IGERT and Wind Fellow News

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
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...