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College Offers New Wind Energy Certificate

The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Wind Energy Center is launching the first wind energy graduate certificate program in the U.S. This 15-credit, five-course certificate program offers a unique opportunity for students or professionals to obtain in-depth knowledge of all aspects of wind energy at the preeminent academic wind energy program in the U.S. This certificate is designed to meet the needs of: recent graduates of undergraduate engineering programs interested in a career in the wind energy industry; current industry practitioners interested in additional education and credentials; professionals in other industries interested in transitioning into the wind energy industry. For more information on the graduate certificate visit http://www.umass.edu/windenergy/study.graduatecertificate.php.

The requirements for the certificate are successful completion of three core courses in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and two elective courses. Prerequisites for the core courses include undergraduate level calculus and physics, and fluid dynamics. 

The UMass Amherst Wind Energy Center also continues to offer online courses. This fall individuals looking to gain or enhance their wind energy engineering skills can take Installing Wind Data Meteorological Towers

“Installing Wind Data Meteorological Towers” covers the installation of meteorological ("met") towers for wind speed measurement. Topics include safety practices; site selection, preparation, and tower layout; tools and equipment; anchor installation; and tower assembly, rigging, raising and lowering.

Go to https://www.umassulearn.net/classes/fall-2011?view=listing&sids=177 to register now. (August 2011)