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Highlights of Wind Energy Activities at Iowa State University
Active, interdisciplinary wind energy research group
Iowa State has a very active wind energy research group of faculty and students from aerospace engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, materials science, statistics, and atmospheric sciences. This group currently has more than $5 million of wind energy-funded research occurring on campus. This group recently:
Strong power systems, machines, and power electronics program
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Electric Power and Energy Systems research group has been active in power systems and electronics research for several years. Its research is heavily oriented with industry needs. The group operates the Electric Power Research Center, which has 13 industrial members, and is a member of the national Power Systems Engineering Research Center.
Additionally, faculty in the EPES group collaborate with faculty in other disciplines to teach courses on electricity markets and conduct research on energy-related topics. For example, EPES faculty collaborate with Leigh Tesfatsion, an economics faculty member, who is an active, first-rate researcher in real-time and day-ahead markets.
Established collaborations with research centers, universities worldwide
The EPES group has a strong relationship with leading wind energy researchers at the University College Dublin and the Electricity Research Centre. Iowa State’s EPES group has worked with the Electricity Research Centre’s director to write wind energy-related proposals that involve student and faculty exchanges. Iowa State researchers also participate in activities of the Utility Wind Integration Group.
Significant strengths in nondestructive evaluation and climate science
College support for wind energy faculty
The ISU College of Engineering recently allocated funds to hire a faculty member dedicated to wind energy-related activities. A search committee is actively reviewing candidates in all engineering disciplines. View the job description.