Education Initiative

To get involved with the North American Wind Energy Academy’s (NAWEA’s) Education Initiative, contact any of the Curriculum Committee members:

Jim Manwell (Chair), University of Massachusetts Amherst | Wind Energy Center
Tom Acker, Northern Arizona University | Clean Energy Research and Education
Carlos Simao Ferreira, Delft University of Technology | TUDelft Wind Energy
Jonathan Miles, James Madison University | Office for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy
Jonathan Naughton, University of Wyoming
Ganesh Rajagopalan, Iowa State University
Andy Swift, Texas Tech University | Texas Tech University National Wind Institute


Education Priorities

  • Establish a Wind Energy Education Science and Technology Advisory Group from member universities
  • Develop a certification program that applies a NAWEA-defined quality rating to member academic courses and programs
  • Develop educational standards across courses and degrees
  • Consolidate courses, improve course mobility, and enhance cooperation across member universities
  • Increase the involvement of multiple disciplines in course curricula
  • Track and publish member university programs and core competencies
  • Build a strong wind energy community from wind energy alumni.

Mission Statement
Advancing the state of wind energy technology and providing accurate information to the public and to policy makers requires a strong academic and national laboratory foundation and partnership. The overall goal of the NAWEA Educational Program is to expand the breadth and competence of the wind energy academic community throughout the region by working collaboratively to develop relevant curriculum.

NAWEA educational activities are designed to do the following:

Develop and disseminate a recommended wind energy curriculum model. The wind curriculum model will bring together the best ideas and long-established concepts through collaborative efforts of the academy. Best practices and curriculum models established will guide the development of balanced, high-quality, wind energy instructional programs. The model curriculum will facilitate student exchange opportunities and maximize the use of online courses.

Develop and sponsor activities that enhance and supplement undergraduate and graduate educational opportunities. University members bring a broad set of diverse skills and expertise. It is envisioned that any student from any university may benefit from the breadth of course offerings among NAWEA university members. Student exchanges among the NAWEA university members will be developed and online instruction offered with course offerings on a multitude of unique topics.

Develop an internship program to provide student work experience with the wind industry. The wind energy industry plays an important role in NAWEA by providing students with valuable work experience through internship opportunities. Conversely, an internship program at undergraduate and graduate levels also provides the industry with insight into the skills and experience needed to address current technical challenges confronting industry.

Establish a collaboration agreement among NAWEA member universities and the European Academy of Wind Energy that facilitates joint projects and special summer educational programs and the exchange of information, students, faculty, and postdoctoral researchers. NAWEA will provide leadership for establishing, where feasible, the following educational opportunities:

  • An academy-wide interdisciplinary graduate student summer school covering all aspects of wind energy from science and technology to siting and policy.
  • An annual summer NAWEA meeting that provides opportunities for graduate students to present their research plans and accomplishments and interact with other graduate students, industry and laboratory researchers, and faculty from other institutions.
  • An annual graduate student technical paper competition.
  • Energy graduate fellowships.
  • An exchange program within NAWEA and the European Academy of Wind Energy that facilitates research collaborations as well as student and faculty exchanges.