Industry-University Workshop on Power Engineering Needs for the Wind Industry

May 7-8, 2008 - Broomfield, Colorado

Co-sponsored by the Utility Wind Integration Group and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory

As in all fields dealing with power engineering, there is a growing realization that serious steps need to be taken soon in order to encourage the development of the power systems engineering professionals needed for the future of the wind industry. The purpose of this workshop, co-sponsored by UWIG and NREL, was to explore, discuss and help catalyze action on meeting the power engineering needs of the wind industry.

A major goal of the workshop was to increase the visibility of engineering career opportunities in the wind industry, with an emphasis on power engineering. Toward this end, the workshop discussions highlighted growing needs for power engineering professionals knowledgeable in all aspects of wind energy. The workshop also addressed sources of support for university research and education programs capable of expanding the numbers of qualified engineering graduates and launching them onto rewarding career paths in the wind and electric power communities. Specific goals included

  • Summarizing wind power's prospective roles in the nation's energy picture
  • Highlighting the need for new professionals in the wind industry
  • Determining the extent of the problem of finding new power engineers for the wind industry
  • Identifying steps the industry can take to help develop the necessary sources of new graduates
  • Identifying critical partners to work with in developing these new graduates
  • Build on the November 2007 National Science Foundation Workshop on the Future Power Engineering Workforce (download the executive summary)

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pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Workshop Agenda

Download a WinZIP archive with all of the presentations (26.1 MB file)

Session I - Introductions and the Purpose of the Workshop

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Charlie Smith and Brad Nickell Slides

Session II - Motivation: Setting the Stage

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Randy Udall Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Ed DeMeo Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Bob Thresher Slides

Session III - New Power Engineers: Prognosis and Needs

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Wanda Reder Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Amir Mikhail Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Hamid Elahi Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Henry Louie Slides

Session IV - Designing Attractive Engineering Curricula

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Janusz Bialek Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Satish Renade Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Ned Mohan Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Andy Swift Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Compilation of Slides from Bob Thomas' Part of the Session

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Jim Gover Background Slides

Session V - Moving Forward in the Near Term

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Rashid Abdul Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Dale Osborn Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Bob Zavadil Slides

Session VI - Engaging Allies

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) US Department of Energy Report on University Collaboration (this is not in the WinZIP file)

Session VII - Sources of Support

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Chen-Ching Liu Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Anjan Bose Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Pete Sauer Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Ned Mohan Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Brad Nickell Slides

pdficon.gif (224 bytes) Dagmar Niebur Slides

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