IGERT and Wind Fellow News

Date Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
 This is the tile of an article by IGERT PhD Wing Goodell, along with Environmental Conservation faculty member Anita Milman, which has been published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin.  The Online Version of Record before inclusion in an issue can be found at: https://wildlife.onlinelibrary.wiley.... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Former IGERT student Zana Cranmer, now at Bentley University, and Professor Erin Baker have published a paper in Environmental Research Letters on the Global Climate Value of Offshore Wind Energy. It is available open access at: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/ab7667/meta .... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Congratulations to Fellows Bridget Benner and Jacob Davis who have each received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.  The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
IGERT PhD Ryan Wallace, who is the Director of the Maine Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Southern Maine, recently served as an expert witness (on behalf of Avangrid/CMP) under the Maine Public Utilities Commission proceedings for the New England Clean Energy Connect... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Wind Energy Fellows Hannah Johlas, Sam Roach, Emma Grazier, and Aaron Annan hosted a wind energy workshop on 11/22/2019 for a Girl Scout troop of sixth graders from Amherst. The workshop featured three hands-on activities created by Johlas, including designing a pinwheel turbine, designing a wind... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Wind Energy Fellow Hannah Johlas talked with Amherst Regional Middle School students about stakeholder negotiations in wind farm siting on 1/24/2020. The presentation was part of the Sound Bites STEM Cafe program, organized by the Graduate Women in STEM (GWIS) outreach committee, which Johlas co-... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
At the 7th Latin American Energy Economics Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 10-12, 2019, Wind Energy Fellow Camilo Gallego presented a paper entitled "Revisiting the Resource Adequacy Process in the Colombian Wholesale Electricity Market in Transition Times".   At the 42nd International... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
The fourth chapter of IGERT grad Wing Goodale's dissertation, "Assessing the cumulative adverse effects of offshore wind energy development on seabird foraging guilds along the East Coast of the United States", has been accepted for publication by Environmental Research Letters (impact factor 4.5... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Springfield High School of Science and Technology students participating in the Learn and Earn project mentored by former IGERT Fellow Mo Kaikai won first place for their project in the STCC (Springfield Technical Community College) sustainability competition. Congratulations to students Brianna... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Professor Krish Thiagarajan Sharman, is Technical Program Chair for 38th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore & Arctic Engineering being held in Glasgow, Scotland from June 9th – 14th 2019. Professor Sanjay Arwade and IGERT PhD Casey Fontana are also giving presentations at the... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Wind Energy Fellow Hannah Johlas presented her research titled "Large eddy simulations of floating offshore wind turbine wakes with coupled platform motion" at the 2019 Wake Conference in Visby, Sweden on May 22, 2019. The conference paper has also been accepted for publication in Journal of Physics... Read More
Date Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Wind Energy Fellow Hannah Johlas will spend summer 2019 at the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), continuing her PhD research on floating turbine wakes in collaboration with NREL scientists at the National Wind Technology Center in Boulder, CO. Johlas began this research at NREL in summer 2018,... Read More
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

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