IGERT News

Date Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017
Destenie Nock, a 2nd year PhD Candidate in Industrial Engineering at UMass Amherst has recently co-authored a chapter in the book "Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change." The chapter Nock coauthored is titled " Crafting Community and Change through Books and Pads: The... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, March 29, 2017
A new article from IGERT Fellows Pam Loring and Jennifer Smetzer, titled "The Motus Wildlife Tracking System: a collaborative research network to enhance the understanding of wildlife movement" has now been published in the current issue of Avian Conservation and Ecology. The abstract and full... Read More
Date Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Dear Friends of the IGERT Community, Please join us for the 2017 UMass Offshore Wind Energy IGERT poster session, to be held on Tuesday, April 4th in the Hadley Room (Campus Center - 10th floor) at UMass Amherst. This will be an opportunity to see the latest research and network with UMass... Read More
Date Posted: Saturday, March 25, 2017
IGERT Fellow Kate McClellan took first place in the recent Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. Fellow Destenie Nock took home the People's Choice award. This is the first year that this competition was held at UMass Amherst. In the final round of the competition 10 students each had to explain... Read More
Date Posted: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Two IGERT Students, Destenie Nock and Kate McClellan have advanced to the final round of Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. This is the first year that this competition will be held at UMass Amherst. In the final round of the competition 10 students will each have to explain their research to a... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, February 27, 2017
From February 16-20th, 2017 IGERT Fellow Destenie Nock attended the AAAS conference in Boston. Destenie wrote the following about her experience at the conference: "While attending the conference I was able to hear from John Holdren who was the senior advisor to President Barack Obama on science... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, February 24, 2017
Ezra Markowitz, assistant professor of environmental decision-making in the department of environmental conservation, has been selected to receive the 2017 Early Career Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society for Environmental, Population and Conservation Psychology... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, February 10, 2017
Congratulations to Erin Baker, professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, and IGERT principal investigator, who has been named one of this year's Public Engagement Faculty Fellows at UMass. To read more about the work Dr. Baker will do as a fellow, click here for the full article:http://... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
IGERT program graduate and UMass PhD Pam Loring sent us this new photo of one of her bird tracking stations that is sited adjacent to the Block Island Wind Farm. The Southeast Lighthouse Foundation has been hosting the tracking station for the past 3 years. Pam successfully defended her... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, October 14, 2016
IGERT fellows Destenie Nock, Rebecca Sokoloski, and Bob Darrow met Friday at the UMass Wind Energy Center with several groups of students from Four Rivers Charter Public School in Greenfield, Massachusetts. The students are completing a semester-long, multidisciplinary project on the future of... Read More
Date Posted: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
IGERT Fellow Casey Fontana is continuing her research on floating offshore wind turbines at Vryhof Anchors Global Maritime in Rotterdam, Netherlands for 3 months this fall.  The need for for the development of floating technology is born out of the offshore wind energy industry's transition into... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, October 3, 2016
IGERT Fellow and Industrial Engineering PhD student Zana Cranmer has received an NSF Supplement grant to run a series of workshops at UMass related to science and technology policy.  The proposal was written in collaboration with Professors Erin Baker of MIE and Charlie Schweik, the interim... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, October 3, 2016
IGERT fellows and faculty attended the first meeting of the Massachusetts Research Partnership (MRP) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) for a two-day workshop on offshore wind energy resource characterization.  Representatives from the offshore wind industry, government agencies and... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Carson Pete has recently taken a lecturer position in his hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona in the mechanical engineering department at Northern Arizona University. NAU is a public university offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees and is located in northern Arizona. Carson is... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, September 9, 2016
Congratulations to IGERT Fellow Bill LaCava who just completed his PhD!  His dissertation was on “Automatic Development and Adaptation of Concise Nonlinear Models for System Identification”.   Bill is now a PostDoctoral researcher in the Epistasis Laboratory in the Institute for Biomedial... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, August 5, 2016
This year’s wind energy REU program started off in June with a 3-day fieldtrip to Cape Cod. 12 students attended along with IGERT faculty member Curt Griffin and IGERT project coordinator Jody Lally.  First stop on Monday, June 8th was at the Aeronautica Windpower turbine manufacturing facility in... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, August 1, 2016
The Colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences are hosting an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) for U.S. citizens or permanent residents interested in exploring research in a wide range of wind energy topics, including engineering, wildlife ecology, and policy. Students... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, April 22, 2016
On April 15, 2016 four IGERT Students (Destenie Nock, Rodrigo Mercado, Franklyn Kanyako, and Moijue Kaikai) hosted the first STEM Slam competition on the UMass campus. STEM Slam is a speaking where students from science, engineering, technology, and mathematics backgrounds have to explain a topic... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2016
On behalf of the UMass Wind Energy Center and the Offshore Wind IGERT program, you are invited to attend an important panel discussion on the future of Offshore Wind in MA . Panelists will include key industry representatives Thomas Brostrøm from DONG Energy, Jeffrey Grybowski from Deepwater Wind,... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2016
IGERT Fellow Pam Loring's research on Piping Plovers was featured in a recent article in Audubon magazine. Read the story here: https://www.audubon.org/news/why-counting-piping-plovers-bahamas-harder-it-sounds
Date Posted: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
IGERT Fellow Rachel Koh is currently doing a guest research appointment at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU-Risø). She is carrying out experimental and computational work with Senior Scientist Bo Madsen. They are working on the characterization of strength properties and failure mechanics... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2016
IGERT Fellow Sheila Werth won Best Oral Presentation at the 7th Conference on Weather, Climate, Water and the New Energy Economy which was part of the American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, held January 10-14 in New Orleans.  =Her talk was entitled "Evaluating Parameters for Species-Based... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Ezra Markowitz, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Conservation, recently published an op-ed with collaborator Lisa Zaval in the Washington Post. The editorial, titled "Here's the secret to making people care about climate change," discussed findings from their psychological... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, December 11, 2015
A new documentary from Fish Navy Films, “What We Fish For,” a celebration of recreational saltwater fishing and update on the state of the world’s coral reef ecosystems, will celebrate its world premiere at the New England Aquarium’s Simon IMAX Theatre on Friday, Dec. 11 from 7–9 p.m. as part of... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, November 13, 2015
Bill La Cava attended the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference in Columbus, Ohio. He gave two presentations based on two papers. The first was on his Model Structure Adaptation Method, which is applied to updating models of dynamic systems (in this case vortex induced vibration), and the... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, October 30, 2015
On October 24th IGERT Fellows Destenie Nock, Blake Massey, and Rodrigo Mercado met with high school students at Science Quest to teach them about Wind Energy. In the mini-course the students were creating a model wind turbine using construction paper, a pencil, a bottle, and a push pin. From there... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2015
IGERT Fellow Dan Carlson is assisting a mechanical design team from Smith College with their project to optimize the drag characteristics of a soccer ball in flow. He will mentor them regarding the fundamentals of aerodynamic lift and drag forces, in particular the governing scaling relations which... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, October 9, 2015
In late September Phillipe Cousteau, the grandson of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, was at Napatree Point in Rhode Island to film and episode of his television show XPloration Awesome Planet that will feature research conducted by IGERT Fellow Pam Loring. The video shoot was organized by... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, September 25, 2015
Wystan Carswell (Civil & Environmental Engineering) and Gordon Stewart (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering) have completed requirements for the PHD to become our first  Offshore Wind IGERT graduates. Wystan has accepted a position as a staff engineer at Haley & Aldrich, a civil... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, September 25, 2015
Three new IGERT Fellows have joined our program this fall, bringing the total number of students to 30.  They are Destenie Knock, coming from North Carolina A & T State University via Queens College in Belfast, Northern Ireland;  Rebecca Sokoloski, who recently completed her Master’s Degree at... Read More

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