IGERT News

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
Date Posted: Thursday, August 6, 2015
On July 31, 2015, the Offshore Wind REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates)  students who have been working with IGERT student mentors and faculty advisors this summer participated in a joint poster session with other campus REU programs.   The event served to showcase and celebrate the... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015
A diverse group of undergraduates from colleges across the country is participating in wind energy research at UMass Amherst this summer as part of our National Science Foundation funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program “Offshore Wind Energy: Solving the Engineering,... Read More
Date Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
IGERT Fellow Mo Kaikai attended the KidWind's REcharge Academy at Saint Anthony Falls Lab of the University of Minnesota. The REcharge Academy training program is designed to get educators familiar with KidWind and REcharge Labs solar and wind engineering materials – including curriculum, kits, and... Read More
Date Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
IGERT Fellow William La Cava is spending the summer at the Laboratory of Agent Modelling (LabMAG), a laboratory of the Institute for Complexity Sciences hosted at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He is studying classifier systems for developing agent-based models of bald eagles... Read More
Date Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2015
July 6th kicked off the 3rd summer of the Eureka! program. Eureka is a collaboration between Girls, Inc. of Holyoke and UMass Amherst College of Natural Sciences. Middle school and high school aged girls from Holyoke and neighboring communities come to UMass all day through the month of July to... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
IGERT Fellow Pamela Loring recently collaborated with two researchers from Latin America tagging piping plovers in Rhode Island as part of a study funded by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Read more about their experience here: https://usfwsnortheast.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/latino-... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, May 25, 2015
UMass IGERT fellow Sheila Werth spent the 2015 spring semester with the Aerospace, Transportation and Advanced Systems (ATAS) Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Atlanta, GA. GTRI is the nonprofit applied research arm of the Georgia Institute of Technology. While at GTRI,... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, May 7, 2015
The ECO697 course provides IGERT students with an opportunity to learn about offshore wind development and many of the potential environmental issues it raises through site assessment. For the Spring 2015 course, students visited Cape Eleuthera in the Bahamas, where the directors of the Center for... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, April 30, 2015
On April 11, 2015, three IGERT Fellows from Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Conservation, and Regional Planning teamed up to engage visiting high school students in educational mini-courses on wind energy. The opportunity was part of the biannual Science Quest, a free, day-long event hosted... Read More
Date Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
IGERT Fellow Pam Loring's research on the offshore movements of terns was recently featured in the 2014 Northwest Atlantic Birds at Sea Conservation Cooperative newsletter. Read the story here: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/migratorybirds/pdf/2014_marine_bird_update.pdf
Date Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2015
On Tuesday April 7th, 2015 the UMass IGERT Offshore Wind Energy Program featured its third annual poster session. The work of 21 IGERT fellows and faculty was showcased to a broad spectrum of visitors including representatives from industry and Beacon Hill and an excellent showing from the... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, April 17, 2015
The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency &  Renewable Energy, recently awarded funding for IGERT faculty and fellows to begin work on a project entitled “A Biomimetic Ultrasonic Whistle for Use as a Bat Deterrent on Wind Turbines.” The collaborative effort that will involve... Read More
Date Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Students from the Four Rivers Charter School came to the Wind Energy Center to meet with IGERT fellows Zara Dowling and Rachel Koh, and Professor Manwell, on Friday January 16th. The students are creating a documentary film on Cape Wind, which will air at the Garden Theater in Greenfield in... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, December 1, 2014
IGERT Fellow Wing Goodale and Environmental Conservation professor Dr. Anita Milman have published an article titled “The cumulative adverse effects of offshore wind energy development on wildlife” in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/... Read More
Date Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The International Conference on Ocean Energy was held in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 4-6 November, 2014.  Over 600 hundred participants from 28 countries, representing industry, governments, and academia participated in the presentations, poster sessions, exhibition, and networking events.  Kendra... Read More
Date Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Students taking a course on renewable energy at Holyoke Community College visited the Wind Energy Center at UMass Amherst on Monday, where they toured a wind engineering research laboratory and met with Fellows in the IGERT Offshore Wind Energy Program. The students, who have been meeting many... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Walt Jaslanek received generous first year funding of $30,662 from the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on September 10th 2014 to initiate development of a Geographical Information System (GIS) based Decision Support framework that will look at bird foraging patterns and nest success around... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The UMass Wind Energy IGERT presented their research up at University of Maine at the Advanced Structures and Composite Center. They were hosted by Habib Dagher, the director of the center, and got a chance to visit VolturnUS, a 65-foot-tall floating turbine prototype that is 1:8th the scale of a 6... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, September 8, 2014
IGERT fellow Zana Cranmer spent the summer collaborating with the Systems Analysis Lab (SAL) at Aalto University, just outside of Helsinki, Finland. She worked with Finnish researchers to develop a model to examine optimal planning approaches for long term, large scale offshore wind development.... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
  IGERT Fellow Pam Loring spent the summer tagging more than 100 terns and erecting 40-foot antenna towers from Cape Cod to Montauk to track the birds. Her tower on scenic Napatree Point in Westerly, Rhode Island caught the attention of the local newspaper, which interviewed Loring about her... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, July 16, 2014
IGERT Fellow Carson Pete and his advisor Jon McGowan attended the 2014 Offshore Energy & Storage Symposium in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on July 11 and 12, 2014. Carson presented a paper entitled “Evaluating the Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage Potential in the Gulf of Maine”.  Professor... Read More
Date Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Upon returning from a national wind conference, IGERT Professor Lackner recognized that there was critical need to build a knowledge bridge between wind engineers and other disciplines. He realized that often during professional and public discourse around wind in general, and offshore wind energy... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The IGERT students participating in Prof. Elisabeth Hamin’s Regional Planning course “Wind Energy and Society” visited Washington, D.C. over spring break to discuss offshore wind energy policy with various organizations including the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), U.S. Department of... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
UMass Science Quest returned for a second session this spring, and IGERT fellows reprised their lesson on the challenges of siting offshore wind farms. High school students from around the state of Massachusetts traveled to campus to participate in the day-long science camp. IGERT fellows Bob... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014
Jennifer Smetzer received generous funding of $39, 035 from the US Fish and Wildlife Service on April 7, 2014 to continue her IGERT field work in fall of 2014. Jennifer wrote the proposal with her advisers Dr. David King and Dr. Curt Griffin. The funding will cover Nano Tag radio transmitters, re-... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014
On April 2, 2014, the UMASS IGERT Offshore Wind Energy Program hosted its annual poster exhibit to showcase the proposed and ongoing research of its fellows. Twenty three posters were on display, highlighting students’ research in the engineering, environmental impacts, and policy pertaining to... Read More

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