The European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE) has presented the 2019 EAWE Scientific Award to Professor James F. Manwell, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the director of the UMass Wind Energy Center. The award was handed over during the conference banquet of the Wind Energy Science Conference in Cork, Ireland, on June 19.
Manwell received a B.A. in Biophysics from Amherst College, and an M.S. and a Ph.D. from UMass Amherst. His areas of research and expertise are in: offshore wind energy system design and analysis; remote sensing techniques applied to wind resource assessment; and hybrid power and battery storage.
According to an EAWE release, “Dr. Manwell has served on the International Electro-technical Commission and the International Council for Science Panel on Renewable Energies. He is a founding member and one of the main forces behind the North American Wind Energy Academy. He has been honored with awards from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the U. S. Department of Energy, and the University of Massachusetts.”
Those awards include: The University of Massachusetts Distinguished Research Outreach Award in 2007; the AWEA Academic Achievement Award in 1994 and 2006; the Western Reserve Academy’s Edward W. Morley Science Medal in 2005; the U. S. Department of Energy Wind Energy Regional Advocacy Award in 2004; and the U. S. Department of Energy Wind/Diesel Systems Pioneer Award in 2002.
“Jim has distinguished himself not only for his lifelong commitment to wind energy, but also for his educational activities,” explained the EAWE release. “We all have in our offices his famous book Wind Energy Explained (coauthored with Jon McGowan and Anthony Rogers), which has contributed to the education of countless wind energy professionals.”
The release concluded that “We thank Prof. Manwell for his vision, service to the community, and good work.” (July 2019)