IGERT News

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
Date Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014
IGERT Fellow Pam Loring is the lead author of a new study on how offshore wind siting impacts tha habitats of Black Scoters in New England. The study, recently published in the Journal of Wildlife Management, was a collaboration with researchers from the University of Rhode Island, where Loring... Read More
Date Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2013
 IGERT students hosted a visit from the Four Rivers Charter School senior class on December 12th, 2013. Bill, Pam, Ryan, and Rachel spoke with the students regarding their questions and concerns with wind energy. The high school students, who are studying wind energy in their history and physics... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013
On Friday, November 15th, the IGERT students visited the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's Wind Technology Testing Center to learn about state-of-the-art methods for testing wind turbine blades at the new facility in Boston.  The group also visited the wind turbines in nearby Hull, MA to learn... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013
On November 13th IGERT faculty and fellows hosted students from Holyoke Community College on a visit to the UMass Wind Energy Center. The students are participating in a course on renewable energy technologies, including photovoltaics and wind power. The class toured the UMass wind tunnel, and... Read More
Date Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013
How would you weigh environmental, economic, political and engineering considerations in deciding the best place to site a wind turbine in your community? High school students from around Massachusetts grappled with this question as part of ScienceQUEST on October 26 on the UMass-Amherst campus.... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013
A team of researchers led by Elisabeth Hamin, landscape architecture and regional planning, and Don DeGroot, civil and environmental engineering, has received a $737,000 five-year grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a network of researchers and policymakers that will put forward a... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013
The North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA) 2013 Symposium was held at University of Colorado Boulder and was attended by IGERT student fellows Gordie Stewart, Bill LaCava, and Wystan Carswell. Carswell presented a paper titled "Soil Damping Effects on Monopile-Supported Offshore Wind Turbines... Read More
Date Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Five new Offshore Wind IGERT Fellows and three new IGERT Associates will be joining the program in the fall.  See Student Fellows webpage for profiles.
Date Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
  UMass IGERT Fellow Pam Loring will serve as the principal investigator on a new study of common terns and American oystercatchers in the Nantucket sound. The study, which is being administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and funded by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, will track... Read More
Date Posted: Saturday, June 1, 2013
  The European wind industry has decades of experience with a wide range of installations, both on and offshore. Much can be learned from the European experience and applied to the growing domestic industry in the United States. Toward that end, UMass IGERT fellows and faculty spent 10 days in May... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
UMass IGERT Fellow Wystan Carswell was recently profiled as an "alumni success story" by her alma mater, Lafayette College: http://www.lafayette.edu/about/news/2013/05/28/wystan-carswell-10-resear...
Date Posted: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Your vote is important! This year’s IGERT’s Online Video and Poster Competition is now live, May 21st – May 23rd. Interact with over 200 presenters and co-presenters from 124 NSF funded IGERT projects as they present their innovative, interdisciplinary graduate work. While this is a competition, it... Read More
Date Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013
On Saturday April 13, 2013, IGERT Fellow Dylan Chase participated as a judge at the second annual Massachusetts KidWind Challenge at the Pioneer Valley Science and Sustainability Expo, hosted by Greening Greenfield, and held at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA.  The kid wind challenge... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
On April 2, 2013, the UMass IGERT Offshore Wind Energy Program put on a poster exhibit demonstrating the ongoing and proposed work underway by the IGERT fellows. The fellows presented posters from the engineering, policy and environmental thrusts, with topics ranging from the impacts of offshore... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center was recently awarded a $4 million grant from the U.S. Departmnet of Energy to complete the first phase of an offshore deepwater wind demonstration project. UMass IGERT affiliates are participating in the research, which aims to... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
This March, IGERT-affiliated faculty members Curt Griffin and Andy Danylchuk led a team of 12 IGERT graduate fallows on a weeklong educational expedition to Puerto Rico. As part of a course on the ecological impacts of wind development, the group conducted preliminary assessments of the potential... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Read the full article here: http://www.umass.edu/researchnext/winds-change
Date Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013
On February 22, 2013 the UMass IGERT had the opportunity to learn and share with six students from the Al-Hamra Academy. The students were sixth and seventh grade girls from the first full-time accredited Islamic school in New England, participating in the Project Destination Imagination.. Part of... Read More
Date Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2012
  Mechanical & Industrial Engineering faculty members and IGERT affiliates Erin Baker and Matthew Lackner were recently interviewed on the Northeast Public Radio program "The Best of Our Knowlege. Listen to the full broadcast here: http://www.wamc.org/post/best-our-knowledge-1161
Date Posted: Monday, December 3, 2012
Read the full article here: http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/umass-amherst-graduate-program-aimed-offshore-wind-energy-training-its-first-class-students
Date Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
UMass Wind IGERT Fellows Andrew Allyn, Micah Brewer and Bob Darrow participated in the 2012 Science Quest on the UMass campus on October 27. The weekend event brought together high-achieving high school students from around the state for educational workshops on a range of science, technology and... Read More
Date Posted: Sunday, September 30, 2012
IGERT fellows, faculty and staff traveled to Maine in September to see firsthand some of the exciting wind projects underway in the state and to meet with experts on economic, environmental and policy issues related to wind energy. Our group was hosted by the Schoodic Education and Research Center... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
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Date Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012
  Prof. Sanjay Arwade, along with co-PIs Andrew Myers and Jerome Hajjar of Northeastern University, have been awarded and NSF grant entitled, "Collaborative Research: Reliability-based Hurricane Risk Assessment for Offshore Wind Farms".   This is a 3 year project with award amount $325,000 of which... Read More

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