana traveled to Washington DC to engage with governmental agencies and policymakers. The purpose of these meetings was to understand how scientific information and mathematical modeling efforts are used to inform governance... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
IGERT Principal Investigator Erin Baker and affiliated faculty member Matt Lackner have published an article in the magazine The Conversation, in which they draw on their research and recent policy developments to explain "why offshore wind is about to take off in the United States." Read the full... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, April 30, 2018
IGERT Fellow Destenie Nock mentored two students who participated in an interdisciplinary program on Electricity, Flexibility, and Sustainability. The program was led by Eve Vogel, faculty in Geosciences, and focused on the role of hydroelectricity in New England. Tristan Koopman, senior electrical... Read More
Date Posted: Sunday, April 8, 2018
  Last weekend IGERT Student, and Graduate Women in STEM Outreach Committee Co-Chair, Destenie Nock, hosted an event for 20 girl scouts in the 3rd and 4th grade. While on campus the girls worked with graduate students to go through a series of engineering projects which included designing paper... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Summer REU student Tyler Sim received an Honorable Mention Award at the recent Pacific Seabird Group Meeting in La Paz Mexico, Feb 21-24, 2018. He worked with another REU student, Rachel Tham, recently graduated IGERT Fellow Pam Loring, and Professor Curt Griffin on a project EVALUATING THE... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
On March 1st students from Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield showed their film "Blades of Change" at the IGERT seminar and talked about how they made it.  Their film is about why the Block Island offshore wind farm succeeded while the Cape Wind project failed, and what the future is... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
IGERT Fellow Robert Darrow presented in-progress research at the 2018 meeting of the Western Political Science Association in San Francisco, California on March 31. Robert's paper, "Renewable Power in Sight: The Politics of Visibility in Danish Wind Energy Development," was part of a panel on "... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Former REU student Bridget Brenner was named Mechanical Engineering Student of the Year at the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department Annual Banquet on March 29th. Bridget  was selected to participate in the Wind Energy REU Summer Program at the University of Massachusetts in 2016. She... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
IGERT PhD Wystan Carswell was recently featured as one of five "pioneering" women in STEM at her current employer, Boston engineering firm Haley & Aldrich. You can read the full interview with Wystan on the company's blog: http://blog.haleyaldrich.com/meet-five-of-haley-aldrichs-pioneering-... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2018
IGERT Fellow Zana Cranmer and IGERT Director Erin Baker, with two co-authors, published a paper titled “A portfolio model for siting offshore wind farms with economic and environmental objectives” in  the European Journal of Operations Research. Siting offshore wind farms is a complex problem due... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, January 19, 2018
Wind  Energy IGERT Fellow Destenie Nock and Industrial Engineering Professor Erin Baker both gave invited presentations at the Distributed Energy Resources Workshop held at University of Auckland in New Zealand: https://distributedenergyw.wixsite.com/workshop .  The workshop was sponsored by... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, December 14, 2017
IGERT students Destenie Nock and Evan Gaertner were interviewed by high school students from the Four Rivers Charter School in Greenfield. The Four Rivers project is focused on creating a documentary film highlighting offshore wind. During their interview Destenie and Evan gave their perspectives ... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, November 13, 2017
Greg Guannell of  the University of the Virgin Islands spoke at a meeting at UMass Amherst organized by IGERT  faculty member Matt Lackner to discuss reliable and sustainable infrastructure in Small Island Developing States. 
Date Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017
A group of seniors from Four Rivers Charter School in Greenfield, MA visited with IGERT Fellows on Wednesday morning. The students are preparing a pitch for a class project on the Block Island offshore wind farm. If the group's project is selected, the entire class will be making a documentary film... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017
IGERT Faculty member Ezra Markowitz and IGERT Fellow Becky Sokoloski, along with David Bidwell from the University of Rhode Island, have pulbished new research on public perceptions of offshore wind in the journal Energy Policy. An abstract and the full article are available on the journal website... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Recent graduate of the IGERT program Pam Loring was featured this week on Rhode Island Public Radio discussing work she is doing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to track bird and bat migrations around the Block Island Offshore Wind Farm. Read and listen to the full story here: http://ripr.... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
IGERT Fellow Destinie Nock recently published an article, "Unintended consequences of Northern Ireland's renewable obligation policy," in The Electricity Journal. The article will be free to read until Nov 22, 2017. Nock has also created a 5 minute slide show on her findings, which is available at... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017
On July 26, 2017, the students in the summer REU (Research and Education for Undergraduates) program as well as 10 IGERT students plus Curt Griffin, ECO Department Chair and Jody Lally, IGERT Coordinator, went on a field trip to Rhode Island.  The first stop was at the US fish and Wildlife Service... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
IGERT faculty member Andy Danylchuk recently received the 2017 Excellence in Public Outreach award from the American Fisheries Society for "going the extra mile" in communicating the value of fisheries science and research. Read more here: http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/american-fisheries-... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017
For the third year in a row, we have a group of REU (Research for Undergraduates) students here at UMass Amherst for the summer working on offshore wind research projects with IGERT faculty advisors Arwade, Baker, Lackner, Schmidt, Griffin and Modarres-Sadeghi and IGERT student mentors Rodrigo,... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, June 2, 2017
IGERT Fellow Destenie Nock, along with two other UMass graduate students, published an OP-Ed for the Boston Globe titled "Budget cuts threaten the community work of graduate students." This article highlights how budget cuts will impacts graduate students ability to do outreach and public... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
IGERT Fellow Kate McClellan was among this year's recipients of a WRISE fellowship to attend the AWEA WINDPOWER conference.   From Windpower Engineering & Development: "Each year, WRISE awards fellowships to women college students or recent graduates to attend the annual American Wind Energy... Read More

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