UML Center opens for wind energy research/education

The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) reported on Feb. 8 that it will anchor the Center for Wind Energy, Science, Technology and Research (WindSTAR).

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) reported on Feb. 8 that it will anchor the Center for Wind Energy, Science, Technology and Research (WindSTAR). The Center’s aim is to develop a cadre of diverse undergraduate and graduate students with world-class training, who will support and eventually lead in the analysis, design, manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of wind energy systems. Partners include Texas A&M, the University of Texas at Dallas, and Iowa State University. The team is actively seeking industrial partners that are willing to join the center as collaborators.

The proposed Industry & University Cooperative Research Program (I/UCRC) will engage in research and education that will include composites applications and provide a forum in which wind turbine manufacturers, ancillary equipment suppliers, service companies and wind farm developers can work together to solve problems that are of mutual interest. In addition, the center will work to develop and integrate educational activities that enhance recruitment and retention of diverse student populations. KidWind, for example, will provide teaching materials for K-12 teachers and manage regional and national challenges for team turbine design competitions. The center also will be the conduit for the transfer of ideas from KidWind to industry and academia.