IGERT and Wind Fellow News

Date Posted: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
At Amherst Regional Middle School  (ARMS), science teachers Ms. Welborn and Dr. Mayfield host Soundbytes Cafe during lunch for 7th and 8th graders, during which graduate students from UMass come to the school and present their research.  On Friday, April 12, the Soundbytes topic was Energy,... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Wind Energy Fellow Hannah Johlas won 2nd place in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering's 2019 Graduate Gallery Competition for her image titled "Wake of a floating offshore wind turbine."
Date Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2019
UMass Amherst undergraduates - senior, Olivia Pfeiffer, and junior, Ami Khalsa, - defended their honor theses this past Friday. Olivia's work focused on the impact of increasing installed offshore wind capacity on hydro power variation. She found that increasing installed offshore wind capacity... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Wind Energy Fellows Hannah Johlas, Kaylie McTiernan, Amber Kapoor, and Destenie Nock helped organize and run a workshop for 4th and 5th grade Girl Scouts on April 20th. They assisted the girls through a series of hands-on activities about why boats float and how scientists/engineers solve problems... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Kaylie McTiernan gave a talk about offshore renewable energy to 7th and 8th graders at Amherst Regional Middle School on March 22nd. The presentation was part of Graduate Women in STEM (GWIS)'s Sound Bites Cafe series, which is organized by Fellows Hannah Johlas and Destenie Nock as co-chairs... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Wind Energy Fellows Hannah Johlas and Destenie Nock appeared as guests on the March 27 episode of Laura Fattaruso's radio show "Lab Talk with Laura," co-hosted by comedian Kim DeShields. Conversation topics included Hannah and Destenie's renewable energy research topics, their path into... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
The Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards program annually honors Western Massachusetts educators and seeks to motivate teachers at all stages of their careers to aspire to excellence. Sandra Lambert, Engineering and Computer Science Teacher at the Springfield High School of Science... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
UMass Amherst researchers Dr. Destenie Nock (former IGERT Fellow) and Professor Erin Baker recently published a paper titled “Holistic multi-criteria decision analysis evaluation of sustainable electric generation portfolios: New England case study” in Applied Energy which discusses a method... Read More
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