IGERT and Wind Fellow News

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
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