UD Wind Power Program | Education

Courses on Offshore Wind Power

Offshore Wind Power: Science, engineering, and policy (MAST628). This course, like our program of research and study, is highly interdisciplinary. Example content of the course can be seen in the 2008 syllabus. Profs. Jeremy Firestone, Willett Kempton, and Dana Veron. Final papers are another way to judge the scope of a graduate course. Linked here are two from the first time the Offshore Wind course was offered, 2005. Please note that these are student papers, not peer reviewed. Nevertheless they are original, very substantial and have interesting preliminary findings. Both include resource assessments and other analyses, one for Florida offshore winds and ocean currents, and one Assessment of Delaware Offshore Wind Power.

Wind Power Engineering (MEEG-635). Offered in mechanical engineering, this course covers the mechanics, aerodynamics, and electrical characteristics of wind turbines. For texts and topics, see the course description. Professor Leonard Schwartz.

New Wind Classes

Several new wind courses have recently been developed at the University of Delaware through the Atlantic Wind Consortium grant, DE-EE003535 (see Current funded research). These classes represent the interdisciplinary nature of the Offshore Wind Program. Most of these classes have already been taught and will become a regular part of the University curriculum. Questions regarding any of these classes can be addressed by the Professor in charge (see Faculty). Unless stated otherwise, classes are 3 credit hours each.

Basic Electrical Machines and Power, ELEG614, Professor Keith Goossen outline
Geological Aspects of Offshore Wind Projects, GEOL467/667/MAST667, Professor John Madsen (tentative syllabus)
Materials Tribology, MEEG422/622, Professor David Burris (3 credit) Materials tribology concerns the material’s response to sliding or tribological contact. Moving systems become immobile when tribological materials fail, often with catastrophic consequences. This course provides an introduction to tribology, imparts a basic understanding of interfacial phenomena, and surveys emerging interface challenges in aerospace, wind power, and osteoarthritis applications.
Wind Power Meteorology, MAST/GEOG613, Professor Cristina Archer (3 credits) syllabus
Aerodynamics of Wind Turbines, Professor Ajay Prasad (available online, 1 credit)

Graduate Certificate in Wind Power Science, Engineering and Policy - Proposed

The proposed UD Wind Power Science, Engineering, and Policy Certificate program is undergoing internal review. This in an interdisciplinary program administered by the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment. Courses are taught by faculty from Marine Science and Policy, Ocean Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geological Sciences, and Geography. The program is designed to give a broad understanding of the wind energy industry from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The emphasis is on offshore wind power, however, most courses apply equally to wind power either on land, in ocean, or airborne.

The certificate may be taken in conjunction with a graduate degree in a tradition discipline or as a stand-alone program.
It will appeal to three types of students:
- Students already accepted in a graduate UD program looking for formal recognition of their wind power expertise
- Students focused on one specific area of wind power research, provides coverage of related areas affecting understanding of interacting systems
- Working professions, who need to understand more about the wind industry, to more effectively do their jobs or seek advancement.

Admission requirements: undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.

Certificate requirements:
12 credits as follows:
- 3 credits from required course: MAST628 Offshore Wind Power: Science, Engineering, and Policy (see top of page)
- Total of 6 credits (min of 2 credits from each area) from courses listed within areas of 1) Wind Power Science, 2) Wind Power Engineering, and 3) Wind Power Policy
- 3 credits from an elective wind power course

Wind Power Science Courses
ELEG615 Electric Power ad Renewable Energy Systems (3 credits)
GEOL663 Geological Aspects of Offshore Wind Power (3 credits)
MAST613 Wind Power Meteorology (3 credits)

Wind Power Engineering Courses
ELEG614 Basic Electrical Machines and Power (1 credit)
MEEG635 Wind Power Engineering (3 credits)
MEEG622 Materials Tribology (3 credits)

Wind Power Policy Courses
ENEP802/UAPP802 Electricity Policy and Planning (3 credits)
MAST680 RenewableEnergy and Climate: Law, Regulation and Environment (1-3 credits)
MAST692/UAPP692 Environmental Values, Movements & Policy (3 credits)
MAST622/UAPP622 Conservation and Renewable Energy Policy (3 credits)

Related Graduate Renewable Energy Courses

The following courses may be useful for graduate students studying wind energy, but these courses are not a standard part of the Wind Certificate program. In addition, there are many courses at the University of Delaware in solar energy, fuel cells, energy policy, and climate change, as well as the undergrad minor in Sustainable Energy, and a large range of research and associated teaching through the UD Energy Institute.

Conservation and Renewable Energy Policy (MAST/UAPP/POSC622). Covers a range of engineering, social science and policy theories and topics in conservation and renewable energy. For readings and detailed topics, see the Spring 2007 syllabus. Prof. Willett Kempton.
Electric Power and Renewable Energy Systems (ELEG667),
Electricity Policy and Planning (ENEP867).