Graduate Certificate in Engineering Wind Power Systems

UMass Amherst - Wind Energy Center


The Graduate Certificate in Wind Power Engineering offers graduate students the opportunity to have their work and interest in wind energy formally acknowledged as an important part of their graduate training, providing certification of relevant knowledge for those seeking academic positions and careers in industry. Certificate students benefit from advanced study in a growing field, mentored by internationally renowned, award-winning faculty experts at the preeminent academic wind energy program in the U.S. The program of study is designed to meet the needs of student who are interested in either pursuing further academic studies in wind power or joining the burgeoning wind power industry. This certificate program responds to these professional currents, providing a clear but flexible curriculum for graduate students interested in wind energy, and preparing them with in depth skills and knowledge of all aspects of wind energy.

The Graduate Certificate in Wind Power Engineering is the first ever wind energy certificate program in the U.S. This 15 credit program offers a unique opportunity for students or professionals to obtain in-depth knowledge of all aspects of wind energy including engineering topics (aerodynamics, structures and loads, design, electrical issues, support structures, wind and wave external conditions) as well as critical non-engineering issues (economics, permitting, standards, environmental impacts, policy). Students also have the flexibility to specialize in certain aspects of wind energy that are of particular interest. This program is ideally suited for: undergraduate engineers interested in graduate-level studies in wind energy industry, professionals in other industries interested in transitioning into the wind energy industry, and current industry practitioners interested in additional education and credentials.

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Recommended: Prospective students should have taken courses in statistics, dynamics, strength of materials, and fluid mechanics. Familiarity with basic electrical concepts and the ability to use Excel or MatLab for solving problems is also desirable.

The course will cover:

• aerodynamic analysis
• mechanical design
• support structure design
• wind field analysis
• system concepts and analysis
• controls
• system integration
• environmental issues
• economic considerations


  • Institution Name: UMass Amherst - Wind Energy Center
  • Department: Continuing and Professional Education
  • Address: 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA 01003
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